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Mission: Kilimanjaro 2020

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Mission: Kilimanjaro 2018

Mountaintop experiences in Tanzania Damson Samson has been to the mou... Read more »

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2017

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

Sunday, March 20

We are exhausted with joy after an incredible day of worship and then giving to the orphans we are visiting in Malawi. Our desire at the start of the day was to encourage the church at Migowi and God blessed us in our time with nearly 200 worshipers. We had two church “meetings” (what they call a service) — one for 2½ hours in the morning and another, after a lunch break, for two hours in the afternoon. I introduced each member of the team and they spoke briefly, sharing how they were blessed to be here. Before preaching, I asked worship leader Damson to sing my ... Read more »

Saturday, March 19

Elaine taught the children about miracles and focused on Jesus feeding the 5,000 (John 6) during our second day of Bible teaching with the Malawi orphans. The team distributed toast pieces to represent the loaves and swedish fish to each of the more than 70 students in class. This came after we discussed compassion and Jesus caring for the multitudes in our morning team devotional. There was much singing and praying with the children at Far & Wide in Migowi. We are praying for their hearts as there is a good deal of darkness in the area. Witchcraft is practiced by many people here. I... Read more »

Friday, March 18

The long drive into a rainy night on what turned out to be another 24-hour travel day Thursday was made worthwhile when we walked into the Far & Wide Children's Home classroom to song and joy-filled smiles from our Project 1:27 Malawi orphans. Damson Samson, who we have been sending to Bible college in Lilongwe, had 60 children greet us. He then translated for us as we spoke to and taught the children. Fifteen of the 60 are full-time residents at Far & Wide and supported by Climbing For Christ, while the others attend the school. Seven of the 15 orphans are sponsored by members and ... Read more »

Thursday, March 16

A big travel day, starting out from Moshi, Tanzania at 4 a.m. and touching down at Nairobi, Kenya; Lusaka, Zambia; and Lilongwe, Malawi. It included a plane change and delay due to a mechanical problem and concluded with a long drive nearly the length of Malawi on a rainy night. The team is extremely tired but excited about seeing the orphans at Far & Wide Children’s Home. Read more »

Thursday, March 17

A big travel day, starting out from Moshi, Tanzania at 4 a.m. and touching down at Nairobi, Kenya; Lusaka, Zambia; and Lilongwe, Malawi. It included a plane change and delay due to a mechanical problem and concluded with a long drive nearly the length of Malawi on a rainy night. The team is extremely tired but excited about seeing the orphans at Far & Wide Children’s Home. Read more »

Wednesday, March 16

Kilimanjaro on Tuesday as our team was walking away from the mountain. We descended off Mount Kilimanjaro, hiking out the last 11 or so miles and coming down another 6,000 vertical feet to the Marangu Gate. It went from the 30s at Hrombo Hut when we awoke before sunrise to the 80s as we exited via the rain forest this afternoon. During our 6 1/2-hour trek out we saw monkeys eating and playing in the trees. It was another blessed day in His creation. Pastor Mosha, his wife, and an evangelist from his church met our team at the gate. They welcomed us and congratulated everyone on an excell... Read more »

Tuesday, March 15

Mike, Randy and Shelly reached the 19,341 foot summit of Kilimanjaro with guide Yusuf and assistant guide Muhammad at 8AM after seven and a half hours of climbing on a clear, cold night. “What a night, what a day,” Randy said. “Amazing,” Shelly added. “Wow,” said Mike. Yusuf said it wasn’t too cold (“comfortable”), compared to other ascents. He estimated the summit temp at minus-7 degrees. “It was challenging,” Yusuf said. Bob turned back above 17,000 feet with altitude sickness and was accompanied down to Kibo Hut by Yusu... Read more »

Monday, March 14

Day 5 on the mountain saw us hike across the moonscape, that is the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo Hut. It was about five miles and took us four hours. We reached this high camp at 15,400 feet at 1 p.m. The rest of this day is devoted to rest and waiting to head out toward the summit at midnight. Mike passed his personal high (Mount Rainier) on our move up to Kibo Hut. The walk continued a good discussion on Islam and Christianity. “He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” — Psalm 62:6 Read more »

Sunday, March 13

Team ascending toward Mawenzi. Day 4 on the mountain saw us ascend another 2,000 vertical feet from our third camp to Mawenzi Tarn Hut at 14,100 feet. This camp, my favorite on Kilimanjaro, is below Mawenzi- one of Kili’s three summits. There is a pond near the campsite, which has been in the clouds most of the day. Elaine and Bob passed their previous personal highs (both around 12,200 feet), as we ascended toward the jagged ridgeline of Mawenzi. Everyone is doing well in the increasingly thinning air. Read more »

