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In Memorium: Jaime Servat

Good and faithful Servat By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Jaime giving a Bible to a schoolgirl in Chalhua, the Cordillera Blanca village where Climbing For Christ built a church. Jaime Servat dreamed of big mountains. He envisioned GO-ing to those mountains in the name of Jesus. The dream occurred in 1992. The vision came in 1998. In the latter, Jaime heard God’s voice, instructing him: “Son, you will go to the mountains and bring My name up and down them, and I will go before you and many will come to Me, others will not, and some will b... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Remembering visits with joy By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ The church at Korchabang in worship. (Photos by Megh Gurung) I better understand now Paul’s letters to the young church of his day about longing to see them. In 1 Thessalonians 3:6, he wrote about Timothy’s return from the church at Thessalonica: “He reports that you always remember our visit with joy and that you want to see us as much as we want to see you.” In July, our Nepali kingdom worker, Megh Gurung, went to see the body of believers God has used us to help build up in th... Read more »

Mission Moments: Haiti

Three Rs: reading, writing, regard for the poor Children in the village of Kamiel. (Photos provided by Gilbert Lindor) Gilbert Lindor wept. He and three members of the New Generation visited the village of Kamiel at the invitation of the pastor there. Pastor Joirius Max had met with Gilbert before in Malasi to ask if Climbing For Christ would support the start of a school in his poor village of 9,000 people. The pastor and about 100 children greeted the New Generation. “We also met with 30 parents in the area,” Gilbert said. “Some of those parents have children in ... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Turkey

Photo of the Week: TurkeyTrekking into the Aladaglar Mountains. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) CLICK HERE to read the Mission: Turkey 2019 Trip Report, “Keep the faith: Do not grow weary or give up; a harvest will be reaped.” Read more »

Trip Report: Turkey 2019

Keep the faith ​​Do not grow weary or give up; a harvest will be reaped ​ Trekking into the Aladaglar Mountains. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Descending off Mount Ararat for the first time in 2010, I was facing an intense battle against personal discouragement. I had hoped to meet Kurdish nomads on and around Turkey’s tallest mountain. But we only talked to those selling trinkets and they viewed us as “tourists.” We were unable to have any significant conversations. We had been turned back by bad weather... Read more »

Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

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... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Hands up for Jesus By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ When Damson Samson finished his Independence Day message about God’s love to 490 inmates in the Mulanje Prison, he asked if anyone needed to “rebuild and start a new life in Christ Jesus.” “I could not count the hands,” Damson said. “It was hundreds who confessed and accepted Jesus to be their Lord and Savior.” This marked the fourth time Damson has delivered Good News to prisoners in southern Malawi. On CHRISTmas day 2017, he prayed for the incarcerated and 70 souls w... Read more »

Dispatches: Turkey 2019

Mission: Turkey 2019 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Our Mission: Turkey 2019 team (standing, left to right) Missy Dedrick, Behzat Bucak, Gary Fallesen, Elaine Fallesen, and (seated) Adem ‎Donmez. Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7 ‎Saturday was a 31-hour day for Missy, Elaine and me – with all of it spent in the air or in airports as we crossed back over seven time zones. We flew out of Istanbul late night Friday, laying over in Moscow and then finding ourselves stranded in New York City Saturday night, when flights were cancelled... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Turkey

Photo of the Week: TurkeyTrekking into High Camp in the Aladaglar Mountains, where our Mission: Turkey 2019 team served. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) CLICK HERE for daily Dispatches from Mission: Turkey 2019. Read more »

Photo of the Week: Turkey

Photo of the Week: TurkeyThe Aladaglar Mountains, where our Mission: Turkey 2019 team is trekking. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) CLICK HERE for daily Dispatches from Mission: Turkey 2019. Read more »

Photo of the Week: Turkey

Photo of the Week: TurkeyTrekking on Mount Ararat in 2015, the last time we went to Turkey. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) CLICK HERE for daily Dispatches from Mission: Turkey 2019. Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Mission Moments: MalawiShaken by the suffering By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Sankhulani sprawled on the dirt floor in his grandmother’s house. He is in his 30s and developmentally disabled. But that does not explain his need to eat soil. “I asked him if he does that because he doesn’t have food,” said Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ’s Malawi-based Kingdom worker. “He said yes. “It took me time to believe these things are happening under the sun.” Damson has served the widows of southern Malawi since CHRISTmas 2015. These are the po... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Thriving through challenge Visiting the house church at Ghapa during Mission: Nepal 2017. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Pastor Dulsar and the church at Korchabang planted a church in nearby Dharmashala in the remote reaches of Nepal’s Mid-West district of Rolpa. Climbing For Christ was blessed to help both villages build houses of worship. As the Dharmashala church was under construction we were introduced to another church plant in Ghapa. This house church has grown to 51 saved souls. Dulsar, a former Maoist, has been busy since we met him in 2012. CLICK HERE to read the story &ldquo... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Turkey

Photo of the Week: TurkeyIftar (breaking the daily Ramadan fast) with friends in Turkey. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Ararat 2014) CLICK HERE to read our “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World” booklet. Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

The church (blue roof) at Simikot, district headquarters for Humla in the northwest corner of Nepal. (Photos by Megh Gurung) Enjoying a spiritual feast in Humla By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Megh Gurung desired to take flight and leave the Humla District. But God had other plans. “I did not get (my) flight,” he explained, “and spent time with Kali, Thana, Hari, and (Pastor) Harka’s family. We prayed.” And prayed. And prayed. The group spent two hours together at the church at Simikot. “We prayed for the Humla District and for... Read more »

Trip Report: Indonesia 2019

Sulawesi jungles: lush, green, and shrouded in darkness. But God dwells even in the darkness, we are told in 1 Kings 8:12. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Fear God, nothing less An invitation to GO on Mission: Indonesia 2020 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Our brother watched as the deluge of rain moved the mountain in front of him in the heart of Central Sulawesi. He felt no fear. It was a holy moment. His driver, a Muslim, cowered in fear as flood waters rose and mud flowed from the hills around them. “Why aren’t you afraid?” the driver asked wit... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Appreciating the time given by God By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Mulanje Massif Chapter guides and porters in disciple-making training in southern Malawi. (Photos by Damson Samson) Damson Samson shared what he referred to as “a wakeup call” when guides and porters in the Mulanje Massif Chapter met in April for their quarterly disciples-making-disciples study. “This was just a reminder to be appreciating time we have been given for we don’t know the why of the time given to us,” our Malawi-based Kingdom worker said. “We were ... Read more »

Dispatches: Indonesia 2019

Mission: Indonesia 2019, Part 1 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Friday, May 3 Team C4C: Gary, Budi and Jordan in Central Sulawesi. It was a 35-hour Friday as Jordan and I traveled backward across 11 time zones from Jakarta, Indonesia to Climbing For Christ’s home base in Rochester, NY, USA. We left Indonesia praying the theme verse for this trip over the numerous tribes of this vast, mostly Muslim country: “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” (Psalm 96:3). Have Your way, LORD. Thursday, M... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Indonesia

Photo of the Week: IndonesiaGunung Sojol, the highest peak on Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) CLICK HERE for daily Dispatches. 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 »
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