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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 »

A day in the life of ministry

Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 (Photo from missionary Miguel Rubén Guante) HAITI: It was the first day of classes for about 50 students attending the Monte Pou Kris (Climbing For Christ in Haitian Creole) school in the Dominican border town of Jimani. Because of budget cuts, C4C is supporting only the Jimani and Malasi schools in 2013-2014. We are attempting to raise US$1,000 support to construct a roof for the fledgling church and school in Mare Pitre. Another ministry can pay the teachers there if we can manage to put up a temporary structure to house school children during the week a... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Ararat

By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ Mission: Ararat Prayer Calendar Monday, Aug. 5 There is a Kurdish proverb, “Sam seker wilat serintie e.,” which means “Damascus is sweet, but one's country is even sweeter.” In other words, there is no place like home. Our Mission: Ararat 2013 team members have returned to their respective homes, giving thanks and praising God. Sunday, Aug. 4 Our team has begun flying back to the States after saying goodbyes in the afternoon to guides-turned-friends Adem and Behzat. There was some unrest outside our... Read more »

Ararat 2013: A personal reflection

It's about the mission, not the summit By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ “Mission, not mountain. “People, not peak. “Service, not summit.” As I limped up 3,700 vertical feet to Base Camp on the first day of our Mission: Ararat climb – “remember, Gary, this is the easy walk,” guide Adem said – I thought about my leg injury, our last climb here, and Climbing For Christ's purpose. Why would I pull a thigh muscle 10 days before an Evangelical Expedition? Why indeed. On the flight from the United States to Turk... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Turkey

Photo of the Week: TurkeyA Kurdish village near Mount Ararat, in the background. CLICK HERE for Dispatches from the 2013 Ararat trek. Read more »

Mission Moments: Haiti (July 10-11)

UPDATE (July 11): “Praise the Lord that we had not damage in Haiti,” Climbing For Christ missionary Miguel Rubén Guante said Thursday after receiving reports from brother Milus in Thoman. Miguel confirmed those observations, saying: “This looks true because the River of Soliette (that flows out of the Chaine de la Selle mountains to the Dominican border) has not brought much water to Jimani.” We give thanks for God's hand of protection as Chantal weakened on July 10 and was downgraded from a tropical storm by the National H... Read more »

Philippines: Life and death

Trip Report: Tacadang/Les-eng Traverse Life and death By Ace Concordia C4C Philippines coordinator “So I guess we have no choice then,” said Michael Wall, a member of this year’s Tacadang mission team. I had just informed him that the river we were on might be the last water source on the trail to our pick-up point in the province of La Union. It was our final day of hiking after a successful four-day ministry to the villages of Tacadang and Les-eng. During this last leg of the journey many members of the team composed of five Americans and nine Filipino climbers had no ... Read more »

Prayer Peaks Day 2013

16th annual Prayer Peaks Day – Saturday, June 29, 2013 The goal of Prayer Peaks is to dispatch Christian climbers up the 54 Fourteeners of the Colorado Rockies on a common day and to intercede in prayer for the Christian Church in every state of the United States of America. If you can’t make it to Colorado, climb a “highpoint” in your home state or country. (Scroll down for a Prayer Peaks Day 2013 brochure.) – Derek Fullerton, Climbing For Christ board member and founder of Prayer Peaks Day CANADA Prayer Peaks Day is happening again! Climbing For C... Read more »

Mission Moment: Mozambique (June 12, 2013)

Dedicating HIS church The recently built church at Milatu, Mozambique was dedicated Saturday, June 8 during three days of worshipful gatherings that saw many people surrender their lives to Jesus. Seventeen new believers were baptized. “In the evenings we were also having revival (meetings),” said Duncan Nyozani, whose Malawi-based Searchlight Ministries oversees the neighboring Mozambique church. “We had an excellent time there.” People arriving, above and below, to go to church in Milatu. The large tree at right served as shade under which the chur... Read more »

Mission Moment: Haiti (June 12, 2013)

‘There is nothing as food’ in Haiti Durisma, the school teacher who first invited Climbing For Christ to Malasi, fainted from hunger during our monthly seminary on May 25. When missionary Miguel Rubén Guante visited some of the C4C villages in Haiti over the weekend to discuss preparedness for hurricane season, he said: “I could see why Durisma had lost heart in the last seminary – there is nothing as food for the people.” Despite our best efforts to provide additional seed and fertilizer during the last planting season, bad weather destroyed a majority o... Read more »

Mission Moments: Haiti (May 30, 2013)

Haiti hungers for food, fruit of the Spirit Three pastors and 17 church leaders attended our monthly Monte Pou Kris seminary in Thoman, Haiti last Saturday. The lesson, prepared by spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley, focused on the Fruit of the Spirit. This was part 2 of a three-month study and covered love, joy and peace. “The seminary was very good,” said Miguel Rubén Guante, Climbing For Christ’s national missionary to Haiti. Brother Milus, standing, teaches during May seminary. (Photo by Miguel Rubén Guante) Miguel calls May and June the “famine ... Read more »

Mission Moment: Mozambique (May 30, 2013)

Ready to dedicate The church at Milatu, Mozambique – part of the neighboring Malawi-based Searchlight Ministries – has been completed and is set to be dedicated on Saturday, June 8. The finishing touches were put on toilets behind the church on Thursday, May 30. Pastor Duncan Nyozani, the founder of Searchlight, visited the church build on Thursday. “I will attend the dedication ceremony with many people,” Duncan said. The toilets behind the church. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) Six churches have been completed since God started sending us to the ends of the earth ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Pakistan (May 29, 2013)

Schooling the spiritually poor By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ president Christian children in Pakistan come from poor families or are orphans living with relatives and they are unable to help themselves. They cannot afford to go to school and they have no idea why they are among the persecuted. Their existence has been described by another ministry as “living below the spiritual poverty line.” But Jesus blesses the persecuted (Matthew 5:10) and God counts the tears of His children (Psalm 56:8). We believe this is why He gave our brother in Christ, Evangelist Najeeb, the ... Read more »

Mission: Indonesia 2013 Trip Report

Reunion on Rinjani Sunrise on Rinjani. (Photo by Budi Yuwono) Budi Yuwono and Alexander Wijaya, two Climbing For Christ Indonesia members, went to the island of Lombok in early May to climb Mount Rinjani as a follow-up to Mission: Indonesia 2012. “Very good trip,” Budi reported. “So close with ‘A,’ ‘R’ and (their) families.” “A” and “R” were our guides on Rinjani in 2012. Our team, which included Budi, began to develop relationships with these two Sasak men. There are only a few hundred Christians among the ... Read more »
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