Combating violence, hatred, and the many challenges of Islam with love
By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ
“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!”
– Matthew 5:44 (NLT)
Brother Rachid (the Moroccan spelling for Rasheed) has used the power of God’s Word and prayer to deliver “more than 150,000” Muslims to the Lord through a satellite TV show called Daring Questions. Rachid’s own testimony is a miracle of God: the son of an Imam in Morocco, he was angered by the witnessin... Read more »
Mission: Indonesia & Philippines 2017
Saturday, Feb. 4
C4C Philippines meeting: (left to right) Doc Jhoe, AA, Jhun, Gary, Jordan, Ace, Pat, Joel, Rory holding baby Max and husband Gutch, Asiel and his wife, and Spencer. Nearly everyone in the photo is a Mission: Philippines veteran.
We headed east today from Manila to North America, crossing many time zones and the international date line and flying and driving on a Saturday that lasted for 37 hours. Jordan and I returned safely to Rochester, NY, USA.
We left Southeast Asia encouraged by time spent w... Read more »
Please stand with us in prayer for this Evangelic Expedition from Jan. 21-Feb. 4. Learn more by opening the document below. Read more »
A friend of the ministry shelled out US$30,000 for the purchase of land on one of the more than 900 inhabited islands in Indonesia. This moved Climbing For Christ member Budi Yuwono one big step closer to realizing a dream of establishing a base camp for ministry to one of the 221 unreached people groups living in the world’s most populous Muslim country.
Nearly 3 in every 10 people groups in Indonesia remain unreached, which accounts for more than 6 in every 10 people. Nearly two-thirds of the population of 254 million people is considered unreached.
On the particular island where... Read more »
Climbing For Christ’s first trip to Indonesia in June 2007 resulted in the ministry’s first chapter outside of North America. JEJAK (an acronym for following in the footsteps of Jesus) had more than 30 members at the time of their welcome.
“Since the first visit by Climbing For Christ, we are burning with desire to serve the souls who have not known God’s love, especially those who are in the hills, valleys and mountains,” said Budi Yuwono, a C4C member since 2007. “We are so blessed with three visits by C4C teams (in 2007, 2010 and 2012), which is very i... Read more »
Budi Yuwono on 12,224-foot Mount Rinjani with the active volcano’s crater lake (called “Child of the Sea” because of its blue color) in the background.
Return to Rinjani
By Budi Yuwono
Climbing For Christ member
This trip was highly anticipated by Agus since the end of 2014. From December 2014 through March 2015, the ascent of Mount Rinjani on the island of Lombok was closed because it was the rainy season and the weather was not good.
In April 2015, Agus continued to ask when we would be back to visit. Two trips there – in April 2012 and Ma... Read more »
Photo of the Week by Gary Fallesen: Mount Rinjani on the Indonesian island of Lombok is that country’s second-highest volcano, standing 12,224 feet (3,726 meters).
Climbing For Christ visited Mount Rinjani, Lombok, and the Sasak people for the first time on Mission: Indonesia 2012. C4C members from Indonesia had a reunion on Rinjani in 2013. Budi Yuwono of C4C Indonesia returned to Rinjani in September 2015. (CLICK HERE for that Trip Report.)
There are no known believers among the 3 million Sasak people living on the island of Lombok. Most Sasak are Muslim, but many also still wo... Read more »
Climbing For Christ’s first international chapter was established in 2007 in the world’s most populous Muslim nation (about 187 million people – or more than 80 percent of the country). JEJAK, an acronym for following in the footsteps of Jesus, became C4C Indonesia.
PRAY: For religious freedom. Muslims in much of Indonesia have been tolerant of Christianity in the past. But there is a growing vision of an Indonesia without Christians. Pray against this movement.
GIVE: To send workers to reach the many unreached. How can they believe in Him if they have never heard abou... Read more »
Indonesian humanitarian mission to the Philippines
By Budi Yuwono
(Editor’s Note: Budi Yuwono’s home church of Abbalove in Jakarta, Indonesia partnered with DoctorSHARE, also known as the Physician Care Foundation, for a humanitarian relief mission to the Philippines. Budi participated in this mission. Here is his report:)
Dr. Lie Darmawan, the founder of DoctorSHARE, led a humanitarian mission to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The mission was composed of 16 people – 14 doctors from DoctorSHARE and two volunteers from Abbalove. The team w... Read more »
Reunion on Rinjani
Sunrise on Rinjani. (Photo by Budi Yuwono)
Budi Yuwono and Alexander Wijaya, two Climbing For Christ Indonesia members, went to the island of Lombok in early May to climb Mount Rinjani as a follow-up to Mission: Indonesia 2012. “Very good trip,” Budi reported. “So close with ‘A,’ ‘R’ and (their) families.”
“A” and “R” were our guides on Rinjani in 2012. Our team, which included Budi, began to develop relationships with these two Sasak men. There are only a few hundred Christians among the ... Read more »
Making straight paths for Him
One of our porters on Mount Rinjani was telling us about his Sasak village on the island of Lombok. When asked what the name of the village meant, he said: “Door fall on you.”
Then, in a display of modern-day texting style, he added, “Just kidding.”
While it was an LOL moment, it also was fitting. Climbing For Christ is a ministry that goes in search of open doors and opportunities to deliver the Good News to people who otherwise might not receive it. After several days in Indonesia in April, it was beginning to feel ... Read more »
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Date: May 2013. Length of trip: 10 days. Team size: 4-6 members.
Purpose: To trek Mount Rinjani, an active volcano (12,224 feet/3,726 meters) on the island of Lombok. The volcano is located in a national park surrounded by Sasak villages. There are an estimated 540 Christians living among a people who number 2.7 million (0.02 percent). Our team also will visit a village on Java, where we have been serving since 2007.
Cost: Estimated at US$750 plus airfare. The estimate includes includes ground transport, accommodations, food, and trekking expenses. Does not include airfare.
To apply: E-mai... Read more »
Summit fever struck the seemingly aimless group wandering on the slopes of a large active volcano on one of Indonesia’s many islands. Never mind the late start (3 p.m.) and the abbreviated schedule (less than the minimum 3 days and 2 nights required to ascend the more than 12,000-foot/3,650-meter volcano). As we hiked in the heat under, thankfully, overcast skies, I knew that this was not why we had come here.
We’d arrived on the island to survey the volcano and see how God might use us to reach the people living there. There are more than 2.7 million people in this particular g... Read more »
Date: April 2012.
Purpose: To continue to encourage and inspire C4C Indonesia and to travel together to a new island for a mountain trek to reach a people group that may have 540 Christians among its population of more than 2.7 million (0.02 percent). Also, visit a village on another island where we have been ministering since 2007.
Team size: 7-10 members.
Cost: Estimated at $1,100. Price does NOT include travel to/from Indonesia, but includes all expenses in-country (including internal travel, lodging and food).
Prayer: We ask that the fire would continue to burn in the hearts of... Read more »
Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim nation, claiming that about 213 million of its 248 million people¹ (86 percent) follow Islam. While the Southeastern Asian country’s constitution supposedly guarantees religion freedom, persecution against Christians is well documented.
Since 1996, 798 Christian churches have been burned, attacked or closed, according to Voice of the Martyrs. In 2006, Indonesia’s Ministry of Religion issued a national decree requiring religious groups with 90 members or more to get the permission of 60 neighbors before building or expanding &ldq... Read more »