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Mission: Nigeria 2016

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Mission: Nigeria 2015

Climbing For Christ has ministered to a primitive people living in the... Read more »

Mission: Nigeria 2011

Date: Nov. 30-Dec. 13, 2011 Purpose: To deliver the Gospel to Koma ... Read more »

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Photo of the Week: Nigeria

Photo of the Week: Nigeria  The newly dug borehole working in the Koma Hills. (Photo by Chris Joseph) “The villagers are enjoying the borehole,” Pastor Chris reported recently from Nigeria. “As you can see in the picture, there are jerricans [containers for liquids usually holding about five U.S. gallons or roughly 19 liters] of water at the base of it. I even washed my clothes and took my bath with the water.” CLICK HERE to read “Water for the Koma Hills.” Photos of the Week are for sale – 8-by-12-inch prints suitable for framing – for $25 plus shippin... Read more »

C4C Nigeria Prayer Video

Please join us in prayer for the people of Nigeria and our work there!   Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nigeria

Photo of the Week: NigeriaPastor Chris trying out the new borehole well in Nigeria's Koma Hills. (Photos provided by Chris Joseph) CLICK HERE to read Water for the Koma Hills, Borehole project goal: opportunity to deliver Living Water. Read more »

Mission Moments: Nigeria

Water for the Koma Hills Borehole project goal: opportunity to deliver Living Water Pastor Chris trying out the new borehole well. (Photos provided by Chris Joseph) Pastor Chris Joseph arrived in the Koma Hills with the borehole-well drillers and found a crowd gathered at Chief Moses’ house. He assumed it was a market day and the people had gathered to drink the native beer (Burukutu). “I asked after Chief Moses and I received the shocker of my life,” said Chris, a long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner. “Chief Moses passed on (the day... Read more »

Mission: Nigeria 2016

The tribal chief of the Koma people where Climbing For Christ has ministered in northeastern Nigeria since 2011 wondered when the mission might return to the Atlantika Mountains. “I told him that by God’s grace, they will visit the Koma people in November this year,” said Pastor Chris Joseph, a long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner in Nigeria. “The hamlet head was highly elated at this news.” Pastor Chris was sent back to the Koma people living along the Cameroon border in early January with the goal of purchasing land to establish a base... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nigeria

Putting down stakes in the Koma Hills Land purchased for C4C mission base By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ The tribal chief of the Koma people where Climbing For Christ has ministered in northeastern Nigeria since 2011 wondered when the mission might return to the Atlantika Mountains. “I told him that by God’s grace, they will visit the Koma people in November this year,” said Pastor Chris Joseph, a long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner in Nigeria. “The hamlet head was highly elated at this news.” Pas... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nigeria

Motorcycles, opposition, miracles, and a church When Pastor Chris Joseph arrived in Adamawa State in Nigeria’s notorious northeast, he found a ban against motorcycle travel. The long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner was returning to the Koma Hills along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon for the seventh time. He set out for Adamawa State from his home Rivers State in the south early on Monday, Sept. 7. “Due to the activities of Boko Haram and incessant armed robbery attacks, we passed the night in Jalingo, Taraba State,” Chris said. “We pro... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nigeria

Photo of the Week: NigeriaPhoto of the Week by Gary Fallesen: Hiking into the Atlantika Mountains along the border between Nigeria and Cameron. Climbing For Christ has ministered to a primitive people living in the uninviting Koma Hills in northeastern Nigeria near the Cameroon border since visiting in 2011. Pastor Chris Joseph of partner ministry Lives Aglow completed his seventh visit into the Atlantika Mountains in September 2015. Atlantika is said to mean “Allah hasn’t yet arrived” in the Kanuri language. The Koma people have maintained their own folk religion despite being surrounded by Muslims ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nigeria

