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Pulling down strongholds By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbi... Read more »

Pakistan 2017

The Spirit has not permitted us to GO to Pakistan. We wrote last year... Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2016

Megh Gurung visited his home village in Nepal to start the New Year. H... Read more »
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Mission: Nepal 2017, Part 1 Prayer Bulletin

Please stand with us in prayer for this Evangelic Expedition from April 29-May 16. Learn more by opening the document below. Read more »

Dispatches: Nepal 2017

Mission: Nepal 2017, Part 1 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Introduction Megh, Gary, Tej and Dave (left to right) in Nepal in 2012. (Photo by Brandy Everts Fisher) One of my favorite mission photos is above – four brothers standing in a row, smiling, in a village in Langtang, Nepal. The brother to my left, Pastor Tej Rokka, had declared that day that he loved when we visited. “You being here makes me bolder,” Tej said. It was only my second time in Nepal and my first with the brother to my right. Nine trips later, Megh Gurung is ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

The church at Korchabang. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Putting value on the church in Nepal By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Christians in the West probably take their houses of worship for granted. A church building is synonymous with going to church. But in Asia, the value of a roof over believers’ heads cannot be overemphasized. It is seen as a sign of respect to God. “Biblically, we can do the worship under the trees and in any common place or any open space,” said Megh Gurung, a long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner in Nepal. ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Islam

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. 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 »

Project 1:27 CHRISTmas

Giving gifts and much more to orphans at CHRISTmas By Elaine Fallesen Family Ministry, Climbing For Christ Striking an Audrey Hepburn pose, Phiri Nakhumwa looked ready to dance her way through Paris in her new beret, pretty-in-pink laced top, striped skirt and flats, while clutching her new red and black plaid school bag. It was easy to see she was enjoying her special CHRISTmas gifts. Esnart shows off her new outfit and school bag, purchased through the generosity of Project 1:27 Malawi sponsors. (Malawi photos by Duncan Nyozani) Phiri, better known in her Climbing For Chri... Read more »

Mission Moments: Pakistan

Providing CHRISTmas joy to children in need When a Pakistani woman is widowed and finds herself alone with her children, she may take a job cleaning houses and be paid only one dollar per day. This is not enough to feed her entire family. To make matters worse, most Christians living in Pakistan rent their homes. Rent and high utility bills often force families to move in with other relatives. “But they (those taking in their relatives) have their own family and cannot help them a long time,” said Evangelist Haseeb, a Climbing For Christ member since 2011. This leads some to... Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2017

Pulling down strongholds By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ We stood on a mountainside high above the Karnali River in the northwest corner of Nepal. We’d trekked up and down portions of this river higher up in the Humla district. Now we were proposing to follow the river out of the district, essentially walking from one airstrip to the next in the remote reaches as part of Mission: Nepal 2017. “The devil travels up and down the river,” said Nepali member Megh Gurung, a guide and pastor. “It is his stronghold.” The enemy has laid c... Read more »

GO-ing means never having to say you’re sorry

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9 (ESV) Compassion fatigue is a very real challenge when you find yourself in the trenches day in and day out, always trying to find a way to give more, do more, be more. The Apostle Paul encouraged the church at Galatia to always do good, and never give up. In Nepal, if ever we have a moment when we are weary, we need only think of Sumitra. She is the poster child for our mission there.   Sumitra. On CHRISTmas day 2007, Gopal Pariyar carried his crippl... Read more »

Pakistan 2017

The Spirit has not permitted us to GO to Pakistan. We wrote last year about planning a trek there into the northern mountains only to have a travel ban forbidding foreigners placed on the area we felt led to for two years. By the time the ban was lifted our team-in-waiting disbanded. Not to worry, we know the Spirit is the administrator of missions. He chooses who will GO, and when, where and to whom they will GO. He opens – and sometimes closes – doors in His perfect time. (See Paul’s Macedonian call in Acts 16.) So we continue to wait. But not idly. The Spirit has led us... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: Nepal  One of several valleys trekked by C4C teams visiting Nepal’s Far West district of Huma. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) “Those are the people who are here to ruin our religion,” the Buddhist monk muttered as he walked away from our team in Simikot, a town in Nepal’s northwestern district of Humla. We were there to dedicate a newly built church (the district’s first and our fourth blessed build in Nepal). In 2012, God led us to Humla, where we met seven Christian men in one village and a brother and sister who believed in Jesus in another village. They wer... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalThe newly built church at Simikot. (Photo by Pastor Harka) Christ, our cornerstone By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ “What is this church building constructed from?” I asked our Nepali brothers and sisters in Christ as they sat on the ground inside what was then an unfinished structure. The correct answer: stones. “What is our foundation as a church body?” I asked. Answer: God. “God tells the prophet Isaiah (in Isaiah 28:16), ‘I am the One who has laid as a foundation … a stone, a tested stone, a precious cor... Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2016 (Part 2) Trip Report

The seed of the church By Gary Fallesen, Climbing For Christ founding president A word of encouragement when you are behind the enemy’s line can go a long way. Be it in an email or a text or a message passed along during a satellite phone call. Knowing you are being prayed for and followed through daily Dispatches is a tremendous blessing. Positive feedback after a trip can also provide affirmation. It’s great hearing from Climbing For Christ members and supporters who have taken the mission to heart. Jan Hartung, a member from C4C’s hometown of Rochester, NY, USA, ... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalThe church at Simikot under construction on Sept. 27. (Photo by Brandy Fisher) CLICK HERE to read the Mission: Nepal 2016, Part 2 Trip Report, “The seed of the church.” Photos of the Week are for sale – 8-by-12-inch prints suitable for framing – for $25 plus shipping. Email your order to info@ClimbingForChrist.org. Your support will help put us in places where we can take more pictures as witnesses of our Triune God. Read more »

Mission Moments: Pakistan

‘Precious gift of life’ delivered in Pakistan Thumbs up for the Bible given to a Pakistani couple by Evangelist Haseeb. (Photo by Save Pakistan) God placed on the heart of a North American member the desire to help Save Pakistan deliver the Word of God to people attending the annual Mariabad Mela festival of idol worshipers last month. Funding was provided to purchase 35 Bibles in the Urdu language. “We went in the field with four team members,” said Evangelist Haseeb, the Climbing For Christ member who founded Save Pakistan. “We entered in the diff... Read more »

Dispatches: Nepal 2016 (Sept.)

