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In Memoriam: Jim Doenges

Jim Doenges, who served full-time on the staff of Climbing For Christ during our early years (2006-2008), started the Colorado Front Range Chapter, and was a part of six Evangelic Expeditions (including the inaugural missions to Denali, Kilimanjaro and Nepal), graduated to the next life on July 16, 2018. He was 58 years old. He was survived by his wife, Teresa. Jim once was lost and this is the story of how he was found. This story originally appeared in Issue 1 of The Climbing Life (now our quarterly magazine The Climbing Way) in Spring 2005. You can hear more from Jim in a 2012 radio produc... Read more »
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Mission Moments: Malawi

A chicken in every widow’s pot Mrs. Namithala brought chickens to be shared with other widows. (Photos by Damson Samson) The chicken project Climbing For Christ staff member Damson Samson started with the widows he has been serving in southern Malawi continued recently with the exchange of 58 chickens. A group village head said the “chickens are hidden treasures,” resulting in the poorest of the poor having a resource to buy some basic needs. “Some who might care well for these (chickens) can easily buy fertilizer,” the village leader said. Heat has made k... Read more »

Mission: 2019

The Master’s Mission A “touch point” in my study Bible declares: “Jesus issued a mandate for all believers as citizens of His kingdom. Every believer is under obligation to preach the Good News of salvation. His command to ‘go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone’ is every believer’s mission.” They called this “The Master’s Mission.” That’s the theme of Climbing For Christ’s Mission: 2019. This Master Mission is based on Jesus speaking in Mark 16 after His resurrection: “And then he tol... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Celebrating spiritual independence By Gary Fallesen Inside Mulanje Prison. (Photos by Damson Samson) July 6 was Independence Day in Malawi and staff worker Damson Samson used the opportunity to offer spiritual freedom at Mulanje Prison. This was Damson’s first visit to the southern Malawi prison since CHRISTmas day. “I prayed for heaven to intervene for the sake of my brothers and sisters in Mulanje Prison,” Damson said. “I looked at the Independence Day we had and I was able to see that it was to be a celebration where Malawi received that freedom, but now I saw... Read more »

Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

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... Read more »

2018 World Watch List

The normalcy of persecution A Nepali brother looks into unreached areas on Mission: Nepal 2017. Nepal vaulted to 25th on the 2018 World Watch List after having been unmentioned a year ago. This is because of the passage of anti-conversion laws. Pray for the boldness of the world’s fastest-growing church to continue in spite of opposition. The annual release of Open Doors’ World Watch List of persecuted nations was made on Jan. 10. The announcement of the 50 hardest places to be a Christian is usually associated with a collective groan or gasp, and a feeling of pity for ... Read more »

Trip Report: Indonesia 2018

Hell in Indonesia’s high places By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ “Joe,” not his real name, thanked us for coming. He asked us to send people to work with him. He is lonely. He expressed his happiness to have brothers in Christ visit the place where he had served for three years because churches will not help him deliver the Good News. “They are afraid,” he explained, before adding again the joy he felt “to have a friend in ministry.” Joe and one other worker have seen 10 souls rescued from one of Indonesia&rs... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Redemption, deliverance and Massif fruit Story by Gary Fallesen, president of Climbing For Christ with reporting and photos by Damson Samson, missionary to East Africa “May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God.”  – Psalm 20:5 (NIV) The Climbing For Christ banner was raised at the Likhubula trailhead to Mulanje Massif in May. Damson Samson, our Malawi-based missionary, was doing quarterly training of guides and porters in the Mulanje Massif Chapter. Damson planned on spending three days doing a different training at... Read more »

Climb Peru with Edwin Milla

Edwin Milla’s many ascents include the wicked face of Huandoy Sur, which was first climbed by his father Faustino with the Italian legend Renato Casarotto. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Peru 2011) Guiding for God’s glory Meet Edwin Milla Chinchay Edwin Milla has served with Climbing For Christ since our first mission into the mountains of Peru in 2011. He has helped us arrange each Evangelic Expedition and has been our guide in the Peruvian Andes. We are honored to partner with Edwin and encourage anyone looking for a guide in South America to consider hiring him (see the at... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Ngoni hands raised for Jesus Story by Gary Fallesen, president of Climbing For Christ with reporting and photos by Damson Samson, missionary to East Africa Damson Samson shared Biblical truth with 40 chiefs from the Ngoni tribe during our April outreach in Central Malawi. “I was teaching these leaders from the Book of Isaiah (chapter) 37, verses 8 to 20,” Damson said. “I titled my message ‘A King Who Fears the Lord.’ I was highlighting how Hezekiah responded to a letter he got (from the commander of the Assyrian forces).” Hezekiah “read the note f... Read more »

Trip Report: Nepal 2018

God’s math doesn’t add up; He multiplies Story and photos by Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ “The seeds that fell on good ground are the people who hear and understand the message. They produce as much as 100 or 60 or 30 times what was planted.” – Matthew 13:23 (CEV) God’s math is multiplication. We do addition and subtraction, but God is about multiplying. We calculate 1+1+1, while God uses power to produce exponential numbers. See the story about the farmer in Matthew 13, where seed is scattered in a field – some falling on ... Read more »

