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Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro Living to bring forth fruit By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Kilimanjaro Chapter leader Dauson Chonjo teaching fellow guides and porters about being a disciple of Jesus. (Photos by Damson Samson) Pastor Winford Mosha was there in the beginning. He saw the vision and knew it was God ordained. Mission: Kilimanjaro 2007 was our first Evangelic Expedition to Tanzania and meeting Pastor Mosha was a divine appointment. He shared with us how he wanted to see guides and porters discipled. It was the same desire God had put on our hearts. A dozen years later, a s...
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It will be provided As Abraham climbed Mount Moriah after trekking 50 or 60 miles in three days with his young son Isaac, he had no idea what God had planned. Abraham only knew to be obedient. “Go and sacrifice him,” God had instructed. Abraham was ready to do as He had told. But God had other plans. He blessed Abraham once again beyond measure. “Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means ‘the LORD will provide’). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: ‘On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided’” (Genesis 22:14, NL...
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Kilimanjaro Chapter leaders on Sango Mountain, fasting and praying during disciples-making-disciples training in June. (Photos by Damson Samson) Changed lives By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Dozens of Mount Kilimanjaro guides and porters have been – and continue to be – discipled by Climbing For Christ. Damson Samson, our missionary to Tanzania, says he has not only been moved by the participation of about 85 Kilimanjaro Chapter members on each of his quarterly visits, “but I am moved with the changes I have seen in their lives.” George F...
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Photo of the Week: Kilimanjaro Kilimanjaro Chapter members in a small group study during March training. (Photo by Damson Samson) CLICK HERE to read more about this Mission: Kilimanjaro work.
Six days of chapter training: It was good By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Praying on Zango Hill for the Kilimanjaro Chapter training. (Photos by Damson Samson) Neither rain nor flooding at home in Malawi nor men being called to work on the mountain in Tanzania could distract Damson Samson from his appointed rounds with the Kilimanjaro Chapter. From Monday, March 11 through Saturday, March 16, Damson led the start of our second year of disciples-making-disciples (DMD) training. It was a blessed week. Six days of lessons, prayers, and celebration with Mount Kilimanjaro gui...
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(Photo illustration with Climbing For Christ ministry life verse by Jesse Eells.) Making a coffee connection By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ The work in Tanzania began in a coffee shop in Thailand. John Becker of Africa Inland Mission – and a long-time Climbing For Christ member – was meeting with me in the aftermath of a gathering of like-hearted ministries in October 2017. John had been following Mission: Kilimanjaro and suggested the next step Climbing For Christ needed to make was to use another ministry as a resource. He connected us with The Timo...
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Photo of the Week: Kilimanjaro Mission: Kilimanjaro 2018 team member Jesse Eells took this photo of the mountain during our seven-day trek. He illustrated the photo with one of the Climbing For Christ ministry life verses (Psalm 121:1-2). CLICK HERE for our Trip Report from Mission: Kilimanjaro 2018.
Mission: Kilimanjaro 2018 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Saturday, Dec. 8 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” – John 15:4 (ESV) We were abiding in the LORD on this, Climbing For Christ’s 100th Evangelic Expedition. We felt in lock-step with God as the Holy Spirit led us through a “Spirit Walk,” a climb of Kilimanjaro, and a Kilimanjaro Chapter training of disciples making dis...
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Photo of the Week: Kilimanjaro Damson Samson, right, sings about Jesus coming around the corner (“Are you ready?”) while Kilimanjaro Chapter members dance during a time of praise and worship. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) CLICK HERE for daily Dispatches from Mission: Kilimanjaro 2018.
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Photo of the Week: Tanzania Kilimanjaro Chapter members meeting to learn more about being a disciple of Jesus. (Photo by Damson Samson) CLICK HERE to read this Mission Moment from Kilimanjaro.
Kilimanjaro Chapter members meeting to learn more about being a disciple of Jesus. (Photos by Damson Samson) Turning Gospel students into teachers By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Damson Samson was teaching guides and porters from the Kilimanjaro Chapter about the Gospels when the students shared how they had been applying lessons learned on and around the mountain. Elia Yona talked about trying to be a walking, talking example of the Gospel. He spoke about going out many times and preaching to five porters on 19,340-foot Mount Kilimanjaro. Four of them had, by the...
