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Kala Matzdorf

Kala Matzdorf, serving in Africa. Nationality: American. Occupation: Student. Missions with C4C: First. How long have you climbed? I have been hiking for as long as I can remember.  Type of climbing you do: Mainly day-hiking. Highlight of climbing career: Hiking Half Dome in Yosemite with my dad.  How long have you been a Christian? I have been a Christian since I was 10 years old.  Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Most recently, I served in an after school program for at-risk children in Florida. Favorite Scripture verse (and why): Philippians 4:4-9. ("Rejoic... Read more »

Trip Report: Kilimanjaro 2013

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... Read more »

Mission Moment: Haiti (Friday, March 29, 2013)

Haiti’s waiting on the rain Beans have been delivered to farmers in Malasi, teaching to pastors and church leaders at the monthly seminary in Thoman, and fertilizer to people in Gentilhomme. These were among the blessings of recent weeks in Haiti. At the same time, our teacher from Thoman (Vixson) was buried, another teacher from Malasi (Emilien) recovered from illness, and a teacher from Gentilhomme (Mathuren) was arrested on the Dominican border. These were among the many challenges in recent weeks in Haiti. In addition to teaching six pastors and 15 leaders from six villages at the... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Tuesday, March 26)

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... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Monday, March 25)

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... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Sunday, March 24)

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... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Saturday, March 23)

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... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Friday, March 22)

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... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Thursday, March 21)

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... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Wednesday, March 20)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Wednesday, March 20) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Riziki, our cook, came to visit after breakfast to see if the porridge, mango, eggs, toast and drinks were to our liking. Riziki has cooked for trekkers for eight years; he first worked with us in 2007. He is an excellent cook, serving up ginger soup, and chicken with rice and fried sweet bananas for one of our dinners. He also made us lunch for the trail on Day 3 on Kilimanjaro. We set out from Shira Camp after a night of rain and hiked in rain and then snow up above 14,000 feet. After ascending ... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Tuesday, March 19)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Tuesday, March 19) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Saidi, left, and Mohamed during a rest stop on the trail. Saidi and Mohamed led us out of the Machame Hut and directly uphill for about 1,200 vertical feet to start Day 2 on Kilimanjaro. We trekked another 3.5 miles, gaining nearly 3,000 feet before dropping down to Shira Camp at 12,630 feet (3,850 meters). We were on the trail for about five hours and reached camp just before the rain began. Saidi, 42, who helped guide us in 2007 and befriended my son Jesse, is guiding for only the seventh time ... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Monday, March 18)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Monday, March 18) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Mohamed, our assistant guide and another friend on Kilimanjaro, led us uphill from the Machame Gate. It’s ALL uphill from here, starting at 6,000 feet (1,830 meters) and ascending to 19,340 feet (5,895 meters). We climbed nearly 4,000 feet (about 1,200 meters) in about 3 ½ miles (which means steep terrain) on Day 1. It took about five hours and most of the hike was in the rain. Mohamed. Mohamed set the pace: pole pole (slowly slowly in Swahili). He has been doing this for 26 years, si... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Sunday, March 17)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Sunday, March 17) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ “And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.” - Luke 22:43 (ESV) I shared during worship an email I received yesterday about a house pastor in China who'd been arrested and beaten. The pastor testified that he was prepared for the incident by the visit of an angel. “Angels appear to give us strength,” he wrote. “And so all the time I was being taken to the police station in a cramped van, I was repeating the words of the angel to me, 'I will help y... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Saturday, March 16)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Saturday, March 16) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ More than 50 guides and porters showed up for evangelistic training at Pastor Mosha's old church in Marangu. It was our best turnout in several years. In the end, after many disruptions and interruptions, starts and stops, comings and goings, and changing translators, one man stood to say "asante" (thanks). He was one of about 30 still in the room after 3 1/2 hours. They'd listened to me explain why God sent us here: to equip the guides and porters to do year-round what we can only give two weeks -... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Friday, March 15)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Friday, March 15) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ We landed at Kilimanjaro airport at 3:15 a.m. local time and were reunited with old friend Yusuf, our guide on the mountain. It was after 5:30 a.m. by the time we got into our room in Moshi, completing the usual 30-plus hours of travel from North America to Africa. After a few hours of sleep we spent some time with Yusuf and then were transported by Pastor Mosha to his home outside Marangu. We looked at our future missionary-to-Tanzania's possible rooms, attached to Pastor Mosha's home, and the vehic... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Thursday, March 14)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Thursday, March 14) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ To paraphrase the words of my boyhood hero, legendary American novelist Kurt Vonnegut: In the air I am beautiful. As we fly – or even as we wait from one airport to the next – there is a great anticipation. Of where we are GO-ing, of who we will meet, of the things God will have for us to do with Him. “It is the LORD who goes before you.” (Deuteronomy 31:8). He has prepared – and is preparing – the way for us to GO. We are in the air and airports this day, headin... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Kilimanjaro

