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By Jordan Rowley Spiritual Coordinator, Climbing For Christ HIStory In May 2011, God sent a team of four from the United States to the Peruvian Andes Mountains. It was a family affair. The U.S. contingent was made up of father and son Gary and Jesse Fallesen, and my brother Justin Rowley and me. We were blessed to serve alongside many of our Climbing For Christ members from Peru. It was a joy getting to know them, as well as their passion for the Lord and the lost. Mission: Peru 2011 was essentially planned as a survey trip, and we learned very quickly that the fields in the remote mountain...
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Forty-eight hours after leaving Huaraz, Peru, my brother Justin and I finally arrived in Rochester, NY, USA. After our flight from Newark, NJ was cancelled, we decided to make the six-hour drive to Rochester. In spite of all of the bumps and detours throughout this mission, we joyfully reflect on all of the wonderful things that God accomplished during our time in Peru, and look forward to hearing how the Lord continues to work through brother Jaime and our C4C Peru members and friends. Until next time! “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God pre...
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EDITOR'S NOTE: U.S. team members Jordan and Justin Rowley are traveling back to the United States, marking the end of this short-term mission. Missionary Jaime Servat and our Peruvian members will carry on the work in-country.
Late last night we enjoyed a sweet time of fellowship at Allison’s house with her mother Taina and grandparents, Teresa and Eleazar. We gave the family a number of gifts, sent with love from the United States. They could not stop thanking Jaime, Justin, me, the Fallesens and the ministry of Climbing For Christ. We all gave God thanks and praise for these special relationships that He has established. Early this morning Jaime and I met with a promising young Christian leader named Ivan. We gave him a study Bible, encouraged him in the faith, and prayed over him. After our time with Iva...
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We traveled from Chilcabamba to Chalhua, where it was a joy to reconnect with Pastor Isabel as well as our precious Allison and her family. We spent much of the day in Machco, a neighboring village, where we invited many people to watch the Jesus film. We also had many opportunities to pray with a number of the people. After we trekked back to Chalhua, we received word that Allison’s mother, who has epilepsy, just had a seizure. So the team divided into two groups: Justin, Franklin and Juan went to spread the Word throughout Chalhua, while Jaime and I went to visit and pray over Taina...
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Today was amazing! We began by visiting with a family that Jaime had met and ministered to on his last visit to Chilcabamba. The grandmother of this family received Jesus as her Savior after we shared the Gospel with her. Later, we met up with Carmina, who took us to a neighboring village called Carhuaeara. We trekked for about one hour under the scorching mid-day sun. There we met and prayed with a handful of the town’s 11 Christians. After we trekked back to Chilcabamba, Justin and the others began setting up for our Jesus film presentation while Jaime, Carmina and I went to visit a...
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Before breakfast this morning in Coihuairanan, Jaime introduced me to a 12-year-old boy named Diego. We shared the Gospel with him and he was ready to receive the Lord. What a blessed way to start the day! We then broke down our camp and headed to Chilcabamba, which is a village Jaime visited a few months ago. We reestablished several contacts and made some new ones as well. One of those original contacts was a Christian woman named Carmina. She is one of a handful of Christians in the village. (But we hope to change that and add to her number.) As we were talking to Carmina we learned that...
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We had a very fruitful time of encouragement with the new believers in Hierbabuena this morning. Each of them were given Gospel of John study guides to help them grow in God’s Word. After our time with the new believers we trekked to the village of Coihuairanan. We shared the Gospel with several of the mountain farmers there. We also prayed over a young man who was suffering from epilepsy as well as an elderly woman who had very bad arthritis. There were many God moments throughout the day, and we were blessed to build a number of strong relationships. In the evening we showed the ...
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Today we made the journey from Huaraz to Hierbabuena, in the Cordillera Blanca range. We brought with us two borrowed DVD players along with the rest of our equipment for showing the Jesus film. After we (very prayerfully) set up for the movie, many people began arriving. We opened with worship and then watched the Jesus film under the stars. It was a beautiful sight to see. So many faces intently glued to the screen. After the film, about 10 people prayed to receive salvation through Christ. We gave them Bibles and encouraged them to grow closer to the Lord every day. Our evening ended ...
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This morning we packed up and headed back to Huaraz from Antacocha. As we traveled through many charming villages we saw a number of the people harvesting and threshing their wheat. I couldn’t help but think of the abundant harvest that God is reaping in the mountains of Peru. Not only while we are here, but throughout the year through our missionary to Peru, Jaime. As we lift our eyes we see that the fields in Peru are truly white for the harvest. Many souls are hungry for the bread of life and thirsting for His living water. Many souls are ready to believe and grow in the Gospel. Ho...
