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Mission: Philippines 2016

Climbing For Christ’s connection to the Philippines began in 200... Read more »

Mission: Philippines 2014

PRAY: For strong and faithful churches to grow in Kankanaey areas... Read more »

Mission: Philippines 2013

Dates:    Dalipey (completed March 7-12) - Team... Read more »
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Back to Base Camp

C4C Philippines meeting! x C4C Philippines will be having its first Base Camp Sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 22, starting at 7 p.m. at the Cafe Libertad in The Gallery Building, Amorsolo Street, Makati. Get EQUIPPED for the next adventure! See you there guys! #basecampsessionsisback – Ace Concordia Read more »

Dispatches: Indonesia/Philippines

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 »

Building His church

Building His church“…and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18 (ESV) By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ Pastor Duncan Nyozani sold his car for US$2,000 so he could buy a plot of land and be able to put the first thousand dollars toward the building of a new Searchlight Ministries church in southern Malawi. “We need US$24,000,” said the long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner. “This is a huge sum of money to raise, but we believe God is able to meet ... 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 »

Dispatches: Philippines 2016

By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ CLICK HERE to read Ace Concordia’s Trip Report, “Take five.” Thursday, Jan. 21 Gary and Ace at an overlook on the trail to Tacadang. Ace talks a lot about relationships and this trip centered on that topic. It was about reestablishing relationships strained by time and distance – both between Ace and me, C4C Philippines and Tacadang, and those He created but who have either been far from Him or did not yet know about Him in the mountains of Kibungan. At the end of the day, God is all about relat... Read more »

Mission: Philippines 2016 Preview

A new season By Ace Concordia   Ace Concordia, front right, with C4C Philippines members summit on a “training” climb on Mount Batulao on Dec. 29, 2015. A year can make a difference. It had been a year since I laced up my climbing shoes to go climb a mountain. But on Dec. 29, 2015, I geared up again so I could get myself ready for the visit of Climbing For Christ president Gary Fallesen to the Philippines. We will be climbing together back to the village that started mission climbs for C4C Philippines. I wonder about what has happened to the village since our ... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Philippines

Photo of the Week: PhilippinesA Kankanaey porter carrying supplies in his traditional basket (backpack) on the trail to Kibungan on Luzon island, Philippines. (Photo by Ace Concordia) On June 27, 2007, Adreian “Ace” Concordia of Las Piñas City joined Climbing For Christ. “In my country, the Philippines, it’s very rare I get to climb with fellow Christians,” he wrote in an introductory e-mail. “How I wish there was an organization like yours here.” Climbing For Christ president Gary Fallesen replied: “You said you wished there was an organization like ours in the Ph... Read more »

Mission: Philippines 2016

Climbing For Christ’s connection to the Philippines began in 2007 when Ace Concordia joined the ministry. Ace soon formed the C4C Philippines chapter, which began leading missions in 2008. In seven years, 18 missions were completed and membership surpassed 300. There were no missions carried out in 2015. PRAY: For strong and faithful churches to grow in Kibungan. The Kankanaey tribe is nearly half Christian, but folk religions still are practiced widely – displayed in rituals during weddings, rites of passage, planting, and medicine. The Kankanaey, a large community (nearly 250,... Read more »

Mission: Philippines 2014

PRAY: For strong and faithful churches to grow in Kankanaey areas. Nearly half (45 percent) of the Kibungan Kankanaey profess to be Christian, but most still engage in pagan practices, which are displayed in rituals during weddings, rites of passage, planting and harvest, medicine, and more. Pray for the witness of Climbing For Christ workers in the remote villages. GIVE: To Project Living Word. A priority for Mission: Philippines is to finish the translation of and distribute Kankanaey Bibles. This version of the Bible has been out of print since 2000. One Bible costs US$12. CLICK ... Read more »

Mission: Philippines June 2014 Trip Report

A crowd for hope By Ace Concordia C4C Philippines coordinator It was a hot and humid afternoon, and we were all sweating from the heat. More than 130 souls were packed in the small classroom of the elementary school. The crowd pressed in from the doors and windows of the room to get a glimpse of what was going on inside. This was a unique event in their village, and they did not want to pass the opportunity to witness it. On a sheet of white cloth pinned to a blackboard the story of Jesus’s life was being shown, and the people heard His story in their own Kankanaey language. &nb... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Philippines 2014 (June)

By Ace Concordia C4C Philippines coordinator Monday, June 16 (3:42 p.m. local time) The team started their way home at 8am from Mogcao and reached the pick up point across the Amburayan river at 1:30pm! Everyone is safe and healthy after a very hot trek to La Union. Praise God for a successful mission climb! To God be all the glory! Watch out for the video and mission report! Sunday, June 15 (11:36 a.m. local time) The team attended a wedding Saturday morning and prayed for the couple and gave them a Kankanaey Bible as a gift. Some team members then proceeded to visit and pray f... Read more »

C4C Philippines Prayer Video

Please stand with us in prayer for nation of the Philippines, as well as those who are reaching out to its people as the hands and feet of Christ. Read more »

Intro to Mission: Philippines 2014

A dance for God By Ace Concordia C4C Philippines coordinator CLICK HERE for details about Mission: Philippines 2014 Feet were stomping and hands waving like a bird ready for flight. Colorful robes were draped around the dancers and the sound of wooden instruments and gongs made up the “Canao” tribal dance. This was a traditional dance performed by the Kankanaey to celebrate or to make an offering to the spirits and gods of the mountains. It was my first time to witness it. A Foundation Day participant performing the tribal dance of the Kankanaey. ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Philippines

Indonesian humanitarian mission to the Philippines By Budi Yuwono C4C Indonesia (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 »

