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Mission: Nepal 2017

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 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 »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: Nepal  SARA Children’s Home. (Photo by Elaine Fallesen) There are nearly 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.”). This relationship started in 2011. Mission: Nepal teams have visited the SARA Children’s Home nine times, including our Mission: Nepal 2016, Part 1 team. CL... Read more »

Project 1:27 Nepal

Sponsor a Nepali child  There are about 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 after or... Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2016, Part 1 Prayer Bulletin

Jaimashi (Victory in the LORD). Please stand with us in prayer for this Evangelic Expedition to Nepal from April 5-16. Learn more by opening the document below. Dhanyabad (thank you). Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Preparing to GO! Updates from the Himalayas By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ The church at Korchabang. (Photos by Gary Fallesen) The pastor was once a Maoist leader. His part of the country was a stronghold for Maoist rebels during Nepal’s civil war from 1996 to 2006. Much has changed. The church led by Pastor Dalsur, who came to Christ in 2010, has grown to about 135 believers. Climbing For Christ funded the 2012 building of their house of worship, perched on a mountainside in Nepal’s Mid-West district. The church at Korchabang is one of the most... Read more »

Mission Moments: Celebrating Easter

Happy Resurrection Sunday By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Haseeb’s mother, Surryia, shares the words of Jesus from the cross, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”), as Save Pakistan teaches families working in a brick factory about the Resurrection. (Photos by Save Pakistan) It’s the greatest four-day weekend of the year. Every year. From Thursday night, when we remember our foot-washing, servant Savior; to Good Friday, when He died on a cross for everyone (even those who... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Baptizing them in the Name Megh speaking in the church at Korchabang. (Photos provided by Megh Gurung) An NPR story (“Why Nepal has one of the world’s fastest-growing Christian populations”) talks about the growing church in Nepal. From no Christians in 1951, when Christianity was illegal, and just 458 in 1961 to nearly 102,000 by 2001 and more than 375,000 by 2011, and the latter number might be an underestimate. Climbing For Christ has witnessed this growth first-hand and we continue to praise God for those He is calling His own.   Megh, right, b... Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2016

Megh Gurung visited his home village in Nepal to start the New Year. He has been back to Phulkharka in the mountains of the Dhading district several times since the devastating earthquake in April 2015, delivering aid provided through relief funding from Climbing For Christ. On the latest trip he encountered his former neighbor, a witch doctor who – angered when Megh and his wife, Bhim, converted to Christianity many years ago – “forced persecution on us.” Once, Bhim was physically taken from her home and dragged through the streets. But Megh and Bhim forgave their e... Read more »

Mission: Ararat 2016

ISTANBUL (The New York Times, Jan. 1, 2016) — A major Turkish military operation to eradicate Kurdish militants in Turkey’s restive southeast has turned dozens of urban districts into bloody battlefields, displacing hundreds of thousands of civilians and shattering hopes of reviving peace as an old war reaches its deadliest level in two decades. Over the past week, Turkish tanks and artillery have pounded Kurdish targets across several southeast cities, killing at least 200 militants and more than 150 civilians, according to human rights groups and local officials. Their desc... Read more »

Project 8:36

“Pakistani law forbids slavery, yet at least 200,000 Pakistanis work in deep mud pits to make bricks in slave-like conditions,” Frontier Ventures reported in October 2015. “From before sunrise to sunset, earning about $3.50, tiny 6-year-olds and wrinkled grandparents work to pay off family debts. It always starts with debt, and when the poor can’t pay it, an owner steps in to pay the debt in return for labor. As the debt is paid, costs are added by the owner until the debt becomes unpayable. If the family member moves to another kiln, the debt follows them. If a parent ... Read more »

The ’stans 2016

Pakistan is testimony to our approach for waiting on the LORD to lead us into mountainous places. We began planning a trek here in 2013 only to have a travel ban for foreigners placed on the area where we felt God sending us. The ban lasted two years. We waited. We are a Proverbs 16:9 ministry: “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Now, God has opened the door. He is establishing our steps into the northern mountains of Pakistan. But we need at least four members with hearts willing to GO. “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, &ls... Read more »

