Below is a letter that was sent to the Kilimanjaro climbers from a fellow climber about what she felt the Lord was speaking to her:
Dear Kili-climbing sisters!
With less than a week to go until we depart for Africa, the Lord said to me today, “It is time to move your eyes from yourself (your packing, shopping, and stressy self) and refocus them on Me and why I called you to make this Freedom Climb.”
When I know God is speaking, it is time to pay attention! Here’s the rest of what the Lord was speaking to me…
This Kilimanjaro trek is a powerful prophetic symbol. You-the climbers-are meant to symbolize the victims; Kilimanjaro symbolizes the towering “mountain” of pain, evil, injustice and woundedness that dehumanizes millions of trafficked and enslaved victims daily.
Every hardship you will face step by step and breath by breath on Kilimanjaro is meant to mirror the life-threatening extremities of the trafficked and enslaved for whom you climb.They are deprived; you, too, will face deprivation. They persevere through extreme conditions; so will you. They receive no comfort; you will sacrifice your comforts for their sake. Their unclean bodies ache and sweat and hurt and shiver; yours will, too. They are forced to live one moment at a time and you will only make this climb one step at a time. And the same God who gives the millions of victims breath and life, sees their pain, holds their hands, and whispers His hope into their darkness will likewise be present with you.
This trek is meant to break your heart for what breaks Mine. I will do this in you by taking you beyond the limits of your own human strength, wits, and abilities. When you summit Kilimanjaro, you will not be able to credit yourself, but only give glory to Me. You will make it because I will carry you. That heady joy of freedom as you stand on the roof of Africa will serve as a symbol of the joyous release and victory I have in store for those who are now in bondage!
I will call many of you into active engagement to overcome and destroy these evils as you return home. Be ready for a life change.
I love you and that is why I invited you to make this climb. I didn’t ask everyone; I asked you and you said YES. I am so proud of your willingness to follow Me up this mountain that I made with My own hands. This will be a radical journey of faith and risk, but I knew what I was doing when I called you. I never make a mistake. You were meant to be on this Freedom Climb and I will be with you every step of your way. Now surrender your “me” stuff. Lay all of it down at the Cross. Ask Me to give you My heart, My perspective, and My strength and I will do it.
Refocus the eyes of your heart on Me. It is time.
Grateful to God for each one of you. See you all soon!
Another fellow climber’s response was this:
After reading JoAnn’s Spiritual Journey of our trek to the roof of Africa…couldn’t help but share. My purse was stolen from my car….Gone are debit cards, $150 cash, wallet, financial records, pictures, etc, etc. While I read about laying aside the “ME” stuff, I was broken & humbled as a strong connection was revealed to me…. Instead of:
· A purse taken out of a car….
· A young girl is stolen from her village!
· Cancelling debit cards w/ a phone call…
· A young girl cancels her lifetime friendships!
· Losing pictures of precious family members…
· She loses her entire family!
· Being violated by someone reaching into my car…
· Her innocence & virginity are stolen by evil, calculating, criminal minds!
· Fear that a criminal has my home address…
· She now has no home and lives in the constant reality of being held captive!
· Having a glimmer of hope that my money will help pay rent or food
· Her reality is that money spent is for someone’s greed and selfish pleasure at her expense every day!
PS. My purse was stolen at the very instant I was doing a Newspaper photo shoot about our climb….and thankfully my passport was not in my purse.
Looking forward & looking UP!