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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Aug. 6, 2010 - Give Me This Mountain

By Lydia Pate

The e-mail in my inbox captivated me.

Climb a mountain? Raise money for missions? And it wasn't just any mountain — it was Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest, free-standing mountain in the world. As a missionary kid growing up in Central Africa, I had long admired the ice-capped “Jewel of Africa” rising from the plains of Tanzania, East Africa.

As I read the invitation for the 2005 HealthCare Ministries (HCM) Compassion Climb for Children in Crisis, reality smacked me in the head. How would I physically prepare to climb a 19,340-foot mountain? How would I raise $10,000?

With the climb more than a year away, I filed away the e-mail. Out of sight, out of mind  … or so I thought. However, time couldn’t quell my excitement. As crazy as it sounded, maybe I was supposed to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

As the application deadline neared, I prayed for a clear-cut answer from God’s Word. Early one morning, a phrase popped into my mind: “give me this mountain.” I searched my Bible and found the source in Joshua 14:12 (KJV). Caleb, one of the two spies who scouted out the land of Canaan and brought back a positive report to the Israelites, spoke these words when petitioning Joshua for his inheritance of land. Undaunted by his age and unfazed by previous conquests, giants in the land and challenges to come, Caleb confronted his future with courage.

My heart blazed with fire. I knew I had my confirmation. I promptly mailed my application for the climb to HealthCare Ministries. Never before had I made such a commitment. My heart was set. My eyes were fixed on the summit.

During the next year of grueling physical training and miraculous fund-raising, I meditated on Caleb’s lofty request. In January 2005, when I stood at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro and gazed at its shining crown of ice, I clung to this verse. During the second day of our team’s ascent, sickness and weakness plagued my body, but after my fellow climbers prayed for me, God strengthened and healed me. Had it not been for the help and support of my teammates and our Tanzanian guides, I might not have endured. On February 3, when I finally reached the summit after a long, arduous night climb, I knew my life would never be the same. I was done with the status quo.

Life is a lot like climbing a mountain. The trek requires patience, perseverance, faith and a healthy dose of humor. Life’s valleys and peaks will test your mettle, but the views from the top are breathtaking. Navigate the uneven terrain and inclement weather by focusing your eyes on the goal and advancing one step at a time. When trials and afflictions overwhelm you, exchange your weakness for God’s strength. To gain new altitudes, you must be willing to take a risk and move out of your comfort zone.

Opening HCM’s intriguing e-mail was a turning point for me: I could turn tail and run, and miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime; or I could step out in faith, climb a mountain and raise money to provide free medical care for thousands of children in crisis around the globe — and, ultimately, help them hear about Jesus!

HCM’s vision to bring the “Hope That Heals” to the nations demonstrates the tangible love of Christ by meeting people’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs. I am very grateful to HCM for the awesome opportunity to participate in both of their 2005 and 2007 climbs in Tanzania, East Africa.

Now, when traversing other obstacles in my life, I look to my heavenly Guide. I place my hand in God’s hand and hold on to the promise that transformed my life: “give me this mountain.”

— Lydia Pate is a freelance writer and attends The Bridge Assembly of God in Mustang, Okla.

 

 

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