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Mission: Kilimanjaro 2010

DATES: Jan. 19-31, 2010.

PURPOSE: To teach evangelism to guides and porters who are members of the Kilimanjaro Chapter in Marangu and Moshi, Tanzania. Optional climb of Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa's highpoint at 19,340 feet/5895 meters) or a side trip to Malawi to explore Mulanje Mountains area and people.

Malawi's Mulanje Mountains, where the highest peak is Sapitwa at 9,845 feet/3001 meters. (Photo by Duncan Nyozani)

PRICE: Estimated at $1,000. This does not include airfare to/from Tanzania and travel to Malawi. Optional climb of Kilimanjaro costs $2,150.

TEAM MEMBERS FROM USA: Charlotte Crain (Gig Harbor, Wash.), Gary Fallesen (Rochester, NY), Pastor Carl Jenks (Rochester, NY), and Allan Persons (Eagan, Minn.).

KILIMANJARO CHAPTER: One of the great blessings of Mission: Kilimanjaro 2008 was the start of the Kilimanjaro Chapter. Seventy-four guides and porters joined Climbing For Christ, agreeing with our mission statement and committing themselves to serving our One True God.

Pastor Winford Mosha. (Photo by Miguel Samper)

The Kilimanjaro Chapter began with our meeting Pastor Winford Mosha of Lyasongoro Lutheran Church in Marangu during Mission: Kilimanjaro 2007. Pastor Mosha became Climbing For Christ’s first Tanzanian member. He also shared in the vision of what God can do with and through the guides and porters of Kilimanjaro. Of the estimated 1,000 guides and 4,000 porters working on Kilimanjaro, about half are not Christian. As Pastor Mosha said, our guides and porters will “become missionaries among all the guides and porters.” Our goal is to equip them to evangelize to co-workers and the tens of thousands of trekkers who come to Tanzania each year.

Pastor Carl Jenks, a U.S.-based Climbing For Christ member and founder of Mountain Takers, Inc., will help us teach evangelism. “I am eager to participate in training the Tanzanian mountain guides,” Pastor Jenks said. “I believe the Lord has given me some tools that will not only help the guides learn for themselves about evangelism, but they will be equipped with a visual help for their own evangelism efforts after the training. I am looking forward to January!”

Speaking with guides at our first Kilimanjaro Chapter meeting in 2008 in Marangu, Tanzania. (Photo by Miguel Samper)

PLACE & PEOPLE PROFILE: Learn more about Tanzania and the Chagga people. CLICK HERE.

THE WORD: “... so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is ... serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; ... if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:5-8)

Posted June 18, 2009


Kilimanjaro holds a special place in the formation and growth of Climbing For Christ. As Gary Fallesen was training to climb Kilimanjaro in 1998, God spoke to him and told him to start a Christian climbing organization. From that meeting on a road, Climbing For Christ was eventually born. In the original “Mission: Vision,” written in 2004, Kilimanjaro was identified as a “model mission,” where we could serve the hundreds of guides and porters and reach tens of thousands of trekkers. In 2007, our first short-term team went to Kilimanjaro. As always, God had gone before us and prepared the way. A pastor and a church were waiting to help us do His work in Tanzania. In 2008, we returned and started the Kilimanjaro Chapter. More than 75 guides and porters joined. Our goal: to reach other guides and porters with the life-saving message of Jesus Christ and to be a witness to trekkers who visit from throughout the world.


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