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Photo of the Week: Nigeria   The newly dug borehole working in the Koma Hills. (Photo by Chris Joseph) “The villagers are enjoying the borehole,” Pastor Chris reported recently from Nigeria. “As you can see in the picture, there are jerricans [containers for liquids usually holding about five U.S. gallons or roughly 19 liters] of water at the base of it. I even washed my clothes and took my bath with the water.” CLICK HERE to read “Water for the Koma Hills.” Photos of the Week are for sale – 8-by-12-inch prints suitable for framing – for $25 plus shippin...
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Photo of the Week: Nigeria Pastor Chris trying out the new borehole well in Nigeria's Koma Hills. (Photos provided by Chris Joseph) CLICK HERE to read Water for the Koma Hills, Borehole project goal: opportunity to deliver Living Water.
Water for the Koma Hills Borehole project goal: opportunity to deliver Living Water Pastor Chris trying out the new borehole well. (Photos provided by Chris Joseph) Pastor Chris Joseph arrived in the Koma Hills with the borehole-well drillers and found a crowd gathered at Chief Moses’ house. He assumed it was a market day and the people had gathered to drink the native beer (Burukutu). “I asked after Chief Moses and I received the shocker of my life,” said Chris, a long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner. “Chief Moses passed on (the day...
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The tribal chief of the Koma people where Climbing For Christ has ministered in northeastern Nigeria since 2011 wondered when the mission might return to the Atlantika Mountains. “I told him that by God’s grace, they will visit the Koma people in November this year,” said Pastor Chris Joseph, a long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner in Nigeria. “The hamlet head was highly elated at this news.” Pastor Chris was sent back to the Koma people living along the Cameroon border in early January with the goal of purchasing land to establish a base...
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Putting down stakes in the Koma Hills Land purchased for C4C mission base By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ The tribal chief of the Koma people where Climbing For Christ has ministered in northeastern Nigeria since 2011 wondered when the mission might return to the Atlantika Mountains. “I told him that by God’s grace, they will visit the Koma people in November this year,” said Pastor Chris Joseph, a long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner in Nigeria. “The hamlet head was highly elated at this news.” Pas...
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Motorcycles, opposition, miracles, and a church When Pastor Chris Joseph arrived in Adamawa State in Nigeria’s notorious northeast, he found a ban against motorcycle travel. The long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner was returning to the Koma Hills along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon for the seventh time. He set out for Adamawa State from his home Rivers State in the south early on Monday, Sept. 7. “Due to the activities of Boko Haram and incessant armed robbery attacks, we passed the night in Jalingo, Taraba State,” Chris said. “We pro...
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Photo of the Week: Nigeria Photo of the Week by Gary Fallesen: Hiking into the Atlantika Mountains along the border between Nigeria and Cameron. Climbing For Christ has ministered to a primitive people living in the uninviting Koma Hills in northeastern Nigeria near the Cameroon border since visiting in 2011. Pastor Chris Joseph of partner ministry Lives Aglow completed his seventh visit into the Atlantika Mountains in September 2015. Atlantika is said to mean “Allah hasn’t yet arrived” in the Kanuri language. The Koma people have maintained their own folk religion despite being surrounded by Muslims ...
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Along the fault line between Islam and Christianity   The Atlantika Mountains in Nigeria’s notorious northeast. September 11 is a date that lives in infamy. But four days before – on Sept. 7, 2001 – acts of terror were committed in Nigeria that elevated the animosity between Christians and Muslims to new and more disturbing heights. These stories went mostly unreported in the wake of attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States. “Nigeria’s troubles between Christians and Muslims began in the late 1960s, during the Biafran c...
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Many Koma to Christ The threat of terrorism delayed C4C’s most recent foray into the Koma Hills. But the enemy could not keep the Word from reaching the Koma people living in Nigeria’s remote northeast. We wrestled successfully against the cosmic powers over this present darkness – including the failure of the local chief to announce the impending visit of our own Pastor Chris Joseph – to share the Jesus film and preach the Truth to a crowd of about 200 people. “Soaked in the power of the Holy Ghost, I expounded the Scriptures to them, exposing the dange...
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A door opens in Nigeria “…for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” – 1 Corinthians 16:9 (ESV) As we shared about the threats of Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria [see ‘I am Nigerian’] and prayed specifically for the work God has for Climbing For Christ among remote people living in the mountains there, a door was opened. When Pastor Chris Joseph, a C4C member and ministry partner in Nigeria, contacted Chief Moses of the Koma people about our next visit to the Atlantika Mountains, the chief informed us that h...
