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Articles by Gary Fallesen

DISPATCH: Monday, Jan 23

When we left Syaphrubesi and immediately climbed a steep 2,250 vertical feet to begin our trek, we thought we were going where there were no Christians. But one — the only believer from Syaphrubesi — was walking with us. Chiring is one of our three porters. Then we passed a village and saw a church. Then later, when we arrived at our first day's destination, Gatlang, after 5 ½ hours of hiking, we discovered there were two small churches in this otherwise Buddhist village. Then we found out that a team of 45 Korean Christians had been here yesterday and delivered clothing to... Read more »

DISPATCH: Sunday, Jan. 22

We made the hard eight-hour bus ride north from Kathmandu up serpentine roads with certain-death dropoffs staring back from outside the window. Nepali passengers were puking around us. “It was the worst bus ride of my life,” Marissa said. But it was worth it when we reached the village of Syaphrubesi in Langtang National Park and prayed about the five-day trek God has for us. Megh, who was asked to plan a route in Langtang, said God directed him to the Tamang Heritage Trek. It is off the beaten tourist path and goes through many villages to the west of Langtang. We will see what do... Read more »

DISPATCH: Saturday, Jan. 21

Worshipers gathering at the church at Dapcha. We worshiped with the church at Dapcha and words fail to convey the Spirit-charged experiences of our team with more than 60 Nepali brothers and sisters in Christ. I was blessed to preach and shared how Jesus can not only change the life of one person and one family, in this case the rescued soul of Sumitra Pariyar, but how He can also use the healing of one to impact many around the world. As Dave told the congregation when he spoke, in a divinely inspired offering toward the end of my message, he is here in Nepal in part because of the video he... Read more »

DISPATCH: Friday, Jan. 20

Our hearts overflowed with joy when we saw the white steps ascending a hill to a church where a year ago we were using primitive tools to clear the land. The church at Dapcha is a thing of beauty. We were blessed to share with about 60 beautiful people inside at the SARA (Savior Alone Reaches Asians) Spiritual Revival Seminar. I talked about God’s love and sharing it with our enemies. Brandy addressed leadership and pursuing God’s dream for your life. And Pastor Tej talked about trusting God to receive healing and deliverance — after which the team prayed for all of the... Read more »

DISPATCH: Thursday, Jan. 19

The pyres burned along the banks of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu as the dead were cremated one after another. To the Hindus here, it is part of “samsara” — the ongoing cycle of rebirth (or reincarnation) that they must endure. The skulls of the dead are broken so memories can be released and will not be remembered in the next life, and the bodies are destroyed. Our team watched the ceremonies at the Pashupati Temple, which is one of the world’s most significant Hindu temples of the Lord Shiva. Shiva, the destroyer god, is one the more than 330 million gods and g... Read more »

DISPATCH: Monday, Jan. 16

The team has taken to the air with Brandy and Marissa flying East from western Canada and Dave and Gary flying West from the eastern U.S. Everyone is scheduled to meet Wednesday in Nepal. We were sent off with prayer and these words from Ephesians 3:16-21: “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep... Read more »

DISPATCH: Sunday, Jan. 15

As our team prepares to GO, we share our prayers for the weeks ahead. Brandy Everts: “I pray that God would give us the strength to do everything He has planned for us and that we would be stretched and challenged so that we are molded more into His image and the final product is that He gets ALL the glory!” Gary Fallesen: “That we would boldly, fearlessly and lovingly walk through the doors God is opening for us. Here we go, Lord, have Your way.” Marissa Gardiner: “My prayer is for more salvations than we think possible.” Megh Gurung:&nbs... Read more »

Bibles for Nepal

Brad Stine comedy show 'Put a Climbing Helmet On!' raises funds By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ “People who are holding fundraisers are trying to raise funds,” comedian Brad Stine said, candidly stating the obvious during one of his many serious moments at our “Put a Climbing Helmet On!” fundraiser on Friday, Jan. 6. “(You're thinking) 'Oh, you're just trying to make me feel guilty.' If you feel guilty, you probably are. We as Christians call it 'conviction.'” The Holy Spirit impressed upon an audience of more than 400 people the ne... Read more »

