Mission: Turkey 2020

The Word

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
– Galatians 6:9 (NLT)


Monday, August 26, 2019

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 anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent” (2 Peter 3:9, NLT).

We learned this lesson (again) on Mission: Turkey 2019 when several friends, whom we’d been witnessing to and praying for through most of our HIStory in this predominantly Muslim nation, became Christ followers. Raise a hallelujah!

One of our new-believing friends boldly declared “give me a week” with the Kurdish families we have visited many times on and around Mount Ararat and there will be many conversions. He will prayerfully get the opportunity in June 2020 when we return to eastern Turkey.

As Elaine Fallesen wrote in “All in the family” (The Climbing Way, Vol. 47, July 2019):

“Pretty strong God stuff coming from a Kurdish man living in the Mediterranean nation of Turkey, where more than 96-percent of the population is born into Islam; where Kurdish people are persecuted by an autocratic government; and where sharing the Good News could get you in a lot of trouble. But there’s no stopping [our brother’s] new-found zeal for the God of the Bible, unleashed like the exuberant first Christians of the Book of Acts.”

The Holy Spirit unleashed gives us a boldness that nothing can stand against. This land has seen it before.

Paul, the first missionary to what is modern-day Turkey, declared in his letter to the church at Corinth: “For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17, NLT).

We have been blessed to see many set free. They are eager to share this freedom with others, and we are enthusiastic about teaching them the Way and walking alongside them on this new adventure. We are praying for God’s time for an Acts-like explosion in the church.

Trekking in the Aladaglar mountains. (Photos by Gary Fallesen)

2020 MISSION: Climbing For Christ will return to Mount Ararat and other areas of eastern Turkey in July. Semi-nomadic Kurdish families move up the mountain during the summer months to find grazing for their herds. We have befriended many of these families and look forward to seeing them after several years of being blocked by the Turkish government from climbing Ararat. This will be Climbing For Christ’s seventh Evangelic Expeditions to Turkey since 2010.

In August, we were scheduled to return to the Aladaglar Range in Central Turkey, where our Mission: Ararat 2019 team trekked. Because of the fruit reaped in 2019, we felt led to carry out two trips to Turkey in 2020. BUT THIS TRIP FOR 2020 WAS CANCELLED AS A RESULT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND NECESSARY RESCHEDULING OF OTHER TRIPS.

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Team Bios

Holly DeSmitt

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. Hiking and trekking. Highlight of climbing career: Climbing snow-covered mountains at 11,000 feet in the Rockies.

Elaine Fallesen

Elaine Fallesen and a widow enjoying the moment in rural Malawi after taking a grand tour of her new home, one of more than three dozen homes for forgotten widows rebuilt through Climbing For Christ in 2017. Nationality: USA. Occupation: Women's and Family Ministry/Communications Director, Climbi...

Gary Fallesen

Nationality: American of Danish descent. Occupation: Missionary. Missions with C4C: Dominican Republic 2005; Haiti 2006, 2007 (twice), 2008, 2009 (twice), 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013; Indonesia 2007, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2018 and 2019; Kilimanjaro 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 201...




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