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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 »


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 »

Mission Moments: Pakistan (May 23, 2013)

Building His church “…and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18 (ESV) God is using Climbing For Christ to build churches in Chalhua, Peru; Jimani, Dominican Republic; Mare Pitre, Haiti, and Kathmandu, Nepal. We have asked for support – prayerful and financial – for these projects. We are adding another: Faisalabad, Pakistan. “As I was praying to the Lord for a church building, (the) Lord showed me a piece of land, which is in beautiful area where our congregation could jo... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Nepal (May 2013)

By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ president “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9 (ESV) It seemed a clear directive. Ask for funding to GO to Nepal and receive more than enough funding to GO to Nepal. [See E-Newsletter 222.] This was God’s plan, right? And then the usual spiritual attacks set in, including illness. No worries. We’ve been this way before. But in the hours ... Read more »

Uganda: ‘Attacked by floods’

Kasese, Uganda: A river runs through it. The town of Kasese sits at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains along the border of Uganda and Democrat Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. It is a gateway to a range long referred to as the “Mountains of the Moon.” When Italian explorer Gaetano Casati first saw the Rwenzori in 1889 he declared, “Cold and horrible monsters are said to rule over it.” Storied British mountaineer Stephen Venables called his ascent of Rwenzori highpoint Margherita in 1987 “one of the best mountain adventures of my life.” He climbed ... Read more »

2013 World Watch List

Open Doors, a ministry that serves the persecuted church, found an increase in attacks on Christianity in Africa in 2012, citing a rise in radical Muslims in politics, business and judicial power as well as increased terrorism by groups such as Boko Haram in Nigeria. As a result, 15 African nations rank among the 50 countries on the 2013 World Watch List of places where Christians face the most severe persecution for their faith. Five of the newcomers to the list are from Africa: Mali (at No. 7), Tanzania (24), Kenya (40), Uganda (47) and Niger (50). North Korea remains No. 1 on the Wor... Read more »

Mission Moments: Haiti (April 2013)

Seeing fruit in a dry land Story by Gary Fallesen, Climbing For Christ president Photos by Miguel Rubén Guante, Climbing For Christ missionary to Haiti “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…” – Galatians 5:22 (ESV)  April seminary. There was a low turnout for our monthly seminary, which met April 26 in Thoman to discuss the “Fruit of the Spirit.” It was part one of two parts written by Climbing For Christ spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley and translated and shared by Haitian mission... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Morocco (April 2013)

By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ “The way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few”  (Matthew 7:14). More workers are needed to deliver the Good News on trails like these in the High Atlas Mountains. Thursday, April 25 Brandy Everts and I have returned to North America, knowing, of course, that this is not our home and that our mission is not complete. We will continue to GO to the ends of the earth, including Morocco, until the work is finished. Michael Heitland left Morocco Wednesday morning, bound for South Africa and some work with ... Read more »

PROFILE: Berber People of Morocco

Rather than calling themselves “Berbers,” they refer to themselves by the name of their particular subgroup. The Berbers also call themselves the “Imazighen,” which means “man of noble origin.” Prior to the 7th century, the Berbers had successfully resisted foreign invasions of Islam. The arrival of Arabs in Morocco in the 7th century resulted in the gradual conversion of some Berbers from Christianity to Islam. In 788, about a century after the Arab conquest of North Africa, a series of Moroccan Muslim dynasties began to rule. It was not until the 13th c... Read more »

Meagan Prins

Meagan Prins, right, with friends in the mountains. Nationality: American. Occupation: Student Athlete. Missions with C4C: First. How long have you climbed? I grew up in Colorado, so I have been hiking my whole life. I haven’t actually rock climbed much. Type of climbing you do: Hiking. Highlight of climbing career: I climbed Mount Princeton (a moderately difficult 14er) last summer with some friends. How long have you been a Christian? I accepted Christ as my personal savior at the age of 6, but I didn’t truly own that faith until about middle school. I have been growing and im... Read more »

Mission Moment: Pakistan (April 4)

Pray for the persecuted, and persecutors “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” – Jesus speaking in Matthew 5:43-44 (ESV) Delivering bowls and towels to those in need. Save Pakistan ministry celebrated Resurrection Sunday by delivering relief items ranging from water glasses and jugs to food bowls and tea cups to towels, toothbrushes, shampoo and soap to many of our brothers and sisters in Christ in Lahore, Pakistan, who were victim... Read more »

Philippines: Your brother's keeper

Mission: Philippines 2013 (March Trip Report) Your brother’s keeper By Ace Concordia C4C Philippines coordinator I remember one time last year when I opened my Facebook page and received a notice that it was my brother Chris’s birthday. I got so busy that I almost missed greeting him. Chris is my only sibling; we both have our own families now and don’t get to see each other often. We grew up loving the same things – from comic books to mountain bikes to hiking. I miss when we could just spend the whole day riding our bikes, talking about anything and everything. Th... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Dalipey, Philippines

Photo of the Week: Dalipey, PhilippinesC4C Philippines mission team with members of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) in front of their house of worship in Dalipey. CLICK HERE for the Trip Report from Mission: Philippines (the first of four in 2013). Read more »

Adreian "Ace" Concordia

Ace Concordia, teaching in Tacadang. Nationality: Filipino. Occupation: Businessman. Missions with C4C: Indonesia 2012, and 15 expeditions in the Philippines from 2008-2013. How long have you climbed?  10-plus years. Type of climbing you do: Hiking, trekking. Highlight of climbing career: Reaching the village of Tacadang on the first mission climb in the Philippines on July 31, 2008. How long have you been a Christian? Sept. 15, 1991. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Climbing For Christ. Favorite Scripture verse (and why):  Joshua 1:1-9. The Lord gave ... Read more »
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