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Dispatches: Indonesia 2019

Mission: Indonesia 2019, Part 1 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Tuesday, April 23 Our Tuesday was short as we traveled West from Chicago to Tokyo to Jakarta across 10 time zones into the future. But it felt long as we completed another 30 hours of travel from home to our destination. Tuesday blurred into Wednesday as it was already April 24 by the time we cleared immigration, picked up luggage (which arrived, praise God!), and met Budi in the new Terminal 3 in Jakarta. We are 11 hours ahead of our home U.S. Eastern time zone. On the opposite side of the world a... Read more »

Climbing For Christ's 15th anniversary

All glory to HIM! By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Teammates on our recent Tunisia Survey pray from a hillside for nearby villages. (Photo by John Becker) In my former life as a newspaper sports writer, I knew about baseball batting and earned run averages, basketball field goal and free throw percentages, football quarterback ratings, and college basketball power ratings. I could tell you about sand saves in golf and goals-against averages in ice hockey. But when someone asked if this new organization God had birthed through me was a “501(c)(3),” I h... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Tunisia

Photo of the Week: TunisiaA white-washed mosque stands in the middle of a village built into the mountainsides in Chenini, Tunisia. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) CLICK HERE to read the Trip Report from Tunisia Survey 2019. Read more »

Trip Report: Tunisia Survey 2019

A white-washed mosque stands in the middle of a village built into the mountainsides in Chenini. An accessible harvest Story and photos by Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ The homes are carved into the mountains. Picture a cave worthy of the pages of Architectural Digest. The Amazigh people of Tataouine live in those homes in southern Tunisia. But the dwellings are more vacant than occupied. The former president of this North African country, Habib Bourguiba, forced people to move from the mountains. So now there is a Chenini Jdida (new Chenini) located below Chenini ... Read more »
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Dispatches: Tunisia Survey 2019

By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Wednesday, April 10 A cedar in western Tunisia. Our time as a team has come to an end and we are all headed in different directions. There are many airports and many flights‎ ahead. We leave the country with a prayer we have lifted over numerous brothers and sisters in Christ during the past nine days. It comes from Psalm 92:12-15, which one of my brother's on the team shared from the start of our trip as the verses God put on his heart for our journey together: "The righteous flourish like the palm tree and gr... Read more »
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Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

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... Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2019 (Part 1) Trip Report

Following in God’s footsteps By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Our team treks past the church at Yarsha. (Photos by Gary Fallesen) Wherever you GO, there God is. Moses instructed Joshua not to fear: “The LORD himself goes before you” (Deuteronomy 31:8). Then Joshua heard it from the LORD Himself: “Your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). David recognized there is nowhere in the universe that God will not be present: “If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!” (Psalm 139:8).... Read more »

Dispatches: Nepal 2019 (Part 1)

Mission: Nepal 2019 (Part 1) By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Friday, Feb. 22 Clouds hung over the valley as we ascended into the Manaslu area. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) We were in a Middle Eastern airport early this morning when the call to prayer rang out. I was again reading about Jesus giving us the power to “bind and loose” as found in Matthew 16:19 and Matthew 18:18. These commands have come up time and time again in recent weeks and they remain my prayer, first for Nepal and then for the other areas where God is sending us. T... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalGanesh Himal, Nepal. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) CLICK HERE for Dispatches from Mission: Nepal 2019, Part 1. Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Learning to avoid sin on Mulanje Massif Mulanje Massif Chapter members. (Photos by Damson Samson) Before diving into the New Testament and teaching about the Gospels and General Letters, Damson Samson led the guides and porters in the Mulanje Massif Chapter back to Genesis. “We were looking at the forbidden tree, which was very admiring and tasty in the eye,” our Malawi-based missionary said. “But behind it was death. We continued to instruct everybody to keep himself away from sin.” This was the third of five training sessions from our disciples-making-disci... Read more »

Songs & Stories: Nepal

Join the Rochester-based staff of Climbing For Christ on Friday, Feb. 1 for Songs & Stories: Nepal. Jordan Rowley will lead us in worship, starting at 7 p.m., and Jordan and Elaine and Gary Fallesen will share stories from Mission: Nepal. This event will be held at Hope Lutheran Church, 1301 Vintage Lane in Greece, NY. Climbing For Christ has ministered in Nepal since 2008 and we are preparing to GO on our 16th expedition to that Himalayan nation. Come learn about the wonderful thing God has been doing in Nepal, give HIM praise, and support the staff as we prepare to GO on Climbing For Ch... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

