Elaine Fallesen, front row center, with Michele Annibal, Damson Samson and the orphans supported by Climbing For Christ’s Project 1:27 in Malawi in 2014.
Nationality: USA. Occupation: Marketing Associate for MVP Health Care. Missions with C4C: Ararat 2014 and 2015, Haiti 2008 and 2009, Kilimanjaro 2011, Malawi 2014 and 2016, and Nepal 2012, 2015 and 2016.
How long have you climbed? Since the early ’90s when our kids were small and we began discovering as a family the beautiful outdoors. Type of climbing you do: Climbing in His direction. Highlight of climbing career: Reaching High Camp on Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
How long have you been a Christian? All my life. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: As part-time family ministry and communications director on staff with Climbing For Christ; team member on C4C missions to Haiti, Tanzania, Malawi, Turkey and Nepal.
Favorite Scripture verse (and why): These words from 2 Timothy 4:2-5 speak volumes: “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”
Special “God moment” you’d like to share: I witnessed a fish and loaves miracle while in Malawi in March 2016. Our C4C team had been busy with the purchase and distribution food to Pastor Duncan’s churches in famine-stricken Kambona and Msema. Many bags of maize weighing 50 kilos each were delivered on that day to be rationed out to Duncan’s congregation. We gathered inside a classroom that quickly filled with hungry people and overflowed into the courtyard. Everyone sang joyously and the excitement rose to emotionally-charged heights as Duncan described the feeding about to take place. We prayed and then he instructed all to form two lines outside to receive the maize. Teammate Michele Annibal and I stood off to the side, watching the seemingly never-ending lines slowly move up to the mountain of maize bags. As the pile continued to shrink, my heart sank. I said over and over to Michele, “There’s no way everyone is going to be fed. There are too many people.” I was certain some would be turned away because the food would run out. And the angry crowd that would result had me concerned as well.
But, of course, God had everything under control. After a long time, the two lines did come to an end. The last person carried off her bag of maize on top of her head. I looked over at the pile of maize. There were still bags left – enough to store away for another day! I immediately thought of the Matthew chapter 14 account of Jesus feeding the five thousand and how, after blessing and having His disciples distribute two small fish and five loaves of bread to the crowd, they gathered up 12 full baskets of leftovers. The miracle had been repeated right before my eyes in Malawi, Africa!
What does Climbing For Christ mean to you? This ministry is a unique blessing and calling that the Lord has placed in my life, my marriage, my family and my future. I am privileged and humbled to help fulfill His command to “GO” with the Good News into the highest, most remote places of the world.