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“And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed thier sick.” — Matthew 14:14

When Jesus saw the many needs of the people, He was moved with empathy. He saw a multitude of people who were hungry and hurting; who had been abused, stepped on, beaten down and oppressed. He saw people who were desperate, destitute and even dying. He saw people who were broken and lost… and the Bible tells us that He was moved with compassion. Not only was Jesus moved within His spirit, but He literally moved with compassion. He was moved into action and ministered to each need.

He calls us to move with compassionate action today. But how? The needs are so great and the needy are so many. One way that we can minister to others is through PRAYER! We can pray for those whom the Lord has placed in our path. We can pray that God would minister to their physical needs, but most importantly pray that God would provide for their spiritual needs. God is often waiting to move in a powerful way if we will simply ask.

“… For with God all things are possible.” — Mark 10:27

As followers of Christ, we know that nothing is impossible with God. After all, He alone is the Creator and Sustainer of all things (both seen and unseen). In the book of Jeremiah 32:17 God’s Word says, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.” This powerful truth should greatly affect the way we think, the way pray, and even the way we live our lives. If we truly believe that with God all things are possible, then we will see Him for the all-knowing, all-present, and all-powerful God He is! Only then will we have the vision to pray big and have the confidence to pray expectantly. We will pray for the “impossible.” We will confidently approach and ask our great God to give sight to the blind, give healing to the sick, give life to the dead and fulfill each of our needs. We will ask Him to break the chains, tear down the walls, and even move the mountains all for His names sake and for the sake of the lost.

So please join us in prayer as we seek to lift up the brethren, the lost and all of the work that God is doing in and through Climbing For Christ all around the globe. Also, please consider sending your personal prayer needs and/or sign up for our weekly prayer updates by e-mailing jrowley@climbingforchrist.org.


Posted March 29, 2011

Prayer Updates

2017 World Watch List

Living in a world of hate North Korea is called “the worst place on earth for Christians.” For the 16th consecutive year, Open Doors – a ministry that serves the persecuted church – ranked North Korea as the most oppressive place for Christians on its 2017 World Watch List. But persecution is not limited to that totalitarian communist state – or to the past two decades. Juliana Taimoorazy, an Assyrian Christian born and raised in Iran, had eight family members “slaughtered in 120 years by Muslims. What Islamic State is doing is not new,” she sai... Read more »

Mission: Indonesia 2017 Prayer Bulletin

Please stand with us in prayer for this Evangelic Expedition from Jan. 21-Feb. 4. Learn more by opening the document below. Read more »

IDOP 2016

Persecution and C4C By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   I was returning from Mission: Nepal in April 2014. As soon as my 14-hour flight from Dubai touched down at JFK, I turned on my phone. Emails poured in. One was from a Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner in Pakistan. “I would like to update you with the great sorrow that my younger sister was kidnapped on the 6th of April,” our dear brother wrote. “After two days we got the phone call from an unknown number and unknown person to inform us that she is forcefully converted t... Read more »

PRAY ON!

A letter to the church from Climbing For Christ Lt. Gen. (retired) William Boykin. Tony McAuliffe was the acting division commander of the 101st Airborne Division defending Bastogne, Belgium during World War II’s Battle of the Bulge. McAuliffe found himself surrounded and outnumbered by German troops, whose commander sent a message proposing annihilation or surrender. McAuliffe sent back his answer to this ultimatum: “NUTS!” Gen. William G. Boykin, a former Delta Force commander who was involved in the 1980 Iran hostage rescue attempt and the infamous Black H... Read more »

2016 World Watch List

Persecution goes from worse to worst Open Doors, a ministry that serves the persecuted church, noted last year that 2014 had been an unprecedented year for global persecution of Christians and predicted 2015 would be worse. In releasing the 2016 World Watch List, Open Doors stated: “Christian persecution not only increased, but expanded into areas where there was not the same level of persecution in the previous year.” In the Middle East, East Africa and Central Asia, for example. Islamic extremists are mostly to blame. Some other trends reported in the annual list of t... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 30

Day 30: What’s next? By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ, and Jordan Rowley, spiritual coordinator, Climbing For Christ Grace and peace to you from God our Father! On this final day of Ramadan, today’s message is for you. We hope you have learned and prayed along with us through this 30-day series, Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016, as we’ve dug deeply into the religion of Islam and its people, its challenges, and how we can best reach them for Christ. We were blessed to bring it to you. But now what? What’s next? Our hope is that you will... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 29

