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Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

Mission Moments: KilimanjaroLiving 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... Read more »

Praying for Turkey

A Turkish military patrol along the Syrian border when U.S.-backed Kurdish forces were fighting ISIS to the south. The Syrian Civil War (since 2011) and the battle against ISIS led to 3.5 million Syrians crossing the border into Turkey. Green light means woe By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ The headline screamed off my screen: “Donald Trump gives Turkey the green light to invade northern Syria.” It was Monday’s (Oct. 7) The Economist e-newsletter. My heart sank. Two days later, Turkey began a military offensive against our Syrian Kurdish allies. T... Read more »

2020 Mission

Trekking in Turkey’s Aladaglar Mountains. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Seeing 2020 on mission By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ When I first climbed into the mostly non-Christian world of mountaineering, I could not see how anyone could stand on a summit and breathe in the beauty all around them and not believe something bigger than them had created their breathtaking surroundings. The majesty, God’s magnificence is revealed in His mountains. It is through creation that we can see the Creator – be it in those marvelous mountains or through those of us... Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2019

Soldiering for the kingdom The revered Gurkha soldiers have roots in the region. Soldier for Christ Megh Gurung dreamed of being a Gurkha when he grew up in the area, a place he says “is very rich in culture and heritage.” It’s also steeped in high mountains, Hinduism and Buddhism. Climbing For Christ returns to the Annapurna Region in 2019; this time exploring the Manaslu area, where the world’s eighth-highest mountain looms at 8,163 meters (26,781 feet). “I hope we can open the door to hearts in those areas,” said Megh, our kingdom worker in Nepal. He p... 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: Kilimanjaro 2020

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... Read more »

Mission: Malawi 2020

Healing rain God is a Father to the fatherless and a defender of widows. He sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. He is a sender of His people, leading His workers to a sun-scorched land to proclaim His goodness. We have showered love on orphaned children and long-forgotten widows in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world. We have set the captives free in the Mulanje Prison in southern Malawi. We have encouraged the church there and connected a Malawi ministry partner with one of our home churches in the United States, praying and watching that relationship flourish. And our... Read more »

Mission: Indonesia 2020

Still on the list We were in South Sulawesi discussing unreached people when a local worker brought up a group in West Sulawesi. We looked them up. “Still on the list,” we acknowledged. In fact, three of every 10 people groups remain on that unreached people groups (UPG) list. We have been to South and Central Sulawesi in search of unreached people groups the past two years. “To make sure about the unreached people group that mission organizations mentioned,” Indonesia member Budi said. “Are they really unreached and no workers or not?” We discovered wor... Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2020

The Voice in the wilderness When we first arrived in Humla, a remote district in the northwest corner of Nepal, we could count the number of Christians on two hands. There were seven young men in a tiny house church in the district headquarters of Simikot and a brother and sister in an otherwise Hindu village perched on a mountainside a few hours away. Our Mission: Nepal 2012 team was invited to a Bible study in the house church, where we worshiped and prayed with a few of the men. Later, we prayed with the brother and sister in secret for fear of bringing persecution to their home. From 20... Read more »

Mission: Turkey 2020

In God’s time The Bible tells us, repeatedly, to wait patiently for the Lord. God’s thoughts, His ways, even His timing are not the same as ours. In the New Living Translation of Isaiah 55:8, we are told: “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” We are guilty of becoming impatient and, in some cases, even giving up when we have seen little or no fruit. Then we are reminded Who is in control. Peter wrote, “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyon... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Disciples trained to make disciples By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Mulanje Massif Chapter graduating Class of 2019 with Damson Samson (right). Twenty-one guides and porters from the Mulanje Massif in southern Malawi graduated from our year-long disciple-making training on Aug. 21. Seven of our brothers in Christ were working on the mountain and could not attend the graduation ceremony. This training – started with the guides and porters in our Kilimanjaro Chapter in Tanzania – is based on resources provided by The Timothy Initiative ministry. Damson... Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »
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