For the second time in three years, Man Up and Go climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, East Africa, to raise funds and awareness for the fatherless (read more about why we do this HERE).
Five adventurous souls took off from the U.S. on February 23 to visit Man Up’s partners in Uganda and then climb the mountain. Two missed flights, one delayed flight, one missed connection, 6 delayed bags, and 22 COVID tests later, the men successfully trekked up and down the highest free standing mountain in the world, aka the “Roof of Africa.”
In all, each of the men successfully completed the adventure and were proud of their accomplishment, not just for themselves, but for the Lord and for the recipients of those who would benefit from the money raised. Here are some of their words:
“A trip I will not soon forget as I was pushed physically, mentally and spiritually. What an opportunity to see and experience the challenges God places before us – as a means of growing me in my faith and trust in Him, as witnessed in the lives of AMP participants, and as experienced personally by reaching the heights of his wonderfully created Mt. Kilimanjaro!” – Jimmy L.
“Despite my inexperience in the mission field, a global pandemic, and my preconceived notions of a dangerous place, I felt God calling me to Man Up and Go. I had to fully surrender myself to trusting Him and allowing Him to be both my physical and mental strength as I experienced one of the biggest obstacles – a literal mountain – in my life.” – Jared F.
“Trip of a lifetime: supporting men who are prioritizing their faith, family, and financials while also challenging our fitness, fellowship and faith on one of God’s great creations (Kilimanjaro)!” – Jason C.
“Traveling globally during a pandemic, multiple COVID tests, climbing the tallest mountain you’ve ever seen, seeing lives and families transformed for God’s glory….with God all things are truly possible!” – David D.
“The challenge of the climb so closely mirrors the challenges of life. Patience, endurance, perseverance, love, and hope – each of these were necessary to get to the top, and each of these are necessary to navigate life in a manner God wants. Truly inspiring!” – Jeff F.
While we won’t give you a play by play of everything that happened, some of the obstacles incurred on the mountain include:
- No luggage (fear we wouldn’t have the proper gear)
- Headaches starting on Day 2
- Nausea, vomiting, gastro issues, dehydration
- (You wanna come next time, right?)
- Mental anguish
- Snow…LOTS of snow
- Home sickness
All the more satisfying for the men when they have the following photos upon which to look back. We hope you’ll enjoy them and consider climbing Kili with us the next time around, in 2023!