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Mission: Nigeria 2011
Mission: Nigeria 2011

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“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.”
— Proverbs 11:30 (NIV)

Expedition

Mission: Nigeria 2011

Date: Nov. 30-Dec. 13, 2011

Purpose: To deliver the Gospel to Koma people living unreached in the Atlantika Mountains and to explore the need for Climbing For Christ ministry in this part of the country. The Climbing For Christ team also will be teaching at conferences and celebrating the anniversary of the C4C-supported church that is pastored by Chris Joseph.

Cost: Estimated at less than US$1,000 plus airfare to/from Nigeria.

More information: To inquire about or to apply for this mission, e-mail info@ClimbingForChrist.org

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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. Sin...
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Chris Joseph

Chris Joseph on a survey trip to the Koma Hills in 2011. Nationality: Nigerian. Occupation: Clergy. Missions with Climbing For Christ: Nigeria 2011 and 2016. How long have you climbed? Since 2011. Type of climbing you do: Hiking and trekking. Highlight of climbing career: Climbing the Koma Hills. How long have you been a Christian? Since 1988. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Apostolic, missions. and leadership training. Favorite Scripture verse (and why): 2 Timothy 4:5. “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full ... Read more »

Gary Fallesen

Nationality: American of Danish descent. Occupation: Missionary. Missions with C4C: Dominican Republic 2005; Haiti 2006, 2007 (twice), 2008, 2009 (twice), 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013; Indonesia 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2017; Kilimanjaro 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016; Malawi 2014 and 2016; Mexico 2005; Morocco 2013, 2015 and 2017; Nepal 2011, 2012 (twice), 2013, 2014 (twice), 2015 (twice) and 2016 (twice); Nigeria 2011; Peru 2011 and 2014; Philippines 2008, 2010 and 2016; “Possible” 2008, 2009 and 2010; Turkey 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015. How long have you cli... Read more »

Brandy Everts

Brandy Everts on Mission: Possible 6, walking with a child in that restricted country. Nationality: Canadian. Occupation: Coordinator of Climbing for Christ Canada and greenhouse horticulturist. Missions with Climbing For Christ: Haiti 2013; Morocco 2013; Nepal 2012 (twice) and 2014; Nigeria 2011; and Mission: Possible 2009, 2010 and 2011.  How long have you climbed? I have no experience technical climbing, but I love hiking and trekking! I have been focused on hiking and trekking since 1997. Type of climbing you do: Hiking and trekking – or whatever needs to be done to get to the... 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 »

Michael Heitland

Age: 35. Residence: South Fargo, ND, USA. Family: Married to Michelle with three daughters — Makayla, 15; Maleah, 12, Molly, 2. Occupation: Chief Technology Officer, V3 Technologies. Church: Bethel EFC, Fargo ND. Missions with C4C: First. How long have you climbed? 8 years. Type of climbing you do: Mountaineering, rock and ice. Highlight of climbing career: Climbing Mount Rainier via DC route in 2007. I climbed as part of a benefit climb for Big City Mountaineers. How long have you been a Christian? I consider my spiritual birthday to be September 1996. This was the start of a long... Read more »

A Light has dawned

“For me, doing ministry in Nigeria is likened to a situation where you are trying, by all means, to make friends with a violent madman.” These words, from Pastor Chris Joseph of Climbing For Christ, sum up the challenge of Christians evangelizing in Nigeria's oppressed north. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with more than 140 million people. It is an oil-rich nation (ranked 11th in the world for its oil reserves), but the average annual income is about US$1,400 and more than half of the population reportedly lives on about US$1 per day. The country is divide... Read more »

Trip Report: Divine meetings in Koma Hills

We waited for seven hours, shaded by a large tree from the 100-degree heat, until the village chief arrived. This is Africa: Permission is needed from tribal leaders to visit their land. Their approval opens doors to evangelism. When the chief arrived, he said: “I met you on the road.” We glanced at each other, not recognizing the chief or what he was talking about. Maybe we were still in a jet-lagged fog from four days of travel — two by air, two by road — from North America to northeastern Nigeria. Then we realized he was the man riding by motorbike in the op... Read more »

Tuesday, Dec. 13

By the grace of God the North American team members have returned safely to the States. Read more »

