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Articles by Gary Fallesen

Preaching the Gospel to all creation

Haseeb Masih speaks at a Pakistan Independence Day prayer servic “Independence Day is celebrated in Pakistan on 14 August each year. It commemorates the partition of India into two parts: India (mainly Hindu) and Pakistan (mainly Muslim), which was itself divided into two wings — East Pakistan and West Pakistan. “Save Pakistan Ministries arranged an Independence Day celebration with church congregations, where we have invited Muslim leaders also to come and join us.” Haseeb Masih, a Climbing For Christ member from Pakistan who wrote those words, has boldly wi... Read more »

Kurds and the Way

Kurds and the Way By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Shopping for a Turkish rug seemed to be taking longer than weaving one. I grew impatient. Then God once again showed me my foolishness. He turned what seemed like a “vacationary” experience into a missionary moment. Quicker than you can say “kilim” (a type of weave) the conversation turned from carpets to Christ. We were blessed with an opportunity to share why we were in eastern Turkey, climbing Mount Ararat, and Who we were representing. A Kurdish boy working on Mount Ararat. (Photo by Gary Fall... Read more »

Kurds and the Way

Shopping for a Turkish rug seemed to be taking longer than weaving one. I grew impatient. Then God once again showed me my foolishness. He turned what seemed like a “vacationary” experience into a missionary moment. Quicker than you can say “kilim” (a type of weave) the conversation turned from carpets to Christ. We were blessed with an opportunity to share why we were in eastern Turkey, climbing Mount Ararat, and Who we were representing. A Kurdish boy working on Mount Ararat. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) The shop owner was Kurdish. We’d been with Kurds fo... Read more »

Healed and freed from suffering

Sumitra Pariyar, left, with C4C member Alyssa Kaelin outside the Pariyar's home in Dapcha, Nepal. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) “And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.’ Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her s... Read more »

Setting a record

Trip Report: A Light for Les-eng (Mission: Philippines 2011) By Ace Concordia C4C Philippines coordinator “That doesn’t look good.” This is what I told Chris Estacio as I looked at his heavily swollen right ankle. He had twisted it while climbing to our target destination Les-eng in Kibungan Benguet province. Despite knowing he would have to walk on it to get back home, Chris had a smile on his face. “Kaya ko yan, sir” (“I can do it, sir”) was his positive response to my worried look. The C4C mission team was two days away from our exit point ... Read more »

Saturday, June 25

The lesson for this month's seminary — held again in Thoman and attended by only 16 pastors and church leaders — was “What does it mean to become a Christian?” Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante taught about God's call to us, and how we receive it and respond to it. “Those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified,” Miguel quoted Romans 8:30(b).  Pastors working in a group on questions about God's call. Attendance was low, in part, because it is the rainy season and many farms are in need of extra help. The pastors were ... Read more »

Saturday, May 28

Climbing For Christ is renewing its focus on serving the vast spiritual needs in Haiti with a greater emphasis being placed on spiritual education. This begins with our monthly seminary. This month's teaching was again on the Bible — Who wrote it and when. But as missionary Miguel Rubén Guante was preparing to deliver the teaching to our group of pastors and church leaders meeting in Thoman, we received news that the border crossing was again flooded. Bad weather threatened to cancel our training. “The lake and the road are one,” Miguel said, describing the... Read more »

Trip Report: God's plan for Nepal

The tract read, “Are you 100 percent sure? What if you die today? Will you go to heaven?” Our companions, young church leaders from the young church at Dapcha, eagerly handed them out as we walked around their village in Central Nepal. Nearly all who received it were Hindu or Buddhist. To them, death leads to reincarnation — a cycle that continues until you’ve had enough good karma to be freed from rebirth after rebirth. Church leaders spreading the Word on the streets of Dapcha. “I liked spending time with the church leaders and attempting to grasp their... Read more »

Friday, Feb. 11

The view toward Gentilhomme, Haiti from Miguel’s Dominican border town home in Jimani at sunset on Thursday.   A full day of travel — 18 to 22 hours — driving from Jimani to Santo Domingo and flying back to the States marks an end to the short-term part of Mission: Haiti 2011. The work in Haiti goes on 24/7 through our missionary Miguel, the four Monte Pou Kris churches, and the eight teachers we support in those villages. Please join us in keeping them in prayer. We have been blessed to have been brought together by God, Who prepared the days and the ways w... Read more »

Thursday, Feb 10.

