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DISPATCHES: Nepal 2014 (Sept.)

By Gary Fallesen Founding President, Climbing For Christ Monday, Sept. 22 We returned safely to family and homes, marking an end to this particular Evangelic Expedition. The mission to and in Nepal goes on. Sunday, Sept. 21 Time for Dave and me to fly. An evening flight out of Kathmandu to Doha, Qatar, and then overseas to Philadelphia and finally back to Rochester, NY, on Monday morning. About 23 hours of scheduled flying. Before leaving, however, Megh and I began planning for Mission: Nepal 2015, which will occur in March and mark our return to Humla in the Far West. We identifie... Read more »

Mission: Kilimanjaro Prayer Points

By Gary Fallesen Founding President, Climbing For Christ We asked the 34 guides and porters who worked with us on Mission: Kilimanjaro 2007 if we could pray for them. Each of those men was Muslim. We ran two pages of their photos in The Climbing Way (Volume 7, Spring 2007) and asked Climbing For Christ members to pray for their salvation. Six years later, we continued this vigil. On Mission: Kilimanjaro 2013, we employed 14 guides and porters. Again, we lifted up these men on a page of photos in The Climbing Way (Volume 26, Spring-Summer 2013). Six faces were very familiar. Guide ... Read more »
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Photo of the Week: Tanzania

Photo of the Week: TanzaniaHayley Fallesen watches a new day (Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014) dawn from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. (Photo by Yusuf Hemed) CLICK  HERE for daily Dispatches from Mission: Kilimanjaro 2014. Read more »

DISPATCHES: Tanzania 2014

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2014 By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ Monday, Aug. 11 The long journeys to respective homes have begun with Damson going by bus to southern Malawi and Hayley and me flying out of Kilimanjaro International Airport on the first of our three flights. Damson's ride will take three or four days, while our air travel is scheduled for 33 hours. Saturday, Aug. 9-Monday, Aug. 11 Hayley and I are on safari with Yusuf. Friday, Aug. 8 The seven-day climb of Kilimanjaro ended this morning as we descended from the last camp at 10,000 feet to the Mwek... Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2014

PRAY: For workers to bring in the harvest in a country that is 97 percent unreached, according to the Joshua Project. Nepal is 81 percent Hindu and 9 percent Buddhist, according to its 2011 national census. Christians account for only 1.4 percent of the nation’s 30 million people, the census claimed. GIVE: To the ongoing work being done in the Himalayas, including support of indigenous missionaries, the building of churches, distribution of Bibles, and assistance for orphans. Send donations to Climbing For Christ, c/o Mission: Nepal, P.O. Box 16290, Rochester, NY 14616-0290 USA. Or ... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Turkey 2014

Mission: Ararat 2014 By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Thursday, July 3   Gary, Elaine and Joye at the church at Perge on the St. Paul Trail. The team has returned to the States. Weather delayed final flights out of New York City so Joye returned to Southern California after her birthday had ended, and Elaine and I landed in Rochester, NY on our wedding anniversary. We are thankful for safe travel and for all of the blessings of this 18-day trip. Tuesday, July 1 Our team in Base Camp on Mount Ararat: (left to right, back row) Joye, Elaine, Gary, Adem, (front row) ... Read more »

Mission: Ararat Prayer Points

By Gary Fallesen Founding President, Climbing For Christ One of the daily prayers before and during Mission: Ararat 2014 was this: “That HE would send us a worker (Turkish or Kurdish) who is a Christ follower to serve alongside us in this field. (Without a co-laborer how can they hear and believe? Romans 10:14.)” My thought had been that this was our third expedition to eastern Turkey in five years and we needed a Turkish or Kurdish co-laborer to continue the work. While the prayer for an indigenous worker will continue, the absence of one will not halt the necessary work in ... Read more »
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Photo of the Week: Turkey

Photo of the Week: TurkeyMount Ararat in eastern Turkey, photographed by Gary Fallesen during Mission: Ararat 2014. Read more »

DISPATCHES: Philippines 2014 (June)

By Ace Concordia C4C Philippines coordinator Monday, June 16 (3:42 p.m. local time) The team started their way home at 8am from Mogcao and reached the pick up point across the Amburayan river at 1:30pm! Everyone is safe and healthy after a very hot trek to La Union. Praise God for a successful mission climb! To God be all the glory! Watch out for the video and mission report! Sunday, June 15 (11:36 a.m. local time) The team attended a wedding Saturday morning and prayed for the couple and gave them a Kankanaey Bible as a gift. Some team members then proceeded to visit and pray f... Read more »

