At 5,895m (19,341ft), Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, the fourth highest of the world’s Seven Summits, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. This October Open Doors will be bringing you an all new challenge; visiting your persecuted church family in Kenya followed by a trek to the summit of this giant. Could you join the team as they take on this incredible challenge to make a difference to the lives of children and trauma victims in Kenya?
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
This trek is about reaching the summit, but it’s also about so much more. You’ll spend the first three days meeting your persecuted family and hearing their stories. You’ll learn first-hand how their faith has been tested and the types of help they have received. You’ll have the opportunity to pray with them and encourage them. Then, spurred on by their stories, you’ll travel across the Tanzanian border to the Kilimanjaro base to begin your trek. You’ll spend the next 6 days trekking the Rongai route to reach the summit where you’ll enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Then you’ll enjoy a post-trip celebration and the time to reflect on your experiences, before heading back to Nairobi airport for your return flight.
HOW IS PERSECUTION TAKING PLACE IN AFRICA?
Across Africa, violent jihadists continue to attack Christians in places like Egypt, Kenya and Nigeria. Al Shabab have stepped up attacks in Kenya, and Islamic extremists have targeted Christians in Tanzania, the two countries that Mount Kilimanjaro sits astride. This wave of ferocious violence leaves death and destruction in its wake. Those who have been persecuted, and those whose families have seen and suffered tragedies, are left traumatised.
The money raised through your trek will help local churches and partner organisations to provide trauma healing and children’s ministry to our persecuted church family in Kenya.
WHEN IS IT THE TRIP?
The 2018 Kilimanjaro Challenge will take place from Tuesday 9th October to Sunday 21st October flying from London to Nairobi airport.
HOW DOES THE FUNDRAISING WORK?
By taking on this trekking challenge, we are asking you to commit to raising at least £2,000 to support persecuted Christians in Kenya. This is a huge challenge but the needs are also very great. We do understand it is a leap of faith and we are committed to working with you throughout your adventure. We will help you set up your JustGiving page, give you fundraising ideas, provide you with information to share with your friends, family and church and be here whenever you have questions or need advice. The money you raise can be made up of one-off donations as well as regular giving by friends and family. Each commitment to £8 per month counts towards £250 of your fundraising total, and each commitment to £25 per month counts towards £1,000 of your fundraising total.
Every £122 could provide training to a church leader in Africa to help care for traumatised members of the church.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
The cost of this challenge is approximately £3,500 and you will be expected to pay this yourself. It includes flights, in-country travel, accommodation, expedition costs and National Park entrance fees. All team members pay a deposit of £500 when signing up, and the remaining balance is due two months before departure. Trip costs can be paid in instalments to spread the cost over time and payments can be made by bank transfer or cheque.
Trip extensions can also be arranged at an additional cost for you to experience Tanzania’s wealth of safari opportunities or to visit the beautiful Zanzibar. Please contact us for further details.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
This challenge is run in partnership with our friends at RightFoot and also Compassion. Compassion participants will visit Compassion projects while Open Doors participants will visit victims of persecution. You’ll all trek together, making new friendships and creating memories.
To download a detailed brochure describing what to expect on the trip, how best to prepare, train and fundraise, please click this link.