Day 29: Overcoming fear of Muslims By Jordan Rowley, spiritual coordinator, Climbing For Christ Friend or foe, there’s nothing to fear. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Ararat 2010) If we’re honest, sometimes different languages, accents, cultures, clothing and religions can be pretty intimidating. If we add in the nightly news about radical Islamist groups like Boko Haram abducting hundreds of children in Nigeria or ISIS crucifying Christians in the Middle East or even “lone wolf” jihadists in North America or Europe, things can quickly escalate beyond ... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 28

Day 28: Blessed are the persecuted By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 5:10 (ESV) When flesh is put to words, no matter how well-intentioned those words might be (and nothing can have better intentions than the Beatitudes), they take on real meaning. They are brought to life. For most reading “blessed are those who are persecuted,” there may be a disconnect. Unless you are one of the 200 million Christians livin... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 27

Day 27: “Night of Power” – dreams and visions By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   The blind Kurd who in his dream saw us coming to visit in 2015. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Ararat 2015) The blind man, whom we have visited each of the past three missions to Mount Ararat, knew we’d be coming. He had a dream about it. In the dream, I knocked on his door and held photos in my hand. We were earlier than he expected when we arrived at his house in eastern Turkey on June 9, 2015. In previous years, we’d visited at the ... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 26

Day 26: Entering rooms in the House of Islam —Philippines By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   The God of the Bible has an eternal promise for all who are living on the many islands of the Philippines. (Photo by Arlene Bolante, Mission: Philippines 2011) God allows us to choose. He has given us free will. We can decide, as Joshua did, “as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15). Or we can go our own way. We cannot force God on people. But He has made it clear, “choose life, that you and your offspring may ... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 25

Day 25: Five daily prayers for the Muslim world By Jordan Rowley, spiritual coordinator, Climbing For Christ   All over the world, as the sun appears to travel across the sky and then sinks below the horizon, Muslims perform their ritual prayers, known as “Salat.” Five times each day, for almost their entire lives, followers of Islam stop what they are doing, cleanse themselves, and offer prayers to Allah. Salat takes place before sunrise (fajr), noon (dhuhr), mid-afternoon (’asr), sunset (maghrib) and in the evening before going to bed (’isha). I wo... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 24

Day 24: Counting the cost By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Trekking into Indonesia. (Photo by Rendy Bayutrilaksono) The Middle Eastern man sitting in front of me had tears in his eyes as he shared what he had lost. He had surrendered everything of value — in a worldly sense. He had given up his wife, children, parents, and family; his home and job; and his place in a Muslim culture and society. But his tears were not for the loss, but for what he counted gain. He had Jesus. “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain,” ... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 23

Day 23: A sacred stirring – Muslims coming to Christ in unprecedented numbers By Jordan Rowley, spiritual coordinator, Climbing For Christ   Trekking into the Atlas mountains of North Africa. Nearly 30 Climbing For Christ members have been involved in missions to Indonesia, North and West Africa, and Turkey. Ongoing work also is carried out by indigenous members in four Muslim nations. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) What began as a series of revelations delivered to one Arabian man about 1,400 years ago has grown into the world’s second-largest religion. After receivin... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 22

Day 22: Sharing the Gospel with Muslims, part 4 — A growing opportunity By Jordan Rowley, spiritual coordinator, Climbing For Christ   Pilgrims performing the Hajj, one of the Five Pillars of Islam. (Wikipedia) Right before our eyes, the general Muslim population is increasing in number, influence, and position all around the world. As of 2010, the Religion of Islam made up almost a quarter of the global population, according to the Pew Research Center. They predict that if current trends continue, the Muslim population will increase by 73 percent by the year 2050. ... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 21

Day 21: The honor/shame culture, part 3 — For His purpose By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Honored to “feast” with Muslim friends in eastern Turkey. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Ararat 2014) The Open Doors ministry prayer calendar for Ramadan says today: “Many secret believers are forced to take part in Ramadan rituals. Pray for opportunities for them to share their faith.” Muslim-background believers may continue to go to the mosque and participate in daily Islamic life after converting to Christianity. It cou... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 20