Mission Moments: Haiti

By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For  Christ Looking back at the mission to Haiti, which began when the Lord led us to a village in the Chaine de la Selle mountains in the summer of 2005, “our big work is the people God used us to bring from death to life,” Climbing For Christ missionary Miguel Rubén Guante said this week. There have been the physical healings: Gilbert, a young boy whose leg was broken and turned to life-threatening gangrene in 2007 in a place where there was no medical care (Gentilhomme) until he was found by Miguel. He was rescued, his... Read more »

Project 1:27 Updates: Visiting Orphans

By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ  Catherine. (Photo by Duncan Nyozani) Catherine Gwembere is 8 years old and in grade 2 in Singano village in southern Malawi. Her father died of HIV/AIDS in 2007, when she was only 1. “She cannot remember her dad and has never tasted fatherly love in her life,” said Pastor Duncan Nyozani of Searchlight Ministries. “Being the last child it was really a tough situation,” Duncan added. “Her mum is also HIV positive. She (Catherine) is in a desperate situation. It is a battle for her to live, eat, d... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Building the church in Humla By Gary Fallesen Founding President, Climbing For Christ Parker Harris is using his peak-bagging powers for good. The Climbing For Christ member from Houston, Texas has – for the second time in three years – turned his climb of Denali into a fundraising event. “Let’s build a church together” was the subject line on the email Parker sent to family and friends before heading for Alaska to attempt North America’s tallest mountain.   Land to the left of the trees is the proposed location for the first church in Humla. ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Sending Staff

By Gary Fallesen Founding President, Climbing For Christ I know the power of the encouragement that is delivered by us being sent to walk alongside our brothers and sisters in their own nations. The blessing they receive from us GO-ing is priceless. Never mind the eternal value placed on those who receive HIM through our being sent. Megh Gurung, Gary Fallesen, Tej Rokka and Dave Stoessel trekking in Langtang on Mission: Nepal 2012. (Photo by Brandy Everts) Pastor Tej Rokka told me when we were trekking together in Nepal a few years ago that he is immeasurably bolder when we are with him... Read more »

Mission: Peru 2014 Trip Report

Finding a lost sheep in the Huayhuash By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ Esther receiving the Good News from Jaime. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) “Our great goal is to meet people like Esther,” Climbing For Christ’s missionary to Peru, Jaime Servat, said near the end of our short-term expedition in May. “Esther was a special farmer because she never heard about Jesus.” Half of our trekking team was reversing direction in the Cordillera Huayhuash when this God-orchestrated moment occurred. It was a divine appointment made possible only a... Read more »

Mission Moments: Pakistan

Save Pakistan lives, loves in face of persecution By Gary Fallesen Founding President, Climbing For Christ Evangelist Haseeb and his family have moved again with a little help from Climbing For Christ. Haseeb and those involved with our ministry partner Save Pakistan have endured months of persecution and hardship. Their story has been a painful one and yet, through it all, they have known the Source of their strength. “…persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:12). Haseeb is used by God to bring a sick woman to Him. Two weeks... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Peru 2014

By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ Sunday, May 25   Trekking into the Cordillera Huayhuash. I give thanks to God for the sending of His Mission: Peru team and for all that He accomplished in and through this group: Hayley Fallesen, Rachel Horton, Andrey Khabursky, Marco Milla, Jordan Rowley, Jaime Servat, Jessica Vose and Michael Wall. It was a blessing to serve with these faithful brothers and sisters. I am certain that this was a “mission accomplished” and that His servants did what He intended for us when we first set out on May 10. As we returned to our homes in... Read more »

Mission Moments: Peru

The harvest work goes on Story by Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ Reporting and photos by Jaime Jesus Servat Missionary to Peru, Climbing For Christ (May 5, 2014) Our annual Evangelic Expedition to Peru is coming soon. But before Climbing For Christ’s short-term team arrives, missionary Jaime Servat continues to serve the Lord. The mission to Peru is not a two-week experience; it is ongoing – every day of the year. When asked how having a C4C team visiting his country to labor alongside him would encourage this mission, Jaime said: “I pray ... Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2014 (Spring) Trip Report

