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Mission: Haiti 2014 GOALS

Goals set for 2014 for Mission: Haiti A fact-finding visit conducted in November 2013 by Climbing For Christ’s Gary Fallesen and Jordan Rowley, followed by a prayerful review of this 8-year-old mission, resulted in plans to: Build a “temporary” church structure in Soliette, similar to the church constructed in Mare Pitre. Pastor Italian from the Soliette church (photo above) has been dedicated to attending the monthly seminary since its start. Continue to disciple the young church at Mare Pitre. The church, which serves four villages, was started by Spirit-led evangelism... Read more »

Mission Moments: Pakistan

CHRISTmas delivery of God’s precious Word Climbing For Christ was blessed to provide funding for the purchase of 70 Urdu-language Bibles for distribution on CHRISTmas by partner ministry Save Pakistan. “Many believers in Pakistan long to be able to read God’s Word daily, to learn and grow by its instruction and encouragement,” said Save Pakistan founder Haseeb Masih (in photo), who delivered Bibles in a program in the city of Sangla Hill in the Punjab Province. “Access to Bibles, however, is out of reach for most people, most often due to crippling poverty. U... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

A lake safari for the orphans In the weeks leading up to CHRISTmas, Pastor Duncan Nyozani of Searchlight Ministries informed us that the orphans in his care – who are sponsored by Project 1:27 – had requested a trip to the lake for the CHRISTmas and New Year’s holidays. “Every one of them says something about the lake almost every day,” he said. “It seems they have strongly agreed to force us to do this for them.” We were not forced, but moved to give this “lake safari” as an additional CHRISTmas gift. On CHRISTmas day, the childr... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

CHRISTmas in Malawi The sponsors of the Project 1:27 orphans in Malawi sent financial gifts and messages of love for the 17 children at Pastor Duncan Nyozani's Far & Wide Children's Home. “The kids are very much excited to have special food and gifts,” Pastor Duncan said on CHRISTmas. “They are very thankful.” Girls and boys showing off their new clothes. A CHRISTmas meal fit for a new-born King. Happy CHRISTmas from Malawi! Pastor Duncan also will be taking the children on holiday. They will have an opportunity to go on safari to a nearby lake for... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nigeria

Grieving the loss of Nigerian missionary’s son By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ president The third anniversary of the Lives Aglow church pastored by Climbing For Christ member Chris Joseph in Port Harcourt, Nigeria was celebrated Dec. 13-15. It was a wonderful success. One week later, Pastor Chris and his family grieved the loss of their youngest child. Emmanuel Paul Joseph died on his first birthday of a fever and bronchial pneumonia. “We loved him, but God love him most,” Chris said. The Joseph family with baby Emmanuel inset. Chris hurriedly finished chu... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Seed for sowing By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ Heavy rains descended on southern Malawi in late November, marking the start of the planting season. The morning after the rain, Pastor Duncan Nyozani emailed: “People will be busy planting their seeds, but it seems most of the people have no seeds to plant due to hunger. And many were expecting to have rains in December, so please pray that we may get seeds and fertilizer for our farmlands.” Duncan, a Climbing For Christ member since February 2009 and the founder of Searchlight Ministries in the Migowi area, said he needed ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Haiti

New believers celebrate in Mare Pitre Meet our new sister and brothers in Christ: Onie Jean, Meridroine Merissaint and Bocicot Wilson (photographed above, left to right). Haitian missionary Miguel Rubén Guante said “those three people repented (because of) the work of Christ in the life of Solina.” Solina, who died on Nov. 29, was the elderly woman counted among the first in the village of Mare Pitre to come to Christ. Worship in Mare Pitre was full of joy, Miguel said. “People wanted to pass the night glorifying the name of God.” A boy named Contis Sezer ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Building the church at Kathmandu The main church for Savior Alone Reaches Asians (SARA) and future home to Climbing For Christ in Nepal continues to go up in Kathmandu. “We are thankful to God, C4C and givers so far,” Pastor Tej Rokka, founder of SARA (in photo above), said Tuesday, Dec. 10. “But work has not yet finished; it is still underway. We still need 15,000 US dollars to complete this church. We have not stopped working and bringing materials on credit, and labors are paid half so far, because our challenge is to complete it by Dec. 25 and have CHRISTmas c... Read more »

