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Articles by Gary Fallesen

Mission Moments: Pakistan (May 23, 2013)

Building His church “…and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18 (ESV) God is using Climbing For Christ to build churches in Chalhua, Peru; Jimani, Dominican Republic; Mare Pitre, Haiti, and Kathmandu, Nepal. We have asked for support – prayerful and financial – for these projects. We are adding another: Faisalabad, Pakistan. “As I was praying to the Lord for a church building, (the) Lord showed me a piece of land, which is in beautiful area where our congregation could jo... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Nepal (May 2013)

By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ president “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9 (ESV) It seemed a clear directive. Ask for funding to GO to Nepal and receive more than enough funding to GO to Nepal. [See E-Newsletter 222.] This was God’s plan, right? And then the usual spiritual attacks set in, including illness. No worries. We’ve been this way before. But in the hours ... Read more »

Uganda: ‘Attacked by floods’

Kasese, Uganda: A river runs through it. The town of Kasese sits at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains along the border of Uganda and Democrat Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. It is a gateway to a range long referred to as the “Mountains of the Moon.” When Italian explorer Gaetano Casati first saw the Rwenzori in 1889 he declared, “Cold and horrible monsters are said to rule over it.” Storied British mountaineer Stephen Venables called his ascent of Rwenzori highpoint Margherita in 1987 “one of the best mountain adventures of my life.” He climbed ... Read more »

2013 World Watch List

Open Doors, a ministry that serves the persecuted church, found an increase in attacks on Christianity in Africa in 2012, citing a rise in radical Muslims in politics, business and judicial power as well as increased terrorism by groups such as Boko Haram in Nigeria. As a result, 15 African nations rank among the 50 countries on the 2013 World Watch List of places where Christians face the most severe persecution for their faith. Five of the newcomers to the list are from Africa: Mali (at No. 7), Tanzania (24), Kenya (40), Uganda (47) and Niger (50). North Korea remains No. 1 on the Wor... Read more »

Mission Moments: Haiti (April 2013)

Seeing fruit in a dry land Story by Gary Fallesen, Climbing For Christ president Photos by Miguel Rubén Guante, Climbing For Christ missionary to Haiti “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…” – Galatians 5:22 (ESV)  April seminary. There was a low turnout for our monthly seminary, which met April 26 in Thoman to discuss the “Fruit of the Spirit.” It was part one of two parts written by Climbing For Christ spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley and translated and shared by Haitian mission... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Morocco (April 2013)

By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ “The way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few”  (Matthew 7:14). More workers are needed to deliver the Good News on trails like these in the High Atlas Mountains. Thursday, April 25 Brandy Everts and I have returned to North America, knowing, of course, that this is not our home and that our mission is not complete. We will continue to GO to the ends of the earth, including Morocco, until the work is finished. Michael Heitland left Morocco Wednesday morning, bound for South Africa and some work with ... Read more »

PROFILE: Berber People of Morocco

Rather than calling themselves “Berbers,” they refer to themselves by the name of their particular subgroup. The Berbers also call themselves the “Imazighen,” which means “man of noble origin.” Prior to the 7th century, the Berbers had successfully resisted foreign invasions of Islam. The arrival of Arabs in Morocco in the 7th century resulted in the gradual conversion of some Berbers from Christianity to Islam. In 788, about a century after the Arab conquest of North Africa, a series of Moroccan Muslim dynasties began to rule. It was not until the 13th c... Read more »

Meagan Prins

Meagan Prins, right, with friends in the mountains. Nationality: American. Occupation: Student Athlete. Missions with C4C: First. How long have you climbed? I grew up in Colorado, so I have been hiking my whole life. I haven’t actually rock climbed much. Type of climbing you do: Hiking. Highlight of climbing career: I climbed Mount Princeton (a moderately difficult 14er) last summer with some friends. How long have you been a Christian? I accepted Christ as my personal savior at the age of 6, but I didn’t truly own that faith until about middle school. I have been growing and im... Read more »

Mission Moment: Pakistan (April 4)

Pray for the persecuted, and persecutors “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” – Jesus speaking in Matthew 5:43-44 (ESV) Delivering bowls and towels to those in need. Save Pakistan ministry celebrated Resurrection Sunday by delivering relief items ranging from water glasses and jugs to food bowls and tea cups to towels, toothbrushes, shampoo and soap to many of our brothers and sisters in Christ in Lahore, Pakistan, who were victim... Read more »

Philippines: Your brother's keeper

Mission: Philippines 2013 (March Trip Report) Your brother’s keeper By Ace Concordia C4C Philippines coordinator I remember one time last year when I opened my Facebook page and received a notice that it was my brother Chris’s birthday. I got so busy that I almost missed greeting him. Chris is my only sibling; we both have our own families now and don’t get to see each other often. We grew up loving the same things – from comic books to mountain bikes to hiking. I miss when we could just spend the whole day riding our bikes, talking about anything and everything. Th... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Dalipey, Philippines

Photo of the Week: Dalipey, PhilippinesC4C Philippines mission team with members of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) in front of their house of worship in Dalipey. CLICK HERE for the Trip Report from Mission: Philippines (the first of four in 2013). Read more »

Adreian "Ace" Concordia

Ace Concordia, teaching in Tacadang. Nationality: Filipino. Occupation: Businessman. Missions with C4C: Indonesia 2012, and 15 expeditions in the Philippines from 2008-2013. How long have you climbed?  10-plus years. Type of climbing you do: Hiking, trekking. Highlight of climbing career: Reaching the village of Tacadang on the first mission climb in the Philippines on July 31, 2008. How long have you been a Christian? Sept. 15, 1991. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Climbing For Christ. Favorite Scripture verse (and why):  Joshua 1:1-9. The Lord gave ... Read more »

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 »
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