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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 »

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

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 »

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: 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: 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: 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 »
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