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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 »

Western New York 2017 Heritage hike #1

No snow, but lots of ’shoers on Heritage hike There was little snow for snowshoeing because of unseasonable temperatures in what was the warmest February on record in Rochester, NY, but that didn’t dissuade many who attended our Western New York Chapter’s first Heritage hike of the year on Saturday, Feb. 18. Climbing For Christ member and Heritage Christian Services spiritual life coordinator Diane Sturmer reports: “Thirty-two hikers and snowshoe adventurers gathered at the Mendon Ponds Nature Center to share one of the most beautiful days of the year! We cou... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

The war on bugs By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Ready to do battle: armed with chemicals to spray infected maize. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani, Searchlight Ministries) The headline screamed from the front page of The Nation newspaper based in Blantyre, Malawi’s center of finance and commerce: “Army worms affect 20 districts.” It refers to the “devastating” pest, the stalk borer, which has invaded Malawi’s maize fields. While the Malawi government was debating how to respond, Climbing For Christ was answering ... Read more »

Building on our Heritage

Climbing For Christ’s long-time relationship with Heritage Christian Services in Western New York continues as we begin our ninth year of hikes together. The kick off to the 2017 series is our annual “snowshoe adventure” on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Mendon Ponds Park nature center. Our group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon to snowshoe (or walk, if there’s no snow) around the Bird Song Trail and then share music, devotions, stories and prayer along with a light snack and hot cocoa. RSVP to Diane Sturmer. 2017 calendar: Snowshoe adventure at Mendon Ponds, Saturda... Read more »

Mission Moments: Islam

Combating violence, hatred, and the many challenges of Islam with love By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ “But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” – Matthew 5:44 (NLT) Brother Rachid. Brother Rachid (the Moroccan spelling for Rasheed) has used the power of God’s Word and prayer to deliver “more than 150,000” Muslims to the Lord through a satellite TV show called Daring Questions. Rachid’s own testimony is a miracle of God: the son of an Imam in Morocco, he was angered by the witnessin... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Maize growing in Malawi. (Photo by Searchlight Ministries) Stalk borer outbreak latest problem plaguing Malawi By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Floods followed by drought followed by food shortages and a myriad of problems have left the people of southern Malawi in a quandary. “We do not know what is happening with us,” Pastor Duncan Nyozani confessed. Pastor Duncan, a long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner, asks for prayer for his beleaguered African nation. The current rainy season finally provided relief from a drought t... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Giving thanks to the Lord, for He is good Members of the Searchlight Ministries church in rural Kambona, Malawi celebrate the delivery of food. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) “People are always sending you millions of thanks for the food aid that God is providing through Climbing For Christ,” Pastor Duncan Nyozani said after the latest distribution of relief in southern Malawi. Climbing For Christ has helped Duncan’s Searchlight Ministries purchase food each month since October 2016 for hundreds of people suffering from near-famine conditions in one of the world&rs... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

‘Bye, bye to mosquitoes,’ hello to malaria prevention By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Zex, right, is counted among hundreds happy to receive protection from malaria-carrying mosquitoes in Malawi. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) Zex Samikwa was ecstatic to receive a mosquito net. “Bye, bye to mosquitoes tonight,” he declared. Frank Chipesu, another member of Pastor Duncan Nyozani’s church at Kambona in southern Malawi, called the distribution of mosquito nets “a miracle to my family. My wife has a new baby, born la... Read more »

Dispatches: Indonesia/Philippines

Mission: Indonesia & Philippines 2017 Saturday, Feb. 4 C4C Philippines meeting: (left to right) Doc Jhoe, AA, Jhun, Gary, Jordan, Ace, Pat, Joel, Rory holding baby Max and husband Gutch,  Asiel and his wife, and Spencer. Nearly everyone in the photo is a Mission: Philippines veteran. We headed east today from Manila to North America, crossing many time zones and the international date line and flying and driving on a Saturday that lasted for 37 hours. Jordan and I returned safely to Rochester, NY, USA. We left Southeast Asia encouraged by time spent w... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Simple gift of a blanket ends ‘hell on earth’ By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Damson Samson, center, with widows after distributing blankets. Malita would sleep “like a chicken” with no blanket, wrapping herself in a mosquito net to stay warm at night. Damson Samson wondered why the 50 widows who received blankets held the gifts to their faces. “Just to get the good aroma,” he realized. Life without a blanket for a widow living in southern Malawi, where Climbing For Christ has ministered since 2010, was ... Read more »

Reflection: Patriots Day

In harm’s way: the eye of the spiritual storm By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Leaving a Berber village in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco in April 2013. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) News travels fast in the global village: At 2:49 p.m. EDT on April 15, 2013, a bomb exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Twelve seconds later another bomb exploded. Thirty-one minutes later a news alert reached me in the room I’d just settled in to go to sleep in Marrakech, Morocco. “I had just gone to my room and you came and knocked on the door and... Read more »
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Mission: 2017

The original mission of Climbing For Christ was – and is – to minister to people in physical and spiritual ways in mountainous areas of the world. The New Testament teaches us “to make God’s Word our first priority in ministry (1 Corinthians 1:22-23), yet the Gospel must be clothed in love and good deeds, lest we ‘unsay’ with our actions what we say with our lips (1 John 3:18),” according to the ESV Global Study Bible. We are called to “be doers of the word and not hearers only” (James 1:22). Because, we know, “faith by itself, if ... Read more »

The Great GOmission

Trekking into the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. (Photo by Adrianne Michele) NOTE: On Nov. 27, 2016, I was honored to be asked by Pastor Al Robinson to share about discipleship at Crowsnest Community Christian Centre in Coleman, AB, home church of C4C Canada. I told our brothers and sisters in Christ how God had moved in my life to lead me from the only job I thought I would ever want (a sports writer for a daily newspaper for 27 years) to start Climbing For Christ and serve Him full-time in ministry. I have been doing this for 10 years now. In that span, I have been blessed to lead 50 short-... Read more »
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