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Mission: Nigeria 2011

Team Bios

Brandy Everts

Brandy Everts, who led Mission: Possible 6, is coordinator of Climbing For Christ Canada (which will be organized in 2012).

Nationality: Canadian. Occupation: Horticulturist and wanna-be missionary. Missions with Climbing For Christ: Fourth. (Numerous with other ministries.)

How long have you climbed? 4 years. Type of climbing you do: Hiking and trekking. Highlight of climbing career: On Mission: Possible when I reached my highest altitude — 16,000 feet. Also, when I climbed Victoria Peak, the highest peak in the Southern Alberta Rockies. Dang, it's beautiful!

How long have you been a Christian? 11 years. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Overseas and young adults in North America.

Favorite Scripture verse (and why): 1 Corinthians 9: 20-27. “To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it. Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.” It’s my life’s goal.

Special “God moment” you'd like to share: When I suffered from daily migraines for 3½ years and on June 1, 2011, God showed to me Isaiah 40:1 — “…And called out to her, that her warfare has ended…” And since then I haven’t had a migraine!! God is good!

What does Climbing For Christ mean to you? Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun! And people that are dedicated to preaching the Gospel around the world.

Gary Fallesen

Gary Fallesen with Alison, the girl who befriended our Mission: Peru team in May.

Nationality: American. Occupation: Founding president of Climbing For Christ. Missions with C4C: 25th.

How long have you climbed? Since 1996. Type of climbing you do: Mostly hiking/trekking and mountaineering. Highlight of climbing career: Going from a mountaineer (of sorts) to a missionary (of sorts) — by the grace and power of God.

How long have you been a Christian? Since 1983. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Acts 1:8 — being His witness in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Favorite Scripture verse (and why): Isaiah 55:8. “'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the Lord.” I prayed against going to Nigeria when Pastor Chris first joined C4C in April 2009 and invited us to come serve alongside him. But our patient God once again showed me that He knows better and I should follow wherever He leads.

Special “God moment” you'd like to share: We were praying for Chris and the Joseph family, especially his pregnant wife (appropriately named Blessing), as they awaited the arrival of their fourth child in 2010. Elijah Joseph was born on March 16. During the delivery, the mid-wife exclaimed, “Your God is alive because the devil came so late!” The umbilical cord had been coiled around the baby's neck and knotted in the back. “God, who never wanted me to be put to shame, was able to deliver the boy from this satanic ploy,” Chris said. We rejoiced in this miracle birth. Chris honored me in asking me to give Elijah his middle name. My first thought was Martin after Martin Luther, the father of the protestant movement, because he was famous for fighting with the devil. He once threw his ink well at Satan. May we be so bold in our battles behind enemy lines.

What does Climbing For Christ mean to you? It's ALL about Him! It's from Him and through Him and for Him, as it says in Romans 11:36. And it is because of Him that we are sent where others will not or cannot go. “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:8). To God alone be the glory!

Michael Heitland

Mike Heitland, left, on summit of Kilimanjaro (with teammates Shelly Torres and Randy McGarvey) in March.

Nationality: American. Occupation: Bi-vocational. President of Equipping Saints For Ministry (ES4M) and part-time Network Engineer. Missions with Climbing For Christ: Second.

How long have you climbed? 9 years. Type of climbing you do: Mountaineering. Highlight of climbing career: I would have to say summiting Kilimanjaro this year on Mission: Kilimanjaro!

How long have you been a Christian? I consider my spiritual birthday to be September 1996. This was the start of a long road of sanctification and God has been faithful in working to conforming me to Christ's image. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: I currently intern in Bethel's Men's Ministry and I am the president of Equipping Saints For Ministry.

Favorite Scripture verse (and why): Psalm 96:3. “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” This verse is currently my favorite because of the weight the Lord has put on my heart for global missions. As John Piper writes in his opening to Let The Nations Be Glad, missions exist because worship doesn't.

