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Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 26

Day 26: Entering rooms in the House of Islam —Philippines By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   The God of the Bible has an eternal promise for all who are living on the many islands of the Philippines. (Photo by Arlene Bolante, Mission: Philippines 2011) God allows us to choose. He has given us free will. We can decide, as Joshua did, “as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15). Or we can go our own way. We cannot force God on people. But He has made it clear, “choose life, that you and your offspring may ... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 24

Day 24: Counting the cost By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Trekking into Indonesia. (Photo by Rendy Bayutrilaksono) The Middle Eastern man sitting in front of me had tears in his eyes as he shared what he had lost. He had surrendered everything of value — in a worldly sense. He had given up his wife, children, parents, and family; his home and job; and his place in a Muslim culture and society. But his tears were not for the loss, but for what he counted gain. He had Jesus. “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain,” ... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 21

Day 21: The honor/shame culture, part 3 — For His purpose By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Honored to “feast” with Muslim friends in eastern Turkey. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Ararat 2014) The Open Doors ministry prayer calendar for Ramadan says today: “Many secret believers are forced to take part in Ramadan rituals. Pray for opportunities for them to share their faith.” Muslim-background believers may continue to go to the mosque and participate in daily Islamic life after converting to Christianity. It cou... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 20

Day 20: Entering rooms in the House of Islam —Indonesia By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Sunda women thresh rice in West Java. The Sunda are the 10th-largest unreached Muslim people group in the world, numbering more than 37 million. (Photo by Rendy Bayutrilaksono, Mission: Indonesia 2007) Pastor Rebekka Zakaria and two lay assistants were imprisoned in 2005 for two years in West Java for teaching Sunday school, violating Indonesia’s 2002 Child Protection Act forbidding missionaries to preach to children. During Zakaria’s trial pr... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 19

Day 19: Muslim extremists — praying for our enemies By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Our Nigerian brother in Christ and another pastor were abducted last Friday by Fulani herdsmen, who demanded a ransom of ten million Naira (about US$30,000). Many in our network of ministries bowed their hearts and fell to their knees on behalf of these two men. C4C Canada coordinator Brandy Fisher felt the need to ask her church family to stand and pray for this crisis on Sunday morning. After worship a man approached Brandy. “He was sweating he was so n... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 17

Day 17: The honor/shame culture, part 2 — Who I am By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Harran, Turkey near the border of Syria. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Ararat 2015) Roland Muller wrote of having served among Arabs for 20 years when he was sharing with a fellow missionary about his struggles communicating the Gospel with Muslims. “His offhand comment completely changed my world: ‘That’s because Arabs live in a shame-based culture.’” It was the first time Muller had heard the term “shame-based culture.” As ... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 14

Day 14: Entering rooms in the House of Islam – East Africa By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Delivering sleeping mats and food during Mission: Malawi 2016 in March. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) When southern Malawi flooded in January 2015 Muslims flocked to help those affected by troubling water. Many Christians converted to Islam after receiving help from these Muslims, said Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ’s missionary to East Africa. “In Malawi, many Muslims are observing Ramadan (in 2016) and their population is growing more t... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 10

Day 10: Understanding Islam, part 2 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ There are many routes up mountains such as Kilimanjaro. But, Matthew 7:13 tells us, “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.” (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Kilimanjaro 2008) My Muslim friend sat on a boulder looking up at the peak of the mountain we were climbing. He pointed to the distant trails ascending toward the summit and noted how they all ended at the ... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 9

Day 9: Entering rooms in the House of Islam — Turkey By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Sign of the times: burned-out vehicles litter a trail on Mount Ararat. (Photos by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Ararat 2014) The story goes: the government started building a road up the lower slopes of Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey until it was blocked by the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party). The PKK, long branded a terrorist organization by Turkey and the United States, allegedly set construction vehicles on fire to stop the road work. The burned-out veh... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 8

Day 8: Entering rooms in the House of Islam — Nigeria By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ He was forced to appear before the District Head of Koma, a Muslim leader in northeastern Nigeria. Pastor Chris Joseph had no idea what awaited. “On reaching the Muslim monarch’s palace, I saw stern-looking people entering his palace with their shoes or sandals removed for half a kilometer,” Chris recalled in a report on recent Climbing For Christ ministry. “I also removed my shoes and entered his palace. “We all sat on the carpet in his ... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 7

Day 7: Entering rooms in the House of Islam — Pakistan By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Our Pakistani brother in Christ started Ramadan with a prayer request: “As you know, we are working to reach the lost souls with the Word of God. He chose us to serve Him. Praise the LORD, me and my whole family are serving the LORD. We are serving the LORD since 2008. We are reaching many people with the Word of God and preaching to them. Praise the LORD (that) every day many have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. “(But) every day we are facin... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 3

Day 3: The honor/shame culture, part 1 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   All cultures are not created equally. (Infographic by Global Mapping International) Sean Ranger, as the Climbing For Christ member came to be known, spent more than three years serving in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco (a nation of 33.6 million that is 99.6 percent Muslim and 0.2 percent Christian). He was part of our first Mission: Morocco team. Sean came from a guilt-based culture in the West and found himself in a shame-based culture in North Africa. Cultural differences ... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 1

Day 1: Introduction to “30 days of prayer and preparation to preach the Good News to the Muslim world” By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Mount Ararat isn’t climbed in a day. Reaching the lost takes time, too. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Ararat 2015) My Muslim friend slipped out of the room we were sharing in the village at the base of Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey and into the quiet pre-dawn hours. It was time to eat. Not breakfast. He wasn’t breaking his fast. This was pre-fast. The Kurdish man who rose early was observing Rama... Read more »

Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro Chapter members meeting with Damson Samson. Praying for more lives transformed Gregory Nyange Aman’s life has been changed by his association with the Kilimanjaro Chapter. He stopped smoking and drinking, and he testified that all of the “challenges in the family” that resulted from those vices have “completely gone away.” “Now, they are able to pray together as a family,” said Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ’s missionary to East Africa.   Gregory Nyange Aman. Damson’s latest mission trip to Tanza... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Churches rise from the rubble in Nepal By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Feeling the earth move and seeing the reaction it caused in Kathmandu nearly a year after the devastating earthquake showed us how far from recovery the Nepali people appear to be. It was only a 4.5-magnitude tremblor, but it was the 445th aftershock of 4.0 or more – seemingly constant reminders of the carnage caused on April 29, 2015. There were other reminders observed by our Mission: Nepal 2016 (Part 1) team: People wait in Kathmandu’s tent city with empty fuel canisters si... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Malawi

Photo of the Week: Malawi  A house where there was none. (Photo by Damson Samson) By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Every night when I go to bed with a roof over my head, I think of the widows in southern Malawi who aren’t blessed with such luxury. I think of the widows we have met on Mission: Malawi and how we need to do more to help them. We need US$1,600 to finish four houses for a group of widows who Climbing For Christ missionary Damson Samson has been ministering to since the beginning of the year. So far, we have rebuilt six houses for $2,200. The photo above is of Ag... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Mission Moments: MalawiMaking His creations feel like humans By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Once upon a time, there were many widows living in an impoverished land with little to eat and no roofs over their heads. So begins our story, which has developed into a real-life fairy tale of a sort for the participants. “The story is shocking and people in the villages are not understanding, even the widows themselves have run short of words,” says Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ’s Malawi-based missionary to East Africa. Damson is speaking about Project 1:27, our orp... Read more »

Building His church

Building His church“…and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18 (ESV) By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ Pastor Duncan Nyozani sold his car for US$2,000 so he could buy a plot of land and be able to put the first thousand dollars toward the building of a new Searchlight Ministries church in southern Malawi. “We need US$24,000,” said the long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner. “This is a huge sum of money to raise, but we believe God is able to meet ... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: Nepal  Stonewall: Pastor Harka, left, and workers last week building “on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20) for the church at Simikot. (Photo provided by Megh Gurung) The church at Simikot is under construction in Nepal’s Far West district of Humla. It is the first church to be built there. Rocks are being delivered by donkey and timber has been ordered at the village lumberyard for this church building, which is being funded by Climbing For Christ. This is the ninth church God has used C4C to bui... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Preparing to bring the crippled to heaven’s feast By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Mulanje Massif Chapter members on April 7. (Photos by Damson Samson) The Mulanje Massif Chapter’s first evangelism training began with the acknowledgement that all of those invited to the workshop first accepted their place in the kingdom. Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ’s Malawi-based missionary to East Africa, taught 24 guides and porters about Jesus. “We had a call to those who are willing to welcome Him and all 24 came to Him,”... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Rejoicing for a roof over their heads By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ As soon as Damson Samson received word that funding was coming from Canada for his proposed widows roofing project he ran out to share the good news. “I went to the village to let them know how much God has done,” said Damson, Climbing For Christ’s Malawi-based missionary to East Africa. “The woman in the field was very excited,” Damson said about the widow in the photo above. “She said she has been trying to bring back her fallen house. She contended ... Read more »

Dispatches: Nepal 2016 (April)

Mission: Nepal 2016, Part 1 By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 Leanne, Elaine and I made the long journey back to our homes in Rochester, NY, USA. Leanne, left, and Elaine with the children at the SARA Children’s Home on Thursday, April 14. Before leaving Kathmandu, I spent time with brothers Tej and Megh, our Nepali ministry partners, discussing the work that will go on the next few months leading up to Mission: Nepal 2016, Part 2 in September. We are praying for that work and the future of ministry in Nepal. “Your kingdom... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Preparing to GO! Updates from the Himalayas By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ The church at Korchabang. (Photos by Gary Fallesen) The pastor was once a Maoist leader. His part of the country was a stronghold for Maoist rebels during Nepal’s civil war from 1996 to 2006. Much has changed. The church led by Pastor Dalsur, who came to Christ in 2010, has grown to about 135 believers. Climbing For Christ funded the 2012 building of their house of worship, perched on a mountainside in Nepal’s Mid-West district. The church at Korchabang is one of the most... Read more »

Mission Moments: Celebrating Easter

Happy Resurrection Sunday By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Haseeb’s mother, Surryia, shares the words of Jesus from the cross, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”), as Save Pakistan teaches families working in a brick factory about the Resurrection. (Photos by Save Pakistan) It’s the greatest four-day weekend of the year. Every year. From Thursday night, when we remember our foot-washing, servant Savior; to Good Friday, when He died on a cross for everyone (even those who... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Still hungering in southern Malawi By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ   Carry out: Food provided for the hungry. (Photo by Duncan Nyozani) Mission: Malawi 2016 did not end when our team boarded a flight out of Blantyre on the afternoon of Saturday, March 12. If anything, our short-term mission to southern Malawi was only the beginning. In the days after our departure more food was delivered to those on the brink of famine. “We have this week spent MK1,000,000 (nearly US$1,500) for food for church members at Kambona, where we have over 500 p... Read more »
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