Saturday, March 12

Day 3 was short and sweet as far as trekking. We ascended only about 600 vertical feet in our four-mile hike from Second Cave to Kikelelwa at 12,100 feet. The walk took less than three hours and we beat a torrential rain storm that soaked our camp and left us in the clouds and a fog for the afternoon. Another Christian climber, Nathaniel, who hails from Wyoming but currently is working in Russia, has joined our fellowship. He is trekking Kilimanjaro solo and was happy to spend time with us, and us with him. Read more »

Friday, March 11

Day 2 on the mountain saw us ascend from Simba Camp to Second Cave, a hike up 2,650 vertical feet that took about three hours. For Randy, it marked a personal high as we climbed up to 11,500 feet. It was sunny and hot with clear views behind us out over the plains of Kenya. Along the way we discussed Christianity and Islam with our guide Yusuf. We spent the afternoon and evening in fellowship together as the day's heat cooled and the temperature dove to freezing. Read more »

Thursday, March 10

7 p.m. local We hiked about three hours up through the Rongai Forest from the gate (or trailhead) to Simba Camp, an ascent of about 1,000 vertical feet to 8,850 feet. Our guide, Yusuf, brought 22 other assistants, cook staff and porters, which is common for our size trekking group. It was warm and sunny during our afternoon walk, during which we saw monkeys. An elephant was heard near our camp as we prepared for dinner. A national park staff member who is a friend of Yusuf's arrived with a semi-automatic weapon, which he carries in case of animal attacks. Yusuf told us he is a Christian ... Read more »

Monday, March 9

“Worship can be powerful,” Shelly told the guides and porters attending our Kilimanjaro Chapter evangelism training at Pastor Winford Mosha's Lutheran church in Marangu. She pointed to 2 Chronicles 20 and the story of how King Jehoshaphat “appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him” in order to defeat opposing armies. “There is power in worship,” Shelly said. Shelly was concluding our teaching with a short section on music. It was one of the tools we were encouraging our brothers in Christ to use as outreach on the mountain. Dawson Chonjo, one... Read more »

Tuesday, March 8

We landed safely and without incident this evening at Kilimanjaro International Airport, located between Arusha and Moshi, Tanzania. Dear friend Yusuf, who again will be our guide on the mountain, was waiting for us and accompanied us on our 45-minute ride to the hotel in Moshi. Our arrival capped about 28 hours of travel from the Eastern and Central U.S. As we sat outside in the warm 80-degree evening, reflecting on how God brought us here, Shelly led the group in singing Great Is Thy Faithfulness. I then told them the HIStory of Climbing For Christ and the part this place played in it. In... Read more »

Monday, March 7

The team is all together — all six of us! — and on a plane from New York City to Amsterdam. After that (on Tuesday), a flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport. We'll check back in on Tuesday. See you then. Read more »

Sunday, March 6

Michael starts this Evangelic Expedition in motion today, traveling from his home in Fargo, N.D. to New York City. The rest of the team will meet him there on Monday. Everyone is excited about the trip ahead. It has been months in the making. Of course, God had this day waiting before time began. The goals of Mission: Kilimanjaro 2011 include: Teaching in evangelism to the guides and porters who are part of the Kilimanjaro Chapter. We will provide encouragement and instruction on Wednesday, March 9. We are building on what was started during Mission: Kilimanjaro 2010. Hopefully God... Read more »

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2011

Dates: March 7-23, 2011 Purpose: To continue working with Kilimanjaro Chapter members. Climb Kilimanjaro via the Rongai Route, which provides views into Kenya and offers the best campsite on the mountain (Mawenzi Tarn Hut). Visit Project 1:27 Malawi orphans and minister to children there. Also, hiking on Mulanje Massif. Cost: $5,430, includes airfare (roundtrip from JFK for North American team members); Tanzania visa, Kilimanjaro climb and tips, hotel, transfers and meals; and Malawi expenses. Payment schedule: $500 deposit – due after being accepted to mission team. ... Read more »

Country: Tanzania

Kilimanjaro, as seen from Moshi, Tanzania. (Photo by Shawn Dowd) Location: Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Kenya and Mozambique. Area: 945,000 square kilometers (slightly larger than twice the size of California). Terrain: Plains along the coast; central plateau; highlands in the north and south. Highest point: Kilimanjaro (5895 meters). Population: 40,213,160. Life expectancy: 51.45 years. (Lowering due to HIV/AIDS epidemic. Note: There are an estimated 1 million AIDS orphans in Tanzania; only South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria and Zimbabwe have more in Africa.) Ethnic... Read more »
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