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Photo of the Week: Kilimanjaro Brothers in Marangu, Tanzania reaching up and out for Jesus. (Photo by Damson Samson) As Damson Samson visited homes of Kilimanjaro Chapter members, he saw the results of our disciples-making-disciples training. “Even children (of the guides and porters participating in our quarterly training) can recite all the books in the Old and New Testaments,” Damson reported from Tanzania. CLICK HERE to read more about these Mission Moments on Kilimanjaro in the story “Building blocks.”
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Brothers in Marangu, Tanzania reaching up and out for Jesus. (Photos by Damson Samson) Building blocks By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ As Damson Samson visited homes of Kilimanjaro Chapter members, he saw the results of our disciples-making-disciples training. “Even children (of the guides and porters participating in our quarterly training) can recite all the books in the Old and New Testaments,” Damson reported from Tanzania. Damson told about children memorizing verses in the Bible. “I looked at what Climbing For Christ is building...
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Jon on Echo Peak in Lee Metcalf Wilderness, southwestern Montana. Nationality: American. Occupation: Account Manager for Zinpro, a livestock trace mineral company. Missions with C4C: Kilimanjaro 2018. How long have you climbed? I spent a lot of time hiking and hunting in the mountains with my dad growing up. It really became a passion in 2014 when I started guiding youth with Lat45 Adventure Ministries. I now spend over 20 nights per year in the backcountry of Montana’s wildernesses. Type of climbing you do: Hiking, mountaineering. Highlight of climbing career:  Echo Peak, my firs...
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Photo of the Week: Tanzania Hillida Mtui with her four grandchildren. (Photo by Damson Samson) “Hillida Mtui, a 73-year-old widow looking after four grandchildren, gave her life to Christ,” said Climbing For Christ’s East Africa missionary Damson Samson. He was invited to Hillida’s home in Marangu during visits with members of C4C’s Kilimanjaro Chapter. She is part of a family of one of our porters. “She was very happy and more excited to have this wonderful time,” Damson said. Damson made his quarterly visit to Tanzania for evangelism training with Kilimanjaro Chapter guides a...
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Sowing seeds, transforming lives By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ As Damson Samson was preparing for our Kilimanjaro Chapter training in March, he had a dream. Thieves came and took away what he had gathered. “It (the dream) happened twice,” our missionary to East Africa reported. “I was asking, ‘What could that be?’ Then I was led to Matthew 13, where I read the parable of the sower.” “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his hea...
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Adam on Pico de Orizaba in Mexico.  Nationality: American. Occupation: Civil engineer. Missions with C4C: Kilimanjaro 2018. How long have you climbed? 16 years. Type of climbing you do: Hiking and mountaineering. Highlight of climbing career: Climbing Pico de Orizaba (18,491 feet/5,636 meters) outside of Mexico City. How long have you been a Christian? My entire life. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Family (husband and father of two boys, ages 5 and 4). This will be my first mission trip. Favorite Scripture verse (and why): Matthew 7:1-2. “Do not judge, or you to...
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Forde (pronounced “frOO-duh”) on 11,382-foot/3,470-meter Mount Nyiargongo in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo above one of the world’s largest lava lakes. Nationality: Norwegian. Occupation: Network engineer. Missions with C4C: Kilimanjaro 2018. How long have you climbed? Since 2008. Type of climbing you do: Mountaineering, rock climbing, hiking. Highlight of climbing career: Nevado Pisco (5,752 meters) in Peru was definitely the hardest and most challenging climb that I have ever undertaken. Had it not been for my climbing mates and guide that encouraged me and ...
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Nationality: American. Occupation: Children’s Pastor. Missions with C4C: Kilimanjaro 2018. How long have you climbed? Since 2000. Type of climbing you do: Rock and ice. Highlight of climbing career: Climbing Dairyland (WI5) in Munising, MI, USA. How long have you been a Christian? Since 1982. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Children & Family ministry at a church in the community I grew up in (Hope Community Church, Manitowoc, WI). Favorite Scripture verse (and why): “Tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power and the wonders he has ...
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