Special “God moment” you'd like to share: In July I found myself jobless overnight. In this experience, the Lord brought me to the end of myself and propelled me to take action on my calling. From this experience, which I believe was the reality of a loving Father who disciplines His children, I launched a non-profit (ES4M) with a focus on fulfilling the great “omission,” that is equipping indigenous pastors for the work of ministry.
What does Climbing For Christ mean to you? The work of C4C and its impact on me during Mission: Kilimanjaro 2011 has changed the way I think of missions. To me, C4C has challenged me to see where there are holes in global missions (in C4C's case, going where others cannot or will not go). I am sold on C4C's missions work in general and Gary's heart for the nations in particular.

Chris Joseph

Chris Joseph on a survey trip to the Koma Hills earlier this year.

Nationality: Nigerian. Occupation: Clergy. Missions with Climbing For Christ: First.

How long have you climbed? Over 20 years. Type of climbing you do: Boy Scouts. Highlight of climbing career: Still to come.

How long have you been a Christian? 23 years. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Apostolic and missions.

Favorite Scripture verse (and why): Philippians 1:21. For me to die is gain and to live is Christ.

Special “God moment” you'd like to share: We must work while it is day, for the night comes when no man will work.

What does Climbing For Christ mean to you? Climbing For Christ is one unique frontline missions organization with a mandate of strategically reaching the unreached for Christ at all cost with the instrument of love.

Jordan Rowley

Jordan Rowley, right, leading worship (with C4C missionary Jaime Servat) in Peru this year.

NOTE: Jordan was denied a visa to Nigeria three times. We trust it was part of God's plan.

Nationality: American. Occupation: I have the awesome privilege of serving the Lord as the Spiritual Coordinator with Climbing For Christ! Missions with C4C: Fourth.

How long have you climbed? I have always enjoyed spending time in the outdoors. Only in the past few years, however, have I taken it more seriously — especially with the realization that there are those living in remote mountain areas who have yet to hear the Gospel. Type of climbing you do: Whatever it takes to get to where God leads.

Highlight of climbing career: I’ve had many highlights throughout the past few years. One of the most recent was on my return trip to Haiti. On my first trip in 2009, we brought a backpacker guitar with us and I was blessed to lead and teach many of the kids in a few worship songs during school. We sang one song in particular so many times I know I’ll never forget the words (although I never completely learned all of them in Creole). The song was “I am a friend of God” or “Mwen se zanmi Bondye.” Upon returning to the same villages on the 2011 trip, many of the same children recognized me and the guitar and immediately started singing the song! I was blown away. It was such a blessing to hear that those words had been on my precious little brothers and sisters lips (and I pray hearts) since 2009. That fact alone changed the way I ministered on that trip and I pray all of my future trips. I learned that even on a short-term trip you can make a lasting impact, and to be a good steward of every second the Lord gives me with any of His children.

How long have you been a Christian? I have been a Christian for about 10 years. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: I’m grateful to have my sweet family as the first ministry the Lord has given me. I’m also blessed to be able to minister through my job as Spiritual Coordinator at Climbing For Christ.

Favorite Scripture verse (and why): Right now, Colossians 1:10 which says “that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” I love this verse because I long to please my God, to walk worthy of Him, to bear Him fruit ... and simply know my Lord more and more!

Special “God moment” you'd like to share: Every moment is a God moment.

What does Climbing For Christ mean to you? I think Climbing For Christ is an awesome ministry! I’m so blessed to be a part of it. To me, Climbing For Christ is as big as fulfilling the Great Commission of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and hurting world, and as simple as showing the love of Jesus to someone living right next door. I’m excited to be involved in this ministry and I look forward to seeing all that the Lord is going to continue to do through it. I believe that the Lord has many more great things that He wills to do through Climbing For Christ. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).

Posted Nov. 4, 2011

The Word

“He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. ...'”
— Mark 16:15 (NIV)

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