A longtime CFCA sponsor, Daniel Nguyen, is climbing the highest mountain in the Americas ñ Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina!
“At 22,841 feet, it is the second highest of the Seven Summits of the World, only after Mount Everest,” Daniel said. “Outside the Himalayas, it is the highest mountain in the world.”
His mountain-climbing expedition starts in February 2012. He’ll be carrying a flag with the CFCA logo and plans to plant it at the summit as a way to raise awareness of our work.
Daniel has sponsored through CFCA since 1997. He also traveled on a mission awareness trip to Guatemala in 2003.
“I’m very proud of the work CFCA has been doing,” he said “I’ve been part of the organization for so long, and if anything, this [mountain climbing] is my way of overcoming my own challenges. I would like to share how I can make a difference, the joy and delight [of sponsorship] with the people I care about.”
This expedition won’t be the first time he’s climbed a mountain. He reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in December 2010.
“I’m not a professional by any means,” he said, “but mountain climbing is one of those things I have always wanted to do.”
He says he will always remember climbing the last hill to the top of Kilimanjaro, which seemed impossibly steep at the time. The air was so thin that he had to stop about every 10 steps ñ a feeling of utter helplessness, he said.
But the magic of the climb was like everything else in life, he said.
“If you look too far ahead or let your mind ramble, you’ll be inundated with fear,” he said. “But if you take one step at a time, then everything becomes so much easier and doable.”
Daniel sees a lot of parallels between climbing mountains and overcoming challenges such as those presented by poverty.
“It’s a matter of hope, of perseverance,” he said. “Mountain climbing, especially to the summit of the world, is 70 percent mental. …
“With the challenges of the world and poverty, if we think we can overcome a problem, then that’s already 70 percent of the battle.”
Godspeed, Daniel, from all of us here at CFCA!
If you would like to donate to CFCA in honor of Daniel Nguyen, please go to the following page on our website: http://www.cfcausa.org/danielnguyen and type “Daniel Nguyen” into the name field when submitting your donation.