Mike Wall enjoying some yak milk while on mission.
Nationality: American. Occupation: Assistant Director of Christian Challenge/FCA at Fort Lewis College, blogger at thewallscall.blogspot.com, Climbing for Christ Colorado Western Slope Coordinator, and lastly, raft guide/ski instructor when our college students my wife and I work with are away on holiday breaks. Needless to say, I stay pretty busy. Missions with C4C: Peru 2014 and 2015, Philippines 2013 and 2014, and “Possible” 2009, 2010 and 2011.
How long have you climbed? I started when I was a freshman in high... Read more »
We’d like to invite you to join us for a special event …
Please invite someone so more people can learn about Climbing For Christ and they can be told about the amazing things He does (1 Chronicles 16:24).
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Hiking with friends – feathered or not
We had about 25 people enjoy time in the (chilly) outdoors on Saturday, April 11 for Climbing For Christ’s second Heritage Hike of 2015. The chickadees were still hungry and it was thrilling having them land on our hands for seed on the Bird Song Trail at Mendon Ponds Park in Western New York.
After our hike, we enjoyed a time of prayer, devotions and stories from Gary and Elaine Fallesen about Climbing For Christ’s adventures. We also had time to share some of our upcoming Heart of Dance songs with many joining in. The friendships t... Read more »
C4C Canada’s Board at Annual Meeting: (left to right) Pastor Al Robinson, Andrew Bailey, Gary Fallesen, Aaron Hemphill, Elaine Fallesen and Brandy Fisher.
The final request of the closing prayer of C4C Canada’s Board of Directors asked God to close doors He does not want us to enter and to open doors where He wants us to go.
God opened the door to establishing C4C Canada in September 2012. This branch of Climbing For Christ became fully active in December 2013 and on Saturday, Nov. 1 we held our inaugural Annual Meeting in Pincher Creek, AB.
Board members in atte... Read more »
Our brother was going door to door in a Pakistani village, bringing the love of Christ to the people living there. Suddenly, two men appeared. They shook his hand. Then they showed him a pistol and told him, by name, “Your time is finished. Run wherever you can. But you must be killed.”
We received word of this incident as we were preparing for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on Nov. 2. It was a harsh reminder that we should be praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ every day. “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
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By Brandy Everts
C4C Canada coordinator
Brandy Everts with a young goat and the attention of many women in a village in Morocco. (Photo by Gary Fallesen)
Climbing For Christ is not about a job; it’s about Jesus.
C4C is about going to unreached areas of the world and sharing Jesus. It’s about hiking in 40ºC (104 ºF) heat to share Jesus with one man in a Nigerian village who has never believed. It’s about playing volleyball at 10,000 feet with 16-year-old girls and sharing the reason why we are hiking in the part of Nepal that they call “home.”
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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 »
C4C's Turning Point Trek
Whether you’re into climbing or not, come take a stroll in the park with us on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. to celebrate and support HIS ministry of Climbing For Christ. This easy and informal 3-mile “trek” will begin at the park and marina parking lot off Petten St. Ext. (Rochester 14612) and follow part of the Genesee Riverway Trail to beautiful Turning Point Park. Along the trail, we’ll provide water and snacks along with some worship and a brief word from C4C founding president Gary Fallesen.
The boardwalk at Turning Point Park. ... Read more »
Story by Diane Sturmer
Photos by Gary Fallesen
We had an incredible morning starting out with prayer and a group photo. But we needed to take more than one group photo because our group was so big. More than 45 people showed up for our April Birdsong Trail hike. It was a record turnout for our Climbing For Christ-Heritage Christian Services hiking series, which dates back to 2008.
Part of the group heading out.
After praying and posing for the photo we ventured out on the trails. The birds were not as hungry due to the warmer weather, but we enjoyed the sights of the chipmunks an... Read more »
Heritage hike series kicks off on snowshoes
By Diane Sturmer
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 »
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 »
Please join us in lifting up the nation of Tanzania - especially those committed to working on or near Kilimanjaro.
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Group photo at trailhead of Rocky Mountain.
A mountaintop of love
By Diane Sturmer
“Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord's people!” – Philemon 1:7 (NIV)
Our time on Rocky Mountain in New York's Adirondacks on Tuesday, Oct. 15, brought much joy and encouragement to each of the 19 hikers. Individuals from Heritage Christian Services were so excited to make the summit. “I can't wait to tell everyone that I made it to the top of the mountain,” Kathleen said. She prayed earlie... Read more »
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
Prayer Peaks Day is happening again! Climbing For C... Read more »
Mission: Philippines 2013 Tacadang Traverse got underway this week. Please download the prayer calendar (below) and pray for our team. Read more »
Climbing For Christ board member Kevin Kimble said it well when he spoke of God "blessing us with all four seasons" as we hit the trails with Heritage Christian Services on Saturday, April 20th. At times it was sunny like summer, crisp like fall, and even snowy like winter. Of course, all along the trail the buds were beginning to pop as well, signaling the official arrival of spring.
