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Mission Moments: Malawi

Providing (thankfully) food and (prayerfully) rain By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Some of the many people in Pastor Duncan’s church at Msema, above, and Kambona, below, receiving food in November. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani)   The people of Malawi are praying that the rainy season, which should begin this month, actually comes this time. It has been dry in the hunger-wracked African nation for nearly two years. Climbing For Christ has provided more than $10,000 so far this year for the purchase of food for people in southern Mal... Read more »

C4C Canada Annual Meeting

Serving a ‘grace-full’ God By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Climbing For Christ ministry happens in real time. I am proud of our ability (by the grace of God) to be efficient. Example: Damson Samson, our kingdom worker in East Africa, asks on Monday if it would be possible to receive an extra $500 a month to feed widows in Malawi. On Wednesday, funds are wired. On Thursday, Damson receives the money, buys the food, and distributes it. At C4C Canada’s third Annual Meeting on Saturday, Nov. 26 in Coleman, AB, Board member Aaron Hemphill talked... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Food provided in Malawi by God Bright Muhava. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) Food was distributed to 100 members of the church at Kambona by Pastor Duncan Nyozani on Wednesday, Nov. 2 and to another 30 members attending Bible study the next day. Hundreds more received food after worship on Sunday, Nov. 6. “May the Lord God be glorified for this miracle of food provision,” Bright Muhava told Duncan. “I was away searching for (work) to get money for food, but could not get any work. But here comes God’s provision.” God is providing Duncan’s Searc... Read more »

Mission Moments: Haiti

Supporting our legacy in Haiti By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Gilbert delivers food to Pastor Paul of Gentilhomme on Oct. 31. The 14-year-old Haitian boy that God used Climbing For Christ to rescue from the jaws of death is now a 23-year-old man with a heart to serve the LORD who saved him. Climbing For Christ officially pulled out of Haiti in April 2014 after many months of prayer and a fact-finding trip in November 2013. The main reason centered on our primary purpose, which is to GO and deliver the Gospel in the mountains of the world where other missionar... Read more »

IDOP 2016

Persecution and C4C By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   I was returning from Mission: Nepal in April 2014. As soon as my 14-hour flight from Dubai touched down at JFK, I turned on my phone. Emails poured in. One was from a Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner in Pakistan. “I would like to update you with the great sorrow that my younger sister was kidnapped on the 6th of April,” our dear brother wrote. “After two days we got the phone call from an unknown number and unknown person to inform us that she is forcefully converted t... Read more »

Annual Meeting 2016

God moments galore By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Dave Smith speaks to Board members (left to right) Steve Quakenbush, Michele Annibal, Gary Fallesen, Kevin Kimble, Mary Lindsay and Stan Phillips, and staff member Jordan Rowley. (Photo by staff member Elaine Fallesen) I asked our Board of Directors to come to our 13th Annual Meeting on Saturday, Oct. 29 in Rochester, NY, with their favorite “God moment” from 2016. We spent time reflecting on what the LORD had done through Climbing For Christ on what turned out to be another day full o... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

God provides for an abundance of food in Malawi By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Feeding the orphans. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) Climbing For Christ was introduced to the Far & Wide Children’s Home when the Malawi orphanage had a month’s worth of food stolen in October 2009. Pastor Duncan Nyozani, a C4C member since early 2009, contacted us to ask for prayer. The result of our prayer was God’s call for us to replace the stolen food. A few months later, I led a small team to Malawi to survey the work there. God again called us to ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Housing project a sweet dream for Malawi widows By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ No more nightmares for smiling Malita Seven, right, with Climbing For Christ’s Damson Samson. Malita Seven suffered from bad dreams. But since workers began to repair her house as part of Climbing For Christ’s work with widows in southern Malawi, she said, “there is a great change.” The 75-year-old told Damson Samson, our Malawi-based kingdom worker to East Africa, that this ministry is “like an ark where God told Noah to make it so many can ... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalThe newly built church at Simikot. (Photo by Pastor Harka) Christ, our cornerstone By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ “What is this church building constructed from?” I asked our Nepali brothers and sisters in Christ as they sat on the ground inside what was then an unfinished structure. The correct answer: stones. “What is our foundation as a church body?” I asked. Answer: God. “God tells the prophet Isaiah (in Isaiah 28:16), ‘I am the One who has laid as a foundation … a stone, a tested stone, a precious cor... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Dancing for the houses Story by Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Photos by Damson Samson, C4C missionary to East Africa Even as their new houses are being built, the widows blessed beyond their imaginations feel like dancing. Sometimes they literally do so. “Some, they feel like just flying in the air, not understanding how the house has come to them,” said Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ’s kingdom worker in East Africa. Damson continues to be pleasantly surprised by their reactions even as he has now seen the completion of 25 houses in our... Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2016 (Part 2) Trip Report