A special gift: snacking on a Bible study Children sponsored by Project 1:27 received new Bibles on Wednesday in Malawi. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) Climbing For Christ has received several unexpected gifts through the years from people (often young people) moved by the Spirit to support His work in a place many adults have never even heard of. Children have opened lemonade stands and held fundraisers for other children in need. The Las Amigas group, girls in elementary school in Washington state, raised money last year for our Project 1:27-sponsored children in Malawi. Charlotte Crai... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Blessed to touch lives Malawi widows ululating or singing songs of praise for food received. (Photos by Damson Samson) Damson Samson took the little we are able to provide each month to help his widows project (US $500) and fed the 191 in January. He purchased 45 bags of maize and helped the hungry in three villages. “Many came in to receive the food gift,” Damson said. “Being in line, just to hear their names called and get their maize home with a smiling face.” Looking for her name on the list. “‘Is my name written?’ (they would wond... Read more »

2019 World Watch List

‘Every part suffers’ By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ 245 million Christians live in the 50 countries (colored) where it’s most dangerous to follow Jesus. (Map by Open Doors) The great missionary Paul wrote, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26). We also are instructed to remember those who are mistreated or suffering adversity “as if you were suffering with them” (Hebrews 13:3). For most who are reading this, it is a stretch of the imagination to understand how many of our brothers and s... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Sending them out two by two Group village head Kasale, left, and her elderly mother in August 2018. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Damson Samson put the disciples-making-disciples lessons he has been teaching to our Kilimanjaro Chapter in Tanzania and the Mulanje Massif Chapter in Malawi to work during an outreach among the Ngoni people this week in central Malawi. The Climbing For Christ kingdom worker invited at least one believer from every village to three days of evangelism training. “We are targeting thousands of Ngoni people,” Damson said about this under-engaged group. &ldqu... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

A common Malawi widow’s pose: praising God for what He has done. (Photo by Damson Samson) Widows declare God’s greatness By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ “Closing our mouths can’t do,” Damson Samson said after the third anniversary of his Climbing For Christ-sponsored widows project. “We shall proclaim the great and wonderful things the Lord has done.” Hundreds of widows who have been blessed by God through this project gathered on Jan. 4 for a big party. They brought gifts for Damson and his family – and rece... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

From the gift of shoes to God’s victorious feat Damson Samson spent Malawi’s Independence Day (July 6) and CHRISTmas eve 2018 with those in the Mulanje Prison. It capped our Malawi-based African worker’s first year of serving those in prison. Before delivering a CHRISTmas message – and 500 pairs of shoes provided through funding by Climbing For Christ – Damson took his latest visit to the Lord. God gave him Acts 12:1-17 (Peter’s rescue from prison) and a vision of “angels standing at the four corners of the prison.” After he preached more than... Read more »

Trip Report: Kilimanjaro 2018

(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... Read more »

Dispatches: 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... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Kilimanjaro

Photo of the Week: KilimanjaroDamson 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. Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Planting seeds to grow the church Mulanje Massif Chapter training. (Photos by Damson Samson) Guides and porters in our Mulanje Massif Chapter in Malawi met for quarterly training on Nov. 21-22 and studied church planting and the Book of Acts. “On this day, we had a total of 18 people,” Climbing For Christ kingdom worker Damson Samson reported. “This is because some were committed to planting seeds.” Some plant seeds to grow crops and some plant seeds to grow the church.  The Mulanje Massif Chapter training, a continuation of The Timothy Initiative (di... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Even a drop of water is a blessing Sonjela’s smile speaks volumes. (Photos by Damson Samson) Between Mulanje Massif Chapter training and preparing to join our team on Mission: Kilimanjaro 2018, Climbing For Christ worker Damson Samson was busy again feeding the widows. In October, he used monthly support from Climbing For Christ for his widows’ project to buy maize for more than 100 hungry widows. But many were not fed through this effort. So, Damson took November support and did the same thing, providing more than 30 50-kilogram bags of maize to feed another 100-plus wid... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Trusting God in small things Lidia Namonde (front and center) praises God with other widows for His provision in Malawi. (Photos by Damson Samson) Damson Samson took what little monthly support we can send for his widows’ project ($500) and “rushed to buy maize in the understanding the food situation we have now.” As is often the case in his native southern Malawi, many are going hungry. “We managed to buy 30 bags of maize (50 kilograms each), which could not be able to feed all the widows we have, but I called some to my house to get this blessing.” More... Read more »

Mission Moments: 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... Read more »

New chapter in the Philippines

What Asiel dela Fuente called “a new breed of mission volunteers” on the island of Mindoro in June. (Photos by Asiel dela Fuente) Teaching school children on Mindoro. Asiel dela Fuente led a group of 10 on a mission trip to the island of Mindoro in June “to share school supplies with our fellow Mangyans. We were able to visit three villages,” Asiel said. “When we got back to the Metro (Manila) after the climb, we were able to gather participants and non-participants interested in outdoor missions for small-group session. We had our Jump-Off session (on Aug. 1... Read more »
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