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Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

Growing disciples to work on the mountain By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ   There are fertile fields around Mount Kilimanjaro. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Damson Samson emerged from the fifth house after a day of home visits among our Kilimanjaro Chapter members in April with eyes wide open. “I realized how important this trip is,” said our missionary to East Africa, who lives in southern Malawi but is sent periodically by C4C to visit the area around Mount Kilimanjaro in northeastern Tanzania. We are working with guides and porters there to equip... Read more »

The need in Nepal is great

Pastor Tej and Elaine Fallesen during worship at his Kathmandu church in March. (Photo by Leanne Bohn/Mission: Nepal 2015) By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ Worship was nearly over at the main SARA church in Kathmandu on Saturday, April 25 when the lights went out and the pulpit fell away from Pastor Tej Rokka. “I did not know what to do because the hall was full of people of all ages and I wanted to run out and save myself, but I saw my flock crying without help,” Tej said on Monday – about 60 hours after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake changed life in N... Read more »

Humla’s House of Worship

Video produced by Jordan Rowley, spiritual coordinator, Climbing For Christ. Building the church in Nepal’s Far West By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ I stood on a hill overlooking the snow-covered lot where the church at Simikot proposes to build Humla’s first house of worship. I prayed for God to show me that this was His will. I felt my heart begin to race and a Spirit-induced excitement filled my body. I could see it – again. Climbing For Christ exists to build up the church. To GO where others cannot or will not to procla... Read more »

Happy birthday, C4C!

Anniversary of praise By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ There have been innumerable breathtaking God moments experienced in Climbing For Christ’s 11-year HIStory. Conversions, healings, provision, protection – occurrences and recurrences that cause God-bumps.   Dr. Matthew examining a sick child in Nepal. (Photo by Jordan Rowley) On Mission: Nepal 2015, C4C’s trekking team visited the remote village of Takla in the Far Western district of Humla. During an impromptu health clinic, held by the two doctors on our team (Matthew Fisher of Cana... Read more »

$11 for 11

By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ Climbing For Christ celebrates its 11th anniversary this month. C4C was incorporated as a U.S. non-profit in New York State on April 20, 2004. Since then, we have seen more than 2,000 brothers and sisters in Christ join a ministry that goes where others cannot and will not, such as the mountains of Nepal, Peru, Turkey and Indonesia. To date, we have completed 78 short-term mission trips. We have done ongoing work through indigenous members in a dozen nations – from outreach to orphanages, and from building churches to buildi... Read more »

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2015 Trip Report

Seeing God’s glory on Africa’s roof By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ   Moving on up: guides, porters and trekkers climbing toward the distant summit in the background. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) The pre-dawn hours near the rooftop of Africa are the coldest. As trekkers and their guides inch ever closer to the summit of 19,341-foot (5,895-meter) Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, temperatures are well below freezing. Dauson Chonjo uses this time to witness to his co-workers on the mountain. “What if you are in an endless pit,” the Kiliman... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Nepal 2015

DISPATCHES: Nepal 2015Mission: Nepal 2015 By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ president Members of our trekking team hiking back to Simikot, the headquarters for the Far West district of Humla. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Monday, March 30 Edward reported in from Hungary, where he returned today from Nepal. “It was good to serve the Lord together,” he said. We are all in agreement on that point. Praise HIM! Sunday, March 29 The North American members of our Mission: Nepal team all have returned safely to their homes bringing an end to this Evangelic Expedition. Saturday, March 28 The Milap... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalMission: Nepal 2015 trekking team hiking back to Simikot, the headquarters for the Far West district of Humla. CLICK HERE to read daily Dispatches from this Evangelic Expedition. Read more »

