Thursday, July 31, 2014

C4C Mission: Philippines Update 2014!

Hello Team! We hope everyone is doing well!

Rachel and I are doing pretty well, just getting ready for the coming semester. It’s crazy to think our students will be back within almost a month.

Anyway, I guess I’ve kept everyone waiting long enough. Time for the Climbing for Christ Philippines mission trip update!


Well, the trip was amazing! It was an absolute success! God had plans for us beyond the scope of what we could see before the trip.

On the surface, our goal was to hike into the mountains bringing Bibles in the local Kankanaey language. We’d also be showing publicly the Jesus Film for the first time ever in that language.

At first, we’d only be going to the village of Badeo but God opened the door for us to travel to Mogcao as well.


Along with the other goals was bringing a student, Sarah Mellberg, along with us, keeping her safe, and making sure she had a good experience where God could use her.


Thankfully, we can check off all of those goals. Praise God! We brought in 20 Bibles to the area. It’s less than last year because the Bibles are becoming more and more scarce unfortunately.


We were able to show the Jesus Film to over 200 people. Most of them had heard the name of Jesus but out of those who had heard, 90% didn’t know much, if anything, about our Lord and Savior. Through the film, the Lord certainly changed that. It was awesome to see them hang on every word. We had packed rooms with people in the doorway standing on their tippy-toes just to get a glimpse. I imagine that’s pretty much how it was back in Jesus’ day with people just trying to get a glimpse through the crowds.


Looking back over our goals, Sarah also had a great time. She was a perfect fit for the team and a great addition.


But again, God had more than we ever dreamed of. I got to lead worship a couple of times once we finally tracked down a guitar. The first time was just for our team. The second time was just before we showed the Jesus Film. Both times were great blessings for me.


I also got to preach twice. The first time was out of Acts. I was just going to use the same sermon again for church the next day as there would be different people at this service. But then God told me I needed to preach something different. He just wasn’t going to tell me what that was until I only had 10-15 minutes to prepare the next morning. Talk about having to really rely on the Holy Spirit.


I preached for around an hour about how if we live for God, He will get us where He wants us. Sure, we need to pray and seek wisdom but we shouldn’t worry like many of us tend to do.

I don’t share that story to toot my own horn but just to say, “The Holy Spirit is awesome!”

Okay, moving onto more of God’s bigger vision. I know another big thing was that Rachel was encouraged by how passionate believers were there to live for God. Durango can be draining sometimes. It was refreshing to see their passion.

Oh and I can’t forget to mention, Sarah now wants to move to the Philippines after college to be a missionary. God was really showing and teaching her things on this trip. That in itself was a huge reason why Rachel and I were there.

We also got to go to Don and Molly McAlvany’s orphanage which was awesome.


Looking back, it was a great trip where God did amazing things!


Prayer Requests:

-Praise for the very successful trip and the connections we were able to forge for the future of the Kingdom!

-That the Holy Spirit would continue working on the hearts of the local villagers.

-For wisdom and discernment for C4C on how to move forward with best ministering to the Kankanaey people.

-That God would provide more Bibles for the region as there is still a great need.

Know that God did so much more than the few things I was able to share! Thank you so much for making this trip possible with your prayer support and financial support!

Cheers and God Bless,
Mike & Rachel

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Durango C4C Prayer Peaks Day 2014


Prayer Peaks Day is a day where climbers and hikers all across America climb to a high point and pray together for their town, their state, and their nation. In Durango this year, we hiked Smelter Mountain.


The team assembled around 10:30 am at the Smelter Mountain trailhead. We had three from Durango, CO and three from Farmington, NM join us. It was already becoming a very hot day. We prayed for safety and quickly started our hike wanting to beat possible afternoon thunderstorms.


It wasn't long before we were at the top. We were blessed with beautiful views. We snacked and rehydrated taking it all in. You could see the La Plata Mountains to the west of Durango, the San Juan Mountains to the north, and the Animas River flowing through town.


Soon, it was time for prayer and worship. I pulled out my guitar and we sang worship songs over Durango. We then prayed for the town, the state and for Farmington, and New Mexico. Lastly, we prayed for a safe, cloudy and cool journey back down to our cars. And wouldn't you know it, as we started down, a storm popped up to our northwest bringing us a cool breeze and the cloud cover we were asking for. It was awesome seeing prayers answered like that.


When we returned to our cars, we decided we couldn't finish the trip without some blizzards from Dairy Queen. It's becoming a PPD tradition in Durango. What better than ice cream after a summer hike? Not only were we thankful for ice cream after the trip but even more thankful that we have a God who hears our prayers and cares. That Saturday, we were blessed by great fellowship, a great hike, and an awesomely great God!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

C4C Mission: Philippines Video 2014!

Check out the video I put together of pictures from the mission trip!


C4C Mission: Philippines 2014 from Mike Wall on Vimeo.

C4C Mission: Peru Trip Update 2014!



Hello Team! We hope you guys are having a great summer so far.

Rachel and I have certainly had a pretty busy summer. We actually just got back from the Philippines not too long ago. With that, we’re working on getting caught up on post-trip things.

Enough of what we’ve been doing since we’ve been back, though. I’m guessing you’d rather hear about the trips...but the Philippines trip will have to wait for the next update. I still need to update everyone on the Climbing for Christ Peru trip from back in May.


Well, the trip was amazing! It was an absolute success! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a place more ready for the harvest! It was so encouraging!

Unfortunately, my wife wasn’t able to make it on the trip with me. I’m hoping next year, Lord willing, she’ll be able to make the trip.

