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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 »

Humla’s House of Worship

Video produced by Jordan Rowley, spiritual coordinator, Climbing For Christ. Building the church in Nepal’s Far West By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ I stood on a hill overlooking the snow-covered lot where the church at Simikot proposes to build Humla’s first house of worship. I prayed for God to show me that this was His will. I felt my heart begin to race and a Spirit-induced excitement filled my body. I could see it – again. Climbing For Christ exists to build up the church. To GO where others cannot or will not to procla... Read more »

Happy birthday, C4C!

Anniversary of praise By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ There have been innumerable breathtaking God moments experienced in Climbing For Christ’s 11-year HIStory. Conversions, healings, provision, protection – occurrences and recurrences that cause God-bumps.   Dr. Matthew examining a sick child in Nepal. (Photo by Jordan Rowley) On Mission: Nepal 2015, C4C’s trekking team visited the remote village of Takla in the Far Western district of Humla. During an impromptu health clinic, held by the two doctors on our team (Matthew Fisher of Cana... Read more »

$11 for 11

By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ Climbing For Christ celebrates its 11th anniversary this month. C4C was incorporated as a U.S. non-profit in New York State on April 20, 2004. Since then, we have seen more than 2,000 brothers and sisters in Christ join a ministry that goes where others cannot and will not, such as the mountains of Nepal, Peru, Turkey and Indonesia. To date, we have completed 78 short-term mission trips. We have done ongoing work through indigenous members in a dozen nations – from outreach to orphanages, and from building churches to buildi... Read more »

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2015 Trip Report

Seeing God’s glory on Africa’s roof By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ   Moving on up: guides, porters and trekkers climbing toward the distant summit in the background. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) The pre-dawn hours near the rooftop of Africa are the coldest. As trekkers and their guides inch ever closer to the summit of 19,341-foot (5,895-meter) Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, temperatures are well below freezing. Dauson Chonjo uses this time to witness to his co-workers on the mountain. “What if you are in an endless pit,” the Kiliman... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Nepal 2015

DISPATCHES: Nepal 2015Mission: Nepal 2015 By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ president Members of our trekking team hiking back to Simikot, the headquarters for the Far West district of Humla. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Monday, March 30 Edward reported in from Hungary, where he returned today from Nepal. “It was good to serve the Lord together,” he said. We are all in agreement on that point. Praise HIM! Sunday, March 29 The North American members of our Mission: Nepal team all have returned safely to their homes bringing an end to this Evangelic Expedition. Saturday, March 28 The Milap... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalMission: Nepal 2015 trekking team hiking back to Simikot, the headquarters for the Far West district of Humla. CLICK HERE to read daily Dispatches from this Evangelic Expedition. Read more »

DISPATCHES: Tanzania 2015

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2015 By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ Sunday, March 15 Mount Kilimanjaro’s main summit (Kibo), left, with the smaller Mawenzi, right, from the road to the airport. Jordan and I said goodbye for now to Tanzania, leaving Damson to his work, when we flew out of East Africa this morning. Next stop: Nepal. CLICK HERE for Mission: Nepal 2015 Dispatches. Saturday, March 14 The rainy season should be starting. People are ready to plant crops. But it is hot and dry – with no sign of rain. Yusuf, our old friend and Kilimanjaro guide,... Read more »

PROfile: Will Gadd

‘Howse of Cards’ By Gary Fallesen Howse Peak and Chephren as seen from the Icefields Parkway. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) The drive along the Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic anywhere, something you might take for granted when it’s your road to work. Will Gadd grew up here, moved away looking for something better, and came back when he realized just how good he had it in the Canadian Rockies. “It’s a rare place,” he acknowledged. “Anyone who drives the Parkway gets whiplash.” Look at that. No, look at that. Wait, over there. N... Read more »

Mission Moments: ECUADOR

A song of praise in Ecuador Chimborazo as seen from the village of  Cooperativa. (Photo by Jaime Servat) As Climbing For Christ’s Peruvian missionary, Jaime Servat, walked a mountain road near Ecuador’s tallest peak (20,564-foot/6,268-meter Chimborazo) in late January, he sang to the Lord: “Oh God, You are guiding me again and again through Your Spirit in this way of grace by grace; Oh God, You are amazing, healing hearts and minds through Your Spirit in this way of love by love; Oh King of Kings I love all about You Oh Lord of Lords You are all my life.”... Read more »

‘Go and obey a vision of God’

¡Three Amigos! (left to right): Climbing For Christ spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley, Peruvian missionary Jaime Servat, and C4C president Gary Fallesen in the Cordillera Huayhuash during Mission: Peru 2014. Jaime Servat dreamed about a big mountain, similar to Peru’s highest peak, Huascaran. The mountain was surrounded by foothills covered in beautiful fields of wheat. As he ran toward the fields he woke up. His heart was beating hard and he felt compelled to draw a picture of the vision he’d just seen. The following day he asked his mother what she thought the dream ... Read more »

VISION CAST 2014

By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ August 2014 2 And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision;     make it plain on tablets,     so he may run who reads it. 3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time;     it hastens to the end – it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it;     it will surely come; it will not delay.” – Habakkuk 2:2-3 (ESV) “All God-ordained visions are shared visions,” Andy Stanley wrote in his book Visoneering. “Nobody goes it... Read more »
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Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalThe truth written on a boulder on the Mount Makalu trail in Nepal. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) CLICK HERE to read  the Mission: Nepal 2014 (Sept.) Trip Report, “God opens the way and the doors to Makalu.” Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2014 (Sept.) Trip Report

God opens the way and the doors to Makalu By Gary Fallesen Founding President, Climbing For Christ Megh Gurung was fresh off his first Evangelic Expedition with Climbing For Christ in 2012 when he felt like visiting a Buddhist monastery in his native Nepal. He knocked on the monastery door three times. No answer. In frustration he threw himself on the ground. Lying on his back, hands outstretched overhead, he searched the heavens and cried out to God: “Why?” God’s answer was five points: 1.    Open the way; 2.    Open the door; ... Read more »

Support our team

Time is running out We need supporters for our team. Cheer us on and cheer us up by donating to Team C4C, running in the George Eastman Photo Finish 5K on Saturday, Sept. 27 in Rochester, NY. CLICK HERE to go to our fundraising page. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24 (ESV) Read more »

Mission Moments: PAKISTAN

Faith-filled prayer delivers By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Evangelist Haseeb has “faith like a grain of mustard seed,” as it says in Matthew 17:20, able to “say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible.” On Friday, Sept. 5, Haseeb sent an email to Climbing For Christ spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley and me, asking us to pray for a break in the monsoon rains that were delaying his Save Pakistan team’s travel to the Mariabad Mela festival. “Your prayer could make th... Read more »
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