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Climbing for Christ Chapters

Climbing for Christ has chapters throughout the United States and around the world.  Select on at right to learn more.

Interested in organizing a Climbing For Christ chapter in your part of the world? E-mail

The Word

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” — Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV), the reason behind organizing chapters. The fellowship of believers adds up to encouragement and growth.

Latest Chapter News

Songs & Stories: Nepal

Join the Rochester-based staff of Climbing For Christ on Friday, Feb. 1 for Songs & Stories: Nepal. Jordan Rowley will lead us in worship, starting at 7 p.m., and Jordan and Elaine and Gary Fallesen will share stories from Mission: Nepal. This event will be held at Hope Lutheran Church, 1301 Vintage Lane in Greece, NY. Climbing For Christ has ministered in Nepal since 2008 and we are preparing to GO on our 16th expedition to that Himalayan nation. Come learn about the wonderful thing God has been doing in Nepal, give HIM praise, and support the staff as we prepare to GO on Climbing For Ch... 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 »

Photo of the Week: Philippines

Photo of the Week: PhilippinesThe rebirth of C4C Philippines What Asiel dela Fuente called “a new breed of mission volunteers” on the island of Mindoro in June. (Photo by Asiel dela Fuente) CLICK HERE to read “New chapter in the Philippines.” Read more »

Asiel dela Fuente

Asiel dela Fuente Nationality: Filipino. Residence: Cogeo, Antipolo, Rizal Philippines. Personal: Age 28. Married to Carmen Stephanie Samera-dela Fuente with first child expected December 2018. Occupation: Pastor. Church: Evangelical Free Church of the Philippines (denomination). How long have you climbed? Six years. Types of climbing you do: Mountain climbing/hiking. Highlight of climbing career: “Back to School Climb” (Sitio Pagturian-Sitio Sipit Saburan-Sition Ambang, Mindoro, Philippines), June 2018. How long have you been a Christian? I grew up in a Christian family, but pr... 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 »

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 »

Bunny Hop Fun Run, Walk & Egg Hunt

  Hopping happy: The hunt for eggs was off and running. (Photos by Gary Fallesen) We give praise and thanks for $1,065 of support received through our inaugural Bunny Hop Fun Run and Walk at North Ponds Park in Webster, NY. Thirty-three people attended  Saturday, April 15, including nine children who hunted for 200 eggs created by our friends from Blessed Hope Community Church and Heritage Christian Services. Special thanks to Diane Sturmer, who helped organize the Bunny Hop and led supporters. The many participants in the first run, walk and egg hunt. Read more »

Western New York 2017 Heritage hike #2

Heritage hike is for the birds   Eating out of their hands: human bird feeders had plenty of action during our April 1 hike on the Bird Song trail at Mendon Ponds. (Photos by Gary Fallesen) No fooling, more than two dozen people attended the second Climbing For Christ/Heritage hike at Mendon Ponds Park on a cold, rainy April 1st. Event organizer Diane Sturmer noted that hikers came from Buffalo and all around Rochester, even though the weather was for the birds. “Out on the trail many enjoyed the chickadees landing on their hands to enjoy some food,” Diane re... Read more »

Bunny Hop Fun Run & Walk

What is the Bunny Hop 5K Fun Run and Walk? The first annual Bunny Hop Fun Run and Walk is eggs-actly what you’re looking for to fill your Saturday before Easter morning with a basket of fun! It’s your chance to help others by simply walking or running the one mile paved hiking path that circles North Ponds Park. Do it individually or as a team. If you so choose, you can also do it to raise money to help support Climbing For Christ. Make it a hare-raising event and challenge your friends and family to join you! How do I register for the Bunny Hop? Go online to ht... Read more »

Mission Moments: Philippines

A bend in the road By Ace Concordia I remember a trail named “the Road of Patience.” We would have to walk this trail on our way home from missions in Kibungan whenever we exited into the province of La Union. The trail was given that name because after being on mission it was the last long hike before getting a ride that would bring us all back home. Everyone on the team would be running on fumes. We would be dragging our legs to finish this last part of the mission. This trail was littered with rocks from landslides. It was constantly twisting and turning. At every turn... Read more »