The seed of the church By Gary Fallesen, Climbing For Christ founding president A word of encouragement when you are behind the enemy’s line can go a long way. Be it in an email or a text or a message passed along during a satellite phone call. Knowing you are being prayed for and followed through daily Dispatches is a tremendous blessing. Positive feedback after a trip can also provide affirmation. It’s great hearing from Climbing For Christ members and supporters who have taken the mission to heart. Jan Hartung, a member from C4C’s hometown of Rochester, NY, USA, ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Tears of joy for food in Malawi By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Giving praise for maize. (Photos by Damson Samson) If you are building houses on the Rock, you would be wise to remember these words: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat” (Matthew 25:35). As Damson Samson, our Kingdom worker in East Africa, traveled by foot from village to village checking on houses we are building for widows in southern Malawi [see “More ‘miracle’ houses in Malawi”], he observed “many of these widows are not eatin... Read more »

Dispatches: Nepal 2016 (Sept.)

Mission: Nepal 2016, Part 2 Saturday, Sept. 17-Friday, Sept. 30 By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ Friday, Sept. 30 The mountain-side village of Takla, right, under heavy clouds earlier this week. (Photos by Gary Fallesen) We all carry different memories home from a trip like this one. For me, the encounter with Dankse, the grieving father in Takla, will remain etched on my heart [see Sunday, Sept. 25 and Monday, Sept. 26]. As we returned to our respective homes today (Brandy and Matthew to western Canada and Jesse and me to Western New York) I was praying for Dankse and how the ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Giving thanks for housing the forgotten widows By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ   Fages Chipesu confessed to feeling as if she was a dog. “Nobody wanted me,” said the widow from Ngoma village in impoverished southern Malawi. “I am very thankful for this house. Really thanks (to) C4C for such a gift. Since I (moved) into my new house thieves came to take my tent, which was my house then. But now I am covered (by a roof). I thank God for that.” Fages is one of seven widows to have a new house thanks to a partnership between Climbing For... Read more »

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2016 Trip Report

Feeding needs and hungering souls Story and photos by Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Turning his eyes up to the mountains: Damson Samson looks up to summit of Kilimanjaro on second morning of trek. Four days later, he stood at Africa’s highest point. In the beginning was the Question, and the Question was with us. Every time a Climbing For Christ team met the guides and porters who were part of the Kilimanjaro Chapter, we were asked: “When are you going to start a trekking company here?” Those who joined the Kilimanjaro Chapter – ... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Tanzania 2016

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2016 By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ CLICK HERE to read the Mission: Kilimanjaro 2016 Trip Report: Feeding needs and hungering souls Wednesday, Aug. 31 Damson, second from right, with the rest of our team and guides (left to right) Saidi, Jim, Yusuf, Gary and Joe on top of Barranco Wall (about 14,000 feet). Our team was at the Mweka Huts on Kilimanjaro, the last of six camps during our seven-day trek, doing daily devotionals together. We were on our way down from the mountaintop. The lesson from a new study written by Climbing For Christ ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