Along the fault line between Islam and Christianity   The Atlantika Mountains in Nigeria’s notorious northeast. September 11 is a date that lives in infamy. But four days before – on Sept. 7, 2001 – acts of terror were committed in Nigeria that elevated the animosity between Christians and Muslims to new and more disturbing heights. These stories went mostly unreported in the wake of attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States. “Nigeria’s troubles between Christians and Muslims began in the late 1960s, during the Biafran c... Read more »

Mission Moments: NIGERIA

Many Koma to Christ The threat of terrorism delayed C4C’s most recent foray into the Koma Hills. But the enemy could not keep the Word from reaching the Koma people living in Nigeria’s remote northeast. We wrestled successfully against the cosmic powers over this present darkness – including the failure of the local chief to announce the impending visit of our own Pastor Chris Joseph – to share the Jesus film and preach the Truth to a crowd of about 200 people. “Soaked in the power of the Holy Ghost, I expounded the Scriptures to them, exposing the dange... Read more »

Mission Moments: NIGERIA

A door opens in Nigeria “…for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” – 1 Corinthians 16:9 (ESV) As we shared about the threats of Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria [see ‘I am Nigerian’] and prayed specifically for the work God has for Climbing For Christ among remote people living in the mountains there, a door was opened. When Pastor Chris Joseph, a C4C member and ministry partner in Nigeria, contacted Chief Moses of the Koma people about our next visit to the Atlantika Mountains, the chief informed us that h... Read more »

Mission Moments: NIGERIA

‘I am Nigerian’ There was outrage: More than 1 million people walked the streets as a sign of solidarity against the attacks of Islamic terrorists. Forty world leaders joined the rally. The news was reported globally. “Je suis Charlie.” I am Charlie. The slogan was adopted by supporters of freedom in the wake of the murder of 12 journalists at the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris on Jan. 7.   There was no slogan, no rally, no outcry, and very little reported internationally when Boko Haram – one of the ultimate Islamic terrorist groups in the... Read more »

Mission: Nigeria 2015

Climbing For Christ has ministered to a primitive people living in the uninviting Koma Hills near the Cameroon border since visiting in 2011. PRAY: For Christians under attack in the Northeast, where terrorists have targeted the church in a quest to impose Islamic Sharia law. While Nigeria is 50.4 percent Christian most of those believers are in the South. Islam is the largest religion in the North, where Christians face severe persecution. GIVE: To support work being done in and through ministry partner Lives Aglow Global Outreach. If you can help send a contribution to Climbing Fo... Read more »

Mission Moments: NIGERIA

Thousands have fled the Boko Haram attack on the city of Mubi to Yola in the northeastern state of Adamawa, where C4C ministers to Koma Hills people. C4C has been preparing to send Pastor Chris back to the Koma Hills to preach, teach and deliver gifts. “The purpose should be to convey your greetings to them and let them know that we still love them,” said Pastor Chris, who also hopes to show the Jesus Film to people from several villages in a central location. “It will be one night with the King. “The challenge there is these people are gift conscious,” Chris a... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nigeria

Shedding light on the horrors of Nigeria The news of the latest atrocity committed by the Nigerian terrorist organization Boko Haram reminded us of Climbing For Christ family members who have been kidnapped and forced to marry into another religion. It was heartbreakingly painful. Boko Haram has built a despicable reputation by murdering, burning churches, and now kidnapping schoolgirls. On April 14, this group of fanatics attacked a secondary school in the northeastern state of Borno and abducted nearly 300 girls. “The mood of Nigerians over the abduction of innocent female stu... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nigeria

Overcoming in the Koma Hills A village in the Koma Hills in northeastern Nigeria. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Pastor Chris Joseph arrived in Yola at 10:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4. This is significant because Yola is the capital of Adamawa, one of four states in northeastern Nigeria under a state of emergency because of the terrorist group Boko Haram. A curfew is imposed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. “For this reason, drivers have to speed up so as to arrive before 11 p.m.,” said Chris, a Climbing For Christ member with a ministry in the Christian south. We sent Chris back to the Koma Hi... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nigeria