Ready to hit the trail
We've been incredibly blessed by the wonderful fellowship and friendship that we've experienced throughout many seasons here in the Rochester area, as well as in the Adirondack Mountai... Read more »
For the fifth straight year, Climbing For Christ's Western New York Chapter is partnering with Heritage Christian Services on a series of special hikes. The 2013 kick-off was on Super Bowl weekend - Saturday, Feb. 2 - at Mendon Ponds Park in suburban Rochester, NY.
Story by Diane Sturmer (Heritage Christian Services/Climbing For Christ member)
Photos by Gary Fallesen (C4C president)
Elaine Fallesen had the chickadees eating out of her hand.
New snow covered Birdsong trail and more than 20 of us enjoyed a special time of snowshoeing and hiking! The chickadees were plentiful and many ... Read more »
Delivering laughter to the church
UPDATE: Brad Stine performed at a Climbing For Christ fundraiser on Friday, Jan. 4 in Rochester, N.Y. An offering was taken at the end of the event to benefit church building in Nepal. About $2,400 was raised.
Brad Stine was busy pursuing his craft. Or what he called the business of doing comedy. Little did he know that God had bigger plans for him. The Creator of all things, including laughter, wanted Brad to turn his comedy into His ministry.
“A couple years ago God called me into working in churches,” Brad will tell you. “I didn’t... Read more »
Record weekends at Hilton AppleFest, Photo Finish 5K
Lines formed in front of our food booth during good weather on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the annual Hilton AppleFest. (Photo by Katie Kimble)
HILTON, NY — Climbing For Christ hosted a food booth for the sixth straight year at the AppleFest in our ministry hometown of Hilton, NY, USA on Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. The festival — celebrating the ginormous apple harvest in Western New York — attracts thousands of visitors each year. And, praise God, this was a record AppleFest for Climbing For Christ!
Thank... Read more »
Welcome to Climbing For Christ Canada!
By Brandy Everts
Climbing For Christ Canada coordinator
While serving on Mission: Nepal 2012, Climbing For Christ president Gary Fallesen preached about being “Blessed to be a Blessing.” Canada has been blessed by God in many different ways, all the way from having Founding Fathers who in 1867 made our constitution founded on Biblical principles to having a God-fearing Prime Minister governing our nation. We have been blessed with food on our tables, heat in our houses, and the list goes on and on. The question is: what are we going to do... Read more »
Back to Bald Mountain
For the fourth year, Climbing For Christ partnered with Heritage Christians Services so that some of our friends — not to mention brothers and sisters in Christ — can enjoy God's creation.
Here's the report from C4C member and Heritage staff member Diane Sturmer on the annual Bald Mountain Climb, held Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 in Old Forge, NY, where the relationship between Climbing For Christ and Heritage began:
We had an incredible time on the Adirondack Adventure retreat! We prepared for the hike with a warm-up hike on Monday on Cresent Trail off of ... Read more »
Re-starting the chapter: Hike Chickies Rock
An easy one-mile hike on Chickies Rock near Columbia, Pa. on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. Chapter coordinator Chip Beck and long-time member Bill Wos met. “We had a great time of fellowship and brainstorming,” Craig says, as he seeks to find ways to get more local members involved with the chapter.
The view of the Susquehanna River from the top of Chickies Rock. Read more »
Craig and 'Jon and Kate Plus 8'
Jon and Kate Plus 8, a reality TV show about a husband and wife who had twins and then sextuplets, visited the Christian theater in Lancaster where chapter coordinator Craig Beck worked as the lead small animal trainer.
“Hello everyone,” Craig said. “Hope all is well in your world. Just thought I'd give you a heads-up. Sight & Sound Theatres will be on an episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8 at 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 on The Learning Channel. The family visited here a few weeks ago and we were able to show a few critters to ... Read more »
Lucas Huey was leading a hiking trip to the Pinnacles National Monument on Saturday, Nov. 8. It went well, he said despite the lack of hikers. “No one turned out, but that's fine,” he said. “Christie and I turned it into a prayer hike.
“It was a pretty amazing day. We saw and talked to two other groups of hikers, most of which were believers, and the others didn't want to hear it. So I prayed for them while hiking.”
A good lesson for all of us. Read more »
We're rethinking our famous C4C-3B — a monthly meeting where we will have a Bible study, do some bouldering and hang out by a bonfire. Thanks to a lot of help, the WonderWill bouldering cave (located at 7611 Kiowa Ave., Chanhassen) is open for business, and ready for fellowship!
We've been meeting every month at my house. Now we're looking at branching out at a local climbing gym (or gyms). Stay tuned for more details.
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