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Mission Moments: Malawi

A special gift: snacking on a Bible study Children sponsored by Project 1:27 received new Bibles on Wednesday in Malawi. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) Climbing For Christ has received several unexpected gifts through the years from people (often young people) moved by the Spirit to support His work in a place many adults have never even heard of. Children have opened lemonade stands and held fundraisers for other children in need. The Las Amigas group, girls in elementary school in Washington state, raised money last year for our Project 1:27-sponsored children in Malawi. Charlotte Crai... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Blessed to touch lives Malawi widows ululating or singing songs of praise for food received. (Photos by Damson Samson) Damson Samson took the little we are able to provide each month to help his widows project (US $500) and fed the 191 in January. He purchased 45 bags of maize and helped the hungry in three villages. “Many came in to receive the food gift,” Damson said. “Being in line, just to hear their names called and get their maize home with a smiling face.” Looking for her name on the list. “‘Is my name written?’ (they would wond... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Sending them out two by two Group village head Kasale, left, and her elderly mother in August 2018. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Damson Samson put the disciples-making-disciples lessons he has been teaching to our Kilimanjaro Chapter in Tanzania and the Mulanje Massif Chapter in Malawi to work during an outreach among the Ngoni people this week in central Malawi. The Climbing For Christ kingdom worker invited at least one believer from every village to three days of evangelism training. “We are targeting thousands of Ngoni people,” Damson said about this under-engaged group. &ldqu... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

A common Malawi widow’s pose: praising God for what He has done. (Photo by Damson Samson) Widows declare God’s greatness By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ “Closing our mouths can’t do,” Damson Samson said after the third anniversary of his Climbing For Christ-sponsored widows project. “We shall proclaim the great and wonderful things the Lord has done.” Hundreds of widows who have been blessed by God through this project gathered on Jan. 4 for a big party. They brought gifts for Damson and his family – and rece... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

From the gift of shoes to God’s victorious feat Damson Samson spent Malawi’s Independence Day (July 6) and CHRISTmas eve 2018 with those in the Mulanje Prison. It capped our Malawi-based African worker’s first year of serving those in prison. Before delivering a CHRISTmas message – and 500 pairs of shoes provided through funding by Climbing For Christ – Damson took his latest visit to the Lord. God gave him Acts 12:1-17 (Peter’s rescue from prison) and a vision of “angels standing at the four corners of the prison.” After he preached more than... Read more »

Trip Report: Kilimanjaro 2018

(Photo illustration with Climbing For Christ ministry life verse by Jesse Eells.) Making a coffee connection By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ The work in Tanzania began in a coffee shop in Thailand. John Becker of Africa Inland Mission – and a long-time Climbing For Christ member – was meeting with me in the aftermath of a gathering of like-hearted ministries in October 2017. John had been following Mission: Kilimanjaro and suggested the next step Climbing For Christ needed to make was to use another ministry as a resource. He connected us with The Timo... Read more »

Dispatches: Kilimanjaro 2018

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2018 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Saturday, Dec. 8 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” – John 15:4 (ESV) We were abiding in the LORD on this, Climbing For Christ’s 100th Evangelic Expedition. We felt in lock-step with God as the Holy Spirit led us through a “Spirit Walk,” a climb of Kilimanjaro, and a Kilimanjaro Chapter training of disciples making dis... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Kilimanjaro

