DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Tuesday, March 26)
By Gary Fallesen
President, Climbing For Christ
Michael Heitland and I were in the air again, traveling from Tanzania back to our families in the United States. Joshua Cook was headed for Kenya and then on to South Africa. We all will be back on the same continent in just a few short weeks, when Michael and I journey to Morocco to trek with a few others in the High Atlas Mountains.
There are many tribes, tongues and nations still waiting to hear the Good News. So we will keep GO-ing – praying that the Lord of the harvest will send others to join us in the field.
While preparing to climb Kilimanjaro in 1998, God instructed me to start a Christian climbing organization that would become Climbing For Christ (C4C). We are celebrating the 15th anniversary of this event by sharing special God moments in the life of His ministry.
Climbing For Christ takes some explaining. It’s often confused with other climbing-focused organizations – in this case involving Christians who like to climb. True, but that’s not the point.
Over the years God has refined – and will continue to sharpen – the vision and mission of C4C.
Climbing For Christ is a ministry that takes mountaineers and makes them missionaries, and takes missionaries and turns them into mountaineers. We are sent where other Christ followers cannot or will not GO – to the heights.
The mountaineers who step out often are (and may continue to be) “peak baggers.” But when they become missionaries it gives purpose to a sport that was best summarized by the title of legendary climber Lionel Terray’s autobiography, Conquistadors of the Useless.
This is why our slogan is:
- PEOPLE, not peaks
- SERVICE, not summits
- MISSION, not mountains
We climb to reach people who otherwise might not hear the eternity-changing Good News of Jesus Christ. We serve physical and spiritual needs among people at the ends of the earth. We do so to glorify the Creator, our Heavenly Father.
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” – Matthew 24:14 (NIV)
CLICK HERE for yesterday’s Dispatch.
Note: Stay tuned for more news on the planting of a missionary in Tanzania and plans for Mission: Kilimanjaro 2014 and more. Please pray for this work.