Our team started out in Lima ministering to a family who C4C had met on past trips. Before we left, we were able to pray over the family and the serious health issues they were suffering from.


From Lima, we headed up into the Cordillera Blanca. There, we handed out Bibles around a village and shared the Gospel with every door God opened. It was a great time of ministry that saw souls come to salvation!

There was a 15 year-old kid, named Angel, who had just become a believer a month before. He came out with us because he wanted to share his testimony with people. Seeing him share his testimony was certainly one of the highlights of the trip.


Later during our time in the village, we were able to put on a church service for the locals in a field across the street from the church C4C is building for ministry in the area. That night, we worshipped with the local believers and prayed over the sick.

In attendance was a lady who a year before, had to be carried to the church service because she couldn’t walk. After being prayed over at that service, she got up and walked home. This year, she walked to the church service under her own power. Praise the Lord!

From the Cordillera Blanca, we headed into the Cordillera Huayhuash. After setting up camp that night in the new mountain range, we went out to meet the locals. The first lady we met didn’t have a Bible so we gave her and her family members Bibles.


She asked us then to put on a church service later that night for everyone in the area. So with that, we set out to invite everyone we could before the sun went down. We invited probably 25 people and had around 20 show up later that night. We were able to give out Bibles to those who did not have them and prayed over the sick.

The next day, we headed to a village that was a little bigger. We set up camp and went out to evangelize. We only made it 10 feet before we gave out all of the Bibles we were carrying with us. We went back and got more. We made it 20 feet this time before we ran out.


We returned that night after a day of evangelism to 40 kids playing around our camp. We played “keep away” with a volleyball for 2 hours and then shared the Gospel with them. It was a great day.


From there, our team split up. Part of our team would continue ministering in the villages. My group would head further and deeper into the high Andes mountains to reach the unreached...those beyond the reach of missionaries and pastors, those too far from any church.


We found plenty who had never been visited. We were able to encourage them that God had not forgotten them. Jesus had sent us to remind them of His great love!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Quick Mission Trip Update

So I'm back from an extremely successful and fruitful mission trip to Peru!  God is working big time down there!  I was blessed to be able to be a part of that!

So now that I'm back, it's time to turn around and head off to the Philippines with Rachel and one of our students.

When we get back, I'll get out updates and put some videos together of both trips.

Keep our team in your prayers while we are in the Philippines and be praying for the places we'll be ministering!  Thank you so much!  We appreciate your prayers more than you'll ever know!

Cheers and God Bless,
Mike

Friday, May 9, 2014

Early May Mission Trips Update 2014!

Hello Team! We hope this update finds you well!

Rachel and I are just putting the finishing touches on our upcoming mission trips. Our Peru trip is May 10th-25th. The Philippines mission trip is June 4th-20th.

We wanted to give you a quick update on the trip and some bio’s on our students who are joining us.

We are absolutely stoked to be able to take these students to the ends of the earth to serve alongside their brothers and sisters in Christ from other nations in order to reach villages in the high mountains of Peru and the Philippines with the Gospel.

For Peru, our team of 9 will head into the Huayhuash Mountains between 9,000-16,000 ft. in elevation visiting high mountain villages as we go. We’ll share the Gospel, give out Bibles, and show the Jesus Film with the unreached people in the region.

For the Philippines, our team of around 15 will spend most of our time immersing and sharing the Gospel in the village of Badeo which we will have to spend a full day backpacking to. With us, we will carry Bibles in the local language, discipleship materials, medical supplies, and school supplies.

For more info on the trips and the bios on each team member, you can click on the following links.

Peru: http://climbingforchrist.org/Expeditions/Peru/Peru2014.aspx

Philippines: http://climbingforchrist.org/Expeditions/Philippines/Philippines2014.aspx

Thank you so much for your support! Keep on praying! -M & R



FLC Team Bios:

Rachel Horton is originally from Kendall, Kansas. She’ll be on the Peru mission trip. She is an adventure education major spending most of her semesters outdoors. God raised her full support for the mission trip in just one night through a silent auction her family put on for her. For more info on Rachel, feel free to check out the following link: http://climbingforchrist.org/Articles/tabid/545/ID/968/Rachel-Horton.aspx

Jessica Vose is a Fort Lewis College graduate. She will be on the Peru mission trip. She now works at Mercury System Payments in Durango. During her time at FLC, she spent a lot of it studying abroad. Despite her experience traveling overseas, this will be her first out of country mission trip. For more info on Jessica, feel free to check out the following link: http://climbingforchrist.org/Articles/tabid/545/ID/963/Jessica-Vose.aspx

Sarah Mellberg is from the Colorado Springs area. She’ll be on our Philippines mission trip. This past year, she was the roommate of Meagan Prins who went to the Philippines with us last year. Guess, the excitement Meagan had after getting back rubbed off on Sarah. Fun fact: This will be her first time on an airplane. For more info on Sarah, feel free to check out the following link: http://climbingforchrist.org/Articles/tabid/545/ID/1012/Sarah-Mellberg.aspx




Prayer Requests:

-That God would open doors for the Gospel to be received and understood.

-That the Holy Spirit would be working on the hearts of the local villagers.

-That God would keep our teams safe and healthy.

-That God would give us strength and keep us in good spirits despite a possible lack of sleep.

Peru Dispatches Link

Just wanted to put a link up where you can follow the Peru team's daily updates through the dispatches we will post online.  They will start May 10th, the day the trip heads out for Peru.

http://climbingforchrist.org/Articles/tabid/545/ID/1069/DISPATCHES-Peru-2014.aspx