Kala Matzdorf

Gary Fallesen

Kala Matzdorf

Kala Matzdorf, serving in Africa.

Nationality: American. Occupation: Student. Missions with C4C: First.

How long have you climbed? I have been hiking for as long as I can remember.  Type of climbing you do: Mainly day-hiking. Highlight of climbing career: Hiking Half Dome in Yosemite with my dad. 

How long have you been a Christian? I have been a Christian since I was 10 years old.  Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Most recently, I served in an after school program for at-risk children in Florida.

Favorite Scripture verse (and why): Philippians 4:4-9. ("Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.") This was our theme verse for my mission team in Africa for the three months that we were there. It is a great reminder to rejoice in all situations because God is always near. It is also a great reminder of what our minds should be focused on.

Special "God moment" you'd like to share: While in Africa, I had the opportunity to witness the true joy of Christ in many young children. They had next to nothing, yet they were joyful. It was such a strong reminder to live with joyful spirits no matter what our physical situation is, as the verse I shared commands us to do.

What does Climbing For Christ mean to you? Climbing For Christ means combining my passion for climbing with my passion for Christ. It is a great example of doing everything that you do for the glory of the Lord.

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