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Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 29: Do not be afraid By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ Gary and Elaine visiting Capitol Hill. My wife Elaine and I were part of an event last summer on Capitol Hill, where we visited the offices of U.S. Congressmen and Senators to urge the repeal globally of blasphemy laws. Blasphemy is a scary word. In Pakistan, a Shiite Muslim was sentenced to death earlier this month for committing blasphemy in posts on social media. The New York Times reported that it was “the first time anyone has been given the death penalty for blasphemy on social media ... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 28: Willing to GO as far as Jesus? By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ Elaine Fallesen with friends in eastern Turkey during Mission: Ararat 2015. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13 (ESV) How far would you be willing to go for a friend? Climbing For Christ is literally willing to GO to great lengths. We once were asked why we went back to a particular unreached and hard-to-reach place time after time after time. The answer was simple: we’d made fri... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 27: The Indonesia fields are ‘white for harvest’ By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ Climbing For Christ’s Budi Yuwono, center, with his family and our friend Agus near Mount Rinjani. We first met Agus on Mission: Indonesia 2012. He was one of our guides on Mount Rinjani on the island of Lombok, where the majority Sasak people are 99.51 percent Muslim and 0.00 percent Christian, according to the Joshua Project. Yes, you read that right: 0.00 percent Christian. The Sasak – with 3.25 million people – are one of 224 unreached people gro... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 26: A tractor to meet the Lord of the harvest By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ Preparing to again follow my friend up Kilimanjaro on Day 2 of our 2016 trek. (Photo by Jim Doenges) I have walked behind my friend on Mount Kilimanjaro for the past decade. I have watched as those bowed legs and tortured knees have carried him up and down Africa’s tallest peak. He has climbed the 19,341-foot (5,895-meter) mountain hundreds of times. Hundreds! The guides and porters who work on Kilimanjaro live hard lives. What they earn in salary and tips does not pay for the... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 25: Dream on, there’s a journey ahead By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ The young man attended a boarding school where a Westerner taught English. The Westerner was there to do more than simply teach his language. Everyone knew he was a Christian. One evening, he showed the Jesus Film in the village. The young man watched it, but he wasn’t feeling anything special about what he saw until later that night when Jesus visited him. It was a dream that changed his eternal destination. Laylat al-Qadr is the night when Muslims believe an angel began to reveal... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 24: Jesus is never late By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ We met Pastor Joshua and his wife Doris in the Philippines in February. Joshua inherited from his father, Pastor Bonifacio, the ministry he serves the Lord through in the southern, Muslim-influenced part of their country. Doris is a Muslim background believer (MBB). Her story and the work God has done in and through her (and husband Joshua) are part of this week’s installment of Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017. We are focusing on relationships and praying for the Spirit to use us as He works in the hearts o... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 23: ‘I wished I was never born’ a Muslim in Morocco By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ A Muslim background believer riding up to greet our team as we trekked in the Atlas Mountains. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) We were preparing to GO to Morocco for the third time earlier this year when I received an encouraging email from a Climbing For Christ member. It’s always nice to hear from our members, but this was a particularly uplifting message: “I wanted to wish the C4C team in Morocco well. May the Lord be with them and protect them throughout ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

‘Rejoicing in the presence of angels’ By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Thumbs up for Jesus: Our friend Juma, right, with C4C missionary to East Africa Damson Samson. The faces are familiar, like those found in a family photo album. For years I have seen and walked with the men who climb Mount Kilimanjaro for a living. Some have become dear friends despite the distance and differences between our cultures and faith. Kilimanjaro was where Climbing For Christ began – placed on my heart as I prepared to climb there for the first time in 1998 &nda... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Reaching an unreached people group: ‘Yes, we can’ By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ The question arose at the 2016 Finishing the Task Conference, where we learned that the Ngoni people of Malawi were listed among the unreached. I asked Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ’s missionary to East Africa and a native of Malawi, if he knew of the Ngoni. “Mainly, these people fled from South Africa after the Zulu defeated them,” Damson said. “Another group came from Tanzania. This group was led by Zwangenda and lived in Ntcheu, while the fi... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Mission Moments: MalawiWarming widows with gesture of love By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Widows warming to new jackets. (Photos by Damson Samson) With winter on its way in Malawi, warm jackets were delivered to the widows served by Climbing For Christ’s Damson Samson. “We had over 150 widows who were blessed to have this support from Climbing For Christ,” Damson said about the May delivery. “In most cases, when you are growing older, your body struggles because of low energy and (lower) immunity. These put the body at higher risk of different diseases.&rdq... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Brother Megh ‘ready to be a missionary of C4C’ By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ Megh, left, sharing the Gospel on Makalu trek during Mission: Nepal 2014. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Megh Gurung has been added to the Climbing For Christ staff as our missionary to Nepal. We have been blessed to serve with Megh on the past 10 expeditions in his Himalayan homeland. “I am ready to be a missionary of C4C,” said brother Megh, who reported some good news to us after we returned from Nepal on May 16. “One family (in Dharmasala, where Climbing For Chr... Read more »

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 »
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