Western New York 2017 Heritage hike #1

No snow, but lots of ’shoers on Heritage hike There was little snow for snowshoeing because of unseasonable temperatures in what was the warmest February on record in Rochester, NY, but that didn’t dissuade many who attended our Western New York Chapter’s first Heritage hike of the year on Saturday, Feb. 18. Climbing For Christ member and Heritage Christian Services spiritual life coordinator Diane Sturmer reports: “Thirty-two hikers and snowshoe adventurers gathered at the Mendon Ponds Nature Center to share one of the most beautiful days of the year! We cou... Read more »

Building on our Heritage

Climbing For Christ’s long-time relationship with Heritage Christian Services in Western New York continues as we begin our ninth year of hikes together. The kick off to the 2017 series is our annual “snowshoe adventure” on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Mendon Ponds Park nature center. Our group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon to snowshoe (or walk, if there’s no snow) around the Bird Song Trail and then share music, devotions, stories and prayer along with a light snack and hot cocoa. RSVP to Diane Sturmer. 2017 calendar: Snowshoe adventure at Mendon Ponds, Saturda... Read more »

Back to Base Camp

C4C Philippines meeting! x C4C Philippines will be having its first Base Camp Sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 22, starting at 7 p.m. at the Cafe Libertad in The Gallery Building, Amorsolo Street, Makati. Get EQUIPPED for the next adventure! See you there guys! #basecampsessionsisback – Ace Concordia Read more »

Dispatches: Indonesia/Philippines

Mission: Indonesia & Philippines 2017 Saturday, Feb. 4 C4C Philippines meeting: (left to right) Doc Jhoe, AA, Jhun, Gary, Jordan, Ace, Pat, Joel, Rory holding baby Max and husband Gutch,  Asiel and his wife, and Spencer. Nearly everyone in the photo is a Mission: Philippines veteran. We headed east today from Manila to North America, crossing many time zones and the international date line and flying and driving on a Saturday that lasted for 37 hours. Jordan and I returned safely to Rochester, NY, USA. We left Southeast Asia encouraged by time spent w... Read more »

The Great GOmission

Trekking into the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. (Photo by Adrianne Michele) NOTE: On Nov. 27, 2016, I was honored to be asked by Pastor Al Robinson to share about discipleship at Crowsnest Community Christian Centre in Coleman, AB, home church of C4C Canada. I told our brothers and sisters in Christ how God had moved in my life to lead me from the only job I thought I would ever want (a sports writer for a daily newspaper for 27 years) to start Climbing For Christ and serve Him full-time in ministry. I have been doing this for 10 years now. In that span, I have been blessed to lead 50 short-... Read more »
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C4C Canada Annual Meeting

Serving a ‘grace-full’ God By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Climbing For Christ ministry happens in real time. I am proud of our ability (by the grace of God) to be efficient. Example: Damson Samson, our kingdom worker in East Africa, asks on Monday if it would be possible to receive an extra $500 a month to feed widows in Malawi. On Wednesday, funds are wired. On Thursday, Damson receives the money, buys the food, and distributes it. At C4C Canada’s third Annual Meeting on Saturday, Nov. 26 in Coleman, AB, Board member Aaron Hemphill talked... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

God provides for an abundance of food in Malawi By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Feeding the orphans. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) Climbing For Christ was introduced to the Far & Wide Children’s Home when the Malawi orphanage had a month’s worth of food stolen in October 2009. Pastor Duncan Nyozani, a C4C member since early 2009, contacted us to ask for prayer. The result of our prayer was God’s call for us to replace the stolen food. A few months later, I led a small team to Malawi to survey the work there. God again called us to ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Housing project a sweet dream for Malawi widows By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ No more nightmares for smiling Malita Seven, right, with Climbing For Christ’s Damson Samson. Malita Seven suffered from bad dreams. But since workers began to repair her house as part of Climbing For Christ’s work with widows in southern Malawi, she said, “there is a great change.” The 75-year-old told Damson Samson, our Malawi-based kingdom worker to East Africa, that this ministry is “like an ark where God told Noah to make it so many can ... Read more »