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This morning as we were preparing to head for Ranraucro we took a few minutes to visit with one of our team member's friends, Pedro. We learned when Pedro was a young man he struggled with alcohol, gangs and fighting. We were blessed to share the Gospel with him and then prayed with him to recommit his life to Christ. (Please pray that Pedro continues to call upon the name of the Lord for victory over his struggles.) After an hour-long drive we arrived at the beautiful Antacocha Lagoon, which is serving as our first camp. We then set off on foot to Ranraucro. Trekking through the Cordillera...
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To acclimatize, Edwin chose a simple trek around Willkacocha, which is Quechua for “Grandson’s lake.” At about 11,000 feet we enjoyed the fellowship and the view of the breathtaking Cordillera Blanca range of Peru’s Andes mountains. We saved our devotional for our time at Willkacocha to talk about God’s wonderful plans for the next few days. We referred to Acts 5:39, which says, “but if it is of God you, cannot overthrow it — lest you even be found to fight against God.” We know that bringing the Good News into the mountains of Peru is of God ...
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This morning Jaime introduced us to Pastor Cesar, a man who has passionately devoted his life to following Jesus. We were blessed to learn Pastor Cesar’s testimony and how God is using him for His glory. After the team gathered around and prayed for him, Pastor Cesar decided to join our team today as we headed into the mountains. We are glad to have him join us. We know that God moved him to be a part of this team for a good purpose. After our time of prayer we went to the Bible League of Peru, where thanks to the Lord’s gracious provision we were able to buy 5 study Bibles for ...
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“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” — Psalm 133:1 (NKJV) Amen! After a full day of travel from Rochester, NY through Newark, NJ and finally to Lima, Peru, we are excited to be united with three of our brothers from last year’s mission to Peru. Jaime, C4C’s missionary to Peru, along with Franklin and Juan gave us a very warm welcome at the airport. We give thanks to the Lord for getting us to Lima safely, reuniting us with three of our beloved brothers, and for the work He has in store for us. — 12:31 a.m. ...
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One Christian once said, “The Gospel is only Good News if it gets there in time.” But what does this “Good News” become if it doesn’t reach a soul in time? One devotional that’s often used during our missions refers to it as the “could have been Good News.” The Gospel that doesn’t “get there in time” becomes a message of truth and love that could have brought salvation to a soul. God is passionate about getting His Gospel out to all people of all nations! He wants the lost to hear about and understand their need for His love, Hi...
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Date: July 8-21. Length of trip: 14 days. Team size: 4-6 members. Purpose: Trekking village to village in the Cordillera Blanca range to continue the delivery of the Good News of Jesus Christ. This expedition will pick up where the short-term teams from the last two years have left off and Peruvian missionary Jaime Servat has been ministering. This mission will include evangelism, discipleship, worship, and sharing of the Jesus film among God’s most magnificent creations – the Peruvian Andes. Cost: Estimated at US$2,900, including airfare to/from Peru. The estimate includes groun...
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Date: July 16-29, 2012. Purpose: To continue the work begun on the survey trip (Mission: Peru 2011) near Huascaran National Park. To serve with C4C Peru members and friends in bringing the Gospel to the unsaved, as well as strengthening and encouragement to the local church in several remote villages, while bringing glory to our God! Team size: 4-6 members. Cost: All in-country expenses (such as ground transportation, lodging and food) for this mission are estimated at US$1,500. This does not include travel to and from Lima, Peru. To apply: E-mail info@climbingforchrist.org&nb...
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Trekking toward Peruvian highpoint Nevado Huascaran. Peru is a country of breathtaking physical beauty! This is especially true in the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra ranges of the Andes Mountains. Gorgeous mountain peaks, valleys, lagoons, waterfalls and rivers beautifully proclaim the power and majesty of God. However, in spite of the country’s outward beauty, there remains a less-than-beautiful scene on the inside. Many Peruvians hold to some form of their traditional indigenous beliefs and practice them in one way or another. In many cases, this even goes on within churches. ...
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Mission Moments: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 “I ended the missionary exploration trips as it is difficult in the winter season,” missionary Jaime Servat said. “It is so hard to get ways to the villages with a lot of mud and landslides, which complicates every route in the highlands.” Jaime made two survey trips in October before the seasons changed. His latest was fraught with illness.
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Jaime trekking into Yacuywarmi, Peru. Mission Moment: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 Jaime Servat, Climbing For Christ’s missionary to Peru, was preparing for another survey mission — this time with our sponsored climber Edwin Milla. The pair will be going into villages in the Cordillera Negra range opposite the Cordillera Blanca Oct. 10-13. In September, Servat said God “showed me His love and the trails to understand better His grace and mercy through His mountains in the Ancash provinces” during his September survey mission. “Praise God because He is All in All.&...
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