Mission: Possible II
Ropes historically have been an important part of human civilization and progress. For centuries the strongest and most durable ropes were made from natural fibers twisted together with a minimum of three strands, giving force to the saying, “A strand of three is not easily broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12).
This still seems to be the major theme of our trip to China as two American C4C members and a local Chinese Christian climber plan to train 10 local mountain guides in a wide variety of mountaineering skills. Like the Sherpa people of Nepal, we've found an area of China with a hearty people who are hungry to learn these skills and hopefully use the money they make to improve their lives.
From the basic structure and use of ropes to the technical intricacies of crevasse rescue, our prayer is that we can serve these inspiring guides in more ways than just mountaineering training. More importantly we hope to impart the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a people who have rarely, if ever, had the opportunity to hear it. Slowly, God's Kingdom has been advancing in this area, but there is still more work to be done. Please pray for us as we seek to glorify God in the mountains of China.
The 17,000-foot mountain where we will be training guides.
1. Glorify our God and Savior Jesus Christ. We seek to make disciples through clear Gospel presentation, baptism, communion, worship, community service, teaching and eventually the establishment of a local church.
2. Assess the mountaineering competency of the local guides and begin teaching skills according to team-member ability and the guides' greatest capabilities. We plan to teach skills like mountaineering knots, rope care, snow/ice/glacier travel techniques, self arrest, team arrest, belaying, rappelling, anchor building, crevasse rescue, and client care.
3. Assess the local guides' gear and clothing needs, while donating or lending these items when available. We have been blessed to receive warm clothing, crampons, ropes, harnesses, and other items essential for guided climbing, which we will deliver to the local guides.
4. Formulate a plan of action for the next training session in 2010. We hope to come back and teach more advanced skills like avalanche rescue, 5th class climbing, vertical ice, skiing, self rescue, and emergency medicine when teachers are available. We also hope to assess other important needs within the villages surrounding the mountain: Are there orphans? Medical needs? Are there kids who need help getting an education? Whatever they are, we believe God will lead us to them and provide the resources we need to get them done.