DISPATCHES: Tanzania 2015

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2015 By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ Sunday, March 15 Mount Kilimanjaro’s main summit (Kibo), left, with the smaller Mawenzi, right, from the road to the airport. Jordan and I said goodbye for now to Tanzania, leaving Damson to his work, when we flew out of East Africa this morning. Next stop: Nepal. CLICK HERE for Mission: Nepal 2015 Dispatches. Saturday, March 14 The rainy season should be starting. People are ready to plant crops. But it is hot and dry – with no sign of rain. Yusuf, our old friend and Kilimanjaro guide,... Read more »

PROfile: Will Gadd

‘Howse of Cards’ By Gary Fallesen Howse Peak and Chephren as seen from the Icefields Parkway. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) The drive along the Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic anywhere, something you might take for granted when it’s your road to work. Will Gadd grew up here, moved away looking for something better, and came back when he realized just how good he had it in the Canadian Rockies. “It’s a rare place,” he acknowledged. “Anyone who drives the Parkway gets whiplash.” Look at that. No, look at that. Wait, over there. N... Read more »

Mission Moments: ECUADOR

A song of praise in Ecuador Chimborazo as seen from the village of  Cooperativa. (Photo by Jaime Servat) As Climbing For Christ’s Peruvian missionary, Jaime Servat, walked a mountain road near Ecuador’s tallest peak (20,564-foot/6,268-meter Chimborazo) in late January, he sang to the Lord: “Oh God, You are guiding me again and again through Your Spirit in this way of grace by grace; Oh God, You are amazing, healing hearts and minds through Your Spirit in this way of love by love; Oh King of Kings I love all about You Oh Lord of Lords You are all my life.”... Read more »

‘Go and obey a vision of God’

¡Three Amigos! (left to right): Climbing For Christ spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley, Peruvian missionary Jaime Servat, and C4C president Gary Fallesen in the Cordillera Huayhuash during Mission: Peru 2014. Jaime Servat dreamed about a big mountain, similar to Peru’s highest peak, Huascaran. The mountain was surrounded by foothills covered in beautiful fields of wheat. As he ran toward the fields he woke up. His heart was beating hard and he felt compelled to draw a picture of the vision he’d just seen. The following day he asked his mother what she thought the dream ... Read more »


By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ August 2014 2 And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision;     make it plain on tablets,     so he may run who reads it. 3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time;     it hastens to the end – it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it;     it will surely come; it will not delay.” – Habakkuk 2:2-3 (ESV) “All God-ordained visions are shared visions,” Andy Stanley wrote in his book Visoneering. “Nobody goes it... Read more »
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Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalThe truth written on a boulder on the Mount Makalu trail in Nepal. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) CLICK HERE to read  the Mission: Nepal 2014 (Sept.) Trip Report, “God opens the way and the doors to Makalu.” Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2014 (Sept.) Trip Report

God opens the way and the doors to Makalu By Gary Fallesen Founding President, Climbing For Christ Megh Gurung was fresh off his first Evangelic Expedition with Climbing For Christ in 2012 when he felt like visiting a Buddhist monastery in his native Nepal. He knocked on the monastery door three times. No answer. In frustration he threw himself on the ground. Lying on his back, hands outstretched overhead, he searched the heavens and cried out to God: “Why?” God’s answer was five points: 1.    Open the way; 2.    Open the door; ... Read more »

Support our team

Time is running out We need supporters for our team. Cheer us on and cheer us up by donating to Team C4C, running in the George Eastman Photo Finish 5K on Saturday, Sept. 27 in Rochester, NY. CLICK HERE to go to our fundraising page. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24 (ESV) Read more »

Mission Moments: PAKISTAN

Faith-filled prayer delivers By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Evangelist Haseeb has “faith like a grain of mustard seed,” as it says in Matthew 17:20, able to “say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible.” On Friday, Sept. 5, Haseeb sent an email to Climbing For Christ spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley and me, asking us to pray for a break in the monsoon rains that were delaying his Save Pakistan team’s travel to the Mariabad Mela festival. “Your prayer could make th... Read more »

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 »
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