Mission: Haiti Presentation
2008 and ’09 team members Steve Quakenbush and Josh Carroll shared with more than 200 people the work God is doing through Climbing For Christ in the mountains of Haiti during Sunday, Feb. 15 worship at First United Methodist Church in Canon City, Colo.
“There was lots of encouragement,” Josh said. “Lots of people interested in helping out financially, and lots of people surprised to hear about the immense need!”
Haiti remains the biggest item on Climbing For Christ's budget. Anyone who can help the least of these living in the... Read more »
A home church away from home church
All at welcome at Lake Placid Baptist
Climbing For Christ members are welcome to use the facilities at Lake Placid Baptist Church to sleep, shower or cook a meal. The current cost is only $5 to spend a night at the church. Pastor Derek asks for 30 days notice, but this church also can be called on in the event of an emergency. Of course, you can always worship at Lake Placid Baptist on a Sunday morning or evening. Visit www.LPBaptist.org to learn more about the church.
Pastor Derek Spain and his family in Lake Placid, where he is pastor of the Lake ... Read more »
Gathering at Camp One
Nearly 40 people gathered for Climbing For Christ Philippines' CAMP ONE, the first annual meeting of members in that Asian country. Climbing For Christ president Gary Fallesen spoke to the group about world missions. The event was held Friday, April 20 in Makati City.
God is moving to save souls all over the world! This was the message shared by Climbing For Christ president Gary Fallesen when he spoke at “Camp One,” the inaugural C4C Philippines gathering.
For the first time C4C members assembled at International Baptist Church in Makati on the... Read more »
Preparing the Way
On 1 May, the Marangu group met and agreed to start Bible study and prayer group. From this meeting we also decided to postpone prayer day on the mountain to 12 May. (It was originally scheduled for 5 May.)
On 5 May, the Marangu C4C group plus prayer members from my church and neighboring churches joined us in a special prayer seminar to prepare the group on the mountain prayer. We had about 60 people. A friend of mine from Dar es Salaam conducted the seminar. It was nice and helpful to the group before we go for the prayer expedition.
Dauson Chonjo ... Read more »
The Dec. 20 gym climb was cancelled due to heavy snow outside. My apologies to anyone who went to Vertical World that day and did not find Climbing For Christ.
We are going to try again! Join us from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1 at Vertical World in Redmond for Climbing For Christ's international “Take a Kid Climbing Day.” Please e-mail me at Olimerkei@yahoo.com if you plan to be there.
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By Keith Schultz
There were no volunteers for Mount Daniel so Trevor Zahn and I went up the Tooth in scorching heat on Aug. 16.
Trevor is a friend of mine from church so we talked about our church and caught up on each others' trials and successes. It was a quick hike up the trail past Source Lake and then up the talus to the base. I led the first two pitches and Trevor led the third pitch, which was his first lead. Then we baked on the summit for awhile.
Our plan was to climb the sawtooth ridge between the Tooth and Chair Peak, but the weather was just too hot. W... Read more »
Dragontail Peak, left, looms over Colchuck Lake. Colchuck Glacier and Colchuck Peak are immediately to the right. (Photo by Keith Schultz)
New coordinator Keith Schultz jump re-started the Cascade Chapter with climbs of Colchuck and Dragontail Peaks on June 26-29, 2008. Keith was accompanied by his 12-year-old daughter and four brothers in Christ. The group participated in the 11th annual Prayer Peaks Day, founded by Climbing For Christ board member Derek Fullerton of Colorado. Originally, Keith intended to attempt Mount Rainer, which he has summited several times. But unseasonable cold cau... Read more »
Rock Climbing in Icicle Canyon near Leavenworth, Wash., July 19
By Keith Schultz
God brought five of us together for the weekend to climb and reflect on our roles as climbers and Christians. The talks on the way there and back were really the highpoint for me as we covered a lot of ground getting to know each other and our relative struggles with selfishness vs. servitude. But the climbing was great, too!
God’s little playground, in this case, was a four-pitch rock. I only had two 60-meter ropes so we tied into the middles and ends of both ropes. This made f... Read more »
Climbing For Christ Canada was represented by coordinator Brandy Everts and member SheriLyn Fehr at Mission Fest Alberta 2012 on Feb. 24-26, 2012 in Edmonton, AB.
Mission Fest is an annual three-day family missions conference with the purpose to inform, celebrate, and challenge believers to pray, give, send and go. This year's theme was, “The World is My Neighbour.” C4C Canada, along with 170 other exhibitors, shared their passion and mission focus to an estimated 20,000 people who came asking God to stir their hearts and point them in His direction for their lives.
