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.
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