Monday, June 20, 2011

On Top of the Mountain

Oh wow! God is good, very good. As most of you already know, my son James is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, (Africa's highest mountain.) Well you also know that I've been very concerned about him, especially after reading on Facebook that Mount Meru (which is the mountain they climbed to acclimatize) had left him terrified of  Mount Kilimanjaro. Now they do have a blog and I was under the impression that it would be updated daily, seeing that the expedition is being sponsored by Vox telecom. Well I've been into their site every day hoping to get some word with regards to their progress but the last update was on their rest day after getting back to Moshi, the town where the hotel is, four days ago.

Yesterday, Fathers Day, Vox posted two pictures on Facebook showing their camp with the rugged terrain they still have to conquer. This was such a boost but, still no word.
Well today as I arrived  home the phone rang and when I answered it, there was James on the other end calling from Mount Kilimanjaro. He sounded very excited and in really good spirits, He's OK and so is Coleen. As you can imagine, this has put me on top of the moon mountain.
Oh Lord, You know our hearts so well and know exactly what we need and you provide. Thank You so much Lord, You are absolutely wonderful. I am so grateful.
James has asked that we continue to pray for them as they will be summiting sometime tonight so they can watch the sun rise over Africa from the summit.

To those of you who have been praying for James and Coleen I would like to let you know that God Himself has answered your prayers. You see your prayers do make a difference. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Being able to share my concerns with you has kept me sane and to be able to take my mind off this mountain by reading your blogs has been an absolute pleasure. Thanks again. I will keep you posted. Lots of love and gratitude. I would also like to say a big thank you to Vox telecom for posting these two pictures and for allowing James and Coleen to join you on this amazing expedition, You will always have my support.  Geoff Maritz.

23 comments:

  1. Geoff, I am so happy that God gave you what you needed to feel peace and comfort about James and I am sure He will continue to protect him while he finishes this quest. I will keep them all in my prayers ...Hugs and prayers Patricia

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  2. At first, Thank You for visiting my blog!
    Secondly, Your post showed me, that Africa is really beautiful continent. In Poland we have highest mountain high on 2499 m (it is called Rysy). I know that mountains everywhere are big evidence of God's power, but they also teach us humility.
    God bless You and Your children.

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  3. Pat you are wonderful, thank you. Love, Geoff.

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  4. your child has reached a very important result, congratulations !!!!!!!!!

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  5. I know that you are on top of the world after haring from James! Great news! (P.S., My recent blog post linked to your blog--hope you don't mind.)

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  6. Oops, I meant 'hearing' not 'haring'. I should have proof-read.

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  7. Wonderful news!!! I will keep praying for James, Coleen and their team. These are beautiful pictures, I can just imagine how exhilarating the scenery is and how excited they must feel right now.

    God knows just what we need and how far He can stretch us. I have these little WOW moments all day long; He is so good!

    Praying and praying,
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  8. Oh I can just feel your relief having heard your sons voice! Continued prayers for their safe journey.
    Love Di ♥

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  9. Glad to hear everything's good! What an amazing adventure.

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  10. 100% success! Praise the Lord from the mountain tops.

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  11. Zim, Hi. Thank you for your visit. I had a look at Mount Rysy, also a very big mountain. Yes God humbles us when we survey His awesome creation, especially His mountains.
    God bless you my friend and thank you once again for your visit, I hope to see you again, Geoff.

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  12. Electra, Hi. Yes he has, I think this has been a life changing event for him and his friend Coleen.
    By the way, I like your blog. God bless, Geoff.

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  13. Joy, why would I mind, I'm honoured. Thank you so much. Yes I am on top of the world after haring from James he he, it is great news.
    I went to your blog earlier but couldn't post a comment. I think the network on this side is causing trouble for me when I try to post comments but I've changed from edge (whatever that means,) to 3G and things are going a lot quicker now. I hope it stays that way.
    STACKS: Geoffpedia; piles of them, lots, many, oodles and so on and so on, Ha, Ha.
    God bless you my friend, I'll come over to your spot once I have answered these wonderful comments from everyone else. There are so many truly wonderful people blogging, absolutely love it. Geoff.

