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Mission: Kilimanjaro 2017

Hatching a dream for those working on the mountain By Gary Fallesen... Read more »

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2016

Damson Samson lives in southern Malawi, but most of his work for Climb... Read more »

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2015

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DISPATCHES: Tanzania 2014

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2014 By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ Monday, Aug. 11 The long journeys to respective homes have begun with Damson going by bus to southern Malawi and Hayley and me flying out of Kilimanjaro International Airport on the first of our three flights. Damson's ride will take three or four days, while our air travel is scheduled for 33 hours. Saturday, Aug. 9-Monday, Aug. 11 Hayley and I are on safari with Yusuf. Friday, Aug. 8 The seven-day climb of Kilimanjaro ended this morning as we descended from the last camp at 10,000 feet to the Mwek... Read more »

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2014 Prayer Calendar

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Mission: Kilimanjaro 2014

PRAY: For the church to grow and arise. Tanzania is reportedly half Christian, but only 8 percent of “believers” attend worship. The lack of Biblical knowledge, the need for discipleship, and lifestyle changes that provide a genuine witness of Christ to Muslims and animists are among the needs. GIVE: To support an indigenous worker who will serve among the guides and porters employed on Africa’s highest mountain. Send donations to Climbing For Christ, c/o Mission: Kilimanjaro, P.O. Box 16290, Rochester, NY 14616-0290 USA. Or CLICK HERE and give online via PayPal. GO: J... Read more »

C4C Kilimanjaro Prayer Video

Please join us in lifting up the nation of Tanzania - especially those committed to working on or near Kilimanjaro. Read more »