Mission: Nepal 2016, Part 2 Saturday, Sept. 17-Friday, Sept. 30 By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ Friday, Sept. 30 The mountain-side village of Takla, right, under heavy clouds earlier this week. (Photos by Gary Fallesen) We all carry different memories home from a trip like this one. For me, the encounter with Dankse, the grieving father in Takla, will remain etched on my heart [see Sunday, Sept. 25 and Monday, Sept. 26]. As we returned to our respective homes today (Brandy and Matthew to western Canada and Jesse and me to Western New York) I was praying for Dankse and how the ... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: Nepal  The church being built at Simikot on Sept. 6. (Photo by Pastor Harka) CLICK HERE to read daily Dispatches from Mission: Nepal 2016, Part 2. Photos of the Week are for sale – 8-by-12-inch prints suitable for framing – for $25 plus shipping. Email your order to info@ClimbingForChrist.org. Your support will help put us in places where we can take more pictures as witnesses of our Triune God.   Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

On these rocks we will build His church The monsoon season followed by the harvest of crops delayed work on the church building in Simikot in Nepal’s Far West district of Humla. But materials have been purchased and all the timber and rocks are ready to be made into a house of worship in a place where once no church existed. It is the prayerful hope of Climbing For Christ workers that the church will be completed in August and dedicated to the Lord by our Mission: Nepal team in September.   Working the land to grow a church in Humla.   “They are hurrying... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: Nepal  Working the land to grow a church in Humla. This is the fourth church in Nepal and ninth overall that God has used C4C to build. CLICK HERE to read our Mission Moments story, “On these rocks we will build His church.” Photos of the Week are for sale – 8-by-12-inch prints suitable for framing – for $25 plus shipping. Email your order to info@ClimbingForChrist.org. Your support will help put us in places where we can take more pictures as witnesses of our Triune God. Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Church alive and growing in Nepal’s Mid-West Story by Gary Fallesen / photos by Megh Gurung   Crowding in to hear the Word of God. The monsoon season could not keep brother Megh from his appointed rounds in Rolpa, the Mid-West district we were intending to visit during Mission: Nepal 2016 (Part 1) in April. Megh and his wife Bhim were sent to visit the church we helped build and the many offshoots of that healthy body in Korchabang. “Having heavy rains everywhere, along the way (the route) was disturbed by landslides and the (road was) washed away,” Me... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Joy among God’s angels … times 35 Hearing the Good News in a Central Region village. (Photos by Megh Gurung) The hound of heaven refused to give up on the people in Sandan village. “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness,” 2 Peter 3:9 (ESV) tells us, “but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” “That village called Sandan, there was not anybody who was Christian,” said Megh Gurung, a Nepali C4C member and partner in ministry. “They were fol... Read more »

Project 1:27 video (2016)

The Great Awakening By Elaine Fallesen Family Ministry, Climbing For Christ One man wakes, awakens another. Second one wakes his next door brother. Three awake can rouse a town and turn the whole place upside down. Many awake will cause such a fuss it finally wakes all of us. One man wakes with dawn in his eyes. Surely then it multiplies, surely then it multiplies. – Leeland’s The Great Awakening It was the perfect song to complement the lesson theme of Climbing For Christ’s 2016 mission trips to visit our Project 1:27 orphans in Malawi and Nepal. C4C teams were... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Churches rise from the rubble in Nepal By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Feeling the earth move and seeing the reaction it caused in Kathmandu nearly a year after the devastating earthquake showed us how far from recovery the Nepali people appear to be. It was only a 4.5-magnitude tremblor, but it was the 445th aftershock of 4.0 or more – seemingly constant reminders of the carnage caused on April 29, 2015. There were other reminders observed by our Mission: Nepal 2016 (Part 1) team: People wait in Kathmandu’s tent city with empty fuel canisters si... 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 »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: Nepal  Stonewall: Pastor Harka, left, and workers last week building “on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20) for the church at Simikot. (Photo provided by Megh Gurung) The church at Simikot is under construction in Nepal’s Far West district of Humla. It is the first church to be built there. Rocks are being delivered by donkey and timber has been ordered at the village lumberyard for this church building, which is being funded by Climbing For Christ. This is the ninth church God has used C4C to bui... Read more »

Dispatches: Nepal 2016 (April)

Mission: Nepal 2016, Part 1 By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 Leanne, Elaine and I made the long journey back to our homes in Rochester, NY, USA. Leanne, left, and Elaine with the children at the SARA Children’s Home on Thursday, April 14. Before leaving Kathmandu, I spent time with brothers Tej and Megh, our Nepali ministry partners, discussing the work that will go on the next few months leading up to Mission: Nepal 2016, Part 2 in September. We are praying for that work and the future of ministry in Nepal. “Your kingdom... Read more »
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