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Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 15: ‘It is difficult to be a Christian in Pakistan’ By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ When sewer worker Irfan Masih, a 30-year-old Christian in Lahore, Pakistan, fell unconscious after he inhaled poisonous gases locked inside a manhole, he was rushed to the hospital. But the attending doctor refused to treat Irfan because the Muslim doctor was fasting for Ramadan and the patient’s body was dirty. Irfan Masih died on June 1. “As you know, Christians are persecuted all over the world,” said Evangelist Haseeb, a Climbing For Christ mem... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 14: Turkey’s state of confusion By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ Mount Ararat and a minaret: two symbols of Turkey. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Ararat 2015) LeBron James is probably known to those who don’t even follow professional basketball. Steph Curry and Kevin Durant may be as well. Enes Kanter does not have as high a profile as any of those National Basketball Association finalists or even as his teammate Russell Westbrook. But he is a professional athlete playing in the sports-crazy USA. So his speaking out about the state of Turkey... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 13: Church, you are not alone By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ Smoke rises from beyond a mosque in besieged Marawi in this photo from Christianity Today. Have you ever felt alone? Desperately alone? We have met the church in places like that. Places where they were unaware that anyone else in the world even knows the name of Jesus Christ. When we have arrived and told them we are and will be praying for them – not just those of us standing in front of them, but all of you across the globe – I cannot describe the looks I have seen on the faces o... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 12: Mobilizing to reach the Muslim world By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ A Sunda man with whom we were blessed to share the Gospel, deliver a New Testament (which he is reading in his own language), and pray for during Mission: Indonesia 2007. The Sunda are one of the largest unreached Muslim people groups in the world. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) I sat in a hotel outside Istanbul with a young couple and their precious baby, humbled by their devotion to Jesus. They were full-time kingdom workers serving in Afghanistan. The husband was checking his email for news on a T... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Turkey

Photo of the Week: TurkeyElaine Fallesen, right, makes Gospel bracelets with and teaches a Kurdish family living on the slopes of Mount Ararat in Turkey. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Ararat 2014) Families throughout the Muslim world are observing Ramadan. See Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017. In Turkey, our teams meet with as many members of Kurdish families as possible to share the Gospel message. Family ministry is extremely important to reach those following Islam. Climbing For Christ carried out Evangelic Expeditions to Mount Ararat and eastern Turkey in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Mission: Ararat 2016 was... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 11: Desiring God for Muslim families By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ Elaine Fallesen, right, makes Gospel bracelets with and teaches a Kurdish family living on the slopes of Mount Ararat in Turkey. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Ararat 2014) A Muslim friend in Tanzania asked for a Bible to give to his son so the boy could read it and the Qur’an and decide for himself whether to follow Jesus or Allah. In Turkey, our teams meet with as many members of Kurdish families as possible to share the Gospel message. Climbing For Christ women are blessed to sp... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 10: The Good News overcomes bad news By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ Sadly, all too familiar headlines: Sunday’s British newspapers reported the latest terror attack in London. Let’s address the 800-pound gorilla in the room. As we are asking you to bow your heads (and hearts) to pray for those observing Ramadan, you are distractedly looking at the news. Breaking news, usually tragic, continues to strike closer and closer to home. It is terrorism. A brother in Christ in the United Kingdom responding to Day 9 of Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017 (&ldqu... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 9: ‘Lord, please help me get one more’ By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ World War II hero Desmond Doss, left and center, and actor Andrew Garfield, portraying him in Mel Gibson’s film, Hacksaw Ridge. “Lord, please help me get one more.” – Desmond Doss, private first class and Congressional Medal of Honor winner, in Hacksaw Ridge. I often catch up on movies I’ve missed during overseas flights. While flying to Nepal in late April, I finally saw Mel Gibson’s uplifting Hacksaw Ridge, the story of conscientious object... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Tanzania

