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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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PRAY: For the church to grow and arise. Tanzania is reportedly half Christian, but only 8 percent of “believers” attend worship. The lack of Biblical knowledge, the need for discipleship, and lifestyle changes that provide a genuine witness of Christ to Muslims and animists are among the needs. GIVE: To support an indigenous worker who will serve among the guides and porters employed on Africa’s highest mountain. Send donations to Climbing For Christ, c/o Mission: Kilimanjaro, P.O. Box 16290, Rochester, NY 14616-0290 USA. Or CLICK HERE and give online via PayPal. GO: J...
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Please join us in lifting up the nation of Tanzania - especially those committed to working on or near Kilimanjaro.
Mission: Kilimanjaro 2013 Trip Report: Healing rains fall in Africa By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ We may have cursed under our breath at the weather conditions on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, but there was no use praying for the rain to stop. We were outnumbered by all of the farmers in the fields spread out below us. They were praying for the start of the rainy season as they prepared to plant their many crops. Day 3 of the Kilimanjaro trek saw our team climbing into snow at 14,000 feet. So we climbed in rain and snow, wind and cold, all the while humming the tune of T...
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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...
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DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Monday, March 25) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ We shared our appreciation and said our good-byes to the team that trekked Kilimanjaro with us during the traditional tipping ceremony in Moshi. (Guides and porters make more in tips from climbers than they do in salary from their trekking company). Yusuf said that when someone comes two or three times they are no longer clients, but like family. Climbing For Christ has used the same guides and porters five times since 2007. They are familiar faces and we enjoy greater interaction with them on each tr...
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DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Sunday, March 24) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Our team finished our descent off the mountain on Day 7 of the Kilimanjaro trek. We completed a 45-mile (72-kilometer) circuit up the Machame Route and down the Mweka Route. After Joshua Cook and Michael Heitland summited 19,340-foot (5,895-meter) Kilimanjaro on Saturday morning, we descended from Barafu Hut at 15,300 feet to Mweka Hut at 10,300 feet. The trek then concluded at the Mweka Gate (5,800 feet) this morning. Cross in the road: Joshua Cook, left, and Michael Heitland pause at a cross made...
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DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Saturday, March 23) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Joshua Cook and Michael Heitland reached the summit of Kilimanjaro accompanied by guide Saidi and assistant guide Mohamed at 7:20 a.m. in extremely high winds and bitter cold. Joshua and Michael give all praise, honor and glory to the One Who created this beautiful mountain and all things. “I lift my eyes up to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:1-2 While preparing to climb Kiliman...
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DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Friday, March 22) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Our old friend Yusuf joined us a Barafu Hut on Day 5 of our Kilimanjaro trek. Barafu is the high camp on the Machame Route at 15,360 feet (4,680 meters). We ascended only 2,105 feet, taking 3 hours to hike 2.2 miles from Karanga Camp. Yusuf climbed all the way from Mwenka Gate – about 10,000 feet – in 6 hours. For Joshua Cook, Mike Heitland and me it was a day filled with sunshine (our first) and SONshine. Yusuf has guided Climbing For Christ members in 2007, 2010 and 2011. He has reached...
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DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Thursday, March 21) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Milaji brings hot water to our tents in the morning and offers us a choice of coffee or tea to drink. Milaji is one of 10 porters working on our trek. He has the slightly higher standing job of waiter. The pecking order is guide (Saidi), assistant guide (Mohamed), cook (Riziki), waiter (Milaji), toilet doctor (Mohamed, the man who takes care of our traveling port-o-potty), and the other porters (John, Manuel, Daudi, Abraham, Faaraj, Steven, Juma and Mohamed). Each of these men carries their own gea...
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