Would Jesus Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro?
I have to admit, I am not religious and personally don’t approve of missionary work in Africa. Sure, they build orphanages and hospitals in the community, which are wonderful and do great things, but they are also responsible for decimating many indigenous religions that survived for thousands of years, probably long before Christianity.
I stumbled across this interesting link today. It’s a Climb For Christ event where people climb Kilimanjaro, and then talk about how God could better serve the people of the Kilimanjaro region.
You have to be kidding me, right? I hate to say this guys, but the missionaries came about 200 years ago, and did a good job of converting most people (except the Masai) to Christianity. When I wandered the slopes of Kilimanjaro for more than a year – I received too much Jesus talk. It’s all people really have. Everyone asks you if you love Jesus, and everybody goes to church. If you are not in church, then the whole village wonders what you are doing. Church is a mandatory life for the average person; it’s kind of like watching American Idol in America.
The Climb for Christ event is looking a missionaries who, for two years, will be “working with guides and porters who climb Kili to teach about the effects of high altitude and to help equip guides and porters with better gear for conditions on the 19,340-foot mountain. Through relationships developed by living in the community, there will be opportunities to share the Gospel and witness to locals.”
How is a missionary, who may have climbed one mountain, educate a porter that only speaks Swahili, about altitude sickness and Jesus, when the porter has climbed Kilimanjaro for 10 years – over 400 times – and already goes to church 300 times per year?