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Mission: Turkey 2019

Together, a world apart The Turk and the American may be a world apar... Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2018

No branch can bear fruit by itself Megh Gurung, Climbing For Christ&... Read more »

Pakistan 2018

They have not heard ‘God is love’ A brother in Christ wit... Read more »
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Mission Moments: COVID-19 Relief

Pandemic S.O.S. Responding to coronavirus around the Climbing For Christ world By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Monday, Sept. 21 Food delivered to the church in Humla, Nepal. (Photo provided by Megh Gurung) We give thanks for the response to our COVID-19 Relief Challenge. Donations made earlier this month have been matched by a Climbing For Christ member and we have been blessed with nearly $37,000 USD! We have begun distribution of funds – in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, India, Malawi, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, and Tanzania – and ... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalWe continue to receive updates from Kingdom worker Megh Gurung in Nepal on the construction of the church and training center in Pokhara, where we hope to spend time in the future teaching DMD classes. The COVID-19 pandemic may have forced the postponement of Mission: Nepal 2020, but it does not stop what the Lord is doing there. Read more »

Mark Tarnow

Mark plays the drums in the worship team at his church in Canon City, CO. Nationality: USA. Occupation: Real estate appraiser. Missions with C4C: Nepal 2020. How long have you climbed? Just a brief foray with rock climbing in Wales in 1987. Type of climbing you do: Not rock climbing; just stairs and hills. Highlight of climbing career: Probably this trip. How long have you been a Christian? Since 1972. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Worship team, Deacon/Deaconess Board. Favorite Scripture verse (and why): ... Read more »

Trip Report: Turkey 2020

God is on the move By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Elaine, Gary, and Holly with Osman, an MBB with whom they had just prayed in Dogubayazit, Turkey. (Photo by Behzat Bucak) It was a prophetic moment, a page out of the Old Testament delivered electronically from the United States to eastern Turkey. “I sense there is going to be a real special move of God on this trip,” the Climbing For Christ member and supporter emailed. “I am praying.” His prayer was answered. The following day, a 32-year-old Muslim man on his death bed with bone c... Read more »

Dispatches: Turkey 2020

Mission: Ararat 2020 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Saturday, Aug. 1 Our team photo in front of Mount Ararat: (left to right) Holly, Behzat, Elaine, and Gary. “How was your trip?” It is a commonly asked question. If you ask Elaine about her fifth journey to Turkey (and 20th Climbing For Christ mission overall), she will tell you: “It was bomba!” Bomba translates into “the bomb.” It is Turkish slang for “excellent.” “I experienced more priceless C4C firsts,&... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Turkey

Photo of the Week: TurkeyMount Ararat. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Climbing For Christ has returned to Mount Ararat for the first time since 2015. CLICK HERE to read daily Dispatches from Mission: Ararat 2020. Read more »

Photo of the Week: Turkey

Photo of the Week: Turkey“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?” – Luke 15:4. (Photos by Gary Fallesen) Outreach around Mount Suphan in eastern Turkey. CLICK HERE for daily Dispatches from Mission: Ararat 2020. Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalCOVID-19 relief delivered to Humla in Nepal’s remote northwest corner. (Photo provided by Megh Gurung) Climbing For Christ continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by sending relief to our Kingdom workers and ministry partners in eight countries. We rejoice in what God has done, is doing, and will do through His people despite the coronavirus, national lockdowns, and ongoing travel restrictions. CLICK HERE to read the latest Pandemic S.O.S. update, “No food, no money, no worries – God delivers.” Read more »

Holly DeSmitt

Holly in the Pyrenees in France. Nationality: USA. Occupation: Systems engineer. Missions with C4C: Ararat 2020. How long have you climbed? I have always felt at home in the mountains, but I started getting more serious about hiking and trekking in the past four years. Type of climbing you do: Hiking and trekking. Highlight of climbing career: Climbing snow-covered mountains at 11,000 feet in the Rockies. How long have you been a Christian? Since 2013 – my freshman year of college. My life has never been the same since I was first challenged to question my beliefs and examine the clai... Read more »

Missy Jean Dedrick

Missy weaving with women in Morocco. Nationality: United States of America. Occupation: Development director, Climbing For Christ. Missions with C4C: Morocco 2017 and Turkey 2019. How long have you climbed? Nine years. Type of climbing you do: Hiking/trekking. Highlight of climbing career: Probably Mission: Morocco. It was amazing to discover that my hobby of hiking could be useful for the Kingdom. How long have you been a Christian? God put it on my heart to start going to church when I was about 16 years old, but I didn’t fully surrender my life to Christ until I was 22, so I&... Read more »

Mission Moments: Turkey & Tanzania

Mission Moments: Turkey & TanzaniaDiscipling, teaching, and encouraging “Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” – Ephesians 4:12 (NLT) By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ (NOTE: Climbing For Christ is revisiting Turkey, our seventh time in this Muslim country, and then GO-ing again to Tanzania, for the 12th time, from Dec. 3-15. FOR MORE PHOTOS, SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM FOR THE PHOTO GALLERY.) Sunday, Dec. 15 It was a full day of travel, and then some. Elaine and I flew for 25 hours from Kilimanjaro airport to Roc... Read more »