Photo of the Week: KilimanjaroDamson Samson, right, sings about Jesus coming around the corner (“Are you ready?”) while Kilimanjaro Chapter members dance during a time of praise and worship. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) CLICK HERE for daily Dispatches from Mission: Kilimanjaro 2018. Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Planting seeds to grow the church Mulanje Massif Chapter training. (Photos by Damson Samson) Guides and porters in our Mulanje Massif Chapter in Malawi met for quarterly training on Nov. 21-22 and studied church planting and the Book of Acts. “On this day, we had a total of 18 people,” Climbing For Christ kingdom worker Damson Samson reported. “This is because some were committed to planting seeds.” Some plant seeds to grow crops and some plant seeds to grow the church.  The Mulanje Massif Chapter training, a continuation of The Timothy Initiative (di... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Even a drop of water is a blessing Sonjela’s smile speaks volumes. (Photos by Damson Samson) Between Mulanje Massif Chapter training and preparing to join our team on Mission: Kilimanjaro 2018, Climbing For Christ worker Damson Samson was busy again feeding the widows. In October, he used monthly support from Climbing For Christ for his widows’ project to buy maize for more than 100 hungry widows. But many were not fed through this effort. So, Damson took November support and did the same thing, providing more than 30 50-kilogram bags of maize to feed another 100-plus wid... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Trusting God in small things Lidia Namonde (front and center) praises God with other widows for His provision in Malawi. (Photos by Damson Samson) Damson Samson took what little monthly support we can send for his widows’ project ($500) and “rushed to buy maize in the understanding the food situation we have now.” As is often the case in his native southern Malawi, many are going hungry. “We managed to buy 30 bags of maize (50 kilograms each), which could not be able to feed all the widows we have, but I called some to my house to get this blessing.” More... Read more »

Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro Chapter members meeting to learn more about being a disciple of Jesus. (Photos by Damson Samson) Turning Gospel students into teachers By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Damson Samson was teaching guides and porters from the Kilimanjaro Chapter about the Gospels when the students shared how they had been applying lessons learned on and around the mountain. Elia Yona talked about trying to be a walking, talking example of the Gospel. He spoke about going out many times and preaching to five porters on 19,340-foot Mount Kilimanjaro. Four of them had, by the... Read more »

New chapter in the Philippines

What Asiel dela Fuente called “a new breed of mission volunteers” on the island of Mindoro in June. (Photos by Asiel dela Fuente) Teaching school children on Mindoro. Asiel dela Fuente led a group of 10 on a mission trip to the island of Mindoro in June “to share school supplies with our fellow Mangyans. We were able to visit three villages,” Asiel said. “When we got back to the Metro (Manila) after the climb, we were able to gather participants and non-participants interested in outdoor missions for small-group session. We had our Jump-Off session (on Aug. 1... Read more »

Western New York Chapter news

Fall fun and fundraising By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ It’s nearly the harvest season. Apples will be ripe in Hilton and the mission field is “white for the harvest” (John 4:35). Believe it or not, those two go hand in hand. Funds raised at Climbing For Christ’s popular food booth at the Hilton Apple Fest go toward the work HIS ministry is doing in places where others cannot or will not go. We put the f-u-n in fundraising this time of year. We also r-u-n for the money. Read on! Smoothie operators Lines form here! W... Read more »

Mission: Turkey 2019

Together, a world apart The Turk and the American may be a world apart culturally and spiritually, but they share a love of cherries and friendships with Kurdish people. Governments cannot divide them – even though we know our fights are not against flesh and blood but evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world (Ephesians 6:12). Turkey is an amazing place, steeped in Biblical HIStory. We have followed in the footsteps of Paul. This was the birthplace of the early church. It is where the seven major churches of early Christianity were founded. That was before the rise of Islam. Be... Read more »

Mulanje Massif Chapter HIStory

HIS story for the Mulanje Massif Chapter Feb. 15, 2016: Orientation meeting. Eight guides & 19 porters. See “A new chapter” in story “Starvation threatens Malawi.” March 8, 2016: Gary Fallesen (along with Hayley Fallesen and Climbing For Christ’s Malawi-based staff member Damson Samson) met with nine guides and 17 porters during Mission: Malawi 2016. See Dispatches written by Gary Fallesen. April 6-7, 2016: Damson Samson met with 24 guides & porters. “Preparing to bring the crippled to heaven’s feast.” June 2016: Evangelism Week on ... Read more »

Mission: Malawi 2019

Lifting eyes to the mountain Picture 19 students sitting in the dark on five chairs and two benches built for perhaps eight bottoms. They are squeezed together, but without complaint. Instead, they are enthusiastically answering questions about the Bible. “What do we learn about God?” they are asked after reading Scripture. “He is a God of love,” one student says, “because He could have killed the devil from the start.” There is laughter. The students are enjoying the lesson, never mind the tight quarters. Or the darkness. There are no cushioned seats. ... Read more »

