We took a prayer walk this morning around Thuman, asking God to break down the Buddhist stronghold. The Spirit touched Pastor Tej to return with a Nepali team and spend a week to make friends, grow relationships, and share the Gospel. We'll pray for this project.
After walking the village, we trekked about four hours, descending more than 2,000 feet to Timure. From there we walked another hour on the so-called “Friendship Road” to the Chinese border, where soldiers closed a gate on the bridge leading into their country and tried to shoo us away. So much for friendship. Here, we pr... Read more »
Another day began for us with the blessed witnessing of three more souls saved by and for Jesus. Sonam Tamang, his wife Langgonz, and their 18-year-old daughter Dolma — the family running the guest house where we stayed in Tatopani — heard the Gospel and received Christ as Savior. Pastor Tej read for them from Romans 3:9-10, 3:23 and 6:23 and Mark 16:15-17. He then shared about Jesus and this precious family responded. It was the first of the 50 families living in Tatopani to desire Christ.
After this amazing start to a new day we made the 1,800-vertical-foot ascent out of Tatopan... Read more »
What better way to start the day than with someone coming to the Lord? Nima, the man who gave his heart to Jesus on Monday night, came to see us for prayer before we trekked out of Gatlang. When we started to pray, the woman who runs the guest house, a Buddhist named Sarki Tamang, asked if she could join us. She declared that she too wanted Christ in her life. She was glowing.
After this incredible surprise, we hit the trail. We descended 1,800 vertical feet from Gatlang, which was the birthplace of one of our Project 1:27 orphans (Chiring), to another village. From there we again climbed abo... Read more »
When we left Syaphrubesi and immediately climbed a steep 2,250 vertical feet to begin our trek, we thought we were going where there were no Christians. But one — the only believer from Syaphrubesi — was walking with us. Chiring is one of our three porters.
Then we passed a village and saw a church. Then later, when we arrived at our first day's destination, Gatlang, after 5 ½ hours of hiking, we discovered there were two small churches in this otherwise Buddhist village. Then we found out that a team of 45 Korean Christians had been here yesterday and delivered clothing to... Read more »
We made the hard eight-hour bus ride north from Kathmandu up serpentine roads with certain-death dropoffs staring back from outside the window. Nepali passengers were puking around us. “It was the worst bus ride of my life,” Marissa said. But it was worth it when we reached the village of Syaphrubesi in Langtang National Park and prayed about the five-day trek God has for us. Megh, who was asked to plan a route in Langtang, said God directed him to the Tamang Heritage Trek. It is off the beaten tourist path and goes through many villages to the west of Langtang. We will see what do... Read more »
Worshipers gathering at the church at Dapcha.
We worshiped with the church at Dapcha and words fail to convey the Spirit-charged experiences of our team with more than 60 Nepali brothers and sisters in Christ. I was blessed to preach and shared how Jesus can not only change the life of one person and one family, in this case the rescued soul of Sumitra Pariyar, but how He can also use the healing of one to impact many around the world.
As Dave told the congregation when he spoke, in a divinely inspired offering toward the end of my message, he is here in Nepal in part because of the video he... Read more »
Our hearts overflowed with joy when we saw the white steps ascending a hill to a church where a year ago we were using primitive tools to clear the land. The church at Dapcha is a thing of beauty.
We were blessed to share with about 60 beautiful people inside at the SARA (Savior Alone Reaches Asians) Spiritual Revival Seminar. I talked about God’s love and sharing it with our enemies. Brandy addressed leadership and pursuing God’s dream for your life. And Pastor Tej talked about trusting God to receive healing and deliverance — after which the team prayed for all of the... Read more »
The pyres burned along the banks of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu as the dead were cremated one after another. To the Hindus here, it is part of “samsara” — the ongoing cycle of rebirth (or reincarnation) that they must endure. The skulls of the dead are broken so memories can be released and will not be remembered in the next life, and the bodies are destroyed.
Our team watched the ceremonies at the Pashupati Temple, which is one of the world’s most significant Hindu temples of the Lord Shiva. Shiva, the destroyer god, is one the more than 330 million gods and g... Read more »
The team has arrived safely and is together in Kathmandu after flying for about 27 hours.
As Tuesday was spent up in the air we were touched by this verse from Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
We know that God had this Evangelic Expedition planned before time began and knew that this team would form to do His good work. All to His glory! Read more »
When: Jan. 17-Feb. 4.
Purpose: Return to Dapcha to visit the SARA (Savior Alone Reaches Asians) church funded by Climbing For Christ and hold church-leader training and a possible medical clinic. Explore the possibility of building the church (the body of believers) and constructing physical churches in other villages in Central and Mid-Western Nepal. Additionally, trek Langtang National Park to reach remote villages with the Gospel.
Estimated cost: $3,500, including airfare, ground transport, accommodations, food, and a seven-day trek in Langtang National park.
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The team has taken to the air with Brandy and Marissa flying East from western Canada and Dave and Gary flying West from the eastern U.S. Everyone is scheduled to meet Wednesday in Nepal.
We were sent off with prayer and these words from Ephesians 3:16-21:
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep... Read more »
As our team prepares to GO, we share our prayers for the weeks ahead.
Brandy Everts: “I pray that God would give us the strength to do everything He has planned for us and that we would be stretched and challenged so that we are molded more into His image and the final product is that He gets ALL the glory!”
Gary Fallesen: “That we would boldly, fearlessly and lovingly walk through the doors God is opening for us. Here we go, Lord, have Your way.”