Day 20: Entering rooms in the House of Islam —Indonesia By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Sunda women thresh rice in West Java. The Sunda are the 10th-largest unreached Muslim people group in the world, numbering more than 37 million. (Photo by Rendy Bayutrilaksono, Mission: Indonesia 2007) Pastor Rebekka Zakaria and two lay assistants were imprisoned in 2005 for two years in West Java for teaching Sunday school, violating Indonesia’s 2002 Child Protection Act forbidding missionaries to preach to children. During Zakaria’s trial pr... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 19

Day 19: Muslim extremists — praying for our enemies By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Our Nigerian brother in Christ and another pastor were abducted last Friday by Fulani herdsmen, who demanded a ransom of ten million Naira (about US$30,000). Many in our network of ministries bowed their hearts and fell to their knees on behalf of these two men. C4C Canada coordinator Brandy Fisher felt the need to ask her church family to stand and pray for this crisis on Sunday morning. After worship a man approached Brandy. “He was sweating he was so n... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 18

Day 18: Overcoming obstacles, part 2 — A history of conflict and contempt By Jordan Rowley, spiritual coordinator, Climbing For Christ Centuries ago, a war raged between those who fought under the Cross and those who fought under the Crescent. Brutal and bloody battles were waged under the flag of Christendom and that of the Muslim world. Both supposedly waged war in the name of God. Not only was each side driven by their devotion to God, they were compelled by duty, honor and fear. In the end, after nearly 200 years of conflict, an estimated 1.7 million people died. This war &mda... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 17

Day 17: The honor/shame culture, part 2 — Who I am By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Harran, Turkey near the border of Syria. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Ararat 2015) Roland Muller wrote of having served among Arabs for 20 years when he was sharing with a fellow missionary about his struggles communicating the Gospel with Muslims. “His offhand comment completely changed my world: ‘That’s because Arabs live in a shame-based culture.’” It was the first time Muller had heard the term “shame-based culture.” As ... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 16

Day 16: Sharing the Gospel, part 3 — Persevering in prayer By Jordan Rowley, spiritual coordinator, Climbing For Christ Praying for a Muslim woman in Indonesia. Although we covered a handful of basic similarities between Islam and Christianity on Day 11 of Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016, there are many more considerable differences that can seem almost insurmountable. These obstacles can seem like mighty mountains making it nearly impossible for a follower of Islam to become a follower of Jesus. But, our Lord has some interesting things to say concerning His ability to move mountai... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 15

Day 15: Understanding Islam, part 3 — Beliefs and duties By Jordan Rowley, spiritual coordinator, Climbing For Christ The principles and practices of the religion of Islam are vast. Any honest Imam or Islamic scholar would likely admit that there is much that even he doesn’t know about the Muslim faith. One could spend a lifetime of study and still have much more to learn. That said, there are six basic doctrinal beliefs and five key duties of Islam. Six beliefs We briefly covered the six basic beliefs of Islam on Day 10. They are: Belief in the absolute unity and s... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 14

Day 14: Entering rooms in the House of Islam – East Africa By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Delivering sleeping mats and food during Mission: Malawi 2016 in March. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) When southern Malawi flooded in January 2015 Muslims flocked to help those affected by troubling water. Many Christians converted to Islam after receiving help from these Muslims, said Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ’s missionary to East Africa. “In Malawi, many Muslims are observing Ramadan (in 2016) and their population is growing more t... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 13

Day 13: Something is happening! New ways for new movements Used with permission of “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World” (www.pray30days.org)   Islamic State! Al-Qaeda! Boko Haram! These radical Islamic terror groups invade our news every day in stories of destruction and fleeing refugees that will make history. But there’s an even greater story unfolding across the Muslim world. Islam is the fastest growing major religion, and has been growing since its inception in the Arabian Desert nearly 14 centuries ago. Every year, Islam adds more than the populatio... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 12

Day 12: Overcoming obstacles, part 1 — Family, familiarity and fear By Jordan Rowley, spiritual coordinator, Climbing For Christ Just imagine… As far back as your mind can take you, you have fond memories of going to church with your parents and siblings. At Sunday School, you sang Christian songs and recited Bible verses. You watched your mom and dad practice their faith, and learned to do the same. They’ve always been devout Christians and would talk to you often about stories from the Bible – especially when you had a problem. It always seemed to help you un... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 11