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  14. Child of God, Wonderful news indeed. Hi, Sunrise over Africa on the morning of summer solstice (in the northern hemisphere) or the winter solstice, depending on where you are. Clear skies, a really great camera and someone who carried it up there for the very purpose of taking amazing photographs. I can't wait to see James's pictures, He takes fantastic photos, I will definitely be posting a whole lot of them for all of you to see as soon as he gets back. Judging by the comments published on their Facebook page everyone is a bit overwhelmed. 100% success. Amazing.
    I really, really needed to hear from him and even though I was not expecting to until they were off the mountain, God knew just how important it was for me to get word that he was safe and OK. I know exactly what you mean by those WOW moments, He does that for me too.
    Yes please don't stop praying for them just yet, it's still a long way down and a long way back home. I will come over to your blog just now after visiting Joy. God bless you so much and thanks for your prayers, Geoff.

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  15. Di.
    Thanks for the prayers, they mean a lot to me and, believe it or not, they mean a lot to God too. He loves it when we talk to him. Yes, I'm sure you can identify with my relief. It is so good to hear from you again and just know that no matter what, you have a friend here in Cape Town.
    God bless you girl, love from me, Geoff.

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  16. Kmckendry, Hi. Thanks for the visit. Your adventure sounds amazing too, big city, no satnav and tourists to deal with, He He. Love your blog, you sound like such a cool mom. God bless and keep you and your whole family, Geoff.

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  17. Hi Geoff,
    Thank you for the update! I promise I won' stop praying for your son. I have done a bit of web surfing to check out Kilimanjaro because I really like a picture in my mind when I am praying. I don't have the words to describe the beauty of this mountain. All I can think of is wow!

    I hope James and Coleen can capture the feeling inside of them when they summit, my tummy is bubbling with the excitement they must have felt.

    Blessings,
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  18. Continued prayers for James and Coleen. Sounds like that was a wonderful Father's Day gift :)

    Blessings,
    Lyn

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  19. Child of God,
    welcome back. It really is beautiful isn't it. Kilimanjaro is the largest free standing mountain in the world, maybe that is why it is so beautiful, no clutter. It just says "Volcano".
    Yes, wow!
    They are going to come back so exultant. Summiting must have been the most amazing moment, a moment to cherish for all time, can you just imagine?
    I will try to get James and Coleen to co author a blog post here. I hope so, that would be so cool. Thanks so much for your prayers, they mean a lot to me, they really do.
    God bless you Child of God, with thanks, Geoff.

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  20. Lynda R Young,
    Thanks for your prayers, actually, thanks a lot or as I would normally put it, thanks a stack.
    To have your child far away and in a very risky part of the planet is not easy to deal with at the best of times but to have no word or anything to encourage you makes it all that more difficult. Photos! Thank you Lord and then the next day his voice, Wow. May God bless you my friend and may he look on you with favour for your concern for these his children. Love Geoff.

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  21. Such wonderful and comforting news!

    With so many people praying we come to understand faith in a specail way. Each prayer is like a thread in a rope, there is strength that is beyond our understanding.

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  22. Hey Geoff, I'm a bit late in posting this, but glad your son and his friend (and ALL the others) are back down the mountain and safe. Yes, I looked at the FB page and there is definitely JOY in the air! Tried to post a comment under you, but for some reason the comment box disappeared. Oh well, glad all is well. Have a great day. A post from James and Colleen would be FANTASTIC! Can't wait to see photos and hear all about it.

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  23. One Woman's Thoughts,
    that is so well put, a rope indeed. Jesus says that a cord of tree is not easily broken.
    Joy,
    I will get a post together today and post some of the pictures James and Coleen took. I'm so looking forward to seeing them too.

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