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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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Dispatches: Nepal 2017

Mission: Nepal 2017, Part 2 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ NOTE: This is Sept. 13-29 trip is the second Evangelic Expedition to Nepal in 2017, our 11th Mission: Nepal in six years, and the 14th overall since 2008. CLICK HERE for Dispatches from Mission: Nepal 2017, Part 1. Tuesday, Sept. 19 We made our shortest and easiest hike so far, following the Karnali River for 6 1/4 miles with no major ascents or descents from Limne to Sarkeghat on our third straig... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Baptizing new believers By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Brother Megh and Pastor Dulsar baptizing new believers in a mountain stream in 2012 before Climbing For Christ helped build the church at Korchabang. (Photo by Dave Stoessel) Pastor Dulsar once led Maoists in a bloody civil war that killed more than 19,000 people in Nepal from 1996-2006. Now he leads the church in a place that has been a stronghold to both communism and his country’s Hindu tradition. The Holy Spirit led him from a life as a rebel to walking with Jesus. Dulsar walks the ... Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2017, Part 2 Prayer Bulletin

Please stand with us in prayer for this Evangelic Expedition from Sept. 13-29. Learn more by opening the document below. Share it with other prayer warriors. Thanks in advance for interceding on our behalf. Pray on! Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Good news in Nepal flood relief Distribution of flood relief. (Photos courtesy SARA Ministries) Climbing For Christ was honored to send US $2,251.85 provided by God through seven donors who were moved by our Aug. 15 appeal for help with Nepal flood relief. Pastor Tej Rokka and his team from SARA (Savior Alone Redeems Asians) ministries last week delivered food (rice, dahl, salt), mosquito nets, plastic tarps, and medicine for 211 families in the Rautahat District along the border of India. Rautahat is a unique district because it has the largest percent of Muslims (nearly 20%) i... Read more »

Project 1:27 Nepal

Sponsor a Nepali child  There are more than 50 children cared for by Nepali partner ministry SARA outside of Kathmandu. We support SARA and these children through Project 1:27, which is based on James 1:27 (“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”). You can sponsor an orphan for US$50 a month. This will provide food, medicine, and clothing. But even more, it will show the love of Christ to a child and answer His command to “look afte... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi and Nepal

Looking after orphans and widows By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ “But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.” – Psalm 10:14 (NIV) Vincent Kuchuwa outside his old house. (Photo by Duncan Nyozani) Vincent Kuchuwa, who is 7 years old, lost his mother when he was a baby. Later his father also died. Then his grandparents died. He was cared for in southern Malawi by an old, very poor couple, who often f... Read more »

Flooding devastates Nepal

Fleeing floods in Nepal. Praying, giving before we GO again to Nepal By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Heavy monsoon rains have produced disastrous results in Nepal this summer. “Here, (there) is too much raining and there is flooding and landslides on the mountainsides,” Megh Gurung, Climbing For Christ’s kingdom worker, said Monday (Aug. 14) from Kathmandu. “All the roads are damaged and no one can get to their own destinations. People have been suffering.” Flooding does not garner the media attention that natural disasters su... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Brother Megh ‘ready to be a missionary of C4C’ By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ Megh, left, sharing the Gospel on Makalu trek during Mission: Nepal 2014. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Megh Gurung has been added to the Climbing For Christ staff as our missionary to Nepal. We have been blessed to serve with Megh on the past 10 expeditions in his Himalayan homeland. “I am ready to be a missionary of C4C,” said brother Megh, who reported some good news to us after we returned from Nepal on May 16. “One family (in Dharmasala, where Climbing For Chr... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Turkey

Photo of the Week: TurkeyElaine Fallesen, right, makes Gospel bracelets with and teaches a Kurdish family living on the slopes of Mount Ararat in Turkey. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Ararat 2014) Families throughout the Muslim world are observing Ramadan. See Project Prayer: Ramadan 2017. In Turkey, our teams meet with as many members of Kurdish families as possible to share the Gospel message. Family ministry is extremely important to reach those following Islam. Climbing For Christ carried out Evangelic Expeditions to Mount Ararat and eastern Turkey in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Mission: Ararat 2016 was... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

The growing church in Nepal By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ The church at Korchabang: then (above) and now (below). (Photos by Gary Fallesen) The first time we met the church at Korchabang, in early 2012, we sat with 35 believers on a cleared hilltop. It was a special moment, and from the start we encouraged this small body to serve the LORD. “I called on them to be missionaries in this mountainous area and they responded enthusiastically.” – From Mission: Nepal Dispatches on Jan. 31, 2012 The church at Korchabang has always been eng... Read more »

Dispatches: Nepal 2017

Mission: Nepal 2017, Part 1 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Monday, May 15 The team, in front of the church at Korchabang: (left to right) Elaine, Gary, Hayley, Claudia, Megh and Mitch. (Photo by Samuel Gurung) We are heading back to our earthly homes (Hebrews 13:14). I have met with Megh and Pastor Tej and we have prayerfully planned together. God continues to be on the move here and continues to move in us. We are excited about the future of Mission: Nepal, which includes: The building of a church at Dharmasala in the Mid-We... Read more »

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 »

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 »
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