Day 11: Sharing the Gospel, part 2 — Simply Jesus By Jordan Rowley, spiritual coordinator, Climbing For Christ With Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and its many denominations of Protestantism, the whole of Christendom contains vast variety. The House of Islam (Dar al-Islam) is no different. Among the world’s Muslims we find various traditions, beliefs and social nuances. Unfortunately, many of these differences result in a house divided even to the point of violence. In Islam, there are two main sects: Sunni and Shi’a (or Shi’ite). According the Pew Research Cent... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 10

Day 10: Understanding Islam, part 2 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ There are many routes up mountains such as Kilimanjaro. But, Matthew 7:13 tells us, “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.” (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Kilimanjaro 2008) My Muslim friend sat on a boulder looking up at the peak of the mountain we were climbing. He pointed to the distant trails ascending toward the summit and noted how they all ended at the ... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 9

Day 9: Entering rooms in the House of Islam — Turkey By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Sign of the times: burned-out vehicles litter a trail on Mount Ararat. (Photos by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Ararat 2014) The story goes: the government started building a road up the lower slopes of Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey until it was blocked by the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party). The PKK, long branded a terrorist organization by Turkey and the United States, allegedly set construction vehicles on fire to stop the road work. The burned-out veh... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 8

Day 8: Entering rooms in the House of Islam — Nigeria By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ He was forced to appear before the District Head of Koma, a Muslim leader in northeastern Nigeria. Pastor Chris Joseph had no idea what awaited. “On reaching the Muslim monarch’s palace, I saw stern-looking people entering his palace with their shoes or sandals removed for half a kilometer,” Chris recalled in a report on recent Climbing For Christ ministry. “I also removed my shoes and entered his palace. “We all sat on the carpet in his ... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 7

Day 7: Entering rooms in the House of Islam — Pakistan By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Our Pakistani brother in Christ started Ramadan with a prayer request: “As you know, we are working to reach the lost souls with the Word of God. He chose us to serve Him. Praise the LORD, me and my whole family are serving the LORD. We are serving the LORD since 2008. We are reaching many people with the Word of God and preaching to them. Praise the LORD (that) every day many have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. “(But) every day we are facin... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 6

Day 6: What’s so radical about loving Muslims? By John Becker Walter Casper IV reads to students tutored by C4C Indonesia. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Indonesia 2007) Some evangelicals are building bridges into Muslim communities as they willfully refuse the anti-Muslim rhetoric that has proliferated public media and opinion post-9/11. What’s the motivation? Simply taking seriously Jesus’ command to love our neighbor as our self. Loving our Muslim neighbors should be no more radical than loving any other neighbor; it’s the most fundamen... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 5

Day 5: The Muslim unengaged By Mike Latsko A Sunda man receives a New Testament from a C4C Indonesia member. The Sunda are the 10th largest unreached people group in the world (at 36.7 million), according to the Joshua Project. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Indonesia 2007) Ministry in the Muslim world is a bundle of contradictions. Never in the history of the world have there been so many Muslims coming to Christ! Or churches planted among them. Or Christians burdened to pray, be trained in witness, or proactively pursuing Christ-like friendship. On the other hand, 52 ... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 4

Day 4: Sharing the Gospel, part 1 — Truth and love, no compromise By Jordan Rowley, spiritual coordinator, Climbing For Christ   Gary Fallesen prays for a blind Kurdish man, Yusuf, whom he befriended on missions to eastern Turkey from 2013 to 2015. He prayed that Yusuf, a Muslim, would have dreams about Christ and through them realize Jesus is the One true God. (Photo by Elaine Fallesen, Mission: Ararat 2015) When we’re talking about witnessing for Jesus Christ, truth and love go hand in hand. They are two sides to the same coin. United they stand, divided they f... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 3

Day 3: The honor/shame culture, part 1 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   All cultures are not created equally. (Infographic by Global Mapping International) Sean Ranger, as the Climbing For Christ member came to be known, spent more than three years serving in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco (a nation of 33.6 million that is 99.6 percent Muslim and 0.2 percent Christian). He was part of our first Mission: Morocco team. Sean came from a guilt-based culture in the West and found himself in a shame-based culture in North Africa. Cultural differences ... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 2