Photo of the Week: TanzaniaMosque in Moshi, Tanzania: “None to be worshipped but Allah.” (Photo by Gary Fallesen) The Muslim world is observing Ramadan. See Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017. In Tanzania, Climbing For Christ kingdom worker Damson Samson is meeting this week with and teaching guides and porters who are members of the Kilimanjaro Chapter. Watch for a “Mission Moments” update on this work in Tanzania. Also, Climbing For Christ is preparing for its 10th mission in 11 years to Kilimanjaro in late November and early December. CLICK HERE to learn more. Mount Kilimanjaro is where Climbing... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 1: Life-saving ascents By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ There are many ways to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania: the Shira, Lemosho, Machame, Umbwe, Mweka, Marangu and Rongai Routes. But only one way to heaven: Jesus Christ. My Muslim friend stood on the trail and pointed to the summit looming ahead. “There are many ways to the top of the mountain,” he said. “You may take one route and I may take another. We will end up at the same place together.” The meaning behind this conversation was much deeper than the way to the top o... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

The growing church in Nepal By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ The church at Korchabang: then (above) and now (below). (Photos by Gary Fallesen) The first time we met the church at Korchabang, in early 2012, we sat with 35 believers on a cleared hilltop. It was a special moment, and from the start we encouraged this small body to serve the LORD. “I called on them to be missionaries in this mountainous area and they responded enthusiastically.” – From Mission: Nepal Dispatches on Jan. 31, 2012 The church at Korchabang has always been eng... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

God’s timing for a meeting such as this Mulanje Massif Chapter evangelism training in Malawi introduces many to Jesus A time of worship at the Mulanje Massif Chapter meeting. (Photos by Damson Samson) The Muslim man attending our Mulanje Massif Chapter training in southern Malawi confessed that he’d never been to such a meeting. He said “it was a good time to have attended this training,” Climbing For Christ’s Damson Samson reported. “He is no longer the same.” The man, Abrahim, became a Muslim background believer. He was one of eight guides a... Read more »

Dispatches: Nepal 2017

Mission: Nepal 2017, Part 1 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Monday, May 15 The team, in front of the church at Korchabang: (left to right) Elaine, Gary, Hayley, Claudia, Megh and Mitch. (Photo by Samuel Gurung) We are heading back to our earthly homes (Hebrews 13:14). I have met with Megh and Pastor Tej and we have prayerfully planned together. God continues to be on the move here and continues to move in us. We are excited about the future of Mission: Nepal, which includes: The building of a church at Dharmasala in the Mid-We... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Tears of gratitude and fear By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   The church at Msema dances for joy during food distribution on April 15. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) When Pastor Duncan Nyozani told his church at Kambona that last Sunday’s distribution of maize was “the last food aid support from Climbing For Christ some started shedding tears.” For six months, additional funding was provided to help feed our brothers and sisters in Searchlight Ministries as they awaited the current harvest. “All church members at both church... Read more »

Living love

Living love‘As you did it to one of the least of these’ By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Loveson. (Photo by Gilbert Lindor) The skeletal baby revealed from under a begging mother’s clothing on a street corner in Nairobi, Kenya. A beleaguered father, his polio-stricken daughter sitting on his lap, slumping into despair in Malasi, Haiti after learning there was nothing we could do to help. A sea of orphan children sleeping alongside and on top of each other in Kasese, Uganda. Dirty-faced children, who are forced to work more than half of... Read more »

Happy 13th birthday, Climbing For Christ

Gary with his then-15-year-old son, Jesse, on the summit of Caribbean highpoint Pico Duarte (10,164 feet/3,098 meters) during Mission: Dominican Republic/Haiti 2005. By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” – James 4:14 (NIV) Thirteen years ago, Climbing For Christ was incorporated. It was divinely orchestrated. A pro-bono blessing. The late Wayne Harris, a Rochester, NY attorney whom I had interviewed and writ... Read more »

Bunny Hop Fun Run, Walk & Egg Hunt

  Hopping happy: The hunt for eggs was off and running. (Photos by Gary Fallesen) We give praise and thanks for $1,065 of support received through our inaugural Bunny Hop Fun Run and Walk at North Ponds Park in Webster, NY. Thirty-three people attended  Saturday, April 15, including nine children who hunted for 200 eggs created by our friends from Blessed Hope Community Church and Heritage Christian Services. Special thanks to Diane Sturmer, who helped organize the Bunny Hop and led supporters. The many participants in the first run, walk and egg hunt. Read more »

Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

From the valley of dry bones to the Word on Mount Kilimanjaro By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Kilimanjaro Chapter meeting in early April 2017. Damson Samson has learned that before you teach people how to evangelize you need to make them disciples of Christ. He began our most recent Kilimanjaro Chapter gathering, held earlier this month in Tanzania, in “the Valley of Dry Bones” in the Old Testament book of Ezekiel. “I shared with them about the dry bones that have life again,” Climbing For Christ’s missionary to East Afr... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Hunger, thieves, and a future harvest in Malawi Food continues to be distributed among our brothers and sisters in Pastor Duncan Nyozani’s churches in southern Malawi even as a long-awaited harvest of maize begins. As always it is a mixture of thanksgiving and pain. “People are busy harvesting right now,” Duncan said. “There is a lot of theft of crops in the gardens in the community. So people are harvesting while it is not fully ready to avoid being stolen by thieves. Thieves are going at night to harvest other peoples’ crops.” Duncan said some... Read more »

Western New York 2017 Heritage hike #2

Heritage hike is for the birds   Eating out of their hands: human bird feeders had plenty of action during our April 1 hike on the Bird Song trail at Mendon Ponds. (Photos by Gary Fallesen) No fooling, more than two dozen people attended the second Climbing For Christ/Heritage hike at Mendon Ponds Park on a cold, rainy April 1st. Event organizer Diane Sturmer noted that hikers came from Buffalo and all around Rochester, even though the weather was for the birds. “Out on the trail many enjoyed the chickadees landing on their hands to enjoy some food,” Diane re... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Widows worship and give thanks in Malawi Damson and a sister in Christ speaking at a special widows’ worship at a teachers college. As Damson Samson traveled from village to village to visit the growing number of widows being embraced by Project 1:27 (based on James 1:27), he felt a need to gather them together for a time of worship. On March 24, he welcomed more than 100 widows who God has been providing for through Damson and Climbing For Christ. “I thank heaven,” he said, “for we had 22 lives come to Christ.” Damson, who works for the Lord through C... Read more »

Mission Moments: Philippines

A reawakening and a call to action Ace Concordia, holding a precious Bible in the Kankanaey language, at meeting with SIL Philippines in February. By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ From delivering the Word of God in the north to partnering with a ministry on Muslim Mindanao in the south, Climbing For Christ is again active in the Philippines. C4C Philippines, once our fastest growing and most active international chapter, experienced a season of dormancy the past two years. But C4C Philippines has been resurrected. It is risen! Since spiritual coordinator Jor... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

The church at Korchabang. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Putting value on the church in Nepal By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Christians in the West probably take their houses of worship for granted. A church building is synonymous with going to church. But in Asia, the value of a roof over believers’ heads cannot be overemphasized. It is seen as a sign of respect to God. “Biblically, we can do the worship under the trees and in any common place or any open space,” said Megh Gurung, a long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner in Nepal. ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Accepting Jesus, not fate, in bone-dry Malawi By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Malawi 2017 Food Distribution from Climbing For Christ on Vimeo. There is joy and thankfulness when food is distributed each month among members of Pastor Duncan Nyozani’s churches in southern Malawi. But provision for food is ending with the harvest due to come in at the end of April. For some, this is a sobering thought. “The crops are doing well at Kambona,” Duncan reported, “but not at Msema village. We are experiencing shortages of rains in other vil... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Solving a ma(i)ze of problems in Malawi Treating stalk borer infestation of maize in Malawi. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) The spraying of maize crops infested by stalk borers continued in February in southern Malawi. “There has been a great improvement in crops after spraying, especially in the Kambona area,” Pastor Duncan Nyozani reported. “But in Msema many will not harvest due to heavy rains damaging the maize crops.” He blamed the soil, noting that “in other parts of the community apart from Msema crops are good.” Climbing For Christ prov... Read more »
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