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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: 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 »

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 »

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 »
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