Mission Moment (Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012)
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud.”
— 1 Corinthians 13:4 (NLT)
Evangelist Haseeb Masih and Save Pakistan Ministries organized a Valentine's Day celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 14 for “orphans and vulnerable children. We gave them a rose bouquet and food packages. We know they were very happy getting their gifts. I am always very thankful to our King, Jesus Christ, for the incredible services of Save Pakistan.”
Haseeb, his sister (Evangelist Permila), and their m... Read more »
By Gary Fallesen
Founding President, Climbing For Christ
The drumbeat greeted us as we descended into the Tamang village of Thuman in Langtang National Park. “That’s foreboding,” I said. The repetitive (and, yes, annoying) pounding was coming from a large Buddhist gompa. It continued into the night in that Buddhist stronghold, where 2,200 lost souls worship a dead Buddha (and none follow the Living Christ) near the Chinese Tibetan border.
A week later, halfway across Nepal, we arrived in the Mid-Western village of Korchabang long after dark. Again, a drum was the unwe... Read more »
Mission Moment (Monday, Feb. 6, 2012)
Haseeb Masih, left, with Bibles purchased with funds provided by God through Climbing For Christ.
Another 165 Bibles given
Save Pakistan Ministries delivered Urdu Bibles on two more occasions in January:
“We have distributed about 90 Bibles to the most needy people,” Save Pakistan founder Haseeb Masih reported on Jan. 23. “You know they were much joyful to get this priceless gift, which is immortal and also brings happiness and everlasting delight in our fruitless lives. It is the Light of this world. T... Read more »
All of our team members returned to their respective homes in their respective countries this evening, officially ending this short-term mission. But the work goes on. The team gives thanks and sings praises to the Lord for His goodness and faithfulness. Read more »
Our mission teams do daily devotionals together while in the field. These devos, which are prepared lovingly by spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley, are a huge blessing to our teams. As this trip winds down, we spent Thursday evening discussing a devo that I wrote called “What’s in a name?” It is based on 2 Timothy 2:19 and the Tommy Walker song He Knows My Name. The point of the study is that we see and meet many people on an Evangelic Expedition. We learn many names. It is our prayer that we take these names and faces home with us. Their lives and ours should not be th... Read more »
We began our goodbyes, saying “Jaimashi” (“Victory in Jesus”) to our brother Megh after a day of meetings, planning, prayer, and a final dinner as a team (back at the Higher Grounds coffee shop in Kathmandu).
Megh, Tej, Brandy and I met to talk about this trip and the projects resulting from it. Brandy presented US$1,000 donated by her church, Crowsnest Community Christian Centre in Coleman, Alberta, Canada, to Megh for the construction of the church at Korchabang in the Mid-West district of Rolpa. This provision came from God as the church is expected to go over the o... Read more »
Brandy and Marissa had one more day of playing with the Project 1:27 orphans before the team reunited this evening in Kathmandu. “We played games with the kids. Tons of games,” Marissa said. “This was my favorite part of the trip.”
Dave and I finished a 20-hour journey back from Rolpa in the Mid-West, exhausted from the hard driving. Our group, which included Megh, drove overnight out of Korchabang. We were delayed by a fender bender; an intoxicated driver turned too wide at an intersection and hit our rear quarter panel. This resulted in an hour-long debate ... Read more »
It was a blessed day in Korchabang as we participated in the baptism of seven new believers and shared with the church in fellowship. We gathered with about 35 Christ followers on the land where we pray an 18-by-18-foot house of God will be built before monsoon season in four months. The church will be a guiding light in this village on a hillside in the heart of the Mid-West district of Rolpa.
