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Mission Moments: Malawi

Accepting Jesus, not fate, in bone-dry Malawi By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Malawi 2017 Food Distribution from Climbing For Christ on Vimeo. There is joy and thankfulness when food is distributed each month among members of Pastor Duncan Nyozani’s churches in southern Malawi. But provision for food is ending with the harvest due to come in at the end of April. For some, this is a sobering thought. “The crops are doing well at Kambona,” Duncan reported, “but not at Msema village. We are experiencing shortages of rains in other vil... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Solving a ma(i)ze of problems in Malawi Treating stalk borer infestation of maize in Malawi. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) The spraying of maize crops infested by stalk borers continued in February in southern Malawi. “There has been a great improvement in crops after spraying, especially in the Kambona area,” Pastor Duncan Nyozani reported. “But in Msema many will not harvest due to heavy rains damaging the maize crops.” He blamed the soil, noting that “in other parts of the community apart from Msema crops are good.” Climbing For Christ prov... Read more »

Western New York 2017 Heritage hike #1

No snow, but lots of ’shoers on Heritage hike There was little snow for snowshoeing because of unseasonable temperatures in what was the warmest February on record in Rochester, NY, but that didn’t dissuade many who attended our Western New York Chapter’s first Heritage hike of the year on Saturday, Feb. 18. Climbing For Christ member and Heritage Christian Services spiritual life coordinator Diane Sturmer reports: “Thirty-two hikers and snowshoe adventurers gathered at the Mendon Ponds Nature Center to share one of the most beautiful days of the year! We cou... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

The war on bugs By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Ready to do battle: armed with chemicals to spray infected maize. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani, Searchlight Ministries) The headline screamed from the front page of The Nation newspaper based in Blantyre, Malawi’s center of finance and commerce: “Army worms affect 20 districts.” It refers to the “devastating” pest, the stalk borer, which has invaded Malawi’s maize fields. While the Malawi government was debating how to respond, Climbing For Christ was answering ... Read more »

Building on our Heritage

Climbing For Christ’s long-time relationship with Heritage Christian Services in Western New York continues as we begin our ninth year of hikes together. The kick off to the 2017 series is our annual “snowshoe adventure” on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Mendon Ponds Park nature center. Our group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon to snowshoe (or walk, if there’s no snow) around the Bird Song Trail and then share music, devotions, stories and prayer along with a light snack and hot cocoa. RSVP to Diane Sturmer. 2017 calendar: Snowshoe adventure at Mendon Ponds, Saturda... Read more »

Mission Moments: Islam

Combating violence, hatred, and the many challenges of Islam with love By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ “But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” – Matthew 5:44 (NLT) Brother Rachid. Brother Rachid (the Moroccan spelling for Rasheed) has used the power of God’s Word and prayer to deliver “more than 150,000” Muslims to the Lord through a satellite TV show called Daring Questions. Rachid’s own testimony is a miracle of God: the son of an Imam in Morocco, he was angered by the witnessin... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Maize growing in Malawi. (Photo by Searchlight Ministries) Stalk borer outbreak latest problem plaguing Malawi By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Floods followed by drought followed by food shortages and a myriad of problems have left the people of southern Malawi in a quandary. “We do not know what is happening with us,” Pastor Duncan Nyozani confessed. Pastor Duncan, a long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner, asks for prayer for his beleaguered African nation. The current rainy season finally provided relief from a drought t... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Giving thanks to the Lord, for He is good Members of the Searchlight Ministries church in rural Kambona, Malawi celebrate the delivery of food. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) “People are always sending you millions of thanks for the food aid that God is providing through Climbing For Christ,” Pastor Duncan Nyozani said after the latest distribution of relief in southern Malawi. Climbing For Christ has helped Duncan’s Searchlight Ministries purchase food each month since October 2016 for hundreds of people suffering from near-famine conditions in one of the world&rs... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

‘Bye, bye to mosquitoes,’ hello to malaria prevention By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Zex, right, is counted among hundreds happy to receive protection from malaria-carrying mosquitoes in Malawi. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) Zex Samikwa was ecstatic to receive a mosquito net. “Bye, bye to mosquitoes tonight,” he declared. Frank Chipesu, another member of Pastor Duncan Nyozani’s church at Kambona in southern Malawi, called the distribution of mosquito nets “a miracle to my family. My wife has a new baby, born la... Read more »

Dispatches: Indonesia/Philippines

Mission: Indonesia & Philippines 2017 Saturday, Feb. 4 C4C Philippines meeting: (left to right) Doc Jhoe, AA, Jhun, Gary, Jordan, Ace, Pat, Joel, Rory holding baby Max and husband Gutch,  Asiel and his wife, and Spencer. Nearly everyone in the photo is a Mission: Philippines veteran. We headed east today from Manila to North America, crossing many time zones and the international date line and flying and driving on a Saturday that lasted for 37 hours. Jordan and I returned safely to Rochester, NY, USA. We left Southeast Asia encouraged by time spent w... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Simple gift of a blanket ends ‘hell on earth’ By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Damson Samson, center, with widows after distributing blankets. Malita would sleep “like a chicken” with no blanket, wrapping herself in a mosquito net to stay warm at night. Damson Samson wondered why the 50 widows who received blankets held the gifts to their faces. “Just to get the good aroma,” he realized. Life without a blanket for a widow living in southern Malawi, where Climbing For Christ has ministered since 2010, was ... Read more »

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 »
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