Missy Jean Dedrick on Mission: Turkey 2019. (Photo by Gary Fallesen)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Serving with Climbing For Christ is not a job, it is a calling. We rejoice today (Jan. 2, 2020) as Missy Jean Dedrick, who accepted the call to serve full-time with us a few months ago, GOes to work with us. Our paid staff now consists of Missy, who is based in Denver, Colorado, and Jordan Rowley, Elaine Fallesen and Gary Fallesen, who are in Rochester, NY. Brandy Fisher, in Beaver Mines, Alberta, remains a volunteer C4C Canada coordinator. We also have financially supported nationals serving in East Afr... Read more »
‘I am NOT retiring’
By Elaine Fallesen, women’s & family ministry/communications, Climbing For Christ
Trekking in Turkey.
Editor’s note: Elaine Fallesen joined Climbing For Christ full time on Jan. 1, 2019. Climbing For Christ has been the “family business” for the Fallesens since God birthed it in and through us. We’ve been blessed to watch our family grow to more than 2,500 members in 67 countries – with dozens of brothers and sisters serving with us on our Boards and in the mission field. It all began with God’s whisper “s... Read more »
Jim Doenges, who served full-time on the staff of Climbing For Christ during our early years (2006-2008), started the Colorado Front Range Chapter, and was a part of six Evangelic Expeditions (including the inaugural missions to Denali, Kilimanjaro and Nepal), graduated to the next life on July 16, 2018. He was 58 years old. He was survived by his wife, Teresa.
Jim once was lost and this is the story of how he was found. This story originally appeared in Issue 1 of The Climbing Life (now our quarterly magazine The Climbing Way) in Spring 2005. You can hear more from Jim in a 2012 radio produc... Read more »
Jordan Rowley, Climbing For Christ spiritual coordinator.
It was the most difficult decision I’d made in my entire life – and that’s no exaggeration. A year and a half ago I stepped away from a ministry I’d lovingly labored with for nearly five years. Describing my relationship with Climbing For Christ, I have always been quick to say that when I became a member back in 2008, not only did I become a part of C4C, but C4C became a part of me. I loved reaching out to people in need and ministering alongside Gary Fallesen and so many other beloved brothers and sisters. Th... Read more »
By Gary Fallesen
Founding President, Climbing For Christ
I know the power of the encouragement that is delivered by us being sent to walk alongside our brothers and sisters in their own nations. The blessing they receive from us GO-ing is priceless. Never mind the eternal value placed on those who receive HIM through our being sent.
Megh Gurung, Gary Fallesen, Tej Rokka and Dave Stoessel trekking in Langtang on Mission: Nepal 2012. (Photo by Brandy Everts)
Pastor Tej Rokka told me when we were trekking together in Nepal a few years ago that he is immeasurably bolder when we are with him... Read more »
Elaine with our Project 1:27-sponsored children in Malawi, Africa in 2014.
I’ve lived and breathed Climbing For Christ for so long now that I can’t remember what life was like before it came into being. Never in my wildest Mefloquine-induced dreams could I have imagined a decade ago where this “hobby” of my husband Gary would take us.
If you’d told me 10 years ago that through this unique Christ-centered ministry I would become close friends with fellow believers living in high-altitude regions of the world … and that I would raise money to build ... Read more »
Brandy (Everts) Fisher sharing on Mission: Possible 3 in 2009.
I am so excited to be a part of Climbing For Christ (C4C)! It is humbling to know that I have the privilege to play a little part in the enormous picture of all God has in store for C4C in Canada and worldwide. May He be glorified in our every step as we move ahead in what God has marked out for us.
I first heard about C4C in 2009 when a friend from my church and member of C4C, Aaron Hemphill, was going on Mission: Possible 3. I was very intrigued, which then led to Aaron encouraging me to become a member and applying for the E... Read more »