Marissa Gardiner: “My prayer is for more salvations than we think possible.”
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Mission Moment (Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012)
We were blessed by a Spirit-led outpouring of giving from our “Put a Climbing Helmet On!” fundraiser, featuring Christian comedian Brad Stine on Jan. 6 in Rochester, NY, USA. Brad was divinely inspired during the show to ask an audience of more than 400 to help Climbing For Christ deliver 1,000 Bibles to Nepal. “God definitely wanted to anoint your mission,” Brad said after.
More than US$5,550 was raised. Those funds were wired today to Pastor Tej Rokka, the Climbing For Christ member who leads ministry partner ... Read more »
With great expectation, our dedicated team of four anxiously awaited the end of the grueling five days of travel from our homes to our destination in the valley. How would God reveal His glory to these nomadic people? How would He build on the previous trips to this area? What had He done in their hearts since we had been there last?
We were entering the unknown and trusting that God would again provide and protect. Mission: Possible 6 was about to unfold.
Even though many of our team members already had relationships with our friends in the valley, we were struck with the frustration of... Read more »
Brad Stine comedy show 'Put a Climbing Helmet On!' raises funds
By Gary Fallesen
President, Climbing For Christ
“People who are holding fundraisers are trying to raise funds,” comedian Brad Stine said, candidly stating the obvious during one of his many serious moments at our “Put a Climbing Helmet On!” fundraiser on Friday, Jan. 6.
“(You're thinking) 'Oh, you're just trying to make me feel guilty.' If you feel guilty, you probably are. We as Christians call it 'conviction.'”
The Holy Spirit impressed upon an audience of more than 400 people the ne... Read more »
Mission Moment (Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012)
Haseeb Masih, the founder of Save Pakistan Ministries (at right in photo above), reported that on Monday, Jan. 2 another 79 Urdu Bibles were distributed to needy people. This was the third time the Climbing For Christ-supported “Free Urdu Bible Distribution Mission Project” was carried out by Save Pakistan. In less than two months, 229 Bibles have been handed out. We give thanks to God for this blessing in a place that ranks among the most persecuted nations in the world.
“I would like to let you know that there was a huge crowd o... Read more »
Haseeb Masih speaks at a Pakistan Independence Day prayer servic
“Independence Day is celebrated in Pakistan on 14 August each year. It commemorates the partition of India into two parts: India (mainly Hindu) and Pakistan (mainly Muslim), which was itself divided into two wings — East Pakistan and West Pakistan.
“Save Pakistan Ministries arranged an Independence Day celebration with church congregations, where we have invited Muslim leaders also to come and join us.”
Haseeb Masih, a Climbing For Christ member from Pakistan who wrote those words, has boldly wi... Read more »
Kurds and the Way
By Gary Fallesen
President, Climbing For Christ
Shopping for a Turkish rug seemed to be taking longer than weaving one. I grew impatient. Then God once again showed me my foolishness.
He turned what seemed like a “vacationary” experience into a missionary moment.
Quicker than you can say “kilim” (a type of weave) the conversation turned from carpets to Christ. We were blessed with an opportunity to share why we were in eastern Turkey, climbing Mount Ararat, and Who we were representing.
A Kurdish boy working on Mount Ararat. (Photo by Gary Fall... Read more »
Sumitra Pariyar, left, with C4C member Alyssa Kaelin outside the Pariyar's home in Dapcha, Nepal. (Photo by Gary Fallesen)
“And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.’ Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her s... Read more »
The North American members of our team have returned safely to the United States. Praise God! Read more »
We made it back to our port city with absolutely no problem. It only took us 6½ hours to get here (as opposed to 13-plus hours last year). The roads were much better this year and our “m” said if we left really early we would have no trouble with traffic. We are back to our hotel. We'll be getting up at 5 a.m.Sunday to go to the airport and fly back to North America. Read more »
We arrived in the city with the hostel. The trip was fine. Really long, but we are well.
We left the Valley at 6:30 a.m., saying goodbye to “D’s” family. We blessed them and then left.
We had no problems while driving and arrived at the hostel at 6:30 p.m. We will leave for our entry/departure city at 6 a.m. Saturday. Read more »
We spent our last day in the Valley today. We start our two days of driving back on Friday and fly on Sunday.
We helped our friend “D’s” family today; they moved all their yaks down from the hills to their tent.
We found out there’s been a rumor going around about us, saying that we are coming to convert everyone and if we do they’ll be different. Some people have said, “Don’t listen to them.”
Our “m” told us to be careful around “D’s” sister. One of our team spent some time talking to her.
We feel that w... Read more »
We left “Y’s” house this morning and walked 20 kilometers (about 12½ miles) to “L's.” There were a lot of people around when we were getting ready to leave so we couldn’t talk to “Y” again about making a commitment. But our “m” pulled him aside and told him we would be praying for him. He said he was encouraged that we came back and he wants to know more about Jesus.
“L” was out working when we arrived, but he came home and we had one hour with him. He had to go back out into the hills with their herd because the... Read more »
While the team hung out and played with a group of children, our “m” and “Y” took a long walk into the hills to talk, where “m” witnessed to our friend, who — praise God! — has been diligently reading the Bible, listening to the Christian radio program, and even reading our discipleship packet! Our friend told “m” that the only thing holding him back from accepting Christ into his life is his reputation in the Valley.
We told “Y” that we wanted to pray for him, and that knowledge of the Lord wouldn’t ruin his repu... Read more »