Miguel, Jordan and I met and, with Rosie’s translation help, we reviewed this trip and discussed future plans for the mission. A high priority is to finish building the church at Jimani with the support of Steve, Eileen and Lisa’s church in Canon City, Colo. Miguel will continue to address the spiritual needs with a visit to a different Monte Pou Kris church (in Gentilhomme, Malasi, Thoman and Jimani) every weekend, and through the monthly seminary. There continues to be a need for financial support for this ministry as our monthly budget for the work here is about US$3,000, exclu... Read more »

Wednesday, Feb. 9

Steve teaching midwives from Malasi and Gentilhomme.   Steve met with five midwives from Malasi and Gentilhomme to learn how they deliver children and what types of complications they experience, and then offered some tools and suggestions to assist future child births. For instance, here they would tie the umbilical cord and burn the end. Steve provided 100 clips as an alternative. He also gave bulb syringes to suck the mucus from a newborn’s nose and mouth, an alternative to the midwife using his or her mouth. This type of education and having been able to identity a person fro... Read more »

Tuesday, Feb. 8

Sometimes the moment is too much: a father sitting outside the Climbing For Christ mission house holding his little girl, crippled (unnecessarily) by polio. Never mind that a vaccine could have avoided this. The man did not know; he came from another village to Malasi to see a doctor from the States. Maybe the Americans would have some medicine to help. We might as well have been empty-handed. We could only pray. Jordan anointed the child and we asked the Great Physician for healing. Only He can do such a thing. Dr. Steve and team seeing a crippled girl with her father. It was a tearful r... Read more »

Monday, Feb. 7

The Monte Pou Kris health clinic and puppet show began anew in Malasi, while a few of us road-tripped to other villages that have asked Climbing For Christ for assistance. Steve and his team, headed up by Lisa and Malasi’s own Clanice, again saw more than 100 patients. The worst of these was a young girl born with water on the brain and, as a result, developmentally disabled. They also treated a family with a horrible skin condition; clearing out the mission house and washing the heads and skin of each family member.   Another dose of puppet education on hygiene was also offered ... Read more »

Sunday, Feb. 6

It was a typical Monte Pou Kris church service in Malasi with an overflow crowd of 277 people worshiping with us for five hours. Worship included communion (the first time for 17 believers baptized on Saturday), three weddings, and a baby dedication.  The baptized were among a full house of God.  The church at Malasi in worship. Jordan, Miguel and I were blessed to deliver God's message to the church. Jordan and I did so through translation provided by Rosie. After I introduced the mission team to the congregation, I told them we were excited to worship with them again. As pa... Read more »

Sunday, Feb, 5

Janelle's "tap-tap" carrying members of the Malasi church (and Justin and Steve) from a baptism along the riverbed in Soliette. Miguel and I looked at the water-purifying system Climbing For Christ installed last year at the church at Gentilhomme. Pastor Tresin told us it is used by “many people” every Wednesday. But Miguel cautioned, “It is one thing to say ‘many people use it’ and another thing for many people to use it.” As we are continuing to educate the people in the mountains about the importance of drinking and using clean water, and are moving ahea... Read more »

Friday, Feb. 4

Justin, Eileen and Rosie with their puppet friends Bob and Anna visiting Gentilhomme school. Another puppet show and a mini-Vacation Bible School broke out at the Gentilhomme school, while in the adjoining mission house our medical team spent nearly 12 hours seeing scores of patients. After Jordan led 60 schoolchildren in song on our backpacker guitar, he taught about prayer and how important it is for us to talk to God. Eileen, Justin and Rosie then reprised their four-part puppet teaching from Thursday. Eileen gave the students a craft project — the children made crosses out of ... Read more »

Thursday, Feb. 3

Eileen and Justin put on a puppet show they’d rehearsed in the States with the help of Rosie's Creole translation. It’s been dubbed, “The Muppets Go to Haiti.” Two hand puppets — named Anna and Bob — helped teach the children and many adults in Gentilhomme about the importance of brushing their teeth and using clean water, the danger of inhaling smoke indoors (from fires used to cook), and that they shouldn’t play where they pee. The latter might be the next step in the process, begun in 2007 and 2008, of educating the people about sanitation... Read more »

