Elaine Fallesen and a widow enjoying the moment in rural Malawi after taking a grand tour of her new home, one of more than three dozen homes for forgotten widows rebuilt through Climbing For Christ in 2017.
Nationality: USA. Occupation: Women's and Family Ministry/Communications Director, Climbing For Christ. Missions with C4C: Haiti 2008 and 2009; Kilimanjaro 2011, 2019 and 2020; Malawi 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2020; Nepal 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020; and Turkey 2014, 2015, 2019 and 2020.
How long have you climbed? Since the early ’90s when our kids were small and we began... Read more »
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, 2017, 2018 and 2019; Kilimanjaro 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020; Malawi 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020; Mexico 2005; Morocco 2013, 2015 and 2017; Nepal 2011, 2012 (twice), 2013, 2014 (twice), 2015 (twice), 2016 (twice), 2017 (twice), 2018, 2019 (twice), and 2020; Nigeria 2011; Peru 2011, 2014 and 2017; Philippines 2008, 20... Read more »
Photo 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 »
Herding lost sheep. (Photo by Gary Fallesen)
Praying to see the unseen
By Gary Fallesen
Founding president, Climbing For Christ
“As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:18 (ESV)
Unseen might be the word to sum up our fourth Evangelic Expedition in six years to Turkey. We returned from Mission: Ararat 2015 not really knowing what was accomplished.
Sure, we revisited every family we’d met or spent... Read more »
Mission: Ararat 2015
Reports and photos by Gary Fallesen
Founding president, Climbing For Christ
CLICK HERE for Trip Report
Saturday, June 13
The sun is eclipsed by a minaret in Istanbul. Pray for the Son to shine in Turkey.
We said our “goodbyes” to our Turkish friends – Adem, Behzat and Osman – and flew across Turkey from Van to Istanbul. They are looking forward to our next visit. In the meantime, they have no idea how much we’ll be praying for them.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” – John 8:36 (... Read more »
Statues more than 2,100 years old litter the ground near the summit of Mount Nemrut. (Photo by Gary Fallesen)
In the first century BC, King Antiochus built a monument to himself on remote Mount Nemrut (7,001 feet/2,134 meters). He piled up hundreds of vertical feet of scree upon which statues of Antiochus, lions, eagles, and various Armenian, Greek and Iranian gods stand nearly 30 feet high.
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Please join us in prayer for this Evangelic Expedition taking place from May 29 to June 14. Learn more by opening the document below. Read more »
Please join us in prayer for C4C's Mission: Ararat 2015! Our focus will once again be on the semi-nomadic Kurdish people on and near HIStoric Mount Ararat. Pray for this team and those the Lord would have them encounter. Read more »
Nationality: USA. Occupation: CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). Missions with C4C: Ararat 2015.
How long have you climbed? Since 2011. Type of climbing you do: Mostly hiking. Highlight of climbing career: Three years ago I climbed my first mountain. We didn't summit, but we did climb over 16,000 feet. After that first climb I couldn't wait to go again.
How long have you been a Christian? Since 2009. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Koinonia, campus ministry at Missouri Southern State University.
Favorite Scripture verse (and why): Joshua 1:9. “Have I not comman... Read more »
Climbing For Christ has been sent to Turkish Kurdistan to reach the lost – often sheep-herding families – living on and around the HIStoric slopes of Mount Ararat.
PRAY: That God would send us a worker (Kurd or Turk) who is a Christ follower to serve alongside us in this field.
GIVE: To support work among the Kurdish people and send laborers into this field.
If you can help send a contribution to Climbing For Christ, P.O. Box 16290, Rochester, NY 14616-0290. Or CLICK HERE and give online via PayPal.
In Canada, make checks payable to The Great Commission Foundation... Read more »