Megh provided an hour-long instruction on baptism before we hiked a ways — descending more than 600 vertical feet — to a river where a pool had been dammed. Four men and three women were ba... Read more »
Dave and I endured a grueling 15½-hour drive bouncing around a shock-absorber-less vehicle from Kathmandu to Korchabang with Megh, Pastor Rajan from Tej's SARA ministry, and our Christian driver, Kem. The first 9 ½ hours were on one of the main paved roads going halfway across the country. The next 6 hours were on a twisting dirt road that climbed into the mountains in the Mid-Western district of Rolpa. While we were traveling, Brandy and Marissa were moving in for three days with the Climbing For Christ-sponsored orphans in Kathmandu. Read more »
It was a rest day for the team. This included a challenging cross-city journey to Higher Grounds, the Christian coffee shop and bakery beloved by those of us visiting Kathmandu from North America. Traffic was worst than the usual gridlock as protests continue over rising fuel prices. (Last week the city was shut down for one day by a strike over fuel prices.) Megh made the trip to Higher Grounds with us as we enjoyed our first real coffee since leaving home and some delicious sweets.
It wasn’t all play and no work today, though. We met with Megh to go over our trip to the Rolpa dis... Read more »
The team was recovering physically today from a vigorous first 10 days in Nepal. We worshiped with Pastor Tej’s SARA (Savior Alone Reaches Asians) central church in Kathmandu. In Nepal, worship is held on Saturday. I was honored to share the message, “Blessed to be a Blessing,” which was based on Genesis 12:1-3 and 1 Peter 2:9. I spoke about being sent here this time to encourage the church in Nepal, and I prayed for the congregation of about 200. I shared how Tej had prayed for 10 souls to be saved during our travels and how 10 people had come to know Jesus in Dapcha and Lan... Read more »
Mission: Nepal team at a Buddhist site at 9,600 feet during trek on Wednesday. Team members are (front row, left to right): Gary Fallesen, Dave Stoessel, Brandy Everts, (back row) Megh Gurung, Pastor Tej Rokka, and Marissa Gardiner.
We completed our five-day Langtang trek with a short three-hour hike down about 900 vertical feet from Timure to Syaphrubesi, where we began on Monday. This ended a remarkable, God-ordained visit to the villages on the Tamang Heritage trail. In all, we covered about 45 miles with about 16,000 feet in vertical gain and descent. We believe nine souls came to Christ ... Read more »
We took a prayer walk this morning around Thuman, asking God to break down the Buddhist stronghold. The Spirit touched Pastor Tej to return with a Nepali team and spend a week to make friends, grow relationships, and share the Gospel. We'll pray for this project.
After walking the village, we trekked about four hours, descending more than 2,000 feet to Timure. From there we walked another hour on the so-called “Friendship Road” to the Chinese border, where soldiers closed a gate on the bridge leading into their country and tried to shoo us away. So much for friendship. Here, we pr... Read more »
Another day began for us with the blessed witnessing of three more souls saved by and for Jesus. Sonam Tamang, his wife Langgonz, and their 18-year-old daughter Dolma — the family running the guest house where we stayed in Tatopani — heard the Gospel and received Christ as Savior. Pastor Tej read for them from Romans 3:9-10, 3:23 and 6:23 and Mark 16:15-17. He then shared about Jesus and this precious family responded. It was the first of the 50 families living in Tatopani to desire Christ.
After this amazing start to a new day we made the 1,800-vertical-foot ascent out of Tatopan... Read more »
What better way to start the day than with someone coming to the Lord? Nima, the man who gave his heart to Jesus on Monday night, came to see us for prayer before we trekked out of Gatlang. When we started to pray, the woman who runs the guest house, a Buddhist named Sarki Tamang, asked if she could join us. She declared that she too wanted Christ in her life. She was glowing.
After this incredible surprise, we hit the trail. We descended 1,800 vertical feet from Gatlang, which was the birthplace of one of our Project 1:27 orphans (Chiring), to another village. From there we again climbed abo... Read more »
When we left Syaphrubesi and immediately climbed a steep 2,250 vertical feet to begin our trek, we thought we were going where there were no Christians. But one — the only believer from Syaphrubesi — was walking with us. Chiring is one of our three porters.
