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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 »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Church completed in Kathmandu Kindly rejoice with us for what our Almighty God the Father has given us as special gift: a sanctuary to worship Him in spirit and truth. We are the body of Christ, Son of the Living God. He answered our prayer and gave us this beautiful church sanctuary to meet with Jesus and have wonderful fellowship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. You can look at this house of God and inner sanctuary, where saints are gladly worshiping God. On behalf of my family and believers of SARA (Savior Alone Reaches Asians), I would like to thank God and Cli... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalThe church at Kathmandu, Nepal is the ninth building project completed by Climbing For Christ, and the third in Nepal. There are four structures in Haiti and one each in Mozambique and Peru. CLICK HERE for more on the completion of the church in Kathmandu. Read more »

Hiking Heritage continues

The Western New York Chapter of C4C is partnering with Heritage Christian Services for the sixth straight year for a series of hikes with our friends who have some developmental disabilities. The events: Feb. 15 – Snowshoe adventure, 10 a.m.-noon at Mendon Ponds Park. April 19 – C4C 10th anniversary hike at Mendon Ponds. June 7 – National Trails Day hike at Northampton Park. Oct. 14 – Bear Mountain adventure in Adirondack Park. Contact C4C member and Heritage staffer Diane Sturmer for more information. Read more »

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2014

PRAY: For the church to grow and arise. Tanzania is reportedly half Christian, but only 8 percent of “believers” attend worship. The lack of Biblical knowledge, the need for discipleship, and lifestyle changes that provide a genuine witness of Christ to Muslims and animists are among the needs. GIVE: To support an indigenous worker who will serve among the guides and porters employed on Africa’s highest mountain. Send donations to Climbing For Christ, c/o Mission: Kilimanjaro, P.O. Box 16290, Rochester, NY 14616-0290 USA. Or CLICK HERE and give online via PayPal. GO: J... Read more »

Mission: Peru 2014

PRAY: For workers to bring in the harvest. GIVE: To the ongoing work being done in the Peruvian Andes, including monthly support for missionary Jaime Servat and the building (physically and spiritually) of the church. Send support to Climbing For Christ, c/o Mission: Peru, P.O. Box 16290, Rochester, NY 14616-0290 USA. Or CLICK HERE and give online via PayPal. GO: May 10-25. Our team will visit the newly constructed church at Chalhua before going on an eight-day evangelic trek in the Huayhuash Range. The trek is graded “hard” by our guide, C4C member Edwin Milla. Estimated&nb... Read more »

Joye Cantrell

Joye Cantrell, right, hiking in the Alps on the E5 European long-distance path with her family (son Samuel, daughter Isabelle and husband Steven) during the summer of 2013. Nationality: USA. Occupation: Culinary Arts High School Teacher. Missions with C4C: Ararat 2014. How long have you climbed? 20 years. Type of climbing you do: Hiking in the San Bernardino Mountains in California and part of E5 over the Alps (usual elevation up to 10,000 feet); hill runs; rock climbing in college (but that ended once I had kids). Highlight of climbing career: Hiking across the Alps in the snow wi... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalPastor Tej Rokka, right, with his wife and son and orphans sponsored by Climbing For Christ's Project 1:27 singing songs of praise to celebrate CHRISTmas outside of Kathmandu, Nepal. Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

CHRISTmas in Kathmandu The main Savior Alone Reaches Asians (SARA) church in Kathmandu, Nepal met to worship in their new building for the first time on Christmas Day. About 150 people attended. “It was great because several new people came and three of them accepted Christ in their life for the first time,” said Pastor Tej Rokka, the founder of SARA and a long-time Climbing For Christ member. Pastor Tej welcomes us to the new SARA church in Kathmandu. “I was so excited because for the first time in SARA church history we were having a CHRISTmas celebration in our o... Read more »

Mission Moments: Uganda

New Year’s resolution in Uganda Pastor Rich preaching, while a woman from another church in his hometown of Kasese, Uganda serves as his translator. Pastor Rich Friday of Hope Mission International Ministries finished 2013 on his latest crusade into the Rwenzori Mountains in western Uganda. “I was invited to preach just a day after finishing my 40 days of prayer and fasting,” Pastor Rich said. “The Lord led me to go into a deeper prayer and fasting seeking His Face to strongly empower me getting ready for the great Gospel mission. “I will complete this year 2... Read more »

Mission: Haiti 2014

PRAY: Against spiritual opposition and human nature in Haiti. “I am fighting with two wrong habits between the Haitian churches: the voodoo and the interest in the money,” missionary Miguel Rubén Guante said. Lift the work Climbing For Christ does in the Chaine de la Selle range. The rural poor in the hemisphere’s poorest nation are most responsive to the love of Christ, which is shared through the training of pastors and church leaders, and the education of children. GIVE: Though the country is poor, everything in Haiti and the neighboring Dominican Republic is expen... Read more »

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 »
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