Trip Report: Nepal 2019 (Part 2)

The Lord is in the details By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Trekking toward Tsum Valley in central Nepal. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Eduárd Nitkovszki went shopping in his native Hungary in preparation for Mission: Nepal 2019, Part 2. Eduárd was excited to finally be GO-ing back to Nepal, four long years after he’d been on his first Evangelic Expedition with Climbing For Christ. “In a store I just passed by a baby snowsuit,” he recalled. “The thought came that there will be a baby there on the mountain somewhere that needs it. ... Read more »

Dispatches: Nepal 2019 (Part 2)

Mission: Nepal 2019 (Part 2) By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Sunday, Nov. 17 Team photo (left to right): Gary Fallesen, Samuel Gurung, Jordan Rowley, Brandy Fisher, Corey Slider, Megh Gurung, Eduárd Nitkovszki, Kashi Lama, Matthew Fisher, Bhuddi Gurung and Amar Gurung in Tsum Valley. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Jordan and I flew 31 hours from Kathmandu to our homes in Rochester, NY. Brandy and Matthew flew similar hours to Beaver Mines, AB, Canada. We headed West while they went East. Eduárd traveled West and North to reach Hungary in abou... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalTsum Valley. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) The Mission: Nepal 2019 (Part 2) team finished an 11-day trek surveying the Tsum Valley, where there are no known believers. Seed was scattered. One day there will be a harvest. CLICK HERE to read the daily Dispatches from this 17th Evangelic Expedition to Nepal.  Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalTrekking into Manaslu. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) CLICK HERE for daily Dispatches from Mission: Nepal 2019, Part 2. Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2019, Part Two, Prayer Bulletin

Stand with us in prayer for Mission: Nepal 2019, Part 2 by clicking on the file link below. This Evangelic Expedition is Oct. 30-Nov. 17. Thank you for your precious prayers. Read more »

Praying for Turkey

A Turkish military patrol along the Syrian border when U.S.-backed Kurdish forces were fighting ISIS to the south. The Syrian Civil War (since 2011) and the battle against ISIS led to 3.5 million Syrians crossing the border into Turkey. Green light means woe By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ The headline screamed off my screen: “Donald Trump gives Turkey the green light to invade northern Syria.” It was Monday’s (Oct. 7) The Economist e-newsletter. My heart sank. Two days later, Turkey began a military offensive against our Syrian Kurdish allies. T... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalGood news from Nepal “Freedom of religion is not guaranteed by law. Non-Hindus cannot proselytize. If they do, they risk fines, imprisonment and, in the case of expatriates, expulsion. Despite this law, the Church in Nepal grows because of courageous evangelism. … Neither laws of man nor threats of violence deter them from sharing the Gospel.” – Operation World Megh Gurung, our kingdom worker in Nepal, visited the Church in Humla in September. Despite a blackout of electricity while a dam was under repair and a torrent of rain, he called his trip to Nepal’s rem... Read more »

Mission: Nepal 2020

The Voice in the wilderness When we first arrived in Humla, a remote district in the northwest corner of Nepal, we could count the number of Christians on two hands. There were seven young men in a tiny house church in the district headquarters of Simikot and a brother and sister in an otherwise Hindu village perched on a mountainside a few hours away. Our Mission: Nepal 2012 team was invited to a Bible study in the house church, where we worshiped and prayed with a few of the men. Later, we prayed with the brother and sister in secret for fear of bringing persecution to their home. From 20... Read more »

Mission: Turkey 2020

In God’s time The Bible tells us, repeatedly, to wait patiently for the Lord. God’s thoughts, His ways, even His timing are not the same as ours. In the New Living Translation of Isaiah 55:8, we are told: “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” We are guilty of becoming impatient and, in some cases, even giving up when we have seen little or no fruit. Then we are reminded Who is in control. Peter wrote, “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyon... 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 »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalThe church at Korchabang in worship. (Photo by Megh Gurung) CLICK HERE to read Remembering Visits with Joy, Mission Moments from Nepal. Read more »

Mission Moments: Nepal

Remembering visits with joy By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ The church at Korchabang in worship. (Photos by Megh Gurung) I better understand now Paul’s letters to the young church of his day about longing to see them. In 1 Thessalonians 3:6, he wrote about Timothy’s return from the church at Thessalonica: “He reports that you always remember our visit with joy and that you want to see us as much as we want to see you.” In July, our Nepali kingdom worker, Megh Gurung, went to see the body of believers God has used us to help build up in th... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Turkey

Photo of the Week: TurkeyTrekking into the Aladaglar Mountains. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) CLICK HERE to read the Mission: Turkey 2019 Trip Report, “Keep the faith: Do not grow weary or give up; a harvest will be reaped.” Read more »

Trip Report: Turkey 2019

Keep the faith ​​Do not grow weary or give up; a harvest will be reaped ​ Trekking into the Aladaglar Mountains. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Descending off Mount Ararat for the first time in 2010, I was facing an intense battle against personal discouragement. I had hoped to meet Kurdish nomads on and around Turkey’s tallest mountain. But we only talked to those selling trinkets and they viewed us as “tourists.” We were unable to have any significant conversations. We had been turned back by bad weather... Read more »
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