The first chapter of Climbing For Christ – the Adirondack Mountains Chapter – was formed in Long Lake, N.Y., on July 26, 2003. Eleven men, women, and children hiked nearby Blue Mountain in the afternoon, a two-mile climb ascending 1,550 vertical feet to an elevation of 3,759 feet and then a few steps higher up an old fire tower (photo below). Twenty-one people attended the inaugural meeting that evening at the Long Lake Town Hall. The Esper family – Cheryl, Chip, and their five sons – hosted the event. The Espers are the chapter's coordinators.
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JEJAK — an Indonesian acronym for “footsteps,” as in “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21).
Sharing love of Christ in Sumatra
Budi Yuwono, one of our leaders of the JEJAK Chapter in Indonesia, traveled on Friday, Oct. 2 to Padang Sumatra, the hardest hit of areas struck by two earthquakes in two days. The earthquakes occurred Wednesday, Sept. 30 and Thursday, Oct. 1, killing at least 1,100 people and paralyzing that part of the country. Roads were cut off, power ... Read more »
The inaugural outing scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006 was postponed by poor weather. Chapter coordinator Kristin Odell reported on Friday that the forecast was “100-percent chance of precipitation with winds gusting up to 60 mph. Crazy!” And not exactly rock climb weather.
Odell had planned on leading a group rock climbing at Pawtuckaway State Park in Nottingham, N.H. Pawtuckaway has routes rating from 5.2 to 5.13 and offers bouldering, too. About a dozen people were expected to attend.
“I at least wanted to get in one trip before the snow comes,” Odell had s... Read more »
The start of a new chapter
Climbing For Christ Australia joins JEJAK (Indonesia), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), C4C Philippines and C4C DR (Dominican Republic) as our fifth international body. Tony Johnston, 41 at the time of C4C Australia's formation, has been named coordinator of this new chapter. For him and for his Australian brothers and sisters in Christ, it is the start of a new adventure. We look forward to praying and serving with C4C Australia and seeing where God takes this new branch of Climbing For Christ's international ministry.
The inaugural meeting was held Friday, May 21 in W... Read more »
The Johnston family at Martin's Lookout.
Date of birth: Oct. 19, 1969. Residence: Quakers Hill, Australia. Personal: Married to Leanne and father of three boys (Tim, 5; Joel, 3, and Malachi, 16 months). Occupation: I am blessed to be a stay-at-home dad. Church: Lighthouse Community Church, Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT.
How long have you climbed? I started climbing at an indoor gym in the ACT back in 1995. I haven't been climbing in a number of years.
Type of climbing you do: So far I have only climbed on rock, not much else here in Australia. Would r... Read more »
Miguel Rubén Guante, left to right, Domingo DePene, and Rev. Jesus Mosques Gonzales after meeting with Dominican authorities at the padre's Sampablo Apostor Episcopal Church in Jimani on May 27, 2009.
Climbing For Christ president Gary Fallesen presented the ministry's mission to representatives of six Dominican institutions at a meeting in the border town of Jimani on May 27, 2009. It came at the end of an emergency mission trip to Haiti [CLICK HERE for the Trip Report], and it marked the beginning of Climbing For Christ Dominican Republic.
The legalization of C4C in the Dominica... Read more »
Age: 28. Residence: Salinas, Calif. Personal (family – married/children): Engaged to be married December 2008. I have one child (daughter Adeline, age 7). Occupation: Fabricator, freelance graphic designer. Church/community of faith: Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, Calif.
How long have you climbed? I have been rock climbing for nine years. I have been hiking, and doing minor mountaineering since I was a little kid. My dad always took the family on awesome hikes. Yosemite was our playground.
Type of climbing you do: I do the basic sport, and trad climbing, backpacking, and m... Read more »