Mission Moments: Haiti

Life and death in Mare Pitre By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ A week before CHRISTmas last year, Miguel Rubén Guante bought a pair of sandals for an old woman in Mare Pitre, Haiti. She was in need. Only a few months earlier, Miguel had visited Mare Pitre for the first time to evangelize the area. The woman who would receive the sandals – named Solina – was part of the first group of people there to receive Jesus. Jesus told us whatever we do or don’t do for a child, an old woman, or any of our fellow man who is hungry, thirsty or naked, we do or don’t do... Read more »

Mission: Malawi 2014

PRAY: For continued growth of the church in Malawi, a country said to be three-quarters Christian and spiritually fertile. The Gospel has “penetrated nearly every section of society, and some places have seen local revivals,” according to Operation World. However, Islam also is growing. The Qu’ran has been translated into Chichewa, the people group that Climbing For Christ has been working with in the south. Pray for awareness and training for Christians and a loving witness to Muslims and those practicing traditional religions. GIVE: To the work being done by partner Search... Read more »

Mission: Philippines 2013

Dates:    Dalipey (completed March 7-12) - Team size: maximum 15. Cost: US$50. Cost does not include airfare. CLICK HERE for trip report. Tacadang /Les-eng (completed June 6-13) - Team size: maximum 15. Cost: US$80. CLICK HERE for trip report. Badeo (Sept. 19-24) - Team size: maximum 15. Cost: US$50. Foundation Day, Kibungan (Nov. 26-29) - Team size: maximum 15. Cost: US$50. Purpose: All mission climbs for 2013 will carry a common mission. The primary mission will be to prepare the Kankanaey communities that we serve for the re-distr... Read more »

Special Report: Philippines disaster relief

Inside me A personal reflection on Typhoon Haiyan’s aftermath By Ace Concordia C4C Philippines coordinator On Nov. 7, 2013, when typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines, I was in Manila with my family. There was rain and moderately strong winds. We had braced for the worse since I saw the Doppler image of the immense size of the storm. The frantic warnings from news programs on TV claimed it would be the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall on record. This caused businesses and offices to slow down and people to rush home early. But the day passed and became somewhat a... Read more »

Mission Moments: NEPAL

Building a foundation with Christ as the cornerstone Land was located more than a year ago and prayers lifted that it would be the future site of the church at Kathmandu. For months those prayers were specifically directed at the ongoing work to get approval from city government to build. Finally in November, construction began on a central house of worship for our Nepal ministry partner SARA (Savior Alone Reaches Asians). Pastor Tej prays for the work on the church at Kathmandu. Pastor Tej, the founder of SARA ministries and a Climbing For Christ member since 2009, has wa... Read more »

Mission: Haiti 2013

Date: Jan. 19-31. Length of trip: 12-14 days. Team size: 6-7 members. Purpose: This will be our 11th short-term trip to Haiti. This is the oldest mission of Climbing For Christ, dating back to 2005. Among the goals for this team will be… To continue ongoing work in all areas: spiritual, educational, and medical. Seminary training, VBS for school children, and medical clinics will be offered. The team will continue using the “EMT” or “Eric Memorial Tent” (named to honor late friend Dr. Eric Cederstrom). The EMT will be dedicated at Eric’s home church... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Nepal (Sept.-Oct. 2013)

By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 Team members safely returned to the States this evening, marking the end of this short-term expedition. More to come. “Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth...” – Psalm 48:1-2 (ESV) Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 The remaining team members parted ways – with Celeste, Jordan and me starting to fly back to the States and Alyssa and Nick staying on in Nepal – after seeing Pastor Tej briefly in the afternoon... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalPhoto by Gary Fallesen, Climbing For Christ The village of Simikot in Nepal's remote Far West district of Humla. This was the jumping-off point for Mission: Nepal 2013 and 2012 teams trekking to villages in Humla. The landing strip is the only pavement in the district. Travel is by foot on mountain trails. Read more »

Mission Moment: Uganda

Victorious results in the Rwenzori Mountains By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ There was a break in the mission action in early August when some sports results came in from Uganda. Climbing For Christ member Rich Friday’s orphanage school had reached the final in a seven-team boys’ football tournament. Pastor Rich’s boys lost, but it was a victory for the Hope for Vulnerable Children Ministry. To understand you needed to see a photo from the championship match: a team in real football uniforms lining up against a side wearing their school uniforms. It was a mismatch. O... Read more »