Wednesday, Feb. 2

Crossing border into Haiti. Our day was delayed by the enemy, who got a foothold in a family member of our Haitian missionary Miguel. This spiritual attack threatened to postpone our travel across the border and wreck havoc on the plans God has for this mission. But God is in control and we were only put a few hours behind schedule, not a day — or worse. Because of threatened, election-related violence in politically unstable Haiti, the border crossing was a gridlock. But God saw us clear of any hassles with customs officials and Haitian police manning roadblocks on the highway. W... Read more »

Tuesday, Feb. 1

There was an evening worship in the Monte Pou Kris church at Jimani to welcome us back. After listening to numerous praise songs, Jordan and I were given an opportunity to share. I used Philippians 1:6 and blessed the 80 school children, the three teachers that C4C supports, Gilbert Lindor (whom God used us to rescue several years ago), the pastor and church leaders, and finally the whole church of more than 100 adults with the words: “He who has begun a good work in you will bring it to completion in the day of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Jordan encouraged the church with the words o... Read more »

Monday, Jan. 31

For the Western USA team members it was a full day of travel — flying out of Denver, Colo. shortly after midnight, meeting Jordan and me in New York City early this morning, flying to Santo Domingo, and then making the tedious six-hour drive to the Dominican frontier town of Jimani. We arrived in Jimani around 11 p.m. local time. The trip was not without incident. One of our 11 duffel bags was suspiciously missing when the flights ended and then Dominican customs officials decided to inspect all of the medical supplies (as team members prayed). They seized a handful of bottles of vi... Read more »

Sunday, Jan. 30

Dr. Steve serving the Lord on Mission: Haiti 2008. “I know that God had His hand on choosing the participants for this upcoming trip,” Steve Quakenbush was saying recently. “May every moment be spent being His hands and feet so that all the glory will go to our awesome Savior, Jesus Christ.   “What a joy it is to be able to serve the 'least of these!'” Dr. Steve, our resident Mission: Haiti team physician, will be heading for the Chaine de la Selle hills for the fourth time in a little more than three years. He'll be rejoined by five other veterans of Mis... Read more »

Friday, Jan. 14

Frenetic crowds on the streets of Kathmandu. Our short-term time draws to a close as Kyle and I prepare to return to the States. Kyle has been catching up with friends made during his two years of working here. Alyssa and I navigated the streets she has learned to call home away from her Wyoming home. She had been in Nepal volunteering as a teacher for four months before our arrival and she’ll be staying on another couple of weeks. God has a plan for Climbing For Christ’s long-term work here. As we ministered together earlier in the week, Pastor Tej asked: “So what is y... Read more »

Thursday, Jan. 13

We met with another ministry leader for Nepali coffee, breakfast, and fellowship in Kathmandu. We talked about reaching the unreached with the Gospel of Christ in remote areas of this country. There are many good trekking opportunities that could be combined with church visits and medical clinics in 2012 if the Lord of the harvest sends us the workers that are needed. In many places “it’s not about God (or the gods the people worship); it’s about the culture,” our ministry-leading friend said. Hinduism and Buddhism are a way of life in Nepal. Rebirth (or reincarnatio... Read more »

Wednesday, Jan. 12

Megh Gurung, a Nepali C4C member who leads a church in Kathmandu and works as a trekking guide, met with us to discuss ministry. Megh was part of a team that our Mission: Nepal 2008 expedition partnered with to do some medical clinics in the Everest region. He is working on building a church in Dadathok in the Midwestern Rolpa district. He asked for our prayers as he seeks God’s provision of US$1,000 for the land and $3,500 for construction costs. There are about 35 believers in the village in a strong Hindu area. We had dinner at Pastor Tej’s home. His wife made us the Nepali s... Read more »

Tuesday, Jan. 11

The Dapcha church leaders – Kristshna Lama, 36; Gopal Nepali, 18, and Prajwal Pariyar, 16 – became our newest members of Climbing For Christ. We prayed together as a group on the church-building site before Kyle, Pastor Tej, Alyssa and I headed back to Kathmandu in the afternoon. The leaders blessed us with gifts before we left. “They are so happy you came,” Pastor Tej said. “They say “‘thanks.’” But it was we who are so thankful to them. Kristshna came to Christ in 2006 and started the church at Dapcha shortly thereafter. They starte... Read more »
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