Mission: Kilimanjaro 2023

The Word

“I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. – Psalm 119:11 (NLT)


Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Mission: Kilimanjaro 2023

Discovering the Bible

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There was a long line of evil kings in Judah. These kings led their country farther and farther away from God. They literally buried God’s Word – His commands – in the Temple of the Lord.

Then construction workers dug up the Book of the Law, which is Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy – the first five books of the Old Testament.

When King Josiah heard what was written in the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes in despair (2 Kings 22:8-11).


After hearing God’s Word just once, he realized the sins of his nation. With just one reading of God’s Word, he committed his life to leading the people of Judah to repent – to turn back to God.

That’s the power of God’s Word – the Bible!

Today, more people own Bibles than ever before in history. But few people know what the Bible says and how it should affect their lives.

That’s what Kilimanjaro Chapter guides and porters are learning in the study “Discovering the Bible.”

We use resources from The Timothy Initiative (TTI) to prepare guides and porters for evangelism on and off the mountains where they work and live in Tanzania. Since 2017 we have graduated several classes of students, who have studied introductory DMD (disciples making disciples), advanced DMD, and now Discovering the Bible. Currently, we are training 63 Kilimanjaro guides and porters, and another 89 in neighboring Malawi in the Mulanje Massif Chapter.

These 152 members of Climbing For Christ have formed small groups for Bible study in their communities, and some are planting churches.

Instruction is offered on a quarterly basis in Tanzania, where Kingdom worker Damson Samson GO-es for two-to-three weeks at a time. He leads training and makes home visits. In his native Malawi, he spends two-to-three days a month eight times a year with Mulanje chapter members.

MISSION: KILIMANJARO 2023 is scheduled Feb. 24-March 10 and includes two days of training with our Discovering the Bible students, two days with the DMD advanced class (including a graduation ceremony), and a week of trekking on Mount Kilimanjaro. The estimated cost is $3,700 USD plus airfare.

This is Climbing For Christ founder Gary Fallesen’s 25th anniversary climb of Kilimanjaro. In 1998, before his first trip to Tanzania, God birthed the idea of C4C in Gary. We consider Kilimanjaro the ministry’s birthplace. 

Email info@ClimbingForChrist.org for a mission application. Missions are for C4C members only. You can join Climbing For Christ at Membership Application (climbingforchrist.org)

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Team Bios

Mandi Taylor

Nationality: American. Occupation: RN. Missions with C4C: Kilimanjaro 2023. How long have you climbed? First multi-day backcountry hiking trip in Wind Rivers (Wyoming) when I was a young teen. Type of climbing you do: Light mountaineering. Have hiked Mount Rainier, Granite Peak in Montana, and Gannett Peak in Wyoming. A lot of boulder crossing and glacier traversing. Highlight of climbing career: Summit of Gannett Peak with my dad. 

Jenna Winkler

Nationality: American. Occupation: Non-profit land conservation. Missions with C4C: Kilimanjaro 2023.

How long have you climbed? 10 years – I started climbing in college. Type of climbing you do: Mostly rock climbing, bouldering, and some sport. Although there’s many peaks around Salt Lake City that I’ve enjoyed hiking. Highlight of climbing career: Climbing my very first boulder problem – the Sugar Cube in Taylor Canyon, Colorado.

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...

Damson Samson

Damson, center, on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (Uhuru Peak) with Mission: Kilimanjaro 2016 teammates Joe Trussell, left, and the late Jim Doenges. Nationality: Malawian. Occupation: C4C missionary to East Africa since 2014. Missions with C4C: Kilimanjaro 2014 (twice), 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and ...





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