Day 2: Understanding Islam, part 1 —Allah and his prophet By Jordan Rowley, spiritual coordinator, Climbing For Christ   Mosque in Moshi, Tanzania, declaring above the entrance: “None to be worshipped but Allah. Muhammad is his prophet.” Tanzania’s population of 52 million is 45.4 percent Christian, 37.3 percent Muslim, and 15.6 folk religion. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Kilimanjaro 2007) Islam’s most fundamentally essential concept is that of its god, Allah. He is the singular and sovereign god of all Muslims. The name “Allah”... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 - Day 1

Day 1: Introduction to “30 days of prayer and preparation to preach the Good News to the Muslim world” By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Mount Ararat isn’t climbed in a day. Reaching the lost takes time, too. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Ararat 2015) My Muslim friend slipped out of the room we were sharing in the village at the base of Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey and into the quiet pre-dawn hours. It was time to eat. Not breakfast. He wasn’t breaking his fast. This was pre-fast. The Kurdish man who rose early was observing Rama... Read more »

A Month on the Mountain

Climbing For Christ produced a prayer guide called, “A Month on the Mountain.” It’s a 31-day guide. Please join us in the month ahead as we pray for HIS ministry of Climbing For Christ. Print it out and keep it handy for daily use. Let’s see what results from a membership unified in prayer. Read more »

PRAY for the persecuted church

By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ I want to remind you today of the suffering church. In his second letter to Pastor Timothy, written while he was imprisoned in Rome shortly before his death, the great missionary Paul stated: “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). Jesus told His followers “they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake” (Luke 21:12). He said we will “be ... Read more »

2015 World Watch List

Persecution going from bad to worse In releasing its annual World Watch List of the 50 countries where it’s most dangerous to be a Christian, Open Doors ministry claimed, “The year 2014 will go down in history for having the highest level of global persecution of Christians in the modern era.” But, on Jan. 7, 2015, Open Doors stated: “Current conditions suggest the worst is yet to come.” Fifteen of the worst 50 nations – led by Pakistan at No. 8 and Nigeria at No. 10 – are the temporary homes for brothers and sisters who are members of Climbing F... Read more »

Mission: Peru 2015 Prayer Bulletin

Please join us in prayer for this Evangelic Expedition taking place from July 13 to 28. Learn more by opening the document below. Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2015

June 18-July 17 “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." – Matthew 19:26 July 17 – Life vs. Death “And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” – Revelation 22:17 A Prayer: Dear Lord, On this final day of Ramadan we acknowledge the invitation that You give to all of Your created people. You simply say, “come, whoever desires, come, take the water of life freely.” We ... Read more »

Mission: Ararat 2015 Prayer Bulletin

Please join us in prayer for this Evangelic Expedition taking place from May 29 to June 14. Learn more by opening the document below. Read more »

Faith in Action: A Plea for Prayer

Is God really in control? Does He really have the power to move mountains? Did all those miracles in the Bible really take place? Would God really move in the same way today? Chances are the majority of us reading this would answer a resounding “yes!” to each of those questions. But here’s another question to consider: Do we pray like we really believe all those things? In other words, is our faith backed up by our actions? Think about it. If we say we believe that our all-powerful God truly hears the prayers of His people and then He actually moves in response to them acco... Read more »

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2015 Prayer Bulletin

Please join us in prayer for Mission: Kilimanjaro 2015. This mission will take place March 9-16. Learn more by opening the document below. Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2015 Prayer Bulletin

Please stand with us in prayer for this Evangelic Expedition taking place from March 14-29. Learn more by opening the document below. Read more »

Uganda

A village in the Rwenzori Mountains in western Uganda. (Photo by Pastor Rich Friday) Once known as the pearl of Africa because of its rich resources, beautiful and fertile landscape, incredible wildlife and many diverse peoples who have called this part of Africa their home for ages, Uganda experienced decades of intense turbulence that nearly led to its destruction in the 20th century. Part of this instability was the result of many tribes and ethnic groups suddenly being merged under one flag after gaining independence from Britain in 1962. These groups can be separated ... Read more »