Then we passed a village and saw a church. Then later, when we arrived at our first day's destination, Gatlang, after 5 ½ hours of hiking, we discovered there were two small churches in this otherwise Buddhist village. Then we found out that a team of 45 Korean Christians had been here yesterday and delivered clothing to... Read more »
We made the hard eight-hour bus ride north from Kathmandu up serpentine roads with certain-death dropoffs staring back from outside the window. Nepali passengers were puking around us. “It was the worst bus ride of my life,” Marissa said. But it was worth it when we reached the village of Syaphrubesi in Langtang National Park and prayed about the five-day trek God has for us. Megh, who was asked to plan a route in Langtang, said God directed him to the Tamang Heritage Trek. It is off the beaten tourist path and goes through many villages to the west of Langtang. We will see what do... Read more »
Worshipers gathering at the church at Dapcha.
We worshiped with the church at Dapcha and words fail to convey the Spirit-charged experiences of our team with more than 60 Nepali brothers and sisters in Christ. I was blessed to preach and shared how Jesus can not only change the life of one person and one family, in this case the rescued soul of Sumitra Pariyar, but how He can also use the healing of one to impact many around the world.
As Dave told the congregation when he spoke, in a divinely inspired offering toward the end of my message, he is here in Nepal in part because of the video he... Read more »
Our hearts overflowed with joy when we saw the white steps ascending a hill to a church where a year ago we were using primitive tools to clear the land. The church at Dapcha is a thing of beauty.
We were blessed to share with about 60 beautiful people inside at the SARA (Savior Alone Reaches Asians) Spiritual Revival Seminar. I talked about God’s love and sharing it with our enemies. Brandy addressed leadership and pursuing God’s dream for your life. And Pastor Tej talked about trusting God to receive healing and deliverance — after which the team prayed for all of the... Read more »
The pyres burned along the banks of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu as the dead were cremated one after another. To the Hindus here, it is part of “samsara” — the ongoing cycle of rebirth (or reincarnation) that they must endure. The skulls of the dead are broken so memories can be released and will not be remembered in the next life, and the bodies are destroyed.
Our team watched the ceremonies at the Pashupati Temple, which is one of the world’s most significant Hindu temples of the Lord Shiva. Shiva, the destroyer god, is one the more than 330 million gods and g... Read more »
The team has arrived safely and is together in Kathmandu after flying for about 27 hours.
As Tuesday was spent up in the air we were touched by this verse from Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
We know that God had this Evangelic Expedition planned before time began and knew that this team would form to do His good work. All to His glory! Read more »
When: Jan. 17-Feb. 4.
Purpose: Return to Dapcha to visit the SARA (Savior Alone Reaches Asians) church funded by Climbing For Christ and hold church-leader training and a possible medical clinic. Explore the possibility of building the church (the body of believers) and constructing physical churches in other villages in Central and Mid-Western Nepal. Additionally, trek Langtang National Park to reach remote villages with the Gospel.
Estimated cost: $3,500, including airfare, ground transport, accommodations, food, and a seven-day trek in Langtang National park.
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The team has taken to the air with Brandy and Marissa flying East from western Canada and Dave and Gary flying West from the eastern U.S. Everyone is scheduled to meet Wednesday in Nepal.
We were sent off with prayer and these words from Ephesians 3:16-21:
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep... Read more »
As our team prepares to GO, we share our prayers for the weeks ahead.
Brandy Everts: “I pray that God would give us the strength to do everything He has planned for us and that we would be stretched and challenged so that we are molded more into His image and the final product is that He gets ALL the glory!”
Gary Fallesen: “That we would boldly, fearlessly and lovingly walk through the doors God is opening for us. Here we go, Lord, have Your way.”
Marissa Gardiner: “My prayer is for more salvations than we think possible.”
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Mission Moment (Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012)
We were blessed by a Spirit-led outpouring of giving from our “Put a Climbing Helmet On!” fundraiser, featuring Christian comedian Brad Stine on Jan. 6 in Rochester, NY, USA. Brad was divinely inspired during the show to ask an audience of more than 400 to help Climbing For Christ deliver 1,000 Bibles to Nepal. “God definitely wanted to anoint your mission,” Brad said after.
More than US$5,550 was raised. Those funds were wired today to Pastor Tej Rokka, the Climbing For Christ member who leads ministry partner ... Read more »