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Reflection: Patriots Day

In harm’s way: the eye of the spiritual storm By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Leaving a Berber village in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco in April 2013. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) News travels fast in the global village: At 2:49 p.m. EDT on April 15, 2013, a bomb exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Twelve seconds later another bomb exploded. Thirty-one minutes later a news alert reached me in the room I’d just settled in to go to sleep in Marrakech, Morocco. “I had just gone to my room and you came and knocked on the door and... Read more »
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Mission: 2017

The original mission of Climbing For Christ was – and is – to minister to people in physical and spiritual ways in mountainous areas of the world. The New Testament teaches us “to make God’s Word our first priority in ministry (1 Corinthians 1:22-23), yet the Gospel must be clothed in love and good deeds, lest we ‘unsay’ with our actions what we say with our lips (1 John 3:18),” according to the ESV Global Study Bible. We are called to “be doers of the word and not hearers only” (James 1:22). Because, we know, “faith by itself, if ... Read more »

The Great GOmission

Trekking into the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. (Photo by Adrianne Michele) NOTE: On Nov. 27, 2016, I was honored to be asked by Pastor Al Robinson to share about discipleship at Crowsnest Community Christian Centre in Coleman, AB, home church of C4C Canada. I told our brothers and sisters in Christ how God had moved in my life to lead me from the only job I thought I would ever want (a sports writer for a daily newspaper for 27 years) to start Climbing For Christ and serve Him full-time in ministry. I have been doing this for 10 years now. In that span, I have been blessed to lead 50 short-... Read more »
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Mission: Nepal 2017

Pulling down strongholds By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ We stood on a mountainside high above the Karnali River in the northwest corner of Nepal. We’d trekked up and down portions of this river higher up in the Humla district. Now we were proposing to follow the river out of the district, essentially walking from one airstrip to the next in the remote reaches as part of Mission: Nepal 2017. “The devil travels up and down the river,” said Nepali member Megh Gurung, a guide and pastor. “It is his stronghold.” The enemy has laid c... Read more »

Mission: Malawi 2017

No shortage of Living Water Flooding, drought, failed harvests, and near famine conditions have plagued southern Malawi the past two years. Malawi ranks among the 15 poorest countries in the world, so conditions have been crippling. We pray for a healing rain in this troubled land in southern Africa. “This severe drought has caused lots of devastation in the country,” said Pastor Duncan Nyozani, a long-time Climbing For Christ member and founder of partner Searchlight Ministries. “This is the first time in the history of Malawi to see boreholes drying up due to drought... Read more »

Mission: Peru 2017

Fighting folk religion in the Andean mountains By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Jaime Servat surveyed the village of Chalhua, located about 10,000 feet (3,050 meters) up in the Cordillera Blanca mountains in Peru. Climbing For Christ has ministered there since 2011 and funded the building of a church for the village. But the church – the body of believers – shrank dramatically during construction of that house of worship. This contributed to our assigning Jaime to work in Chalhua, evangelizing the community and growing the church. Jaime has been a... Read more »

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2017

Hatching a dream for those working on the mountain By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Damson Samson was traveling to Tanzania for the 10th time since becoming Climbing For Christ’s missionary to East Africa in 2014. He was GO-ing again in late November 2016 to teach guides and porters in our Kilimanjaro Chapter about evangelism. But Damson didn’t have a lesson and he didn’t want to lay an egg. lay an egg: Figurative expression, meaning “For someone to do something bad or poorly; to perform poorly.” He was eager to be delive... Read more »

GO-ing means never having to say you’re sorry

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9 (ESV) Compassion fatigue is a very real challenge when you find yourself in the trenches day in and day out, always trying to find a way to give more, do more, be more. The Apostle Paul encouraged the church at Galatia to always do good, and never give up. In Nepal, if ever we have a moment when we are weary, we need only think of Sumitra. She is the poster child for our mission there.   Sumitra. On CHRISTmas day 2007, Gopal Pariyar carried his crippl... Read more »

