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Mission: Kilimanjaro 2016 By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ CLICK HERE to read the Mission: Kilimanjaro 2016 Trip Report: Feeding needs and hungering souls Wednesday, Aug. 31 Damson, second from right, with the rest of our team and guides (left to right) Saidi, Jim, Yusuf, Gary and Joe on top of Barranco Wall (about 14,000 feet). Our team was at the Mweka Huts on Kilimanjaro, the last of six camps during our seven-day trek, doing daily devotionals together. We were on our way down from the mountaintop. The lesson from a new study written by Climbing For Christ ...
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Living to tell the tale of Jesus By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Gary tied into a rope for the first time on Mount Rainier in 1996. (Photo by Kevin Flynn) I was introduced to mountaineering by my friend Kevin Flynn in August 1996. I had written about his climbs on Denali and Aconcagua as a sports writer for the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle newspaper, asking the common question: “Why do you climb?” When I became the outdoor writer at the paper, I decided I wanted to find out what climbing was all about. I asked to go on a tri...
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Kilimanjaro Chapter members meeting with Damson Samson. Praying for more lives transformed Gregory Nyange Aman’s life has been changed by his association with the Kilimanjaro Chapter. He stopped smoking and drinking, and he testified that all of the “challenges in the family” that resulted from those vices have “completely gone away.” “Now, they are able to pray together as a family,” said Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ’s missionary to East Africa.   Gregory Nyange Aman. Damson’s latest mission trip to Tanza...
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Mount Kilimanjaro summit ridge, 1998. Roots on the rooftop of Africa By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ Kilimanjaro holds a special place in the formation and growth of Climbing For Christ. As I was training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in 1998, God spoke to me and told me to start a Christian climbing organization. From that encounter on a road outside of Rochester, NY, USA, Climbing For Christ was eventually born. In the original “Mission: Vision,” written in June 2004, Kilimanjaro was identified as a “model mission,” where we could se...
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Damson Samson lives in southern Malawi, but most of his work for Climbing For Christ is done in northeastern Tanzania. He became Climbing For Christ’s missionary to East Africa in March 2014 and has been sent to the Kilimanjaro area seven times from mid-2014 through 2015. Damson is looking forward to Mission: Kilimanjaro 2016, which will occur in August. A Climbing For Christ team will join Damson in teaching and encouraging guides and porters who are part of the Kilimanjaro Chapter (formed in 2008). Team members also will climb Kilimanjaro. This will be our ninth Kilimanjaro expediti...
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Much joy in heaven over sinners who repented By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Damson Samson was “terrified” and humbled when our latest Kilimanjaro evangelism training conference kicked off with eight guides and porters accepting Jesus. “I wondered when could they get this marvelous gift if not for this conference,” Damson said on Nov. 30 after returning from Tanzania to his home in southern Malawi. He also wondered how great the celebration in heaven must be for eight souls saved when the Bible tells us “there will be more joy in heaven ove...
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Building something of eternal value Damson Samson had a vision as he was riding a bus toward Mount Kilimanjaro. He was making his fourth trip of the year to Tanzania to work with guides and porters who are learning how to evangelize on and around Africa’s tallest and most attractive mountain. This trip had been delayed as he celebrated the blessed birth of his second child, a daughter. “I saw myself building and from nowhere it rained and flash (flooded) all of the structures,” Damson said about his vision. “I was asking myself, ‘What’s this that I saw?&rs...
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Photo of the Week: Tanzania Local ambulance: A Kilimanjaro porter pushes a mobile stretcher used to take seriously ill or injured people off the mountain. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Kilimanjaro 2011) Caring for the lost on Kilimanjaro The roots of Climbing For Christ are found in East Africa on Mount Kilimanjaro. This is where God planted the seeds of HIS ministry in 1998 and where He has led us to carry out eight missions (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, two in 2014, and 2015) On the inaugural Evangelic Expedition, C4C team members delivered duffels of gear to the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project in Mosh...
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Photo of the Week: Tanzania Photo of the Week: Porters carrying loads to high camp on 19,341-foot (5,895-meter) Mount Kilimanjaro during Mission: Kilimanjaro 2013 by Gary Fallesen. Gary Fallesen’s first big mountain was Kilimanjaro. He climbed it in 1998 – only 1½ years after he took up mountaineering (by climbing Mount Rainier in Washington state). As Gary was running down a road in Rochester, NY, while training to climb Kilimanjaro, God spoke to him and told him to start a Christian climbing organization. From that meeting on a road, Climbing For Christ was born and raised up. [CLICK HERE to watc]...
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A ‘vote of thanks’ from Tanzania By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ “If you swallow the whole banana, you get problems in your stomach. You have to chew.” – Proverb by Kilimanjaro Chapter member Dauson Chongo Porters carrying gear out of Karanga Camp at 13,500 feet on Mount Kilimanjaro. During Mission: Kilimanjaro 2015 in March we agreed that East African missionary Damson Samson needed to spend more time with Kilimanjaro Chapter members. We could not expect guides and porters to learn how to evangelize and employ their teachings on Mo...