Mission: Indonesia 2019

Prepare ye the way The timing was divine: We were on a spiritual retreat when, first, an email arrived from Finishing the Task. It talked about getting the list of unengaged unreached people groups (UUPGs) remaining in the world from 964 to zero. This was followed by a phone call from the same association of mission agencies and churches. Many of the 964 UUPGs were located in “the hardest places,” which - by definition - is where Climbing For Christ GOes. We were asked to prayerfully consider adopting some of the UUPGs on the list. An explanation: More than 32 million lost... Read more »

Dispatches: Malawi 2018

Mission: Malawi 2018 Reporting by Gary Fallesen (Photos by Gary Fallesen unless otherwise noted) Tuesday, Aug 28 Mulanje Massif Chapter members in prayer. This photo is one of the many memorable moments from Mission: Malawi 2018. Members of the Mulanje Massif Chapter gathering at the Chisepo Hut, about 7,500 feet up on the Sapitwa Peak, for one final prayer together during our three days of trekking and training. It was one of countless blessed occasions Bill and I had with brothers and sisters (and those not yet related to us by the blood of Jesus) ove... Read more »

In Memoriam: Jim Doenges

Jim Doenges, who served full-time on the staff of Climbing For Christ during our early years (2006-2008), started the Colorado Front Range Chapter, and was a part of six Evangelic Expeditions (including the inaugural missions to Denali, Kilimanjaro and Nepal), graduated to the next life on July 16, 2018. He was 58 years old. He was survived by his wife, Teresa. Jim once was lost and this is the story of how he was found. This story originally appeared in Issue 1 of The Climbing Life (now our quarterly magazine The Climbing Way) in Spring 2005. You can hear more from Jim in a 2012 radio produc... Read more »
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Mission Moments: Malawi

A chicken in every widow’s pot Mrs. Namithala brought chickens to be shared with other widows. (Photos by Damson Samson) The chicken project Climbing For Christ staff member Damson Samson started with the widows he has been serving in southern Malawi continued recently with the exchange of 58 chickens. A group village head said the “chickens are hidden treasures,” resulting in the poorest of the poor having a resource to buy some basic needs. “Some who might care well for these (chickens) can easily buy fertilizer,” the village leader said. Heat has made k... Read more »

2018 World Watch List

The normalcy of persecution A Nepali brother looks into unreached areas on Mission: Nepal 2017. Nepal vaulted to 25th on the 2018 World Watch List after having been unmentioned a year ago. This is because of the passage of anti-conversion laws. Pray for the boldness of the world’s fastest-growing church to continue in spite of opposition. The annual release of Open Doors’ World Watch List of persecuted nations was made on Jan. 10. The announcement of the 50 hardest places to be a Christian is usually associated with a collective groan or gasp, and a feeling of pity for ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Celebrating spiritual independence By Gary Fallesen Inside Mulanje Prison. (Photos by Damson Samson) July 6 was Independence Day in Malawi and staff worker Damson Samson used the opportunity to offer spiritual freedom at Mulanje Prison. This was Damson’s first visit to the southern Malawi prison since CHRISTmas day. “I prayed for heaven to intervene for the sake of my brothers and sisters in Mulanje Prison,” Damson said. “I looked at the Independence Day we had and I was able to see that it was to be a celebration where Malawi received that freedom, but now I saw... Read more »

Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

Brothers in Marangu, Tanzania reaching up and out for Jesus. (Photos by Damson Samson) Building blocks By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ As Damson Samson visited homes of Kilimanjaro Chapter members, he saw the results of our disciples-making-disciples training. “Even children (of the guides and porters participating in our quarterly training) can recite all the books in the Old and New Testaments,” Damson reported from Tanzania. Damson told about children memorizing verses in the Bible. “I looked at what Climbing For Christ is building... Read more »

Trip Report: Indonesia 2018

Hell in Indonesia’s high places By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ “Joe,” not his real name, thanked us for coming. He asked us to send people to work with him. He is lonely. He expressed his happiness to have brothers in Christ visit the place where he had served for three years because churches will not help him deliver the Good News. “They are afraid,” he explained, before adding again the joy he felt “to have a friend in ministry.” Joe and one other worker have seen 10 souls rescued from one of Indonesia&rs... Read more »
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