Photo of the Week: KilimanjaroA cross cairn built on the Rock by Climbing For Christ members ascending Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro during Mission: Kilimanjaro 2007. (Photo by Shawn Dowd) CLICK HERE for daily Dispatches from Mission: Kilimanjaro 2013. Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Wednesday, March 13)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Wednesday, March 13) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Today is GO day! “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation.’” (Mark 16:15, ESV). Surprisingly, only three of us answered the call to go again to Tanzania. I am joined on our fifth Mission: Kilimanjaro team by Joshua Cook of Colorado Springs, CO and Michael Heitland of Fargo, ND. Both have been this way before, declaring, as Isaiah did, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8). Joshua served on Mission: Haiti 20... Read more »

Mission Moment: Malawi (Feb. 27, 2013)

Flood waters rise “Let not the flood sweep over me, or the deep swallow me up...” – Psalm 69:15 (ESV) “In Malawi, the month of February is the toughest month in terms of hunger,” said Pastor Duncan Nyozani of Searchlight Ministries in southern Malawi. “Now we just need prayers because the situation is very worse here. “Have you heard about these floods here? We are affected, many church members, villagers and my relatives have lost homes due to floods. All our crops in farmlands are washed away. The rains are very heavy, and dangerous.” Th... Read more »

Mission Moment: Haiti (Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013)

A death in Haiti By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ The news came on Friday with a message that began simply “there are problems in Haiti.” There is a litany actually. But this specific problem involved Vixson, a 21-year-old teacher in our school at the church at Thoman. He was riding a motorcycle from Soliette with another boy when he was struck and killed immediately by a heavy truck. Vixson was not married and did not have children. He had been working in the Thoman school since 2010 and was teaching the second-year students. Another death in Haiti. Another death... Read more »

Video: Dapcha Testimony

Krishna Lama met Jesus Christ in Kathmandu in 2006. He accepted the Lord as his Savior. Then, after receiving discipleship training in Pastor Tej Rokka's SARA Church on the Rock, Krishna returned to his Central Nepal village of Dapcha and started a house church. On Christmas day in 2007, Sumitra Pariyar came to this church with her parents and one brother. Gopal Pariyar needed to carry his daughter to their first Christian worship. She had been crippled for many years after suffering a debilitating fever when she was 7 years old. The Hindu family had heard that Jesus could heal people. T... Read more »

Mission Moment: Philippines - The bridge

Be the bridge to the mountain people of the Philippines Update: The first 10 Kankanaey Bibles have been received (see photos at bottom of story) By Ace Concordia Climbing For Christ Philippines coordinator When we trek the trails of the mountains of Kibungan we pass by many hanging bridges. Some are small and go over small streams and canals. There are also some that are long and high like the Bacayawan foot bridge over the Amburayan River, which is 400 feet long and 200 feet in height. Roads and bridges are a sign that progress is coming to a community. But there are no... Read more »

Snowshoeing for the birds

For the fifth straight year, Climbing For Christ's Western New York Chapter is partnering with Heritage Christian Services on a series of special hikes. The 2013 kick-off was on Super Bowl weekend - Saturday, Feb. 2 - at Mendon Ponds Park in suburban Rochester, NY. Story by Diane Sturmer (Heritage Christian Services/Climbing For Christ member) Photos by Gary Fallesen (C4C president) Elaine Fallesen had the chickadees eating out of her hand. New snow covered Birdsong trail and more than 20 of us enjoyed a special time of snowshoeing and hiking! The chickadees were plentiful and many ... Read more »

Mission Moment: Peru (January report)

Mission Moments: Peru (January) In November 2012, Climbing For Christ was blessed to receive a generous donation from an American sister in Christ who wanted to see a church built in Chalhua. This was the answer to 1½ years of prayer by C4C. The church-building project began when Climbing For Christ’s missionary to Peru, Jaime Servat, went to Chalhua to finalize the purchase of land. Here is Jaime’s edited report from the field: I arrived in Chalhua village on Thursday, Jan. 3 to see Allison’s family, which was a blessing. [Allison is the young girl first befriended]... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Haiti

Photo of the Week: HaitiIn Haiti, the "EMT" (Eric's Memorial Tent, named in honor of late Climbing For Christ friend Dr. Eric Cederstrom) is used during medical clinics. It made its debut in March 2012 in Malasi, Haiti, and will again be used on Mission: Haiti 2013 in January. Read more »
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