Mission: Nepal 2014 (Spring) Trip ReportPart 1: Building the church in the dark Story and photos by Gary Fallesen   “X” marks the spot of  the proposed church build. In my mind I could see a church where there was none. I could envision the small planes that provide the only way in and out of Nepal’s Far West district of Humla touching down on the short runway and its passengers seeing a cross in a place that serves as the jump-off point for followers of Hinduism and Buddhism making the pilgrimage to the holy Mount Kailash. In my heart, after visiting Humla three times in 17 months, I know the import... Read more »

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Happy birthday C4C!

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Happy birthday C4C!Climbing For Christ turned 10 years old on Easter Sunday (April 20) 2014. Happy birthday, C4C! What better way to celebrate on Easter than with a carrot cake?! CLICK HERE for more on Climbing For Christ's 10th anniversary. Read more »

Climbing For Christ turns 10

By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ Rochester, NY-area Board members (left to right) Elaine Fallesen, Kevin Kimble, Mary Lindsay, Stan Phillips, David Smith and  Gary Fallesen gather with  family and friends to celebrate C4C's 10th birthday Easter Sunday evening. (Photo by Hayley Fallesen) I wrote in “A View: The next 10 years” on the back of the current special 10th anniversary issue of The Climbing Way magazine: I could not have predicted where we are currently on the timeline “in the beginning,” no more than I can tell you what the next decade will h... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Nepal 2014 (Spring)

By Gary Fallesen CLICK HERE for the Mission: Nepal 2014 (Spring) Prayer Calendar. Wednesday, April 9 The Mission: Nepal (Spring) 2014 team – Matthew Fisher, left; Brandy Everts, center, and Megh Gurung, right – meet with fellow believers in Dharmashala in the Mid-West district of Rolpa to look at land for a possible church build, above. Below, after Gary Fallesen preached in worship at the church at Simikot about “having each other’s backs” in spiritual battle, he and Pastor Harka rested back to back on a rooftop in the village of Thehe in the Far... Read more »

Mission: Malawi 2014 Trip Report

Mission: Malawi 2014 Trip ReportSharing God’s goodness and love Story and photos by Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ Michele Annibal makes a game-changing assist by delivering a basketball to Malawi. The request was simple enough: the two preschool teachers at the Mothers & Babies Center in Msema, Malawi held up a basketball whose patches had patches. It was a wonder it held air. They asked for a new ball. We had just heard this remarkable group of about 40 women report about all they were doing – from starting small businesses to help their families to outreach into villages to serve people devas... Read more »

Mission Moments: Haiti

A medical emergency with a name Saintela Toussaint was a woman from a small village near Malasi who came to a Mission: Haiti 2012 medical clinic to be examined by Dr. Steve Quakenbush of Cańon City, CO, USA. She had a small tumor in her mouth. We had seen growths like this before. In 2011, we were introduced to Carmen, who had a tumor the size of a grapefruit growing out of her mouth, making eating impossible. We evacuated Carmen to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where the obstructive oral tumor was removed and her life saved. Not wanting to see a repeat of Carmen’s story we made n... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Malawi

By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ Monday, March 10 North American team members are back on U.S. soil after flying 15 hours from South Africa. Saturday, March 8 Group photo of friends in front of Pastor Duncan’s home in Kambona: (top) Damson; (second row, left to right) Dayson, Evans, Junio, Catherine, Willi; (third row) Gift, Dorphy, Claver, Jacquiline, Elaine, Clement, Charles, Michele, Dafter, and (front) Dixon. Not photographed: Esnart, Lucy, Patrick, Loveness and Gary. “He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him ... Read more »

Western New York hiking event

Heritage hike series kicks off on snowshoes By Diane Sturmer Snowshoeing party. Eighteen of us from Heritage Christian Services and Climbing For Christ ventured out on the trails on Saturday, Feb. 15. The snow was perfect and the weather was cold, but not too cold. We picked out snowshoes and prepared for the trails. Each one of us was given by a cloth bag full of bird seed. Janet V. from the Adirondacks had made one for each of us filled to the brim with chickadee food. The cloth used for each bag had an Adirondack theme, flowers or wolves. The day began with a circle of prayer outside t... Read more »
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