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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 »

Photo of the Week: Tanzania

Photo of the Week: TanzaniaThe view from the New Shira Camp at 12,600 feet on day 2 on Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Mission: Kilimanjaro 2017 is underway. CLICK HERE to read daily Dispatches from Tanzania. Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Heaven feeds hundreds of Malawi widows Story by Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Photos by Damson Samson, C4C missionary to East Africa “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” - 1 John 5:14 (NIV) “If Heaven would provide,” Damson Samson pled, “please help us with $2,000 so that I can just buy and distribute” food to our widows. “I pray that our members around the world should continue praying for these widows. Their life, which is [full of] strife, [is ha]... Read more »

Mission: 2018

You can be the next link in the chain By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ “God’s plan is for a chain of witnesses from the apostles until He comes again. I have the privilege of being part of that chain. We have the opportunity to make the next link in the chain.” — Dudley Woodberry, legendary missionary to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and many other Islamic countries What an incredible invitation. You and I have the opportunity to be witnesses to the glory of God. We are offered front-row seats to watch God at work. In Nepal. In Indonesia. In Peru... Read more »

Mission: Kilimanjaro HIStory

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Mission: Nepal 2018

No branch can bear fruit by itself Megh Gurung, Climbing For Christ’s missionary to Nepal, shared his “passion and vision” for work in a region that will be new to C4C. He planted a church in 2017 in Pokhara, a popular tourist destination in Nepal’s West Region. Climbing For Christ will trek far from the beaten path (remembering we GO where others cannot or will not), but there is a strategic purpose for GO-ing to much-visited Pokhara. “The house owner doesn’t want to rent to the Christians,” Megh said of the church plant there. “I want... Read more »

Mission: Indonesia 2018

Jesus weeps over hundreds of millions of lost Indonesians We wept — just like our Savior, Jesus Christ. In John, chapter 11, we read about the death of Jesus’s good friend, Lazarus. He has been buried in a tomb for four days when Jesus arrives. “Jesus wept,” it says in John 11:35. But then, in the midst of his sadness, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. Sadness turns to gladness. It can be done. As we met with like-hearted brothers and sisters to discuss Muslim unreached people groups, we were told about the 170 MUPGs (at the time) with populations of more than 100,... Read more »

Mission: Ararat 2018

Dreaming and envisioning Christianity in Turkey Ali was born in Turkey to a Muslim family. He met a woman who took him to church and invited him to come to a conference. The conference speaker came up to Ali and asked to pray for him. The speaker laid his hand on Ali, and Ali suddenly felt an indescribable peace and joy. When he came back the next day, a group of people laid their hands on him, and this time Ali felt his legs give out from under him. As he fell, he felt himself in front of a powerful, majestic being. His body started shaking, and he heard a voice telling him: “I am the ... Read more »

Mission: Malawi 2018

Sermon on the Mount (Mulanje) We climbed from the Fort Lister trailhead to Sombani Hut with 28 guides and porters from Climbing For Christ’s Mulanje Massif Chapter. It was a day-hike that was blessed beyond measure. First, we were on the Mulanje Massif, also known as Mount Mulanje, a hiking paradise in southern Malawi that contains 20 peaks above 2,500 meters (8,200 feet), including the country’s highpoint at 3,002 meters (9,849 feet). Second, we were climbing with our brothers to teach on the mountain. At the suggestion of national missionary Damson Samson, we took them through ... Read more »

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2018

Mountaintop experiences in Tanzania Damson Samson has been to the mountaintop. He stood on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on Aug. 28, 2016. He was a rare African standing in rarefied air on the rooftop of Africa. Damson descended off the mountain, but he has been back there many times as Climbing For Christ’s missionary to East Africa and he really hasn’t come down from that mountaintop. He has joyfully overseen the growth of C4C’s Kilimanjaro Chapter, an association of guides and porters that was organized in 2008 but didn’t really begin producing fruit until after ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Shining God’s love on Malawi widows By Gary Fallesen, founding president Climbing For Christ Anne Pesulo. (Photos by Damson Samson) A Climbing For Christ member, “moved greatly by your story of another donor giving the gift of such a home,” sent US $800 to build a new place for Malawi widow Anne Pesulo to live. Damson Samson, C4C’s Malawi-based missionary, identified Anne as the next to receive a house. “She has nowhere to stay,” Damson said this week. “We have more widows who have nowhere to stay and they are struggling with life.&rdq... Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2017 (Part 2) Trip Report

Looking back at the mountains in the Humla district from the Chankheli Pass. Visiting and encouraging the growing church Story and photos by Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Our Mission: Nepal team gathered for the daily devotional. The study, called “The Greatest” and based on John 3:16, was written by spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Jordan prayed and read from Day 8 of the study, “The Greatest ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

Impact, not size, is the measure of Great Commission success By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Kilimanjaro Chapter meeting. (Photos by Damson Samson) Damson Samson was teaching about the Great Commission at our Kilimanjaro Chapter gathering in September. He wanted to remind our brothers “why we spend time and a lot of money training them.” Before the lesson, he asked the group to pray for 30 minutes for Climbing For Christ and all who put their support in this Great Commission ministry. “In the course of the prayer I saw variations of two... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalLooking back at the mountains in the Humla district from the Chankheli Pass during Mission: Nepal 2017, Part 2. Our team trekked about 65 miles (more than 100 kilometers) with 35,000 feet of elevation change over nine days. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) CLICK HERE to read the Trip Report, “Visiting and encouraging the growing church.” Read more »