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‘I am Nigerian’ There was outrage: More than 1 million people walked the streets as a sign of solidarity against the attacks of Islamic terrorists. Forty world leaders joined the rally. The news was reported globally. “Je suis Charlie.” I am Charlie. The slogan was adopted by supporters of freedom in the wake of the murder of 12 journalists at the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris on Jan. 7.   There was no slogan, no rally, no outcry, and very little reported internationally when Boko Haram – one of the ultimate Islamic terrorist groups in the...
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Climbing For Christ has ministered to a primitive people living in the uninviting Koma Hills near the Cameroon border since visiting in 2011. PRAY: For Christians under attack in the Northeast, where terrorists have targeted the church in a quest to impose Islamic Sharia law. While Nigeria is 50.4 percent Christian most of those believers are in the South. Islam is the largest religion in the North, where Christians face severe persecution. GIVE: To support work being done in and through ministry partner Lives Aglow Global Outreach. If you can help send a contribution to Climbing Fo...
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Thousands have fled the Boko Haram attack on the city of Mubi to Yola in the northeastern state of Adamawa, where C4C ministers to Koma Hills people. C4C has been preparing to send Pastor Chris back to the Koma Hills to preach, teach and deliver gifts. “The purpose should be to convey your greetings to them and let them know that we still love them,” said Pastor Chris, who also hopes to show the Jesus Film to people from several villages in a central location. “It will be one night with the King. “The challenge there is these people are gift conscious,” Chris a...
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Shedding light on the horrors of Nigeria The news of the latest atrocity committed by the Nigerian terrorist organization Boko Haram reminded us of Climbing For Christ family members who have been kidnapped and forced to marry into another religion. It was heartbreakingly painful. Boko Haram has built a despicable reputation by murdering, burning churches, and now kidnapping schoolgirls. On April 14, this group of fanatics attacked a secondary school in the northeastern state of Borno and abducted nearly 300 girls. “The mood of Nigerians over the abduction of innocent female stu...
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Overcoming in the Koma Hills A village in the Koma Hills in northeastern Nigeria. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Pastor Chris Joseph arrived in Yola at 10:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4. This is significant because Yola is the capital of Adamawa, one of four states in northeastern Nigeria under a state of emergency because of the terrorist group Boko Haram. A curfew is imposed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. “For this reason, drivers have to speed up so as to arrive before 11 p.m.,” said Chris, a Climbing For Christ member with a ministry in the Christian south. We sent Chris back to the Koma Hi...
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Grieving the loss of Nigerian missionary’s son By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ president The third anniversary of the Lives Aglow church pastored by Climbing For Christ member Chris Joseph in Port Harcourt, Nigeria was celebrated Dec. 13-15. It was a wonderful success. One week later, Pastor Chris and his family grieved the loss of their youngest child. Emmanuel Paul Joseph died on his first birthday of a fever and bronchial pneumonia. “We loved him, but God love him most,” Chris said. The Joseph family with baby Emmanuel inset. Chris hurriedly finished chu...
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Proclaiming the Good News in the Koma Hills Pastor Chris Joseph, who serves with Climbing For Christ in Nigeria, returned to the Koma Hills on Dec. 12, 2012. He traveled from Port Harcourt in the south, where his family, home and church are located, to the Adamawa state in the northeast. “I arrived at Tantile, the village before Koma (Hills), and we drove straight to Chief Moses’ residence. But I was told he went to the market. Without any further delay, I asked Moses (the chief’s son) to serve as my guide to the Koma Hills dwellers. He obliged and we both proceeded to Wiwp...
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Nigeria's north was ranked 27th on the Open Doors' “World Watch List” of persecuted places (down slightly from 26th in 2009). In his final instructions to the church of the Thessalonians, Paul exhorts the church: “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, KJV). This week we're asking all of the prayer warriors associated with Climbing For Christ to pray for Nigeria and, particularly in the Muslim-ruled north, to lift our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ. We include Pastor Chris, a Climbing For Christ member.
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On a day when Nigerian member Chris Joseph said he lacked words “to express my heartfelt appreciation” for the Climbing For Christ support that will allow him to reopen his church, word came of more religious riots in Jos, Nigeria. Hundreds of Christians and Muslims have been killed in riots that began Jan. 17 when Muslim youths attacked a Catholic church and burned other church buildings. Nigeria was the focus of our Project Prayer during the week of Jan. 4. Northern Nigeria is ranked 27th on the 2010 World Watch List by Open Doors, which monitors global persecution against Chr...
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