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Prayer Peaks Day 2010

The hearts that God hears


By Ace Concordia
C4C Philippines coordinator

AA, foreground, joins C4C Philippines members in prayer.

Climbing For Christ Philippines participated once more in the annual Prayer Peaks Day. The goal of this event is to unite climbers for a day of prayer. Four C4C members climbed Mount Batulao in Nasugbu Batangas. Joining us for the first time was an invited climber, named DJ, and a new member, Forrest Dedolph, who came from Minnesota. Being a towering 6-foot-6, Forrest was hard to miss; many of the locals had surprised looks on their faces when they saw him. He told me that’s a common reaction. He puts his gift of height to use by ministering to young kids by playing basketball and then sharing the love of Jesus.

Forrest, right, stands out in a crowd.

To other people such size is a source of pride and power. Goliath is a perfect example. He was a warrior like no other during his time. There was no one to match him. No one as tall, as big, or as strong. Thinking no one could ever match up to him, he would challenge anyone to a fight. So on the day he challenged the Israelites to a battle of champions, and a boy with a slingshot came forward, he laughed at the proposition. The boy’s name was David and he would eventually write Psalm 131. In verses 1-3, David wrote:

“My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.”

David knew the strength that comes from humbling yourself before God. So on the day he challenged Goliath, God honored David’s humility, and he slew Goliath with just one small stone.

Pride causes God to turn away from us, but a humble heart is what God listens to.

Doc Cecil scrambling up a steep section on Mount Batulao.

During Prayer Peaks, I was not climbing with the strongest climbers, but I was with some of the most humble. Forrest, for instance, may be a big man but has the heart of David. This made our time of prayer together at the summit of Mount Batulao a truly blessed experience. We all knew that before God, we were never going to be enough and that whatever we now have in life is because of His great love alone.

C4C Philippines team on Mount Batulao.

To my fellow Prayer Peaks climbers AA, Doc Cecil, DJ, Leo, and Forrest — and all the members of Climbing For Christ — I pray that we all remain with our heads bowed before the Lord, so that no giants will stand in our way.

New York

By Gary Fallesen
President, Climbing For Christ

I had been training to climb Mount Ararat and my wife, Elaine, had not been training for anything. But together we ascended to the summit of little Blue Mountain, a 3,759-foot Adirondack peak that requires a two-mile hike and climb of 1,750 vertical feet. It was our 28th wedding anniversary, and what better way to celebrate than in His creation and with a time of prayer on a mountaintop?

We gave thanks for all He has provided — from His love, presence and provision to our marriage and two children to the ministry He has blessed us with to our brothers and sisters in Chirst, like Prayer Peaks Day founder and Climbing For Christ board member Derek Fullerton. It was a joy-filled time on an exceptional summer day.

Elaine and Gary on the summit of Blue.

Our family has been involved with Prayer Peaks Day for a decade now. We are thankful we live in a country that allows us the freedom to worship our Lord, Jesus Christ, and pray publicly — as we did on the summit of Blue Mountain — to our heavenly Father.

Posted July 4, 2010


By Derek Fullerton
Prayer Peaks Day founder/Climbing For Christ board member

Prayer Peaks Day founder Derek Fullerton with his 1-year-old son Ian.

