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Articles by Gary Fallesen

Mission: Ararat 2018

Dreaming and envisioning Christianity in Turkey Ali was born in Turkey to a Muslim family. He met a woman who took him to church and invited him to come to a conference. The conference speaker came up to Ali and asked to pray for him. The speaker laid his hand on Ali, and Ali suddenly felt an indescribable peace and joy. When he came back the next day, a group of people laid their hands on him, and this time Ali felt his legs give out from under him. As he fell, he felt himself in front of a powerful, majestic being. His body started shaking, and he heard a voice telling him: “I am the ... Read more »

Mission: Malawi 2018

Sermon on the Mount (Mulanje) We climbed from the Fort Lister trailhead to Sombani Hut with 28 guides and porters from Climbing For Christ’s Mulanje Massif Chapter. It was a day-hike that was blessed beyond measure. First, we were on the Mulanje Massif, also known as Mount Mulanje, a hiking paradise in southern Malawi that contains 20 peaks above 2,500 meters (8,200 feet), including the country’s highpoint at 3,002 meters (9,849 feet). Second, we were climbing with our brothers to teach on the mountain. At the suggestion of national missionary Damson Samson, we took them through ... Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2017 (Part 2) Trip Report

Looking back at the mountains in the Humla district from the Chankheli Pass. Visiting and encouraging the growing church Story and photos by Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Our Mission: Nepal team gathered for the daily devotional. The study, called “The Greatest” and based on John 3:16, was written by spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Jordan prayed and read from Day 8 of the study, “The Greatest ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

Impact, not size, is the measure of Great Commission success By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Kilimanjaro Chapter meeting. (Photos by Damson Samson) Damson Samson was teaching about the Great Commission at our Kilimanjaro Chapter gathering in September. He wanted to remind our brothers “why we spend time and a lot of money training them.” Before the lesson, he asked the group to pray for 30 minutes for Climbing For Christ and all who put their support in this Great Commission ministry. “In the course of the prayer I saw variations of two... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalLooking back at the mountains in the Humla district from the Chankheli Pass during Mission: Nepal 2017, Part 2. Our team trekked about 65 miles (more than 100 kilometers) with 35,000 feet of elevation change over nine days. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) CLICK HERE to read the Trip Report, “Visiting and encouraging the growing church.” Read more »

Dispatches: Nepal 2017

Mission: Nepal 2017, Part 2 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Baptizing new believers By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Brother Megh and Pastor Dulsar baptizing new believers in a mountain stream in 2012 before Climbing For Christ helped build the church at Korchabang. (Photo by Dave Stoessel) Pastor Dulsar once led Maoists in a bloody civil war that killed more than 19,000 people in Nepal from 1996-2006. Now he leads the church in a place that has been a stronghold to both communism and his country’s Hindu tradition. The Holy Spirit led him from a life as a rebel to walking with Jesus. Dulsar walks the ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Dream on: new mattresses, bedding for kids By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Clement with the makings of a new bed. (Photo by Duncan Nyozani) “I will sleep like a baby tonight,” Clement said as he hauled off his new mattress. The Project 1:27-sponsored children in Malawi received new mattresses and bedding recently. We were saddened to learn during our Mission: Malawi 2017 visit to the children’s home in June that thieves had stolen several mattresses and kids were sleeping on the wooden planks in their beds. We asked to see improvements made in... Read more »