Tanzania

There is religious freedom as well as equal rights and opportunities for Christians and Muslims to worship and share their faith in Tanzania. This allows room for the Holy Spirit to work. The coast, Zanzibar and many of the southern provinces are Muslim dominated. Muslim “extremists” earned Zanzibar a ranking among the 50 most persecuted places for Christians for many years, according to Open Doors. “Christians struggle to find employment and gain access to education,” the World Watch List stated in 2009. But in 2013 the entire nation of Tanzania rece... Read more »

Pray unceasingly for the persecuted

Our brother was going door to door in a Pakistani village, bringing the love of Christ to the people living there. Suddenly, two men appeared. They shook his hand. Then they showed him a pistol and told him, by name, “Your time is finished. Run wherever you can. But you must be killed.” We received word of this incident as we were preparing for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on Nov. 2. It was a harsh reminder that we should be praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ every day. “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). ... Read more »

Pray for the Persecuted

By Jordan Rowley Spiritual Coordinator, Climbing For Christ Many Christians facing severe persecution live in remote or restricted areas with little or no access to today’s modern communication technologies. So it’s hard to know the exact number of our brothers and sisters who are being martyred for their faith in Jesus Christ. A recent statistic from Voice of the Martyrs states that about 176,000 Christians were killed in one single year. That’s 482 Christians executed each day, or 20 fellow believers slain each hour. That’s one brother or sister murdered every th... Read more »
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Nepal

Top of the world: 29,035-foot/8,848-meter Mount Everest, left, and 25,850-foot/7,879-meter Nuptse. (Photo by Jim Nowlin, Mission: Nepal 2008) Nepal is home to some of the world's most breathtaking and awe-inspiring mountains. In fact, Nepal claims a staggering eight of the world’s 10 highest peaks. It’s no wonder why climbers from every corner of the planet come to make a bid for many of this nation’s Himalayan summits. In addition to the majestic mountains that make up much of Nepal, the history and culture of this nation are also something very unique to behold. Nepal w... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2014

Lifting Jesus June 28 - July 27 “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” - John 12:32 Introduction During the Islamic celebration of Ramadan, C4C will be lifting up our Muslim neighbors around the globe - who account for almost 1/4 of the world's population (that's roughly 1.6 billion people). This will be C4C's fourth straight year praying through the 30 days of Ramadan and we ask for you to join us. For Muslims, Ramadan is a special time of fasting and drawing near to the god of Islam. For many Christians however, Ramadan is a speci... Read more »
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2014 World Watch List

The World Watch list for 2014 compiled by Open Doors, a ministry that serves persecuted Christians globally, noted that “the main engine driving persecution of Christians (in 36 of  the 50 countries ranked is) Islamic extremism.” Climbing For Christ has been blessed to work in six of the 50 countries listed and has members in eight others. These countries are: Bangladesh (new to the list at No. 48), China (ranked 37th), Colombia (25), India (28), Indonesia (47), Kenya (43), Malaysia (40), Morocco (44), Myanmar (23), Nigeria (14), Pakistan (8), Saudi Arabia (6), Tanzania (49) ... Read more »

C4C Haiti Prayer Video

Please take a moment to pray with us for the people of Haiti! 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 »

C4C Malawi Prayer Video

Please join us in prayer for the nation of Malawi! Read more »

C4C Peru Prayer Video

Please pray with us for the people of Peru and those who have been moved by the Spirit of God to reach out to them in the name of Jesus.   Read more »

Hispaniola: Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Hispaniola is an island in the Caribbean that is shared by two countries: the Afro-Caribbean Haiti to the west and the Hispanic Dominican Republic to the east. This is where Christopher Columbus landed in 1492 — “discovering” America. When Columbus arrived, the island was inhabited by an estimated 400,000 Taínos Indians, who were forced to work in gold mines and were eradicated within 25 years by starvation and disease. This led the Spanish to bring slaves from West Africa. About 500,000 were transported (with an estimated 100,000 dying en route) from the early 1500... Read more »

Philippines

The Philippines is considered the only Christian nation in Asia. But when you visit its many islands and provinces, you find there are still many Filipinos who have yet to come to know Christ. In Luzon, in the mountains of the north where tribal people still live with no electricity and farm the mountain slopes, animism and the worship of animals, elements of nature and their ancestor’s spirits are still practiced. The lack of spiritual guidance and growth has caused many tribal people to get involved in crime and illegal activities. This has resulted in more poverty and lawlessness t... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2013