Dispatches: Nepal 2018

Mission: Nepal 2018 By Gary and Elaine Fallesen Sunday, April 22  Pastor Tej Rokka and his wife, Bidhya (left to right); Gary and Elaine, and Bhim and Megh Rokka. Elaine is holding the C4C birthday cake our Nepali brothers and sisters presented us on April 20. We read a devotional on our flights back to the United States called “Ending Well,” which correctly stated: “it is a travesty for any follower of Jesus to arrive at the end of their race with strength to spare. We are to be poured out, spent, and exhausted on the Gospel.” Amen! The same ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

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... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Mission Moments: NepalThe anatomy of the church The newly built church at Dharmashala. “And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”  – Ephesians 1:22-23 (NIV) The church – the body of Christ – is said to be growing faster in Nepal than anywhere else in the world. In the Mid-West district of Rolpa, the church at Korchabang went out (just as Jesus directed in Matthew 28:19 and Mark 16:15) and planted more churches. What began with one believer... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Learning to hear God and obey Story by Gary Fallesen, president of Climbing For Christ with reporting and photos by Damson Samson, missionary to East Africa Feeling emboldened by what they have learned the past two years through Climbing For Christ training, the guides and porters in the Mulanje Massif Chapter spoke about their new-found willingness and desires to share the Gospel. John Moleni. John Moleni told about speaking the Word to a group of five Brazilians while climbing Mulanje Massif in southern Malawi. Another time on the mountain, he shared with two climbers from Switzer... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Malawi

Photo of the Week: MalawiChickens for Christ A bird in the hand. (Photo by Damson Samson) “We bought over 200 chickens, which were given to (widows in many) villages,” said Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Ngoni people standing up for Jesus. (Photos by Damson Samson) Uncovering sin among the Ngoni Damson Samson told all of those Ngoni people who had gathered in Central Malawi about the first sin. He shared with them from Genesis 3 and how Adam and Eve, as soon as they realized what they had done, “sewed fig leaves together to make something to cover themselves” (Genesis 3:7). Hiding our sin is as common as the rising of the sun. But Damson, Climbing For Christ’s Malawi-based missionary to East Africa, explained: “Covering our sins does not do us well. We need to come ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Haiti

Gilbert with schoolchildren in Gentilhomme in 2017. I Can Only Imagine Imagine being a 14-year-old Haitian boy living in a mountain village with no electricity or running water. A place where a school has just been opened through the work of Climbing For Christ. And you’ve been left for dead after breaking your leg. Gilbert Lindor doesn’t have to imagine. He was that boy. What he could not have imagined 10½ year ago was going to college, which – on Jan. 22 – he began in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. “After a series of sacrifices (and) unexpected e... Read more »

Mission: Kilimanjaro HIStory

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Mission Moments: Nepal

Building another house in His name Looking over the land where God will be praised. (Photos by Megh Gurung) Work has begun on the house of worship for the church at Dharmashala in the Mid-West district of Rolpa. Brother Megh, Climbing For Christ’s kingdom worker in Nepal, said the church will be built in a month and then worship will be held there. “All the leaders arrived at the spot (where the church will be constructed) and prayed and I talked with all of them,” said Megh, who visited Rolpa with his wife. Interlocking compressed earth blocks for the building ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Widows celebrate the New Year Damson Samson opened the widows’ celebration of the New Year by sharing the parable of the great banquet found in Matthew 22. “Even when wealthy people refused to come, the owner invited the poor and the crippled,” he explained. “God is willing and ready to invite all of us to His kingdom and it will be up to us to accept or refuse.” More than 400 widows, village chiefs and pastors from various churches attended this particular great banquet on Jan. 3. “It was a great time and many lives saw Jesus feeding them what they ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Haiti

Out with the old, in with the ‘new generation’ The “New Generation,” as Gilbert calls himself and his friends ministering in Haiti, were dubbed “the next generation” of Haitian missionaries by us in The Climbing Way (Vol. 36, Sept. 2016). Our friend Gilbert finished 2017 in thankfulness to God for all that He provided through Climbing For Christ to support not only him as he finished high school and prepared to enter college in the Dominican Republic, but for lives in Haiti again impacted by the possibility of education. The “New Generation&rdq... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalA Nepali brother looks into unreached areas on Mission: Nepal 2017. Nepal vaulted to 25th on the 2018 World Watch List after having been unmentioned a year ago. This is because of the passage of anti-conversion laws. Pray for the boldness of the world’s fastest-growing church to continue in spite of opposition. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) CLICK HERE for the complete World Watch List … and pray on! Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

CHRISTmas gift brings joy to hungry widows By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Widows clapping and singing songs of praise to God for the gift of food this CHRISTmas. (Photos by Damson Samson) My pastor and friend, Larry Stojkovic, was preaching about CHRISTmas. He wondered what someone from the majority world would say if we brought them to our culture at the CHRISTmastime of year. He suggested that they might ask: “How did you get from Luke 2 to this?!” Good question. I have grown weary of the whole “reason-for-the-season” campaign. If ... Read more »

Dispatches: Kilimanjaro 2017

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2017 By Gary Fallesen, founding president Climbing For Christ Thursday, Dec. 7 Damson returned to his home in southern Malawi and Elaine and I finished up at the Finishing the Task Conference in southern California. Louie Giglio provided the send-off message, quoting Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” “This (conference) is happening so that can happen,” Giglio said at the start of a stirring 45-minute message. He concluded as he often... Read more »
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