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Photo of the Week: Philippines

Photo of the Week: PhilippinesA Kankanaey porter carrying supplies in his traditional basket (backpack) on the trail to Kibungan on Luzon island, Philippines. (Photo by Ace Concordia) On June 27, 2007, Adreian “Ace” Concordia of Las Piñas City joined Climbing For Christ. “In my country, the Philippines, it’s very rare I get to climb with fellow Christians,” he wrote in an introductory e-mail. “How I wish there was an organization like yours here.” Climbing For Christ president Gary Fallesen replied: “You said you wished there was an organization like ours in the Ph... Read more »

Mission Moments: Peru

On time for more divine appointments Di-vine ap-point-ment A specific encounter or experience arranged by God so we can serve Him and play a part in the lives of other people. Jaime Servat, Climbing For Christ’s Peruvian missionary, was in his third day in the northeastern part of the Cordillera Blanca, where our Mission: Peru 2015 team trekked in July. As he hiked into Conopa village in early October, Jaime said, “I prayed to God and He guided me to a shop where I asked a woman named Lidia about a man [Jaime knew] who is a Christian. He was meeting in a house of another beli... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalHiking into Torpa, a Buddhist village in the Far West district of Humla, Nepal. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Nepal 2015) Building the church Climbing For Christ has conducted 10 Evangelic Expeditions to Nepal, including four trips to the remote Far West district of Humla from 2012 to 2015. When God first directed C4C to Humla (an area that is the size of the U.S. states of Delaware or Rhode Island with no roads or pavement beyond the mountainside landing strip), we found a 5-year-old house church with 10-to-12 believers in the district headquarters of Simikot. A group of brothers asked ... Read more »

PRAY for the persecuted church

By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ I want to remind you today of the suffering church. In his second letter to Pastor Timothy, written while he was imprisoned in Rome shortly before his death, the great missionary Paul stated: “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). Jesus told His followers “they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake” (Luke 21:12). He said we will “be ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

Building something of eternal value Damson Samson had a vision as he was riding a bus toward Mount Kilimanjaro. He was making his fourth trip of the year to Tanzania to work with guides and porters who are learning how to evangelize on and around Africa’s tallest and most attractive mountain. This trip had been delayed as he celebrated the blessed birth of his second child, a daughter. “I saw myself building and from nowhere it rained and flash (flooded) all of the structures,” Damson said about his vision. “I was asking myself, ‘What’s this that I saw?&rs... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Tanzania

Photo of the Week: TanzaniaLocal ambulance: A Kilimanjaro porter pushes a mobile stretcher used to take seriously ill or injured people off the mountain. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Kilimanjaro 2011) Caring for the lost on Kilimanjaro The roots of Climbing For Christ are found in East Africa on Mount Kilimanjaro. This is where God planted the seeds of HIS ministry in 1998 and where He has led us to carry out eight missions (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, two in 2014, and 2015) On the inaugural Evangelic Expedition, C4C team members delivered duffels of gear to the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project in Mosh... Read more »

Mission: Nepal (Oct.) 2015 Dispatches

By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ Friday, Oct. 16 ‎ ‎“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight  your paths.” – Proverbs 3:6 (ESV) God is good, this much we know. When we abide in Him and Him in us, there is no shortage of blessed moments we get to experience. Such was the time on this trip – more of a journey for me than an Evangelic Expedition. I traveled by His side and under His wing. Thank You, Jesus! I was honored to participate in a movement of brothers and sisters in Christ who are centered on delivering the Good News to u... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalPhoto of the Week by Gary Fallesen: Hiking past mani stones – used for Buddhist prayer – outside the Langtang village of Thuman during Mission: Nepal (Jan.-Feb.) 2012. Here comes the Son “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” – John 10:9 (KJV) The village of Thuman in Langtang National Park is a Buddhist stronghold with a population of about 2,200 – none of whom are Christian. Our six-person mission team visited there on the third day of evangelistic trek. We were greeted by a drum... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Indonesia

