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Articles by Gary Fallesen

Monday, Jan. 10

More progress to report on the church build. Praise the Lord! A foundation was laid for a bathroom (two toilets) that will be separate from the church. It will take about two weeks to complete. Work was interrupted by the arrival of a woman, a member of the church, who was delirious with fever. I prayed for her with the three church leaders, and later Kyle prayed with her as well. She was improving. We asked if it was the medicine they'd given her. “No,” they said, “it was the prayer.” One day, Pastor Tej envisions a health clinic as part of the church complex. SA... Read more »

Sunday, Jan. 9

A woman laborer hauls rocks in a basket for masons to build a retaining wall. We went to work on the physical building of the church at Dapcha, taking up shovels, Nepali picks, and moving rocks in baskets they strap to their heads. These are the simple tools being used by church members and a few laborers who earn US$4-7 per day. In one day, the handful of workers toiling in the warm sun and cool air cleared away a large part of the side of a hill and continued building a rock retaining wall to anchor the church. Of course, this is a church that is built on The Rock. We only shoveled ... Read more »

Saturday, Jan. 8

Worship at the church at Dapcha. We worshipped with more than 60 brothers and sisters in Christ at the church at Dapcha. Church services are held in Nepal on Saturday; this is the national day of rest. Our worship was led by a team of eight, all of whom are age 18 and younger, and all of whom display an incredible passion for the Lord. I preached on the “full armor of God” (Ephesians 6:10-18). God prepared this message in a Bible study on persecution we have been doing in Western New York. It was a passaage of Scripture divindely selected by my pastor for my commissioning bef... Read more »

Friday, Jan. 7

We made the 100-kilometer drive from Kathmandu to the hilly region where Dapcha is located in a rented Jeep. Members of the church and hired laborers were at work clearing the land where the church building will be constructed. They have been leveling the land for the past week and there remains much work to do. But there also remains funds to raise. The church will be located in the heart of the village on a perch looking out at the majestic Himalayas. We met the three church leaders who have trained at Pastor Tej's central church in Kathmandu. One was beaten by Maoists who attacked the ol... Read more »

Thursday, Jan. 6

We spent the day visiting Hindu and Buddhist shrines as well as Pastor Tej’s main church and orphanage in Kathmandu. His SARA Church on the Rock has 15 churches: four in Kathmandu Valley and 11 in other parts of Nepal, including Dapcha, where we are going on Friday. There has been some opposition to the church. In one location, Pakdol, the pastor was beaten and fled to the main church in Kathmandu for two months. He has returned to Pakdol, however, and the church is growing. There is an increasing Hindu fanaticism as some believe Nepal should be reinstated as the Hindu kingdom it was ... Read more »

Wednesday, Jan. 5

Kyle and I arrived in Kathmandu after about 35 hours of travel (half in the air and half for layovers) from our respective homes in New York. We were greated by Pastor Tej and Alyssa at the airport. Tej said a prayer of thanks for our safe arrival. “I welcome you in the name of Jesus. God may give you a blessed journey,” Tej said. We are all eager to see what work God has for us. The team comes together: (left to right) Alyssa, Kyle, Tej and Gary. Read more »

Monday, Jan. 3

It is that exciting time: the beginning of another Evangelic Expedition. This is Climbing For Christ's third mission to Nepal. It is a wonder to see how God has woven this mission together. As Pastor Tej Rokka of SARA Church On the Rock, our ministry partner in Kathmandu and a member of C4C, said recently: “It is a miracle God did in the life of SARA Church On the Rock Kathmandu. God brought brother Kyle (Austin, an American C4C member and multi-expedition member who served for two years in Nepal) and connected me with brother Gary for this wonderful plan of God. We were praying to pu... Read more »

Mission: Haiti 2011

Purpose: Short-term team being sent to continue ongoing work in all areas: spiritual, medical, educational, agricultural, sanitation, water and nutrition. Itinerary: Tentatively scheduled Jan. 31-Feb. 11, 2011. Cost: Estimated at US$1,500, including airfare to/from New York City to Hispaniola, visa, transportation, food, and accommodations in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. This does not include airfare to/from New York City. Read more »

Church Build in Dapcha

Pastor Tej visiting the site of a future church build in central Nepal. Climbing For Christ wired money to Pastor Tej B. Rokka in Nepal on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009 for the purchase of land (photo above) in the mountain village of Dapcha, where a church will be constructed in 2011. There is a population of about 30,000 people in this area and this will be the first Christian church. Pastor Tej's SARA church in Katmandu had raised US$900 to buy land, but still needed US$4,100. “We are praying to buy this land and build a church,” Pastor Tej said in early September 2009. Climbing... Read more »

Country: Nepal

Sun rising behind Mount Everest, left, with Nuptse to the right. (Photo by Jim Nowlin, Mission: Nepal 2008) Location: Southern Asia between China and India. Area: 147,181 square kilometers (slightly larger than Arkansas). Terrain: Central hill region and Himalayan mountains in the north. Highest point: Mount Everest (8850 meters). Population: 28.5 million (July 2009 estimate). Life expectancy: 65.46 years. Katmandu. (Photo by Jim Nowlin, Mission: Nepal 2008) Government: Nepal is a federal democratic republic. The country has been independent since 1768. Katmandu is the nation's ca... Read more »

Special Report: Sky Burial - Dancing with Death

Special Report: Sky Burial - Dancing with DeathThe Hollywood-ization of Buddhism would have you believe that it is a religion of peace, love and virtues, caring for the earth and the creatures in it. “Buddhists look to a smiling Buddha seated on a lotus blossom, while Christians worship a suffering Jesus nailed to a cross,” one Christian analyst wrote. But the dark side of Buddhism is found in its temples and monasteries, and in its sacred paintings, symbols, and ceremonies. Many have never seen these ominous signs, while others (such as 386 million Buddhists in the world) have been blinded to the lies. In a temple in Chi... Read more »

Country: Malawi

Location: East and Southern Africa, between Tanzania, Zambia, and Mozambique. Area: 118,480 square kilometers (slightly smaller than the state of Pennsylvania). Terrain: Narrow elongated plateau with rolling plains, rounded hills, and some mountains (specifically Mulanje Mountains). Highest point: Sapitwa on Mount Mlanje (9,845 feet/3001 meters). Population: 14,268,711. There are 31 people groups in Malawi, four of which are unreached. Life expectancy: 43.82 years. Largest people groups: Nyanja, Chewa; Nyanja, Southern; Yao, Ajao; Tumbuka, Phoka; Ngoni; Sena, Malawi; Lomwe, Nguru. Rel... Read more »

Country: Tanzania

Kilimanjaro, as seen from Moshi, Tanzania. (Photo by Shawn Dowd) Location: Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Kenya and Mozambique. Area: 945,000 square kilometers (slightly larger than twice the size of California). Terrain: Plains along the coast; central plateau; highlands in the north and south. Highest point: Kilimanjaro (5895 meters). Population: 40,213,160. Life expectancy: 51.45 years. (Lowering due to HIV/AIDS epidemic. Note: There are an estimated 1 million AIDS orphans in Tanzania; only South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria and Zimbabwe have more in Africa.) Ethnic... Read more »
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