Reaching Morocco

Between the Rock and a hard place By Gary Fallesen, founding president Climbing For Christ “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” – Matthew 24:14 (ESV) Those words from Jesus inspire me. Knowing that every tribe and language and people and nation will be represented in the kingdom of heaven, according to the Book of Revelation, and that more than 4 out of every 10 people groups in the world remain unreached, according to the Joshua Project, I realize there is work to be... Read more »

Here I am! Send me

MANY places left By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ “Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.” — Habakkuk 1:5 (ESV) In 2000, two respected missiologists wrote: “God’s promise to bless all the ‘families of the earth,’ first given to Abraham 4,000 years ago, is becoming a reality at a pace ‘you would not believe.’ Biblical faith is growing and spreading to the ends of the earth as never before in HIStory.”¹ The ... Read more »

Expeditions 2016

Code Red: Search and Rescue By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ “The greatest sin in the desert is knowing where the water is and not sharing it. We know where the water is!” – Anonymous pastor in the Middle East on the church today What’s your sense of urgency? What moves you to act? Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). The Lord of lords didn’t ask His followers to think about going. He didn’t say, “Please consider the possibility of going and making disciples of all nations.” ... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: Nepal  One of several valleys trekked by C4C teams visiting Nepal’s Far West district of Huma. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) “Those are the people who are here to ruin our religion,” the Buddhist monk muttered as he walked away from our team in Simikot, a town in Nepal’s northwestern district of Humla. We were there to dedicate a newly built church (the district’s first and our fourth blessed build in Nepal). In 2012, God led us to Humla, where we met seven Christian men in one village and a brother and sister who believed in Jesus in another village. They wer... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Providing (thankfully) food and (prayerfully) rain By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Some of the many people in Pastor Duncan’s church at Msema, above, and Kambona, below, receiving food in November. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani)   The people of Malawi are praying that the rainy season, which should begin this month, actually comes this time. It has been dry in the hunger-wracked African nation for nearly two years. Climbing For Christ has provided more than $10,000 so far this year for the purchase of food for people in southern Mal... Read more »

C4C Canada Annual Meeting

Serving a ‘grace-full’ God By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Climbing For Christ ministry happens in real time. I am proud of our ability (by the grace of God) to be efficient. Example: Damson Samson, our kingdom worker in East Africa, asks on Monday if it would be possible to receive an extra $500 a month to feed widows in Malawi. On Wednesday, funds are wired. On Thursday, Damson receives the money, buys the food, and distributes it. At C4C Canada’s third Annual Meeting on Saturday, Nov. 26 in Coleman, AB, Board member Aaron Hemphill talked... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Food provided in Malawi by God Bright Muhava. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) Food was distributed to 100 members of the church at Kambona by Pastor Duncan Nyozani on Wednesday, Nov. 2 and to another 30 members attending Bible study the next day. Hundreds more received food after worship on Sunday, Nov. 6. “May the Lord God be glorified for this miracle of food provision,” Bright Muhava told Duncan. “I was away searching for (work) to get money for food, but could not get any work. But here comes God’s provision.” God is providing Duncan’s Searc... Read more »

Mission Moments: Haiti

Supporting our legacy in Haiti By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Gilbert delivers food to Pastor Paul of Gentilhomme on Oct. 31. The 14-year-old Haitian boy that God used Climbing For Christ to rescue from the jaws of death is now a 23-year-old man with a heart to serve the LORD who saved him. Climbing For Christ officially pulled out of Haiti in April 2015 after many months of prayer and a fact-finding trip in November 2013. The main reason centered on our primary purpose, which is to GO and deliver the Gospel in the mountains of the world where other missionar... Read more »

IDOP 2016

Persecution and C4C By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   I was returning from Mission: Nepal in April 2014. As soon as my 14-hour flight from Dubai touched down at JFK, I turned on my phone. Emails poured in. One was from a Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner in Pakistan. “I would like to update you with the great sorrow that my younger sister was kidnapped on the 6th of April,” our dear brother wrote. “After two days we got the phone call from an unknown number and unknown person to inform us that she is forcefully converted t... Read more »

