It is through our physical challenges that we identify in a tangible way with the incredibly steep climb to freedom so many women and children have every day. Each challenge produces prayer and finances for over 20 projects in Africa, and awareness of the injustices taking place in the world.
“We made it to the summit… Just now! It’s a glorious day. We’re doing great. It’s been very, very difficult, but it really has been symbolic of all those who suffer and have no voice.” – Nancy Byrne (Climber)
In January 2012, 48 women from ten different countries gathered in Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.
The summit is called Uhuru Peak, which translated means, “freedom” in Swahili.
Throughout all six days of the climb, the 48 climbers experienced highs and lows. As they got higher up the mountain, it was harder to breathe because of the lack of oxygen at the higher altitude. But, they pressed on.
They were united in their purpose of being a voice for the voiceless and speaking up for those who could not speak for themselves and climb out of their circumstances on their own. They knew that God would get them through it, and He did!