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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 »

Western New York Chapter news

Fall fun and fundraising By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ It’s nearly the harvest season. Apples will be ripe in Hilton and the mission field is “white for the harvest” (John 4:35). Believe it or not, those two go hand in hand. Funds raised at Climbing For Christ’s popular food booth at the Hilton Apple Fest go toward the work HIS ministry is doing in places where others cannot or will not go. We put the f-u-n in fundraising this time of year. We also r-u-n for the money. Read on! Smoothie operators Lines form here! W... 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: 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: Indonesia 2019

Prepare ye the way The timing was divine: We were on a spiritual retreat when, first, an email arrived from Finishing the Task. It talked about getting the list of unengaged unreached people groups (UUPGs) remaining in the world from 964 to zero. This was followed by a phone call from the same association of mission agencies and churches. Many of the 964 UUPGs were located in “the hardest places,” which - by definition - is where Climbing For Christ GOes. We were asked to prayerfully consider adopting some of the UUPGs on the list. An explanation: More than 32 million lost... Read more »

Mission: Ararat 2019

Together, a world apart The Turk and the American may be a world apart culturally and spiritually, but they share a love of cherries and friendships with Kurdish people. Governments cannot divide them – even though we know our fights are not against flesh and blood but evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world (Ephesians 6:12). Turkey is an amazing place, steeped in Biblical HIStory. We have followed in the footsteps of Paul. This was the birthplace of the early church. It is where the seven major churches of early Christianity were founded. That was before the rise of Islam. Be... Read more »

Mulanje Massif Chapter HIStory

HIS story for the Mulanje Massif Chapter Feb. 15, 2016: Orientation meeting. Eight guides & 19 porters. See “A new chapter” in story “Starvation threatens Malawi.” March 8, 2016: Gary Fallesen (along with Hayley Fallesen and Climbing For Christ’s Malawi-based staff member Damson Samson) met with nine guides and 17 porters during Mission: Malawi 2016. See Dispatches written by Gary Fallesen. April 6-7, 2016: Damson Samson met with 24 guides & porters. “Preparing to bring the crippled to heaven’s feast.” June 2016: Evangelism Week on ... Read more »

Mission: Malawi 2019

Lifting eyes to the mountain Picture 19 students sitting in the dark on five chairs and two benches built for perhaps eight bottoms. They are squeezed together, but without complaint. Instead, they are enthusiastically answering questions about the Bible. “What do we learn about God?” they are asked after reading Scripture. “He is a God of love,” one student says, “because He could have killed the devil from the start.” There is laughter. The students are enjoying the lesson, never mind the tight quarters. Or the darkness. There are no cushioned seats. ... Read more »

Dispatches: Malawi 2018

Mission: Malawi 2018 Reporting by Gary Fallesen (Photos by Gary Fallesen unless otherwise noted) Tuesday, Aug 28 Mulanje Massif Chapter members in prayer. This photo is one of the many memorable moments from Mission: Malawi 2018. Members of the Mulanje Massif Chapter gathering at the Chisepo Hut, about 7,500 feet up on the Sapitwa Peak, for one final prayer together during our three days of trekking and training. It was one of countless blessed occasions Bill and I had with brothers and sisters (and those not yet related to us by the blood of Jesus) ove... Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »
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