WHY DO WE CLIMB?

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This week a few of our climbers from the 2015 Corporate Climb Sponsored by The Wasie Foundation joined together to train for their climb on Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Several climbers said it was the most difficult thing they have ever done.  This is said after each climb as well.  So WHY do we climb?  Why do we endure the difficulty of climbing?  We are blessed to be a voice for those with no voice!  Those we are climbing for have an incredible climb to freedom.  We climb because it is our goal to raise awareness and funds for the projects Operation Mobilization has around the world that are addressing issues of slavery and oppression.  Learn more about our WHY!

The following link is a Case report about HIV in India and the Jogini Culture.  http://casereports.bmj.com/content/2014/bcr-2014-204635.full?keytype=ref&ijkey=01gnWSg04mPzKqW

It is so much more than a climb!  You don’t have to climb to join our team!  Will you join us in prayer for the precious lives transformed by the Freedom Climb projects?

Thank you!

The Freedom Climb Team

http://www.thefreedomclimb.net

The Wasie Foundation Corporate Freedom Climb is just a few months away!

Will you join us and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro? Raise awareness in your community and church! Be a voice for the voiceless women and children caught in modern day slavery, human trafficking and oppression.

There is limited space left so register today and join for our training in Colorado October 30th. Www.thefreedomclimb.net/events

Corporate Climb Invite

The Freedom Climb Team

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 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!
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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)