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Mission Moments: Nigeria

Putting down stakes in the Koma Hills Land purchased for C4C mission base By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ The tribal chief of the Koma people where Climbing For Christ has ministered in northeastern Nigeria since 2011 wondered when the mission might return to the Atlantika Mountains. “I told him that by God’s grace, they will visit the Koma people in November this year,” said Pastor Chris Joseph, a long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner in Nigeria. “The hamlet head was highly elated at this news.” Pas... Read more »

Dispatches: Philippines 2016

By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ CLICK HERE to read Ace Concordia’s Trip Report, “Take five.” Thursday, Jan. 21 Gary and Ace at an overlook on the trail to Tacadang. Ace talks a lot about relationships and this trip centered on that topic. It was about reestablishing relationships strained by time and distance – both between Ace and me, C4C Philippines and Tacadang, and those He created but who have either been far from Him or did not yet know about Him in the mountains of Kibungan. At the end of the day, God is all about relat... Read more »

Mission: Peru 2016

God will put people in your path for a purpose. Take a little girl named Alisson in a little village called Chalhua in the Peruvian Andes. We met Alisson on Mission: Peru 2011. She befriended our team and stole the hearts of team members. Jaime Servat, our missionary to Peru, has become a surrogate father of sorts to Alisson. Her real father was an alcoholic who killed himself years ago. Every time Jaime visits Chalhua he delivers gifts to Alisson, prays with her, teaches her, and helps care for her family. Alisson’s story in 2011 broke our hearts. Her mother, Taina, who suffere... Read more »

Mission: Ararat 2016

ISTANBUL (The New York Times, Jan. 1, 2016) — A major Turkish military operation to eradicate Kurdish militants in Turkey’s restive southeast has turned dozens of urban districts into bloody battlefields, displacing hundreds of thousands of civilians and shattering hopes of reviving peace as an old war reaches its deadliest level in two decades. Over the past week, Turkish tanks and artillery have pounded Kurdish targets across several southeast cities, killing at least 200 militants and more than 150 civilians, according to human rights groups and local officials. Their desc... Read more »

Project 8:36

“Pakistani law forbids slavery, yet at least 200,000 Pakistanis work in deep mud pits to make bricks in slave-like conditions,” Frontier Ventures reported in October 2015. “From before sunrise to sunset, earning about $3.50, tiny 6-year-olds and wrinkled grandparents work to pay off family debts. It always starts with debt, and when the poor can’t pay it, an owner steps in to pay the debt in return for labor. As the debt is paid, costs are added by the owner until the debt becomes unpayable. If the family member moves to another kiln, the debt follows them. If a parent ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Peru

A witness to God’s promises Jaime Servat, Climbing For Christ’s missionary to Peru, began December as a victim of a pickpocket, who stole his cell phone as he was traveling to the village of Chalhua in the Cordillera Blanca mountains. He also began the month as a witness to the promise of God in a rainbow over the church at Chalhua. “And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” – 2 Pe... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Morocco

Photo of the Week: MoroccoA shepherd keeping watch on his sheep in the Atlas Mountains. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) CLICK HERE for the Expedition Morocco 2015 Trip Report: “God speaks in the Atlas Mountains.” Photos of the Week are for sale – 8-by-12-inch prints suitable for framing – for $25 plus shipping. Email your order to info@ClimbingForChrist.org. Your support will help put us in places where we can take more pictures as witnesses of our Triune God.   Read more »

Expedition Morocco 2015 Trip Report

God speaks in the Atlas Mountains By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ   Mohammad holds his Bible while preparing tea for family members. We were in the house of a Mohammad. One of the countless Mohammads you will meet in a country in which 99.6 percent of the population follows the Islamic prophet Muhammad. But this Mohammad is different. He is a follower of Christ. “You showed us the path so we followed,” he tells our companion on this trek into the Atlas Mountains. He makes it sound so simple. But there is more to the story of this Berber man, a devout ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Merry CHRISTmas from Simikot The church at Simikot on land purchased with funding provided by the LORD through Climbing For Christ. The land has been purchased and the fundraising is underway for the construction of the first church building in the headquarters of Nepal’s Far West district of Humla. The church at Simikot extends CHRISTmas greetings to members and supporters of Climbing For Christ. The church project in Simikot is estimated to cost more than US$12,000. We are lifting in prayer for completion in 2016. “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eterna... Read more »

Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

Much joy in heaven over sinners who repented By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Damson Samson was “terrified” and humbled when our latest Kilimanjaro evangelism training conference kicked off with eight guides and porters accepting Jesus. “I wondered when could they get this marvelous gift if not for this conference,” Damson said on Nov. 30 after returning from Tanzania to his home in southern Malawi. He also wondered how great the celebration in heaven must be for eight souls saved when the Bible tells us “there will be more joy in heaven ove... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Land purchased for a ‘city on a hill’ By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ   A happy man: Pastor Harka shows his joy and the document certifying ownership of the land he is standing on. Soon, we pray, a church building will stand there. (Photo by Megh Gurung) We rejoice at the news that land has been purchased for construction of the first church at Simikot in Nepal’s Far West district of Humla. “I am so excited,” said brother Megh Gurung, who represented Climbing For Christ at the proceedings. Megh and Pastor Harka signed the dea... Read more »

Mission Moments: Peru

Working on the church and the Church at Chalhua Jaime Servat spent half of November in Chalhua, leading worship three times a week at the church Climbing For Christ built and going to “His church altar to pray to God every day with passion to see His hand in Chalhua and other villages.” God led several people from other villages to Climbing For Christ’s Peruvian missionary. “One day I was visiting some new believers from Mashco and I met Jhon, a 25-year-old who heard His (call) to receive the Lord Jesus,” Jaime reported. “So I ministered to him and ... Read more »

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 »
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