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Barranco Hug

Jesse Fallesen gets a hug from his father, Gary Fallesen, at Barranco Hut after the mission team did a laying on of hands and prayed for healing for Jesse. “Getting sick climbing” was one of the lowpoints of the trip for Jesse, a high school junior. “Seeing the amazing sights of the South Circuit” was a highpoint. After this embrace, the Fallesen men climbed the 1,000-foot-high Barranco Wall leading upward toward the summit of Kilimanjaro. (Photo by Shawn Dowd)


Shawn Dowd

Shawn Dowd, above, high up the Macheme Route, called “a personal moment of awakening with the Lord” one of the highlights of this trip. Mollie Olson, below, holding a child in the village of Himo, said “summiting Kili in wicked cold and windy weather” was a highlight, along with “how the team supported one another along the entire expedition.” (Photos by Gary Fallesen, above; Shawn Dowd, below)


Mollie Olson
Josh Lesh

Joshua Lesh, a high school senior, enjoyed the group's fellowship, making it to the summit of 19,340-foot Kilimanjaro, and “knowing that we made an impact on the porters by how we lived our lives.” (Photo by Shawn Dowd)


Kilimanjaro Reflections



The team — Becca Catlin of Tacoma, Wash.; Jim Doenges of Littleton, Colo.; Shawn Dowd, and Gary and Jesse Fallesen of Rochester, N.Y.; Aaron Hemphill of Blairmore, Alberta, Canada; David and Joshua Lesh of Cherry Valley, Calif.; Mollie Olson of Saranac Lake, N.Y., and Todd Paris of Pottersville, N.Y. — reflects on the mountain and the mission of Kilimanjaro. (Photo by Shawn Dowd)



Aaron Hemphill, above, bouldering high up the Macheme-Mweka Route and, below, listening as Gary Fallesen speaks with Pastor Winford Mosha of Lyasongoro Lutheran Church in Marangu, said the visit to the pastor's church was one of the highlights. It was, prayerfully, the start of a relationship between Pastor Mosha's church and Climbing For Christ. Hemphill also enjoyed the “summit slog and trial.” (Photos by Shawn Dowd)


Pastor Mosha
Barranco Wall

Becca Catlin, in front of teammate David Lesh, climbing the Barranco Wall. When asked for the highlight of her trip, Catlin said: “People! No question it was the relationships built — both on our team and a very special love for the Tanzanian people.” Lesh enjoyed “the Christian fellowship and spending time with our guides” (Yusuf Hemed and Saidi Ngaina). Dave also relished standing on the summit with his 18-year-old son Joshua (“our first big peak together”) and long-time climbing partner Jim Doenges. (Photo by Shawn Dowd)


Todd Paris

Todd Paris, above, silhouetted on the Macheme Route and, below, making balloon animals for children with teammate Jim Doenges, said “getting to know Yusuf and visiting his village and home” were among the highlights of the trip. Doenges said “highlights were many and included talking about Christian faith with Yusuf (bottom), experiencing Yusuf's neighborhood (below), getting to know what life is like with the porters on Kili, meeting Pastor Mosha, and the fellowship and unity of the team.” (Photos by Shawn Dowd, above; and Gary Fallesen, below and bottom)


Balloon games
Yusuf Hemed
Mess tent

Mollie (left to right), Becca, Josh, Dave, Todd, Shawn, and Aaron enjoy popcorn, peanuts, and tea in the mess tent. Daily meals and devotionals together helped the team learn more about one another and grow closer as brothers and sisters in Christ. (Photo by Gary Fallesen)


The Word

“... but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” — Romans 5:3-5 (NIV)


What now?

Goals for Mission: Kilimanjaro include ...

  • Calling a Climbing For Christ missionary to work for a minimum of two years in Tanzania with guides, porters, their families, and villages.
  • Train up a national or nationals to do the Lord's work on and around Kilimanjaro.
  • Recruiting Christian guides and porters to join Climbing For Christ and organizing the Kilimanjaro Chapter.
  • Sending short-term teams at least once a year, possibly every climbing season, to have a presence on the mountain and help the mission.
  • Bringing non-Christian guides and porters to the Lord.


The Way

The spring issue of our quarterly magazine, The Climbing Way, will feature stories about Mission: Kilimanjaro, our team's somewhat harrowing summit-day ascent of Kibo, and how God used us to start to reach out to guides and porters working on Africa's highest mountain. Members of Climbing For Christ receive The Climbing Way for free. Join now or subscribe to the magazine by sending $12 U.S. for one year to Climbing For Christ, P.O. Box 16290, Rochester, N.Y. 14616. The Climbing Way (Volume 7, Spring 2007) is due out in mid-March.



Want to learn more or ask a specific question about Mission: Kilimanjaro? Feel led to support or participate in this ministry to the mountain people of Tanzania? Contact Mission: Kili leader Gary Fallesen at gfallesen@Climbing


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