Western New York fall update

Autumn is in the air By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Labor Day is over. Back to work, back to school. It’s football season! Pumpkin spice is on every menu and in seemingly every food. Leaves are red and underfoot as I trail run. All of this means it’s time for us to turn to our autumn calendar. Here’s a glance at important upcoming dates with some additional details below. Plenty of PRAY, GIVE, GO opportunities. Hope you will be joining us this fall. Wednesday, Sept. 13-Friday, Sept. 29 – Mission: Nepal 2017, Part 2. Please pray for Jordan... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Delivering life to the Ngoni people By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Damson Samson prays for some of the 29 Ngoni widows who surrendered their lives to Jesus during worship on Sunday, Sept. 3. (Photos by Philip Mkweza) The head of one of the village groups rejoiced at the arrival of Climbing For Christ among the Ngoni  people living in Central Malawi. “These people (from C4C) have not brought you money or clothes,” she told those gathered to meet staff member Damson Samson on Friday, Sept. 1. “Rather they have brought you life in Christ, w... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Good news in Nepal flood relief Distribution of flood relief. (Photos courtesy SARA Ministries) Climbing For Christ was honored to send US $2,251.85 provided by God through seven donors who were moved by our Aug. 15 appeal for help with Nepal flood relief. Pastor Tej Rokka and his team from SARA (Savior Alone Redeems Asians) ministries last week delivered food (rice, dahl, salt), mosquito nets, plastic tarps, and medicine for 211 families in the Rautahat District along the border of India. Rautahat is a unique district because it has the largest percent of Muslims (nearly 20%) i... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi and Nepal

Looking after orphans and widows By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ “But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.” – Psalm 10:14 (NIV) Vincent Kuchuwa outside his old house. (Photo by Duncan Nyozani) Vincent Kuchuwa, who is 7 years old, lost his mother when he was a baby. Later his father also died. Then his grandparents died. He was cared for in southern Malawi by an old, very poor couple, who often f... Read more »

Flooding devastates Nepal

Fleeing floods in Nepal. Praying, giving before we GO again to Nepal By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Heavy monsoon rains have produced disastrous results in Nepal this summer. “Here, (there) is too much raining and there is flooding and landslides on the mountainsides,” Megh Gurung, Climbing For Christ’s kingdom worker, said Monday (Aug. 14) from Kathmandu. “All the roads are damaged and no one can get to their own destinations. People have been suffering.” Flooding does not garner the media attention that natural disasters su... Read more »

Dispatches: Peru 2017

Mission: Peru 2017  By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Team selfie photo: (right to left) Michael and Rachel Wall, Gary Fallesen, Jaime Servat, Jordan Rowley, Edwin Milla, Lexi Hooper, Ronen and Aaron Hemphill, and Vetter Milla. (Photo by Michael Wall) Monday, August 7 We ate our final meal together as a team at breakfast. Jordan and I then met with Jaime and Edwin to discuss plans for the coming months, which will eventually lead to Mission: Peru 2018 next summer. Edwin's brother, Marco, also a guide and Climbing For Christ member, pointed out as he was giv... Read more »

Dispatches: Malawi 2017

Mission: Malawi 2017 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Mission: Malawi 2017 team: (back row left to right) Elaine Fallesen of Rochester, NY, USA; Damson Samson of Kambona, Malawi; Dr. Steve Quakenbush of Canon City, CO; Pastor Duncan Nyozani of Blantyre, Malawi; and Bill Marsaw, (front row left to right) Gary Fallesen, Dave Smith and Mark Erbelding of Rochester. Duncan gave thanks for our relationship, which dates back to 2009 (we met in person for the first time during Mission: Kilimanjaro 2010) and all the help God ... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Malawi