Dispatches: Nepal 2017

Mission: Nepal 2017, Part 2 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Baptizing new believers By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Brother Megh and Pastor Dulsar baptizing new believers in a mountain stream in 2012 before Climbing For Christ helped build the church at Korchabang. (Photo by Dave Stoessel) Pastor Dulsar once led Maoists in a bloody civil war that killed more than 19,000 people in Nepal from 1996-2006. Now he leads the church in a place that has been a stronghold to both communism and his country’s Hindu tradition. The Holy Spirit led him from a life as a rebel to walking with Jesus. Dulsar walks the ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Dream on: new mattresses, bedding for kids By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Clement with the makings of a new bed. (Photo by Duncan Nyozani) “I will sleep like a baby tonight,” Clement said as he hauled off his new mattress. The Project 1:27-sponsored children in Malawi received new mattresses and bedding recently. We were saddened to learn during our Mission: Malawi 2017 visit to the children’s home in June that thieves had stolen several mattresses and kids were sleeping on the wooden planks in their beds. We asked to see improvements made in... Read more »

Western New York fall update

Autumn is in the air By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Labor Day is over. Back to work, back to school. It’s football season! Pumpkin spice is on every menu and in seemingly every food. Leaves are red and underfoot as I trail run. All of this means it’s time for us to turn to our autumn calendar. Here’s a glance at important upcoming dates with some additional details below. Plenty of PRAY, GIVE, GO opportunities. Hope you will be joining us this fall. Wednesday, Sept. 13-Friday, Sept. 29 – Mission: Nepal 2017, Part 2. Please pray for Jordan... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Delivering life to the Ngoni people By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Damson Samson prays for some of the 29 Ngoni widows who surrendered their lives to Jesus during worship on Sunday, Sept. 3. (Photos by Philip Mkweza) The head of one of the village groups rejoiced at the arrival of Climbing For Christ among the Ngoni  people living in Central Malawi. “These people (from C4C) have not brought you money or clothes,” she told those gathered to meet staff member Damson Samson on Friday, Sept. 1. “Rather they have brought you life in Christ, w... Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Good news in Nepal flood relief Distribution of flood relief. (Photos courtesy SARA Ministries) Climbing For Christ was honored to send US $2,251.85 provided by God through seven donors who were moved by our Aug. 15 appeal for help with Nepal flood relief. Pastor Tej Rokka and his team from SARA (Savior Alone Redeems Asians) ministries last week delivered food (rice, dahl, salt), mosquito nets, plastic tarps, and medicine for 211 families in the Rautahat District along the border of India. Rautahat is a unique district because it has the largest percent of Muslims (nearly 20%) i... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi and Nepal

Looking after orphans and widows By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ “But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.” – Psalm 10:14 (NIV) Vincent Kuchuwa outside his old house. (Photo by Duncan Nyozani) Vincent Kuchuwa, who is 7 years old, lost his mother when he was a baby. Later his father also died. Then his grandparents died. He was cared for in southern Malawi by an old, very poor couple, who often f... Read more »

Flooding devastates Nepal

Fleeing floods in Nepal. Praying, giving before we GO again to Nepal By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Heavy monsoon rains have produced disastrous results in Nepal this summer. “Here, (there) is too much raining and there is flooding and landslides on the mountainsides,” Megh Gurung, Climbing For Christ’s kingdom worker, said Monday (Aug. 14) from Kathmandu. “All the roads are damaged and no one can get to their own destinations. People have been suffering.” Flooding does not garner the media attention that natural disasters su... Read more »

Dispatches: Peru 2017

Mission: Peru 2017  By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Team selfie photo: (right to left) Michael and Rachel Wall, Gary Fallesen, Jaime Servat, Jordan Rowley, Edwin Milla, Lexi Hooper, Ronen and Aaron Hemphill, and Vetter Milla. (Photo by Michael Wall) Monday, August 7 We ate our final meal together as a team at breakfast. Jordan and I then met with Jaime and Edwin to discuss plans for the coming months, which will eventually lead to Mission: Peru 2018 next summer. Edwin's brother, Marco, also a guide and Climbing For Christ member, pointed out as he was giv... Read more »

Dispatches: Malawi 2017

Mission: Malawi 2017 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Mission: Malawi 2017 team: (back row left to right) Elaine Fallesen of Rochester, NY, USA; Damson Samson of Kambona, Malawi; Dr. Steve Quakenbush of Canon City, CO; Pastor Duncan Nyozani of Blantyre, Malawi; and Bill Marsaw, (front row left to right) Gary Fallesen, Dave Smith and Mark Erbelding of Rochester. Duncan gave thanks for our relationship, which dates back to 2009 (we met in person for the first time during Mission: Kilimanjaro 2010) and all the help God ... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Malawi

Photo of the Week: MalawiBrick making from mud in the remote village of Singano. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) A survey of construction methods was the team’s assignment on our first full day on the job. We learned how the poorest of the poor turn mud into bricks and build houses that will last one year, and how others with more means are able to use bricks produced in a kiln to build structures that will be inhabitable for much longer (in some cases 7-to-10 years and in others for generations). CLICK HERE for daily Dispatches from Mission: Malawi 2017. Read more »
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