Trip Report: Kilimanjaro 2013

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2013 Trip Report: Healing rains fall in Africa By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ We may have cursed under our breath at the weather conditions on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, but there was no use praying for the rain to stop. We were outnumbered by all of the farmers in the fields spread out below us. They were praying for the start of the rainy season as they prepared to plant their many crops. Day 3 of the Kilimanjaro trek saw our team climbing into snow at 14,000 feet. So we climbed in rain and snow, wind and cold, all the while humming the tune of T... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Tuesday, March 26)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Tuesday, March 26) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Michael Heitland and I were in the air again, traveling from Tanzania back to our families in the United States. Joshua Cook was headed for Kenya and then on to South Africa. We all will be back on the same continent in just a few short weeks, when Michael and I journey to Morocco to trek with a few others in the High Atlas Mountains. There are many tribes, tongues and nations still waiting to hear the Good News. So we will keep GO-ing – praying that the Lord of the harvest will send others to... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Monday, March 25)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Monday, March 25) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ We shared our appreciation and said our good-byes to the team that trekked Kilimanjaro with us during the traditional tipping ceremony in Moshi. (Guides and porters make more in tips from climbers than they do in salary from their trekking company). Yusuf said that when someone comes two or three times they are no longer clients, but like family. Climbing For Christ has used the same guides and porters five times since 2007. They are familiar faces and we enjoy greater interaction with them on each tr... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Sunday, March 24)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Sunday, March 24) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Our team finished our descent off the mountain on Day 7 of the Kilimanjaro trek. We completed a 45-mile (72-kilometer) circuit up the Machame Route and down the Mweka Route. After Joshua Cook and Michael Heitland summited 19,340-foot (5,895-meter) Kilimanjaro on Saturday morning, we descended from Barafu Hut at 15,300 feet to Mweka Hut at 10,300 feet. The trek then concluded at the Mweka Gate (5,800 feet) this morning. Cross in the road: Joshua Cook, left, and Michael Heitland pause at a cross made... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Saturday, March 23)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Saturday, March 23) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Joshua Cook and Michael Heitland reached the summit of Kilimanjaro accompanied by guide Saidi and assistant guide Mohamed at 7:20 a.m. in extremely high winds and bitter cold. Joshua and Michael give all praise, honor and glory to the One Who created this beautiful mountain and all things. “I lift my eyes up to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:1-2 While preparing to climb Kiliman... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Friday, March 22)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Friday, March 22) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Our old friend Yusuf joined us a Barafu Hut on Day 5 of our Kilimanjaro trek. Barafu is the high camp on the Machame Route at 15,360 feet (4,680 meters). We ascended only 2,105 feet, taking 3 hours to hike 2.2 miles from Karanga Camp. Yusuf climbed all the way from Mwenka Gate – about 10,000 feet – in 6 hours. For Joshua Cook, Mike Heitland and me it was a day filled with sunshine (our first) and SONshine. Yusuf has guided Climbing For Christ members in 2007, 2010 and 2011. He has reached... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Thursday, March 21)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Thursday, March 21) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Milaji brings hot water to our tents in the morning and offers us a choice of coffee or tea to drink. Milaji is one of 10 porters working on our trek. He has the slightly higher standing job of waiter. The pecking order is guide (Saidi), assistant guide (Mohamed), cook (Riziki), waiter (Milaji), toilet doctor (Mohamed, the man who takes care of our traveling port-o-potty), and the other porters (John, Manuel, Daudi, Abraham, Faaraj, Steven, Juma and Mohamed). Each of these men carries their own gea... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Wednesday, March 20)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Wednesday, March 20) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Riziki, our cook, came to visit after breakfast to see if the porridge, mango, eggs, toast and drinks were to our liking. Riziki has cooked for trekkers for eight years; he first worked with us in 2007. He is an excellent cook, serving up ginger soup, and chicken with rice and fried sweet bananas for one of our dinners. He also made us lunch for the trail on Day 3 on Kilimanjaro. We set out from Shira Camp after a night of rain and hiked in rain and then snow up above 14,000 feet. After ascending ... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Tuesday, March 19)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Tuesday, March 19) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Saidi, left, and Mohamed during a rest stop on the trail. Saidi and Mohamed led us out of the Machame Hut and directly uphill for about 1,200 vertical feet to start Day 2 on Kilimanjaro. We trekked another 3.5 miles, gaining nearly 3,000 feet before dropping down to Shira Camp at 12,630 feet (3,850 meters). We were on the trail for about five hours and reached camp just before the rain began. Saidi, 42, who helped guide us in 2007 and befriended my son Jesse, is guiding for only the seventh time ... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Monday, March 18)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Monday, March 18) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Mohamed, our assistant guide and another friend on Kilimanjaro, led us uphill from the Machame Gate. It’s ALL uphill from here, starting at 6,000 feet (1,830 meters) and ascending to 19,340 feet (5,895 meters). We climbed nearly 4,000 feet (about 1,200 meters) in about 3 ½ miles (which means steep terrain) on Day 1. It took about five hours and most of the hike was in the rain. Mohamed. Mohamed set the pace: pole pole (slowly slowly in Swahili). He has been doing this for 26 years, si... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Sunday, March 17)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Sunday, March 17) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ “And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.” - Luke 22:43 (ESV) I shared during worship an email I received yesterday about a house pastor in China who'd been arrested and beaten. The pastor testified that he was prepared for the incident by the visit of an angel. “Angels appear to give us strength,” he wrote. “And so all the time I was being taken to the police station in a cramped van, I was repeating the words of the angel to me, 'I will help y... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Saturday, March 16)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Saturday, March 16) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ More than 50 guides and porters showed up for evangelistic training at Pastor Mosha's old church in Marangu. It was our best turnout in several years. In the end, after many disruptions and interruptions, starts and stops, comings and goings, and changing translators, one man stood to say "asante" (thanks). He was one of about 30 still in the room after 3 1/2 hours. They'd listened to me explain why God sent us here: to equip the guides and porters to do year-round what we can only give two weeks -... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Friday, March 15)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Friday, March 15) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ We landed at Kilimanjaro airport at 3:15 a.m. local time and were reunited with old friend Yusuf, our guide on the mountain. It was after 5:30 a.m. by the time we got into our room in Moshi, completing the usual 30-plus hours of travel from North America to Africa. After a few hours of sleep we spent some time with Yusuf and then were transported by Pastor Mosha to his home outside Marangu. We looked at our future missionary-to-Tanzania's possible rooms, attached to Pastor Mosha's home, and the vehic... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Thursday, March 14)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Thursday, March 14) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ To paraphrase the words of my boyhood hero, legendary American novelist Kurt Vonnegut: In the air I am beautiful. As we fly – or even as we wait from one airport to the next – there is a great anticipation. Of where we are GO-ing, of who we will meet, of the things God will have for us to do with Him. “It is the LORD who goes before you.” (Deuteronomy 31:8). He has prepared – and is preparing – the way for us to GO. We are in the air and airports this day, headin... Read more »