My wife Karen worked a half-day on Friday, July 2, and then we headed up to camp near Camp Redcloud in preparation to climb 14,048-foot Handies Peak for Prayer Peaks on July 3. My Blazer abruptly overheated when climbing up a hill on the highway. It was humbling to be stranded on the highway with my wife and 1-year old baby, Ian. I popped the hood, let the vapor cloud dissipate and waited awhile for the engine to cool. We prayed for God's help and managed to summit the hill, coast downhill a couple of miles (with the engine off) to a gas station, where we used their phone book to find a service station that could help us. We backtracked a few miles (coasting most of the way with the engine off again) to Salida to a garage that said they would take a look at it. A service technician jumped on the situation right away (at 4:40 p.m. on a Friday afternoon of a holiday weekend!). It needed a new radiator and the question was finding one that would fit a 1998 Blazer with manual transmission.  Initially it sounded like we were going to have to abandon our plans to get to the San Juan Mountains and we'd be stranded in Salida for the three nights of our Fourth of July weekend.  The one car rental place in town had none of their six rentals available and we made the commitment to make the best of it — thinking there were worse places we could be stranded.
It turned out the ONLY radiator in the entire state that matched my vehicle was an hour down the Arkansas River Valley in Cañon City. One of the service station workers made the trek down there that night and returned with the radiator at 10 p.m. The next morning the mechanic switched them out and we were on our way to Lake City and Camp Redcloud a little after noon.
So, for Prayer Peaks we were waiting for my Blazer to get fixed and then spent a few hours driving to our final destination. This was the first time in the 13 years of Prayer Peaks that I was not on a summit praying for our nation.
As it turned out, if we had attempted Handies Peak that day we most likely would not have summited because of thunderstorms.
We spent the Fourth of July at an outdoor Lake City community-wide Christian worship service that was really God-honoring. Then we watched the parade and went out and drove part of the “Alpine Loop” — cresting out on “Engineer Pass” at 12,800 feet. Later on, we got to take a little hike. Then we backtracked to Lake City for dinner and watched their very impressive fireworks display.

Baby Ian.

On Monday, July 5, we popped out of our frost-covered tent and drove up the four-wheel-drive road to American Basin to attempt Handies Peak. It was a gorgeous, cloudless day and we summited Ian's first Fourteener in decent time. He did excellent the whole way up except for the last 10-minutes before the summit. We were worried as he was “melting down” on my back. We summited and tried to calm him down, but to no avail. We spent five minutes on the beautiful, cloud-free summit while worrying about Ian the whole time. We packed him up in his backpack and QUICKLY began the descent. In the same place (about 200 feet below the summit) where he started his melt-down he stopped crying. Then shortly after that a little party of climbers with their two big golden-retriever dogs crossed our path on their way up to the summit. Ian was back to his usual jovial-ness once he saw the dogs. He was giggling at them and enjoyed me kneeling down so he could pet them and let them lick his face.  Everything was back to normal — thank You Jesus!!!
So, our Prayer Peaks prayer time began on our descent of Handies Peak two days after PPD. We prayed fervently most of the way down — generally following the Prayer Peaks prayer guide. Once we got back to the trail head, we had a six-hour drive back to Colorado Springs. We stopped in Lake City for a late lunch and ice-cream stop and then spent a decent amount of time praying as we headed home. We prayed for our nation going through the alphabet — from things like Agriculture; Business; Culture, Congress; Dogs; Energy/Electricity; Families, Forests all the way to Zoos — thanking God for these areas of our national life and praying for their healing.

The Fullerton family.

We arrived home around 9:30 p.m. and are so grateful the Lord blessed us with my most unusual Prayer Peaks experience (delayed two days) but most blessed — having led my family up Handies Peak.

Posted July 7, 2010


By Mike Wall
Western Slope Chapter coordinator

Prayer Peaks Day in Durango was awesome. Not many showed up for the hike, but those that did were blessed by the time of fellowship and prayer.

Once we started, it was about 40 minutes to the top of Hogsback. When we arrived, the summit was empty. Soon, many others would join us. Most were just out for an afternoon climb near town. After the summit quieted down a bit, our group began to pray. We prayed for Western Colorado, for the town of Durango, for Climbing For Christ missions, for the different churches in town, and lastly, for each other.

Mike Wall heading toward an incredible worship experience on Hogsback.

To top it off, after praying I was able to break out my guitar and we were able to worship above Durango. It was a pretty awesome experience to be able to worship our God in His beautiful creation. There is something about being on a mountaintop, worshipping that makes me want to stay there in worship forever. A true mountaintop experience. It was a small taste of heaven. I hope and pray that this Prayer Peaks Day in Durango was just the start.  Hopefully next year we can bring even more of our Christian brothers and sisters to pray with us.

Updated Sept. 25, 2010

The Word

“...if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
— 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)


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