Grieving the loss of Nigerian missionary’s son By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ president The third anniversary of the Lives Aglow church pastored by Climbing For Christ member Chris Joseph in Port Harcourt, Nigeria was celebrated Dec. 13-15. It was a wonderful success. One week later, Pastor Chris and his family grieved the loss of their youngest child. Emmanuel Paul Joseph died on his first birthday of a fever and bronchial pneumonia. “We loved him, but God love him most,” Chris said. The Joseph family with baby Emmanuel inset. Chris hurriedly finished chu... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nigeria (Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012)

Proclaiming the Good News in the Koma Hills Pastor Chris Joseph, who serves with Climbing For Christ in Nigeria, returned to the Koma Hills on Dec. 12, 2012. He traveled from Port Harcourt in the south, where his family, home and church are located, to the Adamawa state in the northeast. “I arrived at Tantile, the village before Koma (Hills), and we drove straight to Chief Moses’ residence. But I was told he went to the market. Without any further delay, I asked Moses (the chief’s son) to serve as my guide to the Koma Hills dwellers. He obliged and we both proceeded to Wiwp... Read more »

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2010

Nigeria's north was ranked 27th on the Open Doors' “World Watch List” of persecuted places (down slightly from 26th in 2009). In his final instructions to the church of the Thessalonians, Paul exhorts the church: “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, KJV). This week we're asking all of the prayer warriors associated with Climbing For Christ to pray for Nigeria and, particularly in the Muslim-ruled north, to lift our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ. We include Pastor Chris, a Climbing For Christ member. Read more »

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010

On a day when Nigerian member Chris Joseph said he lacked words “to express my heartfelt appreciation” for the Climbing For Christ support that will allow him to reopen his church, word came of more religious riots in Jos, Nigeria. Hundreds of Christians and Muslims have been killed in riots that began Jan. 17 when Muslim youths attacked a Catholic church and burned other church buildings. Nigeria was the focus of our Project Prayer during the week of Jan. 4. Northern Nigeria is ranked 27th on the 2010 World Watch List by Open Doors, which monitors global persecution against Chr... Read more »

Monday, June 21, 2010

Elijah Martin Joseph We were praying for Chris Joseph and his family — in particular his pregnant wife, who is appropriately named Blessing — as they awaited the arrival of their fourth child earlier this year. Elijah Joseph was born March 16. “Both the child and the mother are safe and sound, although the devil's aim was to eliminate the child,” Chris e-mailed that day from his homeland of Nigeria. “The (mid)wife who saw to the delivery of my wife exclaimed, ‘Your God is alive because the devil came so late!’ The umbilical cord was coiled around... Read more »

Friday, Aug. 20, 2010

Chris Joseph was featured in The Climbing Way. He is a pastor in a country plagued by violence against Christians. We have assisted him in the battle that is waged there. Now this: The Community Chief, a traditional ruler of the kindred, hamlet or clan (irregardless of “the level of civilization and development that has taken place in their domain”), took back the hall Chris was sharing with another pastor. “The place is in a serious chaotic situation now,” Chris said in early August 2010. Chris and the other pastor were deceived by bad people who took advantage of them... Read more »

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.” — 2 Corinthians 4:15 (NIV) Climbing For Christ wired US$1,700 to Chris Joseph to secure space for a new church. “I would like to do anything human possible within my reach to ensure that C4C is fully established, not just in Nigeria but in the entire West African sub-region,” Pastor Chris wrote. Read more »

Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010

Lives Aglow Global Outreach Center was back in business — the business of doing God's work! — the weekend of Oct. 28-31. “To the glory of God, our program slated for 28th to 31st October has come and gone successfully,” Pastor Chris Joseph said. Worship at Wonderland Chapel on Oct. 31, 2010. “The grand finale, which happened to be our first Sunday service, attracted almost 50 people and the most significant thing that happened that day was the awesome presence of God that saturated the (worship area),” Pastor Chris reported. “Salvation, healings ... Read more »

Wednesday, May 5, 2011

Mission: Nigeria 2011 is announced. It is scheduled Nov. 28-Dec. 10. Read more »
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