Photo of the Week: MalawiBrick making from mud in the remote village of Singano. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) A survey of construction methods was the team’s assignment on our first full day on the job. We learned how the poorest of the poor turn mud into bricks and build houses that will last one year, and how others with more means are able to use bricks produced in a kiln to build structures that will be inhabitable for much longer (in some cases 7-to-10 years and in others for generations). CLICK HERE for daily Dispatches from Mission: Malawi 2017. Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 29: Do not be afraid By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ Gary and Elaine visiting Capitol Hill. My wife Elaine and I were part of an event last summer on Capitol Hill, where we visited the offices of U.S. Congressmen and Senators to urge the repeal globally of blasphemy laws. Blasphemy is a scary word. In Pakistan, a Shiite Muslim was sentenced to death earlier this month for committing blasphemy in posts on social media. The New York Times reported that it was “the first time anyone has been given the death penalty for blasphemy on social media ... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 28: Willing to GO as far as Jesus? By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ Elaine Fallesen with friends in eastern Turkey during Mission: Ararat 2015. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13 (ESV) How far would you be willing to go for a friend? Climbing For Christ is literally willing to GO to great lengths. We once were asked why we went back to a particular unreached and hard-to-reach place time after time after time. The answer was simple: we’d made fri... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 27: The Indonesia fields are ‘white for harvest’ By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ Climbing For Christ’s Budi Yuwono, center, with his family and our friend Agus near Mount Rinjani. We first met Agus on Mission: Indonesia 2012. He was one of our guides on Mount Rinjani on the island of Lombok, where the majority Sasak people are 99.51 percent Muslim and 0.00 percent Christian, according to the Joshua Project. Yes, you read that right: 0.00 percent Christian. The Sasak – with 3.25 million people – are one of 224 unreached people gro... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 26: A tractor to meet the Lord of the harvest By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ Preparing to again follow my friend up Kilimanjaro on Day 2 of our 2016 trek. (Photo by Jim Doenges) I have walked behind my friend on Mount Kilimanjaro for the past decade. I have watched as those bowed legs and tortured knees have carried him up and down Africa’s tallest peak. He has climbed the 19,341-foot (5,895-meter) mountain hundreds of times. Hundreds! The guides and porters who work on Kilimanjaro live hard lives. What they earn in salary and tips does not pay for the... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 25: Dream on, there’s a journey ahead By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ The young man attended a boarding school where a Westerner taught English. The Westerner was there to do more than simply teach his language. Everyone knew he was a Christian. One evening, he showed the Jesus Film in the village. The young man watched it, but he wasn’t feeling anything special about what he saw until later that night when Jesus visited him. It was a dream that changed his eternal destination. Laylat al-Qadr is the night when Muslims believe an angel began to reveal... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 24: Jesus is never late By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ We met Pastor Joshua and his wife Doris in the Philippines in February. Joshua inherited from his father, Pastor Bonifacio, the ministry he serves the Lord through in the southern, Muslim-influenced part of their country. Doris is a Muslim background believer (MBB). Her story and the work God has done in and through her (and husband Joshua) are part of this week’s installment of Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017. We are focusing on relationships and praying for the Spirit to use us as He works in the hearts o... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017

Day 23: ‘I wished I was never born’ a Muslim in Morocco By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ A Muslim background believer riding up to greet our team as we trekked in the Atlas Mountains. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) We were preparing to GO to Morocco for the third time earlier this year when I received an encouraging email from a Climbing For Christ member. It’s always nice to hear from our members, but this was a particularly uplifting message: “I wanted to wish the C4C team in Morocco well. May the Lord be with them and protect them throughout ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

‘Rejoicing in the presence of angels’ By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Thumbs up for Jesus: Our friend Juma, right, with C4C missionary to East Africa Damson Samson. The faces are familiar, like those found in a family photo album. For years I have seen and walked with the men who climb Mount Kilimanjaro for a living. Some have become dear friends despite the distance and differences between our cultures and faith. Kilimanjaro was where Climbing For Christ began – placed on my heart as I prepared to climb there for the first time in 1998 &nda... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Reaching an unreached people group: ‘Yes, we can’ By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ The question arose at the 2016 Finishing the Task Conference, where we learned that the Ngoni people of Malawi were listed among the unreached. I asked Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ’s missionary to East Africa and a native of Malawi, if he knew of the Ngoni. “Mainly, these people fled from South Africa after the Zulu defeated them,” Damson said. “Another group came from Tanzania. This group was led by Zwangenda and lived in Ntcheu, while the fi... Read more »
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