Trip Report: Divine meetings in Koma Hills

We waited for seven hours, shaded by a large tree from the 100-degree heat, until the village chief arrived. This is Africa: Permission is needed from tribal leaders to visit their land. Their approval opens doors to evangelism. When the chief arrived, he said: “I met you on the road.” We glanced at each other, not recognizing the chief or what he was talking about. Maybe we were still in a jet-lagged fog from four days of travel — two by air, two by road — from North America to northeastern Nigeria. Then we realized he was the man riding by motorbike in the op... Read more »

Tuesday, Dec. 13

By the grace of God the North American team members have returned safely to the States. Read more »

Monday, Dec. 12

The supposed one-hour drive to the airport in Port Harcourt was in its second hour and we were stuck in gridlock like I have never seen in visits to 30 countries. The sun was blotted out by the uncontrolled emissions spewing from idling vehicles parked six lanes across on a six-lane road. That's right, the vehicles going in our direction had spread out and overtaken the oncoming lanes. The air in our AC-less car was brutally hot and burning our eyes and lungs. That's when our vehicle stalled. Things were growing desperate as we prayed harder and harder. Chris went from vehicle to vehicle as... Read more »

Sunday, Dec. 11

"We are missing you already." This was first said before 3 1/2 hours of worship had even ended at Chris' church. There was an outpouring of love from our brothers and sisters in Christ on our last full day in Nigeria. I was blessed to be asked to preach, and shared a message on love — based mostly on 1 John 4. I asked the church of about 80 adults and children, "Who are you willing to die for?" I spoke about missions and how we are called to love even our enemies (Matthew 5:43-4). I encouraged the church to show the God of love (1 John 4:16) to the world. We then played the Jars of Cl... Read more »

Saturday, Dec. 10

We enjoyed a wonderful time of worship this evening after an outstanding day of teaching at the leadership and missions conference at Chris' Lives Aglow Global Outreach Centre in Port Harcourt. Mike teaching on leadership. The team did an excellent job of sharing many things that God put on our hearts with 55 adults and at least half as many children. These lessons included Mike's conference teaching on Gospel-centered leadership. His instruction focused on how the cross is the essence of the Gospel; anything else misses the target. This led into my sharing that those who do not know can... Read more »
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Friday, Dec. 9

We kicked off this weekend's first anniversary celebration at Chris' Lives Aglow Global Outreach Centre tonight with an evening of praise and worship. I was blessed to set foot in the Wonderland Chapel, as Chris calls his church in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. This is a church that God used Climbing For Christ to rescue, which is what we are celebrating this weekend. Worshipping at Lives Aglow Global Outreach Centre. We told stories of our mission to Koma Hills and then spoke to the standing-room-only crowd of about 65, including a full worship band in a room measuring 30-by-25 feet. Bra... Read more »

Thursday, Dec. 8

Pastor Chris Joseph speaking at the day-long conference. We taught about effective leadership and missions at a one-day conference put on by Chris in his hometown of Gboko in Benue state. Pastor Sam Gar from the local Christian Association of Nigeria opened the meeting at Gboko Christian Centre saying that he believed God would speak through their three North American guests. That was our prayer as we shared about being called to go (Gary), the six Biblical principles of effective leadership (Mike), and how to raise women as frontline leaders (Brandy). We returned to the church for an ev... Read more »

Wednesday, Dec. 7

We left the distinct beauty of the Koma Hills to return to the land of police checks and extortion. The chief of Tantille saw us off at daybreak. We prayed for him and for the work that has begun here and then made the three-hour drive in a compact car down the very dusty 90-mile dirt road to Yola. From there we proceeded for eight more hours to Gboko in Benue state, where we are speaking Thursday at a one-day conference on leadership and missions hosted by Chris' ministry. Before leaving the Koma Hills we were introduced Tuesday evening to a man who practices black magic. The chief arrange... Read more »

