‘Go to the mountains of Rwenzori and win more souls to Christ’
“Praise the Lord,” Evangelist Rich Friday said after the most recent crusade in Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains. “Glory to God Who has answered my heart cry toward His work of winning souls.
“I feel to go to the mountains of Rwenzori and win more souls to Christ.”
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A village in the Rwenzori Mountains in western Uganda. (Photo by Pastor Rich Friday)
Once known as the pearl of Africa because of its rich resources, beautiful and fertile landscape, incredible wildlife and many diverse peoples who have called this part of Africa their home for ages, Uganda experienced decades of intense turbulence that nearly led to its destruction in the 20th century. Part of this instability was the result of many tribes and ethnic groups suddenly being merged under one flag after gaining independence from Britain in 1962. These groups can be separated ... Read more »
Forecast: Cloudy with a chance of God's reign
Passionate prayers in western Uganda. (Photos courtesy Hope Mission International)
(Dec. 1, 2014)
The Lord’s presence was so great during three days of meetings with the people in Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains that “even the little children” were moved by the Holy Spirit to receive baptism. Pastor Rich Friday said his latest Climbing For Christ-funded crusade – held Nov. 26-28 – declared “the cloud of God’s glory filled the church. People started to fall on the ground. It’s my first time t... Read more »
Pastor Rich Friday lived his life in western Uganda, but it was not until he caught the vision of Climbing For Christ’s mission that this C4C member realized his calling to preach in the nearby Rwenzori Mountains. We have partnered to take the Gospel where other Ugandan pastors cannot or will not go.
PRAY: That nominal Christians would become disciples. The majority of Ugandans profess to be Christian, but “maintain materialistic attitudes, polygamous practices and non-biblical worldviews,” according to Operation World (a prayer guide to the nations). Syncretistic practice... Read more »
Soul rescue in the Rwenzori Mountains
Pastor Rich Friday of Hope Mission International Ministries in Kasese, Uganda returned to the nearby Rwenzori Mountains for another outreach event Aug. 29-31.
“I’m so humbled and greatly blessed to inform you that the Rwenzori Gospel mission went well and this boosted my spirit to continue preaching the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the lost souls (in the mountains on the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo),” Pastor Rich said. “Many souls came to Christ and joined the Eternal Kingdom of God. The mis... Read more »
Filled with awareness in the Rwenzori Mountains
Pastor Rich praying for the people in the Rwenzoris.
“For as the waters fill the sea, the earth will be filled with an awareness of the glory of the LORD.” – Habakkuk 2:14 (NLT)
Pastor Rich Friday of Hope Mission International and Climbing For Christ in Kasese, Uganda reported that 16 people surrendered their lives to Jesus during a June 11-13 crusade in the nearby Rwenzori Mountains.
“The Gospel mission went well,” Pastor Rich said. “People came in huge numbers. They came to hear the Word of God ... Read more »
Pray on! Rwenzori Mountains crusade
We appealed to members and supporters in April for help for our workers and the response was praise-worthy. Needs were provided for, including a pledge of US$600 for Pastor Rich Friday to cover the cost of doing the next crusade in Uganda. That next crusade began on Wednesday, June 11 in the Rwenzori Mountains.
We give thanks to those who answer our asks. We ask now that you read Pastor Rich’s request (sent on Tuesday, June 10), feel the way the Spirit is filling him with joy and excitement to serve and share Christ’s love, and pray for t... Read more »
By Gary Fallesen
Founding president, Climbing For Christ
Catherine. (Photo by Duncan Nyozani)
Catherine Gwembere is 8 years old and in grade 2 in Singano village in southern Malawi. Her father died of HIV/AIDS in 2007, when she was only 1. “She cannot remember her dad and has never tasted fatherly love in her life,” said Pastor Duncan Nyozani of Searchlight Ministries.
“Being the last child it was really a tough situation,” Duncan added. “Her mum is also HIV positive. She (Catherine) is in a desperate situation. It is a battle for her to live, eat, d... Read more »
Pastor Rich, left, heading for the hills to evangelize.
Nationality: Ugandan. Occupation: Evangelist.
How long have you climbed? Three times (since late 2013). Type of climbing you do: Evangelism. Highlight of climbing career: Making crusades.
How long have you been a Christian? 10 years. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Evangelism and orphanage.
Favorite Scripture verse (and why): Mark 16:15-16. “And he said to them, 'Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be ... Read more »
New Year’s resolution in Uganda
Pastor Rich preaching, while a woman from another church in his hometown of Kasese, Uganda serves as his translator.
Pastor Rich Friday of Hope Mission International Ministries finished 2013 on his latest crusade into the Rwenzori Mountains in western Uganda. “I was invited to preach just a day after finishing my 40 days of prayer and fasting,” Pastor Rich said. “The Lord led me to go into a deeper prayer and fasting seeking His Face to strongly empower me getting ready for the great Gospel mission.
“I will complete this year 2... Read more »
Victorious results in the Rwenzori Mountains
By Gary Fallesen
Climbing For Christ
There was a break in the mission action in early August when some sports results came in from Uganda. Climbing For Christ member Rich Friday’s orphanage school had reached the final in a seven-team boys’ football tournament. Pastor Rich’s boys lost, but it was a victory for the Hope for Vulnerable Children Ministry.
To understand you needed to see a photo from the championship match: a team in real football uniforms lining up against a side wearing their school uniforms. It was a mismatch. O... Read more »
Monday, Aug. 19, 2013
(Photo from missionary Miguel Rubén Guante)
HAITI: It was the first day of classes for about 50 students attending the Monte Pou Kris (Climbing For Christ in Haitian Creole) school in the Dominican border town of Jimani. Because of budget cuts, C4C is supporting only the Jimani and Malasi schools in 2013-2014. We are attempting to raise US$1,000 support to construct a roof for the fledgling church and school in Mare Pitre. Another ministry can pay the teachers there if we can manage to put up a temporary structure to house school children during the week a... Read more »
Kasese, Uganda: A river runs through it.
The town of Kasese sits at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains along the border of Uganda and Democrat Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. It is a gateway to a range long referred to as the “Mountains of the Moon.”
When Italian explorer Gaetano Casati first saw the Rwenzori in 1889 he declared, “Cold and horrible monsters are said to rule over it.”
Storied British mountaineer Stephen Venables called his ascent of Rwenzori highpoint Margherita in 1987 “one of the best mountain adventures of my life.” He climbed ... Read more »