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”.

Freedom Climb 7 Summits – Lives Transformed

Four days, 70 women, seven 14,000 foot summits in Colorado,   What a combination! And lives were transformed in ways we never imagined!  At this point in the journey all we can do is stand in awe of all our Lord did for us, through us, and with us!  Hearts were broken and raw, tears streamed as struggles were faced, relationships were built, ……..and God was right there in all of it.  Amazing doesn’t even come close to describing the joyful exhilaration we are feeling.  

As the ladies head back home to their “normal”, nothing will be the same as it was when they left for Colorado.  They “went up the mountain one way, and came down the mountain another”. For them, the next step is to determine what they are going to do with what they’ve experienced, learned, and endured.  Not an easy task!  

The problem continues, but we are standing in hope as the women are mobilized to be the voice for the voiceless!  Freedom Climb: 7 Summits Colorado has finished, but the work goes on.  Join us as we move forward!  It’s never too late to be a solution to the global stain of human oppression, exploitation, and trafficking.

https:// www.thefreedomclimb.net/events/freedom-climb-2014

The 2014 Freedom Climb 7 Summits Team

The 2014 Freedom Climb 7 Summits Team

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The Climbers are voices for the voiceless!

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The goal of the Freedom Climb is to affect the lives of thousands of women and children each year.  The purpose of the Freedom Climb is not just about climbing a mountain; it’s a way to engage in this global battle and strategically help these women and children. Climbing these mountains is merely a symbolic gesture of what women and children around the world go through every single day.

During these days in our Freedom Climb Colorado 7 Summits we could hear from the climbers about their feelings and thoughts in being part of that beautiful ministry. The Climbers are voices for the voiceless; for those who could not declare freedom in their lives and climb out of their circumstances on their own.

“I am so grateful to be a part of the Freedom Climb, feeling the love, compassion and joyfulness of being in the company of women who possess hearts of gold who all share the same passion as mine, together we can save the world one step or climb at a time!” – Karen Tep -Team Teal

“Freedom climb represents climbing for these precious women and children who have no voice. During my journey I am declaring my own “personal freedom” by listening and watching to what God is unveiling to me on the magical mountain.” Jen Klaassens pink team and Sea Level girl.

Freedom Climb 2014 7 Summits -Colorado begins in 3 weeks

The goal of the Freedom Climb is to affect the lives of thousands of women and children each year. The purpose of the Freedom Climb is not just about climbing a mountain; it’s a way to engage in this global battle and strategically help these women and children. Climbing these mountains is merely a symbolic gesture of what women and children affected by slavery, exploitation and oppression around the world go through every single day.

It isn’t necessary to climb mountains to get involved! You can register for any event as a Virtual Freedom Climber and be a voice for the voiceless by raising funds and awareness. Anyone can do it! Let us help you get started!

Donate today and change a life!
Donate Now

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You too can Do Something

Lately, we see and hear more and more stories of precious children being abducted and sold into slavery. How do we sit by and do nothing? You may say what can I do? The problem is so huge! Each of us can do something!

In one month 72 women from 6 countries will be doing something in Colorado! They each paid all of their own expenses to climb. They committed to raising awareness and funds to help end slavery. They will climb 7 14,000 feet summits in 4 days! They have a goal of raising $500,000 to help end slavery and human trafficking.

You may not be able to climb, but you can definitely do something! Have you heard Mathew West’s song “Do Something”? Several of our climbers have made it their theme song.

Join us in our efforts to end slavery, human trafficking and oppression of women and children globally.

How?

• Pray- individually and help get others to pray for the victims, the projects, those serving in the projects , our ministry and those climbing. We will provide prayer booklets. We also have a monthly prayer calendar.

• Give- donate to the projects and support the climbers efforts.
You can change lives! Would you consider a monthly gift?
Donate Now

•. Help raise awareness and funds. Use our tools to help raise funds and awareness in your community and church. Forward this to all your friends. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

•. Join us for a climb! You never thought you could climb? We had 18-72 year olds climb with us. You will be surprised by what you can do with God’s help! Men can join us for our next two climbs!

Mt. Kilimanjaro – individuals, corporations and churches are invited to join us for our first Corporate Climb.

South Africa- the whole family is invited. This is a great opportunity to see our projects, do outreach and hike. (Something for all ages)

For more information, go to:
Www.thefreedomclimb.net/events

YOU CAN DO SOMETHING! You can change lives one at a time! $5000 $1000, $100 or any amount helps transform a life and generations to come!

Go to http://www.theFreedomClimb.net to learn more about the projects and donate.

Blessings,
Tina Yeager, Director Freedom Climb (USA)
Tina.yeager@OM.org

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)