Fun(d)raising weekend in Western NY

Team C4C: (left to right) Gary Fallesen, Mitchell Harris, Elaine Fallesen, Hayley Fallesen, Mark Eiwen, and Jaime, Justin and Jordan Rowley after running the Photo Finish 5K. The quote of the weekend: “It wouldn’t be the Hilton Applefest without a Walking Taco.” A foodie couple came to Climbing For Christ’s booth on Sunday to mark an annual tradition – consuming one of our Applefest favorites. For years we have sold “mountain-fresh” smoothies, pulled pork sandwiches, and the famous Walking Taco (a bag of Doritos filled with taco fixings). Apple... Read more »

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2016 Trip Report

Feeding needs and hungering souls Story and photos by Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ Turning his eyes up to the mountains: Damson Samson looks up to summit of Kilimanjaro on second morning of trek. Four days later, he stood at Africa’s highest point. In the beginning was the Question, and the Question was with us. Every time a Climbing For Christ team met the guides and porters who were part of the Kilimanjaro Chapter, we were asked: “When are you going to start a trekking company here?” Those who joined the Kilimanjaro Chapter – ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro Chapter members meeting with Damson Samson. Praying for more lives transformed Gregory Nyange Aman’s life has been changed by his association with the Kilimanjaro Chapter. He stopped smoking and drinking, and he testified that all of the “challenges in the family” that resulted from those vices have “completely gone away.” “Now, they are able to pray together as a family,” said Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ’s missionary to East Africa.   Gregory Nyange Aman. Damson’s latest mission trip to Tanza... Read more »

Mission Moments: Celebrating Easter

Happy Resurrection Sunday By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Haseeb’s mother, Surryia, shares the words of Jesus from the cross, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”), as Save Pakistan teaches families working in a brick factory about the Resurrection. (Photos by Save Pakistan) It’s the greatest four-day weekend of the year. Every year. From Thursday night, when we remember our foot-washing, servant Savior; to Good Friday, when He died on a cross for everyone (even those who... Read more »

Appeal of Laughter praise report

Laughs and gifts from the heart Dan Kulp performing in The Gathering Place at Hope Church in Greece, NY. Thursday, Feb. 11 began with a lake effect warning. Snow and blowing snow. So-called “hazardous travel.” In other words, Climbing For Christ fundraiser weather. On 390 near the Vintage Lane exit in Greece. If you asked local comedian Dan Kulp or any of the “Appeal of Laughter” organizers in the minutes before the scheduled starting time for a guess at the event’s turnout, none of them would have come close. Within minutes after starting there w... Read more »

Birds in the hand

Western New York Chapter: Heritage Hike Series   Carol with a bird’s eye view. Snowshoeing for the birds By Diane Sturmer Thirty of us from the Rochester and Buffalo areas enjoyed a great time on the Birdsong Trail at Mendon Ponds Park on Saturday, Jan. 30, as Climbing For Christ and Heritage Christian Services kicked off an eighth year of partnering to take hikes together. [See Take a Heritage hike.]   We enjoyed a sweet time of fellowship, feeding Chickadees together, snowshoeing and hiking. The Chickadees were glad to see us out on the trail with open hands of bird s... Read more »

Mission: Philippines 2016 Trip Report

Take five By Ace Concordia Climbing For Christ Philippines coordinator All great journeys include a time to pause to refresh and renew one’s strength.   Mission: Philippines 2016 team – with Ace seated, center – rests under a rock on climb to Tacadang in January. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) It took a whole day for the eight-person team to reach the village of Tacadang during Mission: Philippines 2016. During the long ascents nothing brings relief like the call to “Take five!” Everyone stops to rest tiring muscles, eat a little trail food, get a... Read more »
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