Monday, Dec. 12

The supposed one-hour drive to the airport in Port Harcourt was in its second hour and we were stuck in gridlock like I have never seen in visits to 30 countries. The sun was blotted out by the uncontrolled emissions spewing from idling vehicles parked six lanes across on a six-lane road. That's right, the vehicles going in our direction had spread out and overtaken the oncoming lanes. The air in our AC-less car was brutally hot and burning our eyes and lungs. That's when our vehicle stalled. Things were growing desperate as we prayed harder and harder. Chris went from vehicle to vehicle as... Read more »

Sunday, Dec. 11

"We are missing you already." This was first said before 3 1/2 hours of worship had even ended at Chris' church. There was an outpouring of love from our brothers and sisters in Christ on our last full day in Nigeria. I was blessed to be asked to preach, and shared a message on love — based mostly on 1 John 4. I asked the church of about 80 adults and children, "Who are you willing to die for?" I spoke about missions and how we are called to love even our enemies (Matthew 5:43-4). I encouraged the church to show the God of love (1 John 4:16) to the world. We then played the Jars of Cl... Read more »

Friday, Dec. 9

We kicked off this weekend's first anniversary celebration at Chris' Lives Aglow Global Outreach Centre tonight with an evening of praise and worship. I was blessed to set foot in the Wonderland Chapel, as Chris calls his church in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. This is a church that God used Climbing For Christ to rescue, which is what we are celebrating this weekend. Worshipping at Lives Aglow Global Outreach Centre. We told stories of our mission to Koma Hills and then spoke to the standing-room-only crowd of about 65, including a full worship band in a room measuring 30-by-25 feet. Bra... Read more »

Thursday, Dec. 8

Pastor Chris Joseph speaking at the day-long conference. We taught about effective leadership and missions at a one-day conference put on by Chris in his hometown of Gboko in Benue state. Pastor Sam Gar from the local Christian Association of Nigeria opened the meeting at Gboko Christian Centre saying that he believed God would speak through their three North American guests. That was our prayer as we shared about being called to go (Gary), the six Biblical principles of effective leadership (Mike), and how to raise women as frontline leaders (Brandy). We returned to the church for an ev... Read more »

Wednesday, Dec. 7

We left the distinct beauty of the Koma Hills to return to the land of police checks and extortion. The chief of Tantille saw us off at daybreak. We prayed for him and for the work that has begun here and then made the three-hour drive in a compact car down the very dusty 90-mile dirt road to Yola. From there we proceeded for eight more hours to Gboko in Benue state, where we are speaking Thursday at a one-day conference on leadership and missions hosted by Chris' ministry. Before leaving the Koma Hills we were introduced Tuesday evening to a man who practices black magic. The chief arrange... Read more »

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Meet our new brother in Christ — Waneke. We hiked up 1,300 vertical feet in 100-degree heat that is apparently common during the dry season in the Koma Hills. We reached the village of Wagi. All of the villagers were out farming, but we found a boy to send for the village chief. Waneke arrived and we sat with him under the shade of a tree. We learned a little about him and his village. There is a church there, but Waneke does not attend. “His father made him a traditional head. He cannot be Christian,” said Lazarus, who served as our translator in the Wagi dialect (many vi... Read more »

Monday, Dec. 5

We trekked downhill from Wiwp and through several other villages in the Koma Hills with temperatures of 105F in the sun. We needed to return to Tantille after our water filter broke as we obviously need drinking water in this blistering heat. We know this is part of God's plan because the chief of Tantille came for a long visit after our return. We learned many things about the 16 villages he governs. He invited us to send a full-time missionary here to minister to the 4,000+ living up in the mountains. We were welcomed back to the Christian church and school at the entry to the hills. Chri... Read more »

Sunday, Dec. 4

We hiked for five hours into the Koma Hills searing heat that dehydrated our bodies and challenged our resolve. We were accompanied by Moses, the 18-year-old son of the chief in Tantile, and 17-year-old Lazarus on our trek to Wiwp (pronounced “weep”) where we attended a funeral for a 98-year-old man who was the oldest person in the village. We were told the dead man was a “traditional man,” which explained the music, pipe-smoking women, dancing by women wearing leaf skirts, and throwing of gifts (nuts, water and chewing gum) at the wrapped corpse carried overhead during... Read more »