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Wednesday, March 13)

DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Wednesday, March 13) By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Today is GO day! “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation.’” (Mark 16:15, ESV). Surprisingly, only three of us answered the call to go again to Tanzania. I am joined on our fifth Mission: Kilimanjaro team by Joshua Cook of Colorado Springs, CO and Michael Heitland of Fargo, ND. Both have been this way before, declaring, as Isaiah did, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8). Joshua served on Mission: Haiti 20... Read more »

Guide to Kilimnajaro

About the mountain: Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania near the border of Kenya, about 330 kilometers (205 miles) south of the equator. Kilimanjaro is a massif that measures 60 kilometers (37 miles) by 40 kilometers (25 miles). It consists of three extinct volcanoes: Kibo (5,895 meters/19,340 feet), Mawanzi (5,149 meters/16,893 feet), and Shira (3,962 meters/12,999 feet). Due to its proximity to the equator and the Indian Ocean and because of its height, Kilimanjaro features five ecological zones: lower slopes, montane forest zone, heath and moorland zone, alpine desert zone, and arctic ... Read more »

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2013

Date: March 13-27. Length of trip: 14 days. Team size: 4-6 members. Purpose: To continue working with indigenous members of the Kilimanjaro Chapter, teaching evangelism. Survey possibility of planting a full-time missionary in Marangu (one of the gateways to Kilimanjaro) to carry on the work done by short-term teams.  Climb Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route. Cost: Estimated at US$2,500 plus airfare. The price includes ground transport, accommodations, food, and trekking cost. Does not include airfare. To apply: E-mail info@ClimbingForChrist.org to request a mission application. Read more »

Trip Report: Light in the African darkness

As Elaine Fallesen taught the orphans at Far & Wide Children’s Home in Kambona, Malawi a series of Bible lessons she asked them several questions. The children answered without hesitation. What is the Bible? “The Word of God,” one of the children answered after several hands shot up. What is a parable? “A story that’s told to make a point.” What is a disciple? “One who repents.” “Someone who acts like Jesus.” “Someone who serves others and follows the Lord.” What is a miracle? “Something that is not p... Read more »

Wednesday, March 23

The team has returned to the United States, landing in New York City at 1 p.m. local time. Everyone is headed to thier respective homes this evening to finish a 17-day Evangelic Expedition. We shared our last team devotional this morning in Amsterdam. It was called “Homeward Bound.” We have encouraged each participant to share with others what they have seen and experienced in the hope of continuing to raise awareness and support (both prayer and financial) for the work that will continue a half a world away in Tanzania and Malawi, Africa. “...Go home to your friends, a... Read more »

Tuesday, March 22

We began our final day in Africa reflecting on the mission with a personal devotional called, “What's in a name?” This was based on 2 Timothy 2:19 and the fact that our heavenly Father knows our name. “You have learned many names on this trip,” I told our team, and we mentioned several of them from our time in Tanzania and several others from Malawi. “May each of them follow you home.” The team was challenged: “What are you going to do with this name ... with this person?” We discussed the many faces of Mission: Kilimanjaro 2011 and the ... Read more »

Monday, March 21

Randy took an early-morning prayer walk around the Searchlight Ministry grounds, where we've been staying since Thursday. Along the way he encountered several of the orphans, who were up with the sun and wearing and playing with the gifts we delivered. Damson, who helps care for the orphans, told us they would not go to bed Sunday night because they were so excited. Damson again assisted us with the children when we did our third and final day of Bible school teaching. Elaine taught about the Good Samaritan and our team turned drama troupe and acted out the Luke 10 parable, much to the deli... Read more »
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