Mission Moments: Philippines

Responding to the typhoon's devastation By Francis Daytec (Editor’s note: Francis Daytec has been a Climbing For Christ member since March 2008. He is a medical missionary living with his wife Leah and their young children on the island of Mindoro, Philippines. He served with C4C Philippines on Mission: Philippines 2013 in June in Tacadang. The Daytecs endured Typhoon Haiyan and Francis responded to the relief effort that devastated provinces south and east of where they live. He sent this report to supporters and friends of his Living Grace Ministry on Dec. 4, 2013. We were blessed to... Read more »

Mission: Philippines Dispatches

Mission: Philippines 2013 Foundation Day Dispatches Tuesday, Nov 26 (13:29 local time) The team met up with Pastor Jun Baday in Baguio City and traveled to Kibungan. arriving safely at 10 a.m. The town of Poblacion is bustling with activities as the town celebrates its 113th Foundation Day. The team looks forward to a Kankanaey cultural show and prepares for tonight's program at the municipal hall open court. Joel Syyap (who was seriously injured in a rock climbing fall in April) is climbing once more as he was challenged climbing the trail going to our residence.  – Ace Concor... Read more »

Mission: Philippines 2013

Dates:    Dalipey (completed March 7-12) - Team size: maximum 15. Cost: US$50. Cost does not include airfare. CLICK HERE for trip report. Tacadang /Les-eng (completed June 6-13) - Team size: maximum 15. Cost: US$80. CLICK HERE for trip report. Badeo (Sept. 19-24) - Team size: maximum 15. Cost: US$50. Foundation Day, Kibungan (Nov. 26-29) - Team size: maximum 15. Cost: US$50. Purpose: All mission climbs for 2013 will carry a common mission. The primary mission will be to prepare the Kankanaey communities that we serve for the re-distr... Read more »

Special Report: Philippines disaster relief

Inside me A personal reflection on Typhoon Haiyan’s aftermath By Ace Concordia C4C Philippines coordinator On Nov. 7, 2013, when typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines, I was in Manila with my family. There was rain and moderately strong winds. We had braced for the worse since I saw the Doppler image of the immense size of the storm. The frantic warnings from news programs on TV claimed it would be the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall on record. This caused businesses and offices to slow down and people to rush home early. But the day passed and became somewhat a... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Philippines (September 2013)

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 (0647) A beautiful morning and a sea of endless clouds greeted us on our way back to Baguio. Currently on board our tented vehicles from Poblacion. Madaydayaw si Apo Dios. We are on our way home. :) — Kz Twas 430 when we left Poblacion, away from the mountain, away from the action. Now as we travel onward toward Baguio City, we think of what matters to the people of Badeo. — Gutch Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 (1955) And so this epic tale comes to an end With an intense night trek and a bottle of Cola. So come to the post climb,  my friend To... Read more »

Mission Moment: Philippines

Relentless By Ace Concordia Climbing For Christ Philippines coordinator Massive flooding caused by merciless torrential rains, a billion-peso government corruption expose under investigation, and Muslim rebels holding more than 100 hostages in one of the southern islands are among the headlines in the Philippines. These are challenging times. But Filipinos are resilient. Despite our resiliency and our ability to jest at calamities, there is much need for encouragement and hope. Where does one find it amidst the seemingly unrelenting trials being thrown our way? What keeps our country from ... Read more »

Philippines: Life and death

Trip Report: Tacadang/Les-eng Traverse Life and death By Ace Concordia C4C Philippines coordinator “So I guess we have no choice then,” said Michael Wall, a member of this year’s Tacadang mission team. I had just informed him that the river we were on might be the last water source on the trail to our pick-up point in the province of La Union. It was our final day of hiking after a successful four-day ministry to the villages of Tacadang and Les-eng. During this last leg of the journey many members of the team composed of five Americans and nine Filipino climbers had no ... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Philippines (June 2013)

Tuesday, June 11 (3 p.m. local time) The team is approaching the final village of Licungan after a successful mission day in Les-eng. The team will rest and prepare for the final climb to Santol la Union to conclude the mission. The team met someone in Les-eng that was another divine appointment; learn more about it in the post-mission climb report. Please continue to pray for the team for a safe journey home. Monday, June 10 (6 a.m. local time) Mission day in Tacadang once more was a blessed success. To God be the glory! It is always difficult to try to summarize the events of mission day... Read more »

"Tacadang Traverse" Prayer Calendar

Mission: Philippines 2013 Tacadang Traverse got underway this week.  Please download the prayer calendar (below) and pray for our team. Read more »

Philippines: Your brother's keeper

Mission: Philippines 2013 (March Trip Report) Your brother’s keeper By Ace Concordia C4C Philippines coordinator I remember one time last year when I opened my Facebook page and received a notice that it was my brother Chris’s birthday. I got so busy that I almost missed greeting him. Chris is my only sibling; we both have our own families now and don’t get to see each other often. We grew up loving the same things – from comic books to mountain bikes to hiking. I miss when we could just spend the whole day riding our bikes, talking about anything and everything. Th... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Philippines (March 2013)

  Monday, March 11 (12:16 p.m. local time) The mission to Dalipey has been successfully accomplished. Praise God! The first delivery of the Kankaney Bibles has been made in Kibungan. The team is all well and halfway down the mountain on their way back to Poblacion. There are many amazing stories to tell so look forward to the mission report! - Ace Concordia, C4C Philippines coordinator Monday, March 11 (7:55 a.m.) The team is heading back to Poblacion after a very fruitful ministry day yesterday. Let us pray for strength, safety on their trek back, and also for Rory who has started... Read more »
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