Mission Moment: Haiti

Hope for a Haitian village Story by Gary Fallesen Photos by Miguel Rubén Guante Climbing For Christ (Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013) It appeared to be just a truckload of lumber at first glance. But to a church in Haiti it looked like the hope of a building. Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante pointed to Solomon building the house of the Lord in 1 Kings 6. God promised to dwell among the people if they obeyed Him. This is a good lesson for the church in Haiti, where voodoo haunts believers and non-believers alike. Mare Pitre is a remote village in southeastern Haiti, where Miguel beg... Read more »

Mission Moment: Malawi

Project 1:27 Malawi Update By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ Chikondi and Kondwani Makolija’s father was riding his bicycle to the market in Phalombe, Malawi, where he bought and sold fish. His body was found alongside the road. His bike and fish had been stolen, and his life had been taken. The young boys’ mother could not attend her husband’s funeral. She was gravely ill with AIDS. Three weeks after their father was murdered in 2004 their mother died. “Just imagine these little brothers losing both parents in a month,” said Pastor Duncan Nyozani of Searc... Read more »

HIStory: Nepal

A letter to Climbing For Christ Dear family: Greetings in Jesus' name! There are so many things to praise God about. He is so good to us and He has brought many blessings through Climbing For Christ (C4C). I can proudly say that all that has  happened and is happening in Nepal is not by man's might but by His might and Spirit. Miraculously, God introduced C4C to me in 2008 and since then we began to pray and work together to reach out to the lost of Nepal. By God's grace C4C helped us build a church in Dapcha Kavre, where God's people are worshiping with gladness. That is wh... Read more »

Mission: Ararat 2013 Trip Report

Sharing Christ's love with a smile By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Her father watched as she hiked out of Base Camp with the rest of the Mission: Ararat team, heading toward High Camp and ultimately the 16,854-foot summit of Mount Ararat. God had given him peace about letting his 19-year-old daughter go on without him. Only the day before the old man had shared with the team and then the rest of the Climbing For Christ world the message: “It’s about the mission, not the summit.” He had work to do at the lower elevations – around the 11,000-foot ... Read more »

Nicholas Koinis

Nationality: American. Occupation: Instructor with Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries. Missions with C4C: Nepal 2013. How long have you climbed? This is my second year of climbing. Type of climbing you do: Sport, trad and ice. Highlight of climbing career: Just learning to be comfortable leading sport and now a bit of trad has been great. How long have you been a Christian? I was raised in the church and had faith in Jesus from an early age. But in the spring of 2009 I made a conscious decision to follow Him with my whole life. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: I have loved working i... Read more »

Mission Moment: Haiti

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 – “Blessed be the name of God,” Haitian missionary Miguel Rubén Guante said after conducting the Monte Pou Kris (Climbing For Christ) monthly seminary in Thoman. The subject this month was the role of pastors and church leaders, prepared by C4C spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley and translated by Miguel. Five pastors and 12 leaders attended, including Pastor Lutherne from Thoman, Pastor Derival from Pleinne Mare, and Pastor “Italian” (Saintilma Edma) from Soliette. Pastor Vilcuis of Malasi still was not able to attend because of poo... Read more »

Karina Barger

Karina, left, ministering at Ghandaki Boarding school in Nepal. Nationality: US Citizen. Occupation: Volunteer Teacher/Missionary. Missions with C4C: Nepal 2013. How long have you climbed? Approximately two years ago I became infatuated with God's marvelous creation and began seeking ways to experience more of it. As I did, I found a new found freedom and enjoyment with rock climbing, backpacking, and bicycling. Type of climbing you do: Rock climbing mostly. Highlight of climbing career: I would say that the highlight of my climbing career happened when I went on an 11-day canoe trip do... Read more »

Michael Heitland

Michael Heitland, left, on the summit of Kilimanjaro in 2011. Nationality: American. Occupation: Director of Equipping Saints For Ministry (ES4M). Missions with C4C: Kilimanjaro 2011 & 2013, Morocco 2013, Nigeria 2011, and Nepal 2012 and 2013. How long have you climbed? About 10 years. Type of climbing you do: Mountaineering. Highlight of climbing career: I would have to say summiting Kilimanjaro in 2011 during Mission: Kilimanjaro! How long have you been a Christian? I consider my spiritual birthday to be September 1996. This was the start of a long road of sanctification and God ... Read more »
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