Photo of the Week: IndonesiaPhoto of the Week by Gary Fallesen: Mount Rinjani on the Indonesian island of Lombok is that country’s second-highest volcano, standing 12,224 feet (3,726 meters). Climbing For Christ visited Mount Rinjani, Lombok, and the Sasak people for the first time on Mission: Indonesia 2012. C4C members from Indonesia had a reunion on Rinjani in 2013. Budi Yuwono of C4C Indonesia returned to Rinjani in September 2015. (CLICK HERE for that Trip Report.) There are no known believers among the 3 million Sasak people living on the island of Lombok. Most Sasak are Muslim, but many also still wo... Read more »

C4C Canada 2015 Annual Meeting

Developing ‘True Grit’ By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ I evoked the memory of American hero John Wayne to kick off the second Climbing For Christ CANADA Annual Meeting in Crowsnest Pass, AB on Friday, Sept. 25. We surprised our Canadian Board of Directors with a story and then I shared a devotional I wrote, called “True Grit.” We discussed being committed for the long haul and the need for perseverance to accomplish God’s goal for this ministry. As the apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Christians in Rome: “we know that ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nigeria

Motorcycles, opposition, miracles, and a church When Pastor Chris Joseph arrived in Adamawa State in Nigeria’s notorious northeast, he found a ban against motorcycle travel. The long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner was returning to the Koma Hills along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon for the seventh time. He set out for Adamawa State from his home Rivers State in the south early on Monday, Sept. 7. “Due to the activities of Boko Haram and incessant armed robbery attacks, we passed the night in Jalingo, Taraba State,” Chris said. “We pro... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nigeria

Photo of the Week: NigeriaPhoto of the Week by Gary Fallesen: Hiking into the Atlantika Mountains along the border between Nigeria and Cameron. Climbing For Christ has ministered to a primitive people living in the uninviting Koma Hills in northeastern Nigeria near the Cameroon border since visiting in 2011. Pastor Chris Joseph of partner ministry Lives Aglow completed his seventh visit into the Atlantika Mountains in September 2015. Atlantika is said to mean “Allah hasn’t yet arrived” in the Kanuri language. The Koma people have maintained their own folk religion despite being surrounded by Muslims ... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Mozambique

Photo of the Week: MozambiquePhoto of the Week by Gary Fallesen: Pastor Felix and his wife celebrate the construction of the church they shepherd in Milatu, Mozambique during Mission: Malawi 2014. We have been blessed by precious moments of sheer joy exhibited by pastors on the receiving end of a church building provided by God through Climbing For Christ. Meeting our brothers and sisters in the church at Milatu, Mozambique while on Mission: Malawi 2014 was a taste of heaven. There was singing, dancing, hugging, and smiling. It was a time of praise and giving thanks. The church was our sixth build globally and ... Read more »

Project 1:27 Malawi

Jesus comes to four more orphans Catherine Gwembere with bedding and clothing provided through C4C Canada funding. Here is my story: My name is Catherine Gwembere. I am 8 years old. I am in grade 4. I lost my dad in 2007, when I was only 1 year old. He died of HIV/AIDS after a long illness that left my family with nothing. I cannot remember him. I was never treated with fatherly love in my life. Catherine is learning about our heavenly Father’s love. “I will not leave you as orphans,” Jesus says in John 14:18. “I will come to you.” Catherine is o... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

God smiles on a Nepal family By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ president Sumitra Pariyar has endured various trials in her short life. At the age of 7, she suffered a debilitating fever that left her crippled. In 2007, on CHRISTmas day, her father carried her paralyzed body to what was then a house church in the Central Nepal village of Dapcha. He had tried everything to help Sumitra. The small group of Christians in Dapcha at the time prayed for Sumitra’s healing – and she walked again. The Pariyar family surrendered their lives to Jesus. Sumitra has continued to h... Read more »

Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

A ‘vote of thanks’ from Tanzania By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ “If you swallow the whole banana, you get problems in your stomach. You have to chew.” – Proverb by Kilimanjaro Chapter member Dauson Chongo Porters carrying gear out of Karanga Camp at 13,500 feet on Mount Kilimanjaro. During Mission: Kilimanjaro 2015 in March we agreed that East African missionary Damson Samson needed to spend more time with Kilimanjaro Chapter members. We could not expect guides and porters to learn how to evangelize and employ their teachings on Mo... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Death and life in Nepal By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ   Padam, right, praying to accept Jesus with (left to right) brother Megh, Dr. Matthew, and another new believer named Prem on March 23. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Padam was one of two young men who came to see our doctors on the rooftop where we had camped in the village of Takla during Mission: Nepal 2015 in late March. This was our first visit to Takla in four Evangelic Expeditions to the Far West district of Humla. Dr. Matthew Fisher of Canada and our Nepalese brother Megh Gurung offered medical a... Read more »

Mission: Ararat 2015 Trip Report

Herding lost sheep. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Praying to see the unseen By Gary Fallesen     Founding president, Climbing For Christ “As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:18 (ESV) Unseen might be the word to sum up our fourth Evangelic Expedition in six years to Turkey. We returned from Mission: Ararat 2015 not really knowing what was accomplished. Sure, we revisited every family we’d met or spent... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

C4C-sponsored orphanage back to normal Painting the repaired orphanage – inside and out. (Photo by Tej Rokka) Walls, water and the solar-power system have been repaired at the SARA orphanage that is sponsored by Climbing For Christ. “The children are fine,” said Pastor Tej Rokka, a C4C member and founder of the Savior Alone Redeems Asians ministry based in Kathmandu, “and their school has started.” Life has returned to some sense of normalcy. But, on Wednesday (June 10), “there were again quite big aftershocks,” Tej said. “And people got ... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Turkey 2015

Mission: Ararat 2015 Reports and photos by Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ CLICK HERE for Trip Report Saturday, June 13   The sun is eclipsed by a minaret in Istanbul. Pray for the Son to shine in Turkey. We said our “goodbyes” to our Turkish friends – Adem, Behzat and Osman – and flew across Turkey from Van to Istanbul. They are looking forward to our next visit. In the meantime, they have no idea how much we’ll be praying for them. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” – John 8:36 (... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Turkey

Photo of the Week: Turkey  Statues more than 2,100 years old litter the ground near the summit of Mount Nemrut. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) In the first century BC, King Antiochus built a monument to himself on remote Mount Nemrut (7,001 feet/2,134 meters). He piled up hundreds of vertical feet of scree upon which statues of Antiochus, lions, eagles, and various Armenian, Greek and Iranian gods stand nearly 30 feet high. CLICK HERE to read more from Mission: Ararat 2015. Read more »

Mission Moments: Earthquakes in Nepal

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Pastor Tej Rokka returned Monday night (May 25) from several days in East Nepal for training among the churches. His wife, Bidhya, spoke to more than 60 women, presenting them with gifts delivered by Leanne Bohn and Elaine Fallesen during Mission: Nepal 2015 in March. Tej taught about 45 pastors and church leaders about the making of disciples. “Let me thank God for what He has done through us in the midst of such a situation,” Tej said, referring to the work that goes on amidst the recovery from devastating earthquakes. “I know very well how it... Read more »

A Night of Praise

We’d like to invite you to join us for a special event … Please invite someone so more people can learn about Climbing For Christ and they can be told about the amazing things He does (1 Chronicles 16:24).   Read more »

Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

Growing disciples to work on the mountain By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ   There are fertile fields around Mount Kilimanjaro. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Damson Samson emerged from the fifth house after a day of home visits among our Kilimanjaro Chapter members in April with eyes wide open. “I realized how important this trip is,” said our missionary to East Africa, who lives in southern Malawi but is sent periodically by C4C to visit the area around Mount Kilimanjaro in northeastern Tanzania. We are working with guides and porters there to equip... Read more »

The need in Nepal is great

Pastor Tej and Elaine Fallesen during worship at his Kathmandu church in March. (Photo by Leanne Bohn/Mission: Nepal 2015) By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ Worship was nearly over at the main SARA church in Kathmandu on Saturday, April 25 when the lights went out and the pulpit fell away from Pastor Tej Rokka. “I did not know what to do because the hall was full of people of all ages and I wanted to run out and save myself, but I saw my flock crying without help,” Tej said on Monday – about 60 hours after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake changed life in N... Read more »
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