Praying God’s Promises July 9-Aug. 7 “For all the promises of God in Him [Jesus] are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” – 2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV) Thank you for joining us in our third year of Project Prayer: Ramadan. During this special time, when millions of Muslims are more sensitive to spiritual matters, we seek to pray that our Lord would reveal His love and truth to them in amazing and powerful ways. Throughout the Bible, God records hundreds of precious promises for His followers. Our desire is that many Muslims would embrace the Lor... Read more »
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Turkey

From Mount Ararat to Antioch, Tarsus and Colossae, from the seven churches of Revelation, to the Island of Patmos where the book of Revelation was written, the area of present-day Turkey has a rich biblical history. A mural of Jesus in the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul. The Hagia Sophia, which means “Holy Wisdom,” was a Christian church, then a Muslim mosque, and now is a museum. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) In spite of this heritage, 99.8 percent of the population is considered to be Muslim. Even with the vast majority of Turkey’s citizens claiming allegiance to Islam, Turkey ... Read more »

Pakistan

“Please encourage our efforts to spread the Gospel in the hardest part of the world — the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.” These words came from a pastor who joined Climbing For Christ in 2008. We hear stories daily about terrorism, bombings, murder, kidnapping, and harassment. Particularly at risk are ambassadors for Christ. “Discrimination affects virtually every aspect of daily life such as education, health, livelihood and housing,” according to Open Doors USA, which adds: “Opening a new church building is almost impossible.” Open Doors has ... Read more »

Prayer Updates

Please join us in offering praises and prayers to our great God on behalf of His ministry of Climbing For Christ. We rejoice in God’s faithful provision and protection of His ministry of C4C. There is so much work to do and we praise the Lord for ALL that He has in store. Please pray that God would continue to protect and provide for this ministry in every way. We give God thanks for His guidance and direction of this ministry. May He bless us with ears to hear His still small voice. Pray that God would ordain each and every step of His servants - to the ends of the ea... Read more »
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"Tacadang Traverse" Prayer Calendar

Mission: Philippines 2013 Tacadang Traverse got underway this week.  Please download the prayer calendar (below) and pray for our team. Read more »

2013 World Watch List

Open Doors, a ministry that serves the persecuted church, found an increase in attacks on Christianity in Africa in 2012, citing a rise in radical Muslims in politics, business and judicial power as well as increased terrorism by groups such as Boko Haram in Nigeria. As a result, 15 African nations rank among the 50 countries on the 2013 World Watch List of places where Christians face the most severe persecution for their faith. Five of the newcomers to the list are from Africa: Mali (at No. 7), Tanzania (24), Kenya (40), Uganda (47) and Niger (50). North Korea remains No. 1 on the Wor... Read more »

Morocco

Throughout most of the past thousand years, Morocco has been ruled by a series of dynasties. The most recent, known as the Alaouite dynasty, dates back to the 1600s. Today, the Kingdom of Morocco is what’s known as a constitutional monarchy. This was established in 1957 by Sultan Mohammed V, after Spanish and French rule of the territory. In the late 7th Century, the indigenous Berber peoples of Morocco (along with many other North African peoples and nations) were gradually dominated and subdued during the Arab Muslim conquests. Since that time, Morocco has essentially remained a Musl... Read more »

Mission Haiti 2013 Prayer Calendar

Please pray for MISSION: HAITI 2013.  The calendar below can be used as a guide. Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2012 Prayer Calendar

Please use this guide to pray for the Climbing for Christ team in Nepal, November 4 to November 19, 2012. Mission Nepal 2012 Prayer Calendar 10.29.12.pdf Read more »

Persecuted Church- 2012 World Watch List

 2012 World Watch List The World Watch List is a ranking by the ministry Open Doors of the 50 countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is worst. Climbing For Christ has members in a dozen of these countries, and we are serving as a ministry in at least five. Countries included as part of Project Prayer are boldfaced below (click on links to left): North Korea Afghanistan Saudi Arabia Somalia Iran Maldives Uzbekistan Yeman Iraq Pakistan Eritrea Laos Northern Nigeria Mauritania Egyp... Read more »
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