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Growing disciples to work on the mountain By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ   There are fertile fields around Mount Kilimanjaro. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Damson Samson emerged from the fifth house after a day of home visits among our Kilimanjaro Chapter members in April with eyes wide open. “I realized how important this trip is,” said our missionary to East Africa, who lives in southern Malawi but is sent periodically by C4C to visit the area around Mount Kilimanjaro in northeastern Tanzania. We are working with guides and porters there to equip...
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Seeing God’s glory on Africa’s roof By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ   Moving on up: guides, porters and trekkers climbing toward the distant summit in the background. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) The pre-dawn hours near the rooftop of Africa are the coldest. As trekkers and their guides inch ever closer to the summit of 19,341-foot (5,895-meter) Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, temperatures are well below freezing. Dauson Chonjo uses this time to witness to his co-workers on the mountain. “What if you are in an endless pit,” the Kiliman...
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Mission: Kilimanjaro 2015 By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ Sunday, March 15 Mount Kilimanjaro’s main summit (Kibo), left, with the smaller Mawenzi, right, from the road to the airport. Jordan and I said goodbye for now to Tanzania, leaving Damson to his work, when we flew out of East Africa this morning. Next stop: Nepal. CLICK HERE for Mission: Nepal 2015 Dispatches. Saturday, March 14 The rainy season should be starting. People are ready to plant crops. But it is hot and dry – with no sign of rain. Yusuf, our old friend and Kilimanjaro guide,...
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Climbing For Christ has been linked to Mount Kilimanjaro since the beginning of the ministry. While training to climb Kilimanjaro in 1998, God planted the idea of C4C in the heart of Gary Fallesen. Seven missions have been carried out to Kilimanjaro and gateway villages from 2007-2014. PRAY: That non-Christian guides and porters (about half of those working on Kilimanjaro) and tens of thousands of trekkers climbing annually would be reached by C4C Kilimanjaro Chapter guides and porters on Africa’s tallest peak. CLICK HERE for the Mission: Kilimanjaro 2015 (March) Prayer Bulletin. GIVE...
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Planting, watering, and God-given growth By Jordan Rowley C4C spiritual coordinator Even prior to departing for Tanzania on Nov. 10, the Lord instilled in me a humbling sense that I would be tasting fruit from work that had taken place long before my involvement. Indeed the fruit was sweet, as the planting and watering has been divinely directed since 1998 – when God first placed the vision of Climbing For Christ upon the heart of its founding president, Gary Fallesen. “We took our first mission team to Kilimanjaro in 2007. During that trip, God intersected the paths of G...
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Kilimanjaro holds a special place in the formation and growth of Climbing For Christ. As Gary Fallesen was training to climb Kilimanjaro in 1998, God spoke to him and told him to start a Christian climbing organization. From that meeting on a road, Climbing For Christ was eventually born. In the original “Mission: Vision,” written in 2004, Kilimanjaro was identified as a “model mission,” where we could serve the hundreds of guides and porters and reach tens of thousands of trekkers. In 2007, our first short-term team went to Kilimanjaro. As always, God had gone before ...
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Sunday, Nov. 23 Damson Samson teaching during our evangelism conference. (Photo by Jordan Rowley) Damson, our missionary to East Africa, finished his four days of travel by bus from northeastern Tanzania to southern Malawi. “I am humbled to let you know that I have arrived well and I want to send my thanks to all members who had their time in prayer for the sake of the conference. It was a great work done to His glory,” Damson said. “What a blessed trip to be with Jordan, the Spirit-filled servant. We witnessed the power of God at work in all areas in our time with ...
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There is religious freedom as well as equal rights and opportunities for Christians and Muslims to worship and share their faith in Tanzania. This allows room for the Holy Spirit to work. The coast, Zanzibar and many of the southern provinces are Muslim dominated. Muslim “extremists” earned Zanzibar a ranking among the 50 most persecuted places for Christians for many years, according to Open Doors. “Christians struggle to find employment and gain access to education,” the World Watch List stated in 2009. But in 2013 the entire nation of Tanzania rece...
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Mission: Kilimanjaro 2014 By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ Monday, Aug. 11 The long journeys to respective homes have begun with Damson going by bus to southern Malawi and Hayley and me flying out of Kilimanjaro International Airport on the first of our three flights. Damson's ride will take three or four days, while our air travel is scheduled for 33 hours. Saturday, Aug. 9-Monday, Aug. 11 Hayley and I are on safari with Yusuf. Friday, Aug. 8 The seven-day climb of Kilimanjaro ended this morning as we descended from the last camp at 10,000 feet to the Mwek...
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