Annual Meeting 2016

God moments galore By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Dave Smith speaks to Board members (left to right) Steve Quakenbush, Michele Annibal, Gary Fallesen, Kevin Kimble, Mary Lindsay and Stan Phillips, and staff member Jordan Rowley. (Photo by staff member Elaine Fallesen) I asked our Board of Directors to come to our 13th Annual Meeting on Saturday, Oct. 29 in Rochester, NY, with their favorite “God moment” from 2016. We spent time reflecting on what the LORD had done through Climbing For Christ on what turned out to be another day full o... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

God provides for an abundance of food in Malawi By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Feeding the orphans. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) Climbing For Christ was introduced to the Far & Wide Children’s Home when the Malawi orphanage had a month’s worth of food stolen in October 2009. Pastor Duncan Nyozani, a C4C member since early 2009, contacted us to ask for prayer. The result of our prayer was God’s call for us to replace the stolen food. A few months later, I led a small team to Malawi to survey the work there. God again called us to ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Housing project a sweet dream for Malawi widows By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ No more nightmares for smiling Malita Seven, right, with Climbing For Christ’s Damson Samson. Malita Seven suffered from bad dreams. But since workers began to repair her house as part of Climbing For Christ’s work with widows in southern Malawi, she said, “there is a great change.” The 75-year-old told Damson Samson, our Malawi-based kingdom worker to East Africa, that this ministry is “like an ark where God told Noah to make it so many can ... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalThe newly built church at Simikot. (Photo by Pastor Harka) Christ, our cornerstone By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ “What is this church building constructed from?” I asked our Nepali brothers and sisters in Christ as they sat on the ground inside what was then an unfinished structure. The correct answer: stones. “What is our foundation as a church body?” I asked. Answer: God. “God tells the prophet Isaiah (in Isaiah 28:16), ‘I am the One who has laid as a foundation … a stone, a tested stone, a precious cor... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Dancing for the houses Story by Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Photos by Damson Samson, C4C missionary to East Africa Even as their new houses are being built, the widows blessed beyond their imaginations feel like dancing. Sometimes they literally do so. “Some, they feel like just flying in the air, not understanding how the house has come to them,” said Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ’s kingdom worker in East Africa. Damson continues to be pleasantly surprised by their reactions even as he has now seen the completion of 25 houses in our... Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2016 (Part 2) Trip Report

The seed of the church By Gary Fallesen, Climbing For Christ founding president A word of encouragement when you are behind the enemy’s line can go a long way. Be it in an email or a text or a message passed along during a satellite phone call. Knowing you are being prayed for and followed through daily Dispatches is a tremendous blessing. Positive feedback after a trip can also provide affirmation. It’s great hearing from Climbing For Christ members and supporters who have taken the mission to heart. Jan Hartung, a member from C4C’s hometown of Rochester, NY, USA, ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Tears of joy for food in Malawi By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Giving praise for maize. (Photos by Damson Samson) If you are building houses on the Rock, you would be wise to remember these words: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat” (Matthew 25:35). As Damson Samson, our Kingdom worker in East Africa, traveled by foot from village to village checking on houses we are building for widows in southern Malawi [see “More ‘miracle’ houses in Malawi”], he observed “many of these widows are not eatin... Read more »

Dispatches: Nepal 2016 (Sept.)

Mission: Nepal 2016, Part 2 Saturday, Sept. 17-Friday, Sept. 30 By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ Friday, Sept. 30 The mountain-side village of Takla, right, under heavy clouds earlier this week. (Photos by Gary Fallesen) We all carry different memories home from a trip like this one. For me, the encounter with Dankse, the grieving father in Takla, will remain etched on my heart [see Sunday, Sept. 25 and Monday, Sept. 26]. As we returned to our respective homes today (Brandy and Matthew to western Canada and Jesse and me to Western New York) I was praying for Dankse and how the ... Read more »
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