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Mission: Ararat 2014
Mission: Ararat 2014

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“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”
– Zechariah 4:6 (ESV)

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Mission: Ararat 2014

PRAY: For workers to bring in the harvest in Turkey, a country that is reportedly 97 percent Muslim – the majority of which is unreached. For more than 1,000 years this region was the heart of Christianity, but it later became a stronghold of Islam. The Christian population declined from 22 percent to 0.21 percent after 1900. Turkish and Kurdish believers probably numbered around 10 in 1960. This number rose to around 4,000 by 2010, according to Operation World.

GIVE: To the start of work among the Kurdish people in eastern Turkey. Send donations to Climbing For Christ, c/o Mission: Ararat, P.O. Box 16290, Rochester, NY 14616-0290 USA.

GO: June 15-July 2. The first part of this mission is a five-day walk where the Apostle Paul journeyed (this is a time for personal spiritual growth and inspiration) after which we’ll again trek Mount Ararat and do outreach among the Kurdish people. Ararat is a mountain nearly 17,000 feet high with some glacial travel near the summit requiring the use of crampons. Estimated cost: US$4,700 (depending on airfare to Istanbul, Turkey). Email info@ClimbingForChrist.org to request a mission application.

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Elaine Fallesen

Elaine Fallesen, front row center, with Michele Annibal, Damson Samson and the orphans supported by Climbing For Christ’s Project 1:27 in Malawi in 2014. Nationality: USA. Occupation: Marketing Associate for MVP Health Care. Missions with C4C: Ararat 2014 and 2015; Haiti 2008 and 2009; Kilimanjaro 2011, Malawi 2014, 2016 and 2017, and Nepal 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017. How long have you climbed? Since the early ’90s when our kids were small and we began discovering as a family the beautiful outdoors. Type of climbing you do: Climbing in His direction. Highlight of climbin... 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 »

Photo of the Week: Turkey

Photo of the Week: TurkeyPhoto of the Week by Elaine Fallesen: Flying a kite in a Kurdish village on the slopes of Mount Ararat in 2014. Our Mission: Ararat 2015 team was in the homes of Kurdish people in eastern Turkey in June when members of the Kurdish-centered party made history by being elected to parliament for the first time. That victory was short-lived for the Kurds. In July, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, smarting from having his Islamist Justice and Development Party lose its parliamentary majority, re-started the long war against militant Kurds. He is, as The New York Times observed re... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Turkey 2014

Mission: Ararat 2014 By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Thursday, July 3   Gary, Elaine and Joye at the church at Perge on the St. Paul Trail. The team has returned to the States. Weather delayed final flights out of New York City so Joye returned to Southern California after her birthday had ended, and Elaine and I landed in Rochester, NY on our wedding anniversary. We are thankful for safe travel and for all of the blessings of this 18-day trip. Tuesday, July 1 Our team in Base Camp on Mount Ararat: (left to right, back row) Joye, Elaine, Gary, Adem, (front row) ... Read more »

Mission: Ararat 2014 Prayer Calendar

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Mission: Ararat 2014

PRAY: For workers to bring in the harvest in Turkey, a country that is reportedly 97 percent Muslim – the majority of which is unreached. For more than 1,000 years this region was the heart of Christianity, but it later became a stronghold of Islam. The Christian population declined from 22 percent to 0.21 percent after 1900. Turkish and Kurdish believers probably numbered around 10 in 1960. This number rose to around 4,000 by 2010, according to Operation World. GIVE: To the start of work among the Kurdish people in eastern Turkey. Send donations to Climbing For Christ, c/o Mission: Ara... Read more »

Joye Cantrell

Joye Cantrell, right, hiking in the Alps on the E5 European long-distance path with her family (son Samuel, daughter Isabelle and husband Steven) during the summer of 2013. Nationality: USA. Occupation: Culinary Arts High School Teacher. Missions with C4C: Ararat 2014. How long have you climbed? 20 years. Type of climbing you do: Hiking in the San Bernardino Mountains in California and part of E5 over the Alps (usual elevation up to 10,000 feet); hill runs; rock climbing in college (but that ended once I had kids). Highlight of climbing career: Hiking across the Alps in the snow wi... Read more »

C4C Turkey Prayer Video

Please take a minute to join us in prayer for the nation of Turkey, as well as ministries like Climbing For Christ whom God has raised up to reach out with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Read more »