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Meet our new brother in Christ — Waneke. We hiked up 1,300 vertical feet in 100-degree heat that is apparently common during the dry season in the Koma Hills. We reached the village of Wagi. All of the villagers were out farming, but we found a boy to send for the village chief. Waneke arrived and we sat with him under the shade of a tree. We learned a little about him and his village. There is a church there, but Waneke does not attend. “His father made him a traditional head. He cannot be Christian,” said Lazarus, who served as our translator in the Wagi dialect (many vi... Read more »

Monday, Dec. 5

We trekked downhill from Wiwp and through several other villages in the Koma Hills with temperatures of 105F in the sun. We needed to return to Tantille after our water filter broke as we obviously need drinking water in this blistering heat. We know this is part of God's plan because the chief of Tantille came for a long visit after our return. We learned many things about the 16 villages he governs. He invited us to send a full-time missionary here to minister to the 4,000+ living up in the mountains. We were welcomed back to the Christian church and school at the entry to the hills. Chri... Read more »

Sunday, Dec. 4

We hiked for five hours into the Koma Hills searing heat that dehydrated our bodies and challenged our resolve. We were accompanied by Moses, the 18-year-old son of the chief in Tantile, and 17-year-old Lazarus on our trek to Wiwp (pronounced “weep”) where we attended a funeral for a 98-year-old man who was the oldest person in the village. We were told the dead man was a “traditional man,” which explained the music, pipe-smoking women, dancing by women wearing leaf skirts, and throwing of gifts (nuts, water and chewing gum) at the wrapped corpse carried overhead during... Read more »

Saturday, Dec. 3

We arrived safely at the Koma Hills after another 2 ½-hour drive over 90 miles on dirt roads in a very small vehicle. We now are waiting for one of the tribal leaders or a local pastor, or both, to show up so that we can be greeted into the area. Hopefully the tribal leader will do that so that we are free to wander about and do our business, or do God's business, as we like to say. (Late Saturday) After about a seven-hour wait, a tribal chief returned to his home. We spoke with him and he granted us permission to go into the hills, which we will be doing at first light on Sunday.&n... Read more »

Friday, Dec. 2

We sped across the Christian south into northeastern Nigeria, driving for about 17 hours from Port Harcourt to Yola. This is our jump-off point for going into the bush to trek toward the remote Koma Hills people. "I feel like, if there was a speed limit we'd be going double it," Mike commented as our hired driver careened through one village. TIA (This Is Africa), too: crazy, long drives on roads (mostly paved) pocked with vehicle-eating potholes and littered with police checks. "Yola is like traveling to – I don't know what to describe," said Chris, although we can think of a f... Read more »

Thursday, Dec. 1

Rochester, NY to New York City to Paris, France to Lagos, Nigeria to Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Twenty-six hours of flying. And that's the easy part. We were met at the airport by a series of bribery seeking officials and finally Chris Joseph and eight or 10 other pastors. We drove in a sort of mini-motorcade for an hour on dark, bumpy and congested roads to reach our motel for the night. Chris' lovely wife delivered us a traditional Nigerian meal as a greeting. Welcome to Nigeria. Read more »

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Time to GO! Read more »

Tuesday, Nov.29

The team prepared for Nigeria by viewing Louie Giglio's teaching “God's Passion for God's Glory” on DVD and then watching a DVD from Open Doors ministry about persecution in Nigeria. We followed that with a study on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), reading Scripture about God's defensive and offensive provision found in the “full armor of God.” We completed the team building with a study prepared by Jordan Rowley on folk religions. And then closed with a time of prayer. Not long after this we received bad news: Jordan was again denied a visa to go. That means Br... Read more »

Monday, Nov. 28

The team came together in Rochester, NY, USA to prepare for the journey ahead. Good news awaited as Jordan Rowley, who didn't get his visa, might yet be able to go. With the help of Climbing For Christ member Melissa Waheibi in New York City, we are applying again at Nigeria's General Consulate on Tuesday. Read more »
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