Mission Moments: Pakistan

Joy for children treated as slaves Save Pakistan delivered 25 “Joy Boxes” – CHRISTmas packages that included clothing, food, candy and a toy – to children who are treated as “slaves” in the brick factories. “It was a good experience to see smiles on the (faces of) slave child labor in Pakistan,” said Evangelist Haseeb, a C4C member and the founder of Save Pakistan. “Smiling faces are so beautiful receiving their Joy Boxes as CHRISTmas gift. “We thank God as He provides us the Joy Boxes to make it happen to spread the CHRI... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Merry CHRISTmas from Simikot The church at Simikot on land purchased with funding provided by the LORD through Climbing For Christ. The land has been purchased and the fundraising is underway for the construction of the first church building in the headquarters of Nepal’s Far West district of Humla. The church at Simikot extends CHRISTmas greetings to members and supporters of Climbing For Christ. The church project in Simikot is estimated to cost more than US$12,000. We are lifting in prayer for completion in 2016. “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eterna... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Land purchased for a ‘city on a hill’ By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ   A happy man: Pastor Harka shows his joy and the document certifying ownership of the land he is standing on. Soon, we pray, a church building will stand there. (Photo by Megh Gurung) We rejoice at the news that land has been purchased for construction of the first church at Simikot in Nepal’s Far West district of Humla. “I am so excited,” said brother Megh Gurung, who represented Climbing For Christ at the proceedings. Megh and Pastor Harka signed the dea... Read more »

Project 1:27 Update

Connecting through caring By Elaine Fallesen Climbing For Christ It was what many of us used to call a “Kodak moment”: Fourteen-year-old Chiring, an orphan in Kathmandu, Nepal, was nearly beside himself with happiness as he stared at a Facebook photo of his Project 1:27 sponsor on a cell phone. “She is beautiful, she is beautiful,” he repeated as he studied the face of Nancy Kaiser. “I am grateful for her.” Chiring with sponsor mom Nancy Kaiser’s photo on a cell phone. (Photo by Leanne Bohn) Despite its frustrations, technol... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalHiking into Torpa, a Buddhist village in the Far West district of Humla, Nepal. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Nepal 2015) Building the church Climbing For Christ has conducted 10 Evangelic Expeditions to Nepal, including four trips to the remote Far West district of Humla from 2012 to 2015. When God first directed C4C to Humla (an area that is the size of the U.S. states of Delaware or Rhode Island with no roads or pavement beyond the mountainside landing strip), we found a 5-year-old house church with 10-to-12 believers in the district headquarters of Simikot. A group of brothers asked ... Read more »

Mission: Nepal (Oct.) 2015 Dispatches

By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ Friday, Oct. 16 ‎ ‎“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight  your paths.” – Proverbs 3:6 (ESV) God is good, this much we know. When we abide in Him and Him in us, there is no shortage of blessed moments we get to experience. Such was the time on this trip – more of a journey for me than an Evangelic Expedition. I traveled by His side and under His wing. Thank You, Jesus! I was honored to participate in a movement of brothers and sisters in Christ who are centered on delivering the Good News to u... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalPhoto of the Week by Gary Fallesen: Hiking past mani stones – used for Buddhist prayer – outside the Langtang village of Thuman during Mission: Nepal (Jan.-Feb.) 2012. Here comes the Son “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” – John 10:9 (KJV) The village of Thuman in Langtang National Park is a Buddhist stronghold with a population of about 2,200 – none of whom are Christian. Our six-person mission team visited there on the third day of evangelistic trek. We were greeted by a drum... Read more »

Mission Moments: Pakistan

Letting the children come to Him God has burdened Evangelist Haseeb for children in Pakistan. He has given him a heart for the hearts of youngsters. Save Pakistan, the ministry this long-time Climbing For Christ member founded, has an orphanage now. And during this year’s Mariabad Mela festival of idol worshipers, Haseeb and five others representing Christ emphasized reaching young people. Mariabad Mela festival grounds. (Photos courtesy Save Pakistan) “We entered in the different crowds with the Good News of Jesus Christ,” Haseeb reported. “We preached (to... 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 »

Photo of the Week: Mozambique

Photo of the Week: MozambiquePhoto of the Week by Gary Fallesen: Pastor Felix and his wife celebrate the construction of the church they shepherd in Milatu, Mozambique during Mission: Malawi 2014. We have been blessed by precious moments of sheer joy exhibited by pastors on the receiving end of a church building provided by God through Climbing For Christ. Meeting our brothers and sisters in the church at Milatu, Mozambique while on Mission: Malawi 2014 was a taste of heaven. There was singing, dancing, hugging, and smiling. It was a time of praise and giving thanks. The church was our sixth build globally and ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

God smiles on a Nepal family By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ president Sumitra Pariyar has endured various trials in her short life. At the age of 7, she suffered a debilitating fever that left her crippled. In 2007, on CHRISTmas day, her father carried her paralyzed body to what was then a house church in the Central Nepal village of Dapcha. He had tried everything to help Sumitra. The small group of Christians in Dapcha at the time prayed for Sumitra’s healing – and she walked again. The Pariyar family surrendered their lives to Jesus. Sumitra has continued to h... Read more »
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