We hope this letter finds you well! When Rachel and I began leading collegiate ministry full-time with Christian Challenge, a goal of ours was to energize our students to partake in summer missions. We’d hoped to provide opportunities for students to put their faith into action across the world.
Last June, the Lord opened the door for us to take students to the Philippines with Climbing for Christ. This year, the Lord has opened even more doors.
After seeing how well our trip last year went, we were asked to bring students not only to the Philippines this summer but also to Peru. So this summer, we will be in Peru May 10th-25th. The Philippines trip will be tentatively June 6th-19th. We are extremely excited for what God is going to do on each trip!
With the Peru mission trip, we will be working with a local missionary already on the ground. C4C has been working with him for the past few years. We will take our team up into the Huayhuash mountains around 14,000 feet in elevation and possibly even up to 18,000 feet traveling on foot from village to village.
This is a region C4C has never made it into, where there are many unreached peoples. On this trip, we will distribute Bibles, show the Jesus Film, and share the Gospel with the mountain people.
The Philippines trip will be much like the one last year. We will team with Filipinos and backpack into villages not accessible by roads in order to bring in Bibles in the local language, medical supplies, and school supplies deep into the mountainous jungles.
This year, plans have changed slightly in that we will not be making it to Tacadang and Les-eng which we backpacked to last year. Instead, we will be visiting the village of Badeo. It’s exciting because we will spend less time traveling and have much more time to share with the villagers.
Our team will be teaching on the importance of the Bible, and sharing the Gospel with those who have not yet heard.
We will focus our ministry efforts with a medical outreach, a children’s outreach, women’s outreach, and the Bible outreach.
At the moment, our Peru trip is full. We’re pretty excited about that. As for the Philippines trip, we still have a couple of spots open. There are some other students who have expressed interest but are praying for direction. We should have things finalized here pretty soon. When we do, we’ll get you names and bios on the team we’re taking so that you can be praying for them specifically.
We will certainly keep you up-to-date as the trip gets closer. Thank you for teaming up and partnering with us! We love you guys!
-Pray that the Holy Spirit would be preparing for the Gospel the hearts of the Peruvian and Filipino people in the mountain villages.
-Pray for our safety.
-Pray for our students as they prepare for the trips and raise support.
-Pray that our funding for the trips would come in as well. With time closing in, we still have a lot of ground to cover.
Cheers and God Bless,
Mike and Rachel