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Take a Kid Climbing Day, Special Edition
Pennsylvania was focused on the Super Bowl on the day “Take a Kid Climbing” was scheduled nationally (on Feb. 1, 2009). The state had plenty to cheer about as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Arizona, 27-23, to win Super Bowl XLIII. Taking a kid climbing wasn't forgotten, though. The PA Chapter had its own day: Saturday, April 11, 2009 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cliffhangers Climbing Gym in Reading.
The PA Chapter, which celebrated its rebirth in the summer of 2008 with an easy hike on Chickies Rock near Columbia, PA, return... Read more »
Silver Mountain Camp and Climb
By Michael Wall
Some might say there is a spiritual parallel somewhere in there in sharing the Gospel. Here's how I see it:
As Christians, we don't have enough urgency in sharing that Gospel message. For many, the end is nearer than we would ever think. We act as if those around us who don't know Christ will live forever. We all know they won't, but we don't want to think about that. That's uncomfortable. To think about that would truly have to bring about action if we truly loved people. To let a person die and go to hell when you cou... Read more »
The first chapter of Climbing For Christ – the Adirondack Mountains Chapter – was formed in Long Lake, N.Y., on July 26, 2003. Eleven men, women, and children hiked nearby Blue Mountain in the afternoon, a two-mile climb ascending 1,550 vertical feet to an elevation of 3,759 feet and then a few steps higher up an old fire tower (photo below). Twenty-one people attended the inaugural meeting that evening at the Long Lake Town Hall. The Esper family – Cheryl, Chip, and their five sons – hosted the event. The Espers are the chapter's coordinators.
Climbing For Christ p... Read more »
JEJAK — an Indonesian acronym for “footsteps,” as in “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21).
Sharing love of Christ in Sumatra
Budi Yuwono, one of our leaders of the JEJAK Chapter in Indonesia, traveled on Friday, Oct. 2 to Padang Sumatra, the hardest hit of areas struck by two earthquakes in two days. The earthquakes occurred Wednesday, Sept. 30 and Thursday, Oct. 1, killing at least 1,100 people and paralyzing that part of the country. Roads were cut off, power ... Read more »
The inaugural outing scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006 was postponed by poor weather. Chapter coordinator Kristin Odell reported on Friday that the forecast was “100-percent chance of precipitation with winds gusting up to 60 mph. Crazy!” And not exactly rock climb weather.
Odell had planned on leading a group rock climbing at Pawtuckaway State Park in Nottingham, N.H. Pawtuckaway has routes rating from 5.2 to 5.13 and offers bouldering, too. About a dozen people were expected to attend.
“I at least wanted to get in one trip before the snow comes,” Odell had s... Read more »
The start of a new chapter
Climbing For Christ Australia joins JEJAK (Indonesia), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), C4C Philippines and C4C DR (Dominican Republic) as our fifth international body. Tony Johnston, 41 at the time of C4C Australia's formation, has been named coordinator of this new chapter. For him and for his Australian brothers and sisters in Christ, it is the start of a new adventure. We look forward to praying and serving with C4C Australia and seeing where God takes this new branch of Climbing For Christ's international ministry.
The inaugural meeting was held Friday, May 21 in W... Read more »
The Johnston family at Martin's Lookout.
Date of birth: Oct. 19, 1969. Residence: Quakers Hill, Australia. Personal: Married to Leanne and father of three boys (Tim, 5; Joel, 3, and Malachi, 16 months). Occupation: I am blessed to be a stay-at-home dad. Church: Lighthouse Community Church, Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT.
How long have you climbed? I started climbing at an indoor gym in the ACT back in 1995. I haven't been climbing in a number of years.
Type of climbing you do: So far I have only climbed on rock, not much else here in Australia. Would r... Read more »
Miguel Rubén Guante, left to right, Domingo DePene, and Rev. Jesus Mosques Gonzales after meeting with Dominican authorities at the padre's Sampablo Apostor Episcopal Church in Jimani on May 27, 2009.
Climbing For Christ president Gary Fallesen presented the ministry's mission to representatives of six Dominican institutions at a meeting in the border town of Jimani on May 27, 2009. It came at the end of an emergency mission trip to Haiti [CLICK HERE for the Trip Report], and it marked the beginning of Climbing For Christ Dominican Republic.
The legalization of C4C in the Dominica... Read more »
Age: 28. Residence: Salinas, Calif. Personal (family – married/children): Engaged to be married December 2008. I have one child (daughter Adeline, age 7). Occupation: Fabricator, freelance graphic designer. Church/community of faith: Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, Calif.
How long have you climbed? I have been rock climbing for nine years. I have been hiking, and doing minor mountaineering since I was a little kid. My dad always took the family on awesome hikes. Yosemite was our playground.
Type of climbing you do: I do the basic sport, and trad climbing, backpacking, and m... Read more »