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Climbing for Christ Chapters

Climbing for Christ has chapters throughout the United States and around the world.  Select on at right to learn more.

Interested in organizing a Climbing For Christ chapter in your part of the world? E-mail

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“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” — Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV), the reason behind organizing chapters. The fellowship of believers adds up to encouragement and growth.

Latest Chapter News

Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro Chapter members meeting with Damson Samson. Praying for more lives transformed Gregory Nyange Aman’s life has been changed by his association with the Kilimanjaro Chapter. He stopped smoking and drinking, and he testified that all of the “challenges in the family” that resulted from those vices have “completely gone away.” “Now, they are able to pray together as a family,” said Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ’s missionary to East Africa.   Gregory Nyange Aman. Damson’s latest mission trip to Tanza... Read more »

Mission Moments: Celebrating Easter

Happy Resurrection Sunday By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Haseeb’s mother, Surryia, shares the words of Jesus from the cross, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”), as Save Pakistan teaches families working in a brick factory about the Resurrection. (Photos by Save Pakistan) It’s the greatest four-day weekend of the year. Every year. From Thursday night, when we remember our foot-washing, servant Savior; to Good Friday, when He died on a cross for everyone (even those who... Read more »

Appeal of Laughter praise report

Laughs and gifts from the heart Dan Kulp performing in The Gathering Place at Hope Church in Greece, NY. Thursday, Feb. 11 began with a lake effect warning. Snow and blowing snow. So-called “hazardous travel.” In other words, Climbing For Christ fundraiser weather. On 390 near the Vintage Lane exit in Greece. If you asked local comedian Dan Kulp or any of the “Appeal of Laughter” organizers in the minutes before the scheduled starting time for a guess at the event’s turnout, none of them would have come close. Within minutes after starting there w... Read more »

Birds in the hand

Western New York Chapter: Heritage Hike Series   Carol with a bird’s eye view. Snowshoeing for the birds By Diane Sturmer Thirty of us from the Rochester and Buffalo areas enjoyed a great time on the Birdsong Trail at Mendon Ponds Park on Saturday, Jan. 30, as Climbing For Christ and Heritage Christian Services kicked off an eighth year of partnering to take hikes together. [See Take a Heritage hike.]   We enjoyed a sweet time of fellowship, feeding Chickadees together, snowshoeing and hiking. The Chickadees were glad to see us out on the trail with open hands of bird s... Read more »

Mission: Philippines 2016 Trip Report

Take five By Ace Concordia Climbing For Christ Philippines coordinator All great journeys include a time to pause to refresh and renew one’s strength.   Mission: Philippines 2016 team – with Ace seated, center – rests under a rock on climb to Tacadang in January. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) It took a whole day for the eight-person team to reach the village of Tacadang during Mission: Philippines 2016. During the long ascents nothing brings relief like the call to “Take five!” Everyone stops to rest tiring muscles, eat a little trail food, get a... Read more »

Take a Heritage hike

Climbing For Christ and Heritage Christian Services begin an eighth year of partnership with a snowshoe outing 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Mendon Ponds Nature Center. We’ll pray together, go for a walk, share stories, sing, and eat snacks – plus feed our feathered friends on the Bird Song Trail. RSVP to C4C member and Heritage staffer Diane Sturmer at If you need to rent snowshoes ($15) let Diane know before Jan. 20.   Our friend Carol always has the birds eating out of her hand. The rest of the 2016 hiking sche... Read more »

Appeal of Laughter

Join Climbing For Christ for an hour of laughs and sweets with Rochester-area comedian, pastor and author Dan Kulp at our “Appeal of Laughter” from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 in the Gathering Place Café at Hope Church, 1301 Vintage Lane, Greece. Dan is an exhausted and joy-filled dad of four children, three of whom are adopted and have special needs (Down syndrome, autism, Alfi’s Syndrome and spina bifida). Get ready to laugh, cry and be inspired as he shares life lessons with humor and love from his unique vantage point at this Climbing For Christ fundraiser. We... Read more »

C4C Canada 2015 Annual Meeting

Developing ‘True Grit’ By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ I evoked the memory of American hero John Wayne to kick off the second Climbing For Christ CANADA Annual Meeting in Crowsnest Pass, AB on Friday, Sept. 25. We surprised our Canadian Board of Directors with a story and then I shared a devotional I wrote, called “True Grit.” We discussed being committed for the long haul and the need for perseverance to accomplish God’s goal for this ministry. As the apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Christians in Rome: “we know that ... Read more »

C4C Canada Board holding Annual Meeting

“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) Climbing For Christ CANADA was established three years ago and on Friday (Sept. 25) the C4C Canada Board of Directors will be gathering in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta for our Annual Meeting.   Please lift travel to and from this meeting, our time of fellowship, and – most importantly – decisions made during the Annual Meeting. May our Board be divinely inspired and unified by the Holy Spirit. Pray for Board members: Gary Fallesen (president), Brandy Fish... Read more »

Project 1:27 Malawi

Jesus comes to four more orphans Catherine Gwembere with bedding and clothing provided through C4C Canada funding. Here is my story: My name is Catherine Gwembere. I am 8 years old. I am in grade 4. I lost my dad in 2007, when I was only 1 year old. He died of HIV/AIDS after a long illness that left my family with nothing. I cannot remember him. I was never treated with fatherly love in my life. Catherine is learning about our heavenly Father’s love. “I will not leave you as orphans,” Jesus says in John 14:18. “I will come to you.” Catherine is o... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

God smiles on a Nepal family By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ president Sumitra Pariyar has endured various trials in her short life. At the age of 7, she suffered a debilitating fever that left her crippled. In 2007, on CHRISTmas day, her father carried her paralyzed body to what was then a house church in the Central Nepal village of Dapcha. He had tried everything to help Sumitra. The small group of Christians in Dapcha at the time prayed for Sumitra’s healing – and she walked again. The Pariyar family surrendered their lives to Jesus. Sumitra has continued to h... Read more »

Michael Wall

Mike Wall enjoying some yak milk while on mission. Nationality: American. Occupation: Assistant Director of Christian Challenge/FCA at Fort Lewis College, blogger at, 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 »

A Night of Praise

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).   Read more »

Western NY Heritage Hike (April)

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 holds inaugural Annual Meeting

  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 »

Pray unceasingly for the persecuted

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). ... Read more »

Listen to the LORD

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.” ... Read more »
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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 »

A Walk for Missions

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 »

Record crowd walks in the woods together

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 »

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 »

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 »

C4C Kilimanjaro Prayer Video

Please join us in lifting up the nation of Tanzania - especially those committed to working on or near Kilimanjaro. Read more »

Western NY Chapter: 5 years of Heritage hikes

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 »

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 »
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