Living to tell the tale of Jesus By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Gary tied into a rope for the first time on Mount Rainier in 1996. (Photo by Kevin Flynn) I was introduced to mountaineering by my friend Kevin Flynn in August 1996. I had written about his climbs on Denali and Aconcagua as a sports writer for the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle newspaper, asking the common question: “Why do you climb?” When I became the outdoor writer at the paper, I decided I wanted to find out what climbing was all about. I asked to go on a tri... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Building miracle houses: ‘we can’t do without Him’ Story by Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Photos and reporting by Damson Samson, C4C missionary to East Africa Damson with smiling Emily as workers build her a house. Emily Patisi cannot close her mouth. “She always smiles,” said Damson Samson, our missionary to East Africa. “She is happy to see the miracle house.” She has not had a home since devastating floods took hundreds of lives and destroyed property for hundreds of thousands in January 2015. Patisi&rs... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

On these rocks we will build His church The monsoon season followed by the harvest of crops delayed work on the church building in Simikot in Nepal’s Far West district of Humla. But materials have been purchased and all the timber and rocks are ready to be made into a house of worship in a place where once no church existed. It is the prayerful hope of Climbing For Christ workers that the church will be completed in August and dedicated to the Lord by our Mission: Nepal team in September.   Working the land to grow a church in Humla.   “They are hurrying... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Homes, sweet homes Story by Gary Fallesen, founding president Climbing For Christ Photos by Damson Samson, C4C’s missionary to East Africa The expressions on their faces and the language of their bodies have changed dramatically in the months since our Mission: Malawi team first met the many widows Damson Samson adopted. Our missionary to East Africa continues to serve these once-broken, despairing people – so far providing 10 of them with proper housing as an extension of our Project 1:27 call to “to look after orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27). ... Read more »

PRAY ON!

A letter to the church from Climbing For Christ Lt. Gen. (retired) William Boykin. Tony McAuliffe was the acting division commander of the 101st Airborne Division defending Bastogne, Belgium during World War II’s Battle of the Bulge. McAuliffe found himself surrounded and outnumbered by German troops, whose commander sent a message proposing annihilation or surrender. McAuliffe sent back his answer to this ultimatum: “NUTS!” Gen. William G. Boykin, a former Delta Force commander who was involved in the 1980 Iran hostage rescue attempt and the infamous Black H... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Church alive and growing in Nepal’s Mid-West Story by Gary Fallesen / photos by Megh Gurung   Crowding in to hear the Word of God. The monsoon season could not keep brother Megh from his appointed rounds in Rolpa, the Mid-West district we were intending to visit during Mission: Nepal 2016 (Part 1) in April. Megh and his wife Bhim were sent to visit the church we helped build and the many offshoots of that healthy body in Korchabang. “Having heavy rains everywhere, along the way (the route) was disturbed by landslides and the (road was) washed away,” Me... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Seeing and walking with God in His creation Damson Samson heads for the hills in southern Malawi. In his 33 years of walking the earth, Damson Samson never had experienced anything like “evangelism week” on Malawi’s Mulanje Massif in June. Climbing For Christ’s missionary to East Africa has taught many lessons and led many studies in the first two years he has ministered with us. But to speak about God’s creation, discuss sin, teach about teamwork, provide Bibles to and also pray with guides and porters while trekking was unlike anything he had done before.... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 28

Day 28: Blessed are the persecuted By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 5:10 (ESV) When flesh is put to words, no matter how well-intentioned those words might be (and nothing can have better intentions than the Beatitudes), they take on real meaning. They are brought to life. For most reading “blessed are those who are persecuted,” there may be a disconnect. Unless you are one of the 200 million Christians livin... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 27

Day 27: “Night of Power” – dreams and visions By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   The blind Kurd who in his dream saw us coming to visit in 2015. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Ararat 2015) The blind man, whom we have visited each of the past three missions to Mount Ararat, knew we’d be coming. He had a dream about it. In the dream, I knocked on his door and held photos in my hand. We were earlier than he expected when we arrived at his house in eastern Turkey on June 9, 2015. In previous years, we’d visited at the ... Read more »
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