Saturday, Dec. 3

We arrived safely at the Koma Hills after another 2 ½-hour drive over 90 miles on dirt roads in a very small vehicle. We now are waiting for one of the tribal leaders or a local pastor, or both, to show up so that we can be greeted into the area. Hopefully the tribal leader will do that so that we are free to wander about and do our business, or do God's business, as we like to say. (Late Saturday) After about a seven-hour wait, a tribal chief returned to his home. We spoke with him and he granted us permission to go into the hills, which we will be doing at first light on Sunday.&n... Read more »

Friday, Dec. 2

We sped across the Christian south into northeastern Nigeria, driving for about 17 hours from Port Harcourt to Yola. This is our jump-off point for going into the bush to trek toward the remote Koma Hills people. "I feel like, if there was a speed limit we'd be going double it," Mike commented as our hired driver careened through one village. TIA (This Is Africa), too: crazy, long drives on roads (mostly paved) pocked with vehicle-eating potholes and littered with police checks. "Yola is like traveling to – I don't know what to describe," said Chris, although we can think of a f... Read more »

Thursday, Dec. 1

Rochester, NY to New York City to Paris, France to Lagos, Nigeria to Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Twenty-six hours of flying. And that's the easy part. We were met at the airport by a series of bribery seeking officials and finally Chris Joseph and eight or 10 other pastors. We drove in a sort of mini-motorcade for an hour on dark, bumpy and congested roads to reach our motel for the night. Chris' lovely wife delivered us a traditional Nigerian meal as a greeting. Welcome to Nigeria. Read more »

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Time to GO! Read more »

Tuesday, Nov.29

The team prepared for Nigeria by viewing Louie Giglio's teaching “God's Passion for God's Glory” on DVD and then watching a DVD from Open Doors ministry about persecution in Nigeria. We followed that with a study on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), reading Scripture about God's defensive and offensive provision found in the “full armor of God.” We completed the team building with a study prepared by Jordan Rowley on folk religions. And then closed with a time of prayer. Not long after this we received bad news: Jordan was again denied a visa to go. That means Br... Read more »

Monday, Nov. 28

The team came together in Rochester, NY, USA to prepare for the journey ahead. Good news awaited as Jordan Rowley, who didn't get his visa, might yet be able to go. With the help of Climbing For Christ member Melissa Waheibi in New York City, we are applying again at Nigeria's General Consulate on Tuesday. Read more »

Sunday, Nov. 27

Preparations for this Evangelic Expedition may not have gone exactly as we would like (one team member did not get a visa to make the trip), but God is in control. We prepare to GO in His name and to His glory, knowing we must put on the full armor of God, so that we can take a stand against the devil’s schemes (see Ephesians 6:11-13). The spiritual warfare has been intense — an indication that we are doing exactly what we are supposed to be doing. As our team prepares to come together we share our prayers for the weeks ahead. Brandy Everts: “My main prayer for Missi... Read more »

Mission: Nigeria 2011

Date: Nov. 30-Dec. 13, 2011 Purpose: To deliver the Gospel to Koma people living unreached in the Atlantika Mountains and to explore the need for Climbing For Christ ministry in this part of the country. The Climbing For Christ team also will be teaching at conferences and celebrating the anniversary of the C4C-supported church that is pastored by Chris Joseph. Cost: Estimated at less than US$1,000 plus airfare to/from Nigeria. More information: To inquire about or to apply for this mission, e-mail info@ClimbingForChrist.org.  Read more »

Koma Hills Survey

Report by Pastor Chris Joseph Submitted April 12, 2011 I was fully set to embark on my trip to Koma Hills of the Atlantika Mountains in Jada local government area of Adamawa state in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. We took off from Port Harcourt (in southern Nigeria) by land at 7:55 a.m. only to arrive in Yola (in eastern Nigeria) at 12 midnight. Midway through my journey, something unusual happened to me. I started experiencing acute pains at the sole of my right foot to the point that I was unable to lift it up. When I tried to find out what happened to me, I discovered ... Read more »

Combating terror with the cross

A Nigerian newspaper story reporting on massacre in Jos. Jos, Nigeria used to be a peaceful place. On March 8, 2010, 416 victims of violence received a mass burial in three different graves. On another occasion, a pastor was abducted from his house by Islamic fanatics and taken to an unknown destination. Later his corpse was discovered. There are many other cases of violence. I solicit your prayers for an end to this senselessness. I am from Nigeria, a West African country with a population of about 150 million spread across 250 ethnic groups and two major religions — Islam a... Read more »