Bible study begins
Chapter Bibles studies have begun in the U.S. (specifically Minnesota and Western New York), the Philippines, and in Tanzania. Pastor Winford Mosha met with eight other Marangu members of the Kilimanjaro Chapter on Saturday, Nov. 15 for their first Bible study.
Dauson Chonjo led the study, which focused on Ephesians 6:10 (“emphasizing that they be strong and take all the armor of God,” Pastor Mosha said).
The group agreed to meet every Sunday for Bible lessons and prayer. Additionally, Pastor Mosha said, “Everyone was urged to be a model in his surrounding community or group.“
The chapter also set a goal: “When a guide from the Kilimanjaro Chapter gets work to take tourists to Kili, they should take at least one porter from the Climbing For Christ membership.“ In other words, they should go out in pairs just as Jesus sent out His disciples in the Book of Luke.
The Lord chose 72 other disciples to go ahead to all the places He planned to visit (Luke 10:1). Climbing For Christ has 74 members in the Kilimanjaro Chapter.
A new chapter in Tanzania
Pastor Winford Mosha of Lyasongoro Lutheran Church in Marangu reported that the team heading up the new Kilimanjaro Chapter of Climbing For Christ was able to hold its first meeting on Monday, April 14. The chapter's leadership agreed to the goals set by Climbing For Christ president Gary Fallesen:
- Hold prayer meetings and praise celebrations before and after climbs.
- Members will participate in ongoing Bible study (coordinated by Pastor Mosha and Climbing For Christ staff).
- Prayer climb in April (coordinated by Dauson) with other prayer climbs in the future. This event was moved to May to provide pre-climb spiritual training.
- Recruit Christian guides and porters to become members.
- Learn to evangelize to the lost and apply what is learned in the mission field with co-workers and trekkers.
- As part of this, each member will be provided 2 small Bibles (one to keep and one to give away in response to divine appointments). Funds will be raised by Climbing For Christ to purchase Swahili Bibles, which will be distributed by Pastor Mosha and the coordinators.
- Climbing For Christ will send an annual mission team (including pastors) to encourage and edify Kilimanjaro Chapter leaders and members.
The mission of the Kilimanjaro Chapter is to make disciples of all guides and porters and to share the love of Christ with the tens of thousands of trekkers who visit Kilimanjaro each year. Climbing For Christ will equip the guides and porters in the Kilimanjaro Chapter to do God's work.
This is a ministry, not a trekking company. We are not starting a business in Tanzania. We are about God's work!
The chapter's spiritual advisor pointed to Philippians 4:13, which says: “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”