Climbing For Christ

TAKING THE GOSPEL TO MOUNTAINOUS AREAS OF THE WORLD WHERE OTHER MISSIONARIES CANNOT OR WILL NOT GO

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Bob Kuebler


Bob Kuebler on Armstrong in New York's Adirondack mountains.

Age: 55 at time of trip. Residence: Buffalo, NY, USA. Family: Unmarried father of three — Joseph, 28; Steven, 26, and Michelle, 17. Occupation: Youth Ministry. Church: Last Days Fellowship. Missions with C4C: First.

How long have you climbed? 20 years. Type of climbing you do: Trekking/hiking. Highlight of climbing career: Baldy Mountain, New Mexico with my son Steve and a Boy Scout troop

How long have you been a Christian? More than 50 years. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: I am the director of Youth With A Purpose, Inc (YWAP). We serve inner-city youth 24-7. In the home, in the school, in the hood, and in the mountains. They will always hear, “Jesus loves you and so do I.”

Favorite Scripture verse (and why): Romans 8:28 (“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”). Many bad things happen to our youth. We see kids die from violence on a regular basis. By teaching kids that God is in control even during the bad times, they somehow understand that He loves them through our actions.

Special “God moment” you'd like to share: A young girl named Roxy had a dream. In her dream, she saw me handing out Message Bibles at a youth meeting. I “cast” her dream to a man named John Mika at Kingdom Bound Ministries. He gave me a case of Message Bibles. On our next mountain trip, 14 young people were given a Message Bible to carry up Algonquin Peak (5,114 feet) in the Adirondacks. One girl told me a story of how her dad never made her his “princess.” I said that a dad who does not make his daughter his princess is “princessless” himself. From the top of the mountain I called Roxy and told her about Princessless. In the next two weeks, she wrote a song called “Princessless.” She recorded the song with a sister and a cousin. She performed the song on the day before Father’s Day at a banquet honoring 100 men who made a difference in the community at the Buffalo Convention Center. She told men what it’s like growing up with a dad who doesn’t keep his word. God gives children dreams and visions and it is up to us to cast those visions.

What does Climbing For Christ mean to you? An opportunity for Holy Spirit collaboration. By sharing gifts and talents, we can share the Gospel in a more expedient fashion in these accelerating end times. I cry when I read the news of what God is doing through C4C. He is moving in a powerful way to reach those that many consider unreachable. I believe that there is a spiritual metaphor in the work that C4C does. Most people would not go where C4C goes because the places may be considered unreachable. Sometimes we write people off spiritually because they don’t measure up to our spiritually righteous standards. We consider them unreachable. God desires that none should perish that’s why He directed Gary to start C4C. Jesus loves you, Gary, and so do I.
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