Ten Day Countdown

SummerHaute

In ten days, a team of 30 women from around the world will arrive in Geneva to embark on an 8 day journey to climb the Alps. They have been training, fundraising and being a voice for the voiceless. Please pray for the team and their families as they make final preparations, travel and climb mercies.  Please pray for dry and mild weather.  There has been a heat wave in Switzerland.

Below are our links to follow the climber you supported.  We will be using the hashtag #fcalps on our postings. The most up to date information will be on our Facebook page.  Please like our page to receive automatic updates.  We will also be posting on our blog on wordpress.com please go to the link and sign up for the updates.  Each time we update the blog, it will automatically send you the update if you have signed up.

Below are the links to watch for updates:

Your prayers and partnership are greatly appreciated and valued!  We are blessed by your generosity.

Blessings,

Tina Yeager – Freedom Climb  Director – US

http://www.thefreedomclimb.net

Reflections from Cathey Anderson, International Freedom Climb Director

A friend put up one of the best posts I’ve seen in a long time yesterday on Facebook.  It’s a picture of her son, looking completely and totally dejected, standing next to an easel.  His little face is so downcast.  On the easel it says, “It’s my 4th birthday, and I have no idea that I’m going to DISNEYLAND today!”  Obviously, he can’t read what it says because he’s only 4! Now, here’s the funny part.  She writes below the picture, ‘I told him we’re going to Broccoli Land; the land of broccoli, naps, and spiders.’  Talk about bursting a little boy’s birthday bubble!  I can only imagine his surprise when they pulled up to “The Magic Kingdom:  The happiest place on earth!”  Picture the immense joy that filled his precious little four year old heart as he realized what his mom REALLY had in store for him! 

While it seems a little odd and disconnected, that’s how I feel about the Freedom Climb.  In September, 2010, the Lord spoke the vision for the Freedom Climb:  He wanted women who love the LORD, from all around the world, to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for oppressed and exploited women around the world for the purpose of bringing awareness of their suffering.  At the core of this vision was His heart for these women; His deep, deep love for each and every one of them.

Now, when the Lord tells you to do something, I’ve learned the tough way that it’s just smart to do it and not argue.  And so, 48 women from around the world did!  We all thought that we were climbing for others who were enduring horrific oppression and exploitation.  And we were! We knew that going into a point of physical suffering would allow us a brief moment of understanding what their daily pain is like.  While we were choosing to do this, they don’t.   But what we didn’t know is what would happen to us.  In his infinite, indescribable wisdom, the Lord did, and that was all a part of His plan from the very beginning.  And that’s the Disneyland part of the whole equation.

You see, when we started the Kilimanjaro ascent, we were in the ‘broccoli, naps, and spiders’ mind-set.  Human trafficking, oppression, exploitation, and slavery are as bad as it gets.  But, as we came down from that mountain, we began to hear the stories of bondages broken, suffering released, fears conquered, and brokenness healed.  It was as though we watched a metamorphic transformation directly in front our blurry eyed faces.  Women literally ran down the mountain released from their own form of personal pain and suffering.  It was glorious! God was breaking chains of bondage for the women were climbing for AND He was cutting the chains we were enslaved by.  Who knew this was going to be another integral component of the Freedom Climb?  Certainly not us………but God did!  And, it was not a one-time deal–this same thing has held true with every climb we’ve gone on.  God is forever faithful. 

The Freedom Climb is merely a symbolic gesture of the climb to freedom for every single one of us.  By embarking on something as demanding as these climbs, it’s impossible to come away the same as when we began.  It’s the suffering that does something to these women.  It’s in the suffering that we are driven to our Lord because when we’re at the end of ourselves, He’s waiting right there.  He walks that personal path of suffering right next to us.  It’s suffering that teaches us to be compassionate and allows us to walk with others in their pain with a heart of understanding.  Suffering moves us from a place of judgment to grace.  When we’re suffering, the lines of difference and distance begin to blur. 

There’s so much about the Freedom Climb we will likely never fully understand, and that’s OK.  The Lord was right when He said, “Women from around the world climb for women around the world.”  Little did we know that He meant we would also be climbing for ourselves.  And, yes, when we come off the mountain we can say we saw “God’s kingdom: the happiest place on earth”.

A GREAT example of why we do what we do!!!

By OM Philippines

A group of women climbing Everest Base Camp - 2013

A group of women climbing Everest Base Camp – 2013


The Freedom Climb strategically focuses on three areas of intervention when battling modern day slavery, oppression, exploitation, and trafficking. All of the projects funded through the Freedom Climb are effective in the area of prevention, development, and/or rescue/rehabilitation. We believe that OM is uniquely gifted and strong in the area of prevention. An example of this came in from OM Philippines just recently. When the biggest child cyber sex scandal was discovered in Cebu, it happened in the very town where they have their children’s outreach and where they helped send 5 precious young girls to school. These young girls are now actively involved in outreaches helping other children get to know the Lord and teaching them how to stay away from this kind of destructive and dangerous activity. OM Philippines has sponsored these five scholars, whom FC is supporting. They are growing up as fine young girls, excelling in their studies. However, they easily could have been one of those victimized in cybersex in their neighborhood, if the OM team in the Philippines have not intervened.
What we are doing through Freedom Climb really makes the difference. What YOU can do will change the lives of many people too. Join us in this beautiful opportunity to bless women and children around the world and make God’s love known by them.

Help End Slavery and Bring True Freedom!

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Join our events or give to end slavery!
The 2014 Colorado Climb is fast-approaching on July 12-18, when our teams will summit 7 mountains – each over 14,000 ft. in elevation! Can you believe we have 72 women signed up, representing 6 different countries??

Help us count down to this incredible event and the impact it will have not only on our climbers, but on you as their supporters — and most powerfully — on women and children climbing their way to freedom out of abuse, oppression, slavery, and trafficking.

You are already making a life-changing difference for these women and children with the gifts you have made towards our $500,000 goal for the 7 Summits Climb. And any gift you can give today will mean even more women and children are reached with the hope of Jesus!

Please click here to help: http://bit.ly/1p6xd8J

As our teams prepare for the climb, we also need your prayer support for the climbers and specific ministry needs. Please download our latest Freedom Climb Prayer Calendar and share this post with your friends so they can also!

Click here to download your June calendar now: http://www.thefreedomclimb.net/get-involved/pray

We are so grateful for your ongoing involvement – whether you climb, gather sponsors, pray or give a gift. Your strength will enable suffering women and children to climb to freedom.

Blessings,
Tina Yeager, Director, Freedom Climb (USA)