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Preparing to bring the crippled to heaven’s feast By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Mulanje Massif Chapter members on April 7. (Photos by Damson Samson) The Mulanje Massif Chapter’s first evangelism training began with the acknowledgement that all of those invited to the workshop first accepted their place in the kingdom. Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ’s Malawi-based missionary to East Africa, taught 24 guides and porters about Jesus. “We had a call to those who are willing to welcome Him and all 24 came to Him,”...
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Rejoicing for a roof over their heads By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ As soon as Damson Samson received word that funding was coming from Canada for his proposed widows roofing project he ran out to share the good news. “I went to the village to let them know how much God has done,” said Damson, Climbing For Christ’s Malawi-based missionary to East Africa. “The woman in the field was very excited,” Damson said about the widow in the photo above. “She said she has been trying to bring back her fallen house. She contended ...
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Happy Resurrection Sunday By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Haseeb’s mother, Surryia, shares the words of Jesus from the cross, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”), as Save Pakistan teaches families working in a brick factory about the Resurrection. (Photos by Save Pakistan) It’s the greatest four-day weekend of the year. Every year. From Thursday night, when we remember our foot-washing, servant Savior; to Good Friday, when He died on a cross for everyone (even those who...
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Still hungering in southern Malawi By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ   Carry out: Food provided for the hungry. (Photo by Duncan Nyozani) Mission: Malawi 2016 did not end when our team boarded a flight out of Blantyre on the afternoon of Saturday, March 12. If anything, our short-term mission to southern Malawi was only the beginning. In the days after our departure more food was delivered to those on the brink of famine. “We have this week spent MK1,000,000 (nearly US$1,500) for food for church members at Kambona, where we have over 500 p...
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Photo of the Week: Malawi   Food delivery. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) “Being part of the food distributions and watching such joy and relief; hope filling the desperate eyes of these brave and hurting people was an absolute highlight,” said Michele Annibal, a Climbing For Christ board member from Philadelphia, PA, USA and a participant in Mission: Malawi 2016. “They celebrated more about some kilograms of maize than some Americans would celebrate a free car. It underscored for me just how hungry they are, how every day is a struggle, and yet they persist in hope and praise God for what lit...
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Hungry bodies and hopeful souls Story and photos by Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ The little girl knelt in the dirt and scooped up the two handfuls of maize kernels that had dropped out of a small hole in the sacks being distributed to mothers at the clinic. She painstakingly collected the kernels and held them tightly in her skirt. She knew how precious each kernel of food was, Mission: Malawi veteran Michele Annibal observed. The thought of such incredible need, such agonizing despair, coupled with the realism that outside the Majority World – in the so-called developed ...
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Mission: Malawi 2016 By Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ CLICK HERE for our Trip Report: “Hungry bodies and hopeful souls.” Sunday, March 13 One of the widows we met in hot-and-humid southern Malawi spoke about wrestling with anger amidst her plight. We felt anger, too, as we returned to the land of plenty from the majority world, where need is a constant companion. We talked about it throughout a mission in which we were blessed to serve as Jesus’ hands and feet. (“You put your feet on and go,” brother Damson, our missionary in East and south...
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Tears of the poor By Gary Fallesen, Climbing For Christ’s founding president Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ’s missionary to East Africa, began meeting with the many widows in his home village in southern Malawi at the beginning of the year. Every Sunday he will pray for them and try to encourage them. Malawi is badly in need of encouragement during these difficult days of drought and food shortages. On a recent Sunday, Damson shared with the many in attendance, “It’s my prayer for you not to die before you have accepted Jesus Christ.” He witnessed...
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Photo of the Week: Malawi Maize stunted by the lack of rain in Malawi. (Photo by Duncan Nyozani) As we were preparing to GO on Mission: Malawi 2016, we were alerted that this Southern African nation is on the brink of famine. “The problem is very serious,” said Pastor Duncan Nyozani, a Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner who (among other things) oversees the orphanage C4C supports. “We planted, but the rains are not coming. All the crops are drying right now. People are starving. Please remember us in your prayers. Food prices are very expensive … some kids are eating thi...
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Starvation threatens Malawi By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Maize stunted by the lack of rain in Malawi. (Photo by Duncan Nyozani) As we are preparing to GO on Mission: Malawi 2016 in just 10 days, we have been alerted that the African nation is on the brink of famine. Most of Southern Africa – including Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Madagascar – has been plagued by drought. “The problem is very serious,” said Pastor Duncan Nyozani, a Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner who (among other things) oversees the orph...
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Men at work in Malawi on a new women’s clinic. (Photo by Duncan Nyozani) New clinic under construction in Malawi The last we saw the Mothers & Babies Centre that Pastor Duncan Nyozani proposed building in southern Malawi, he was standing, somewhat forlorn, in front of an unfinished building (photo above). He’d been left hanging when funds promised by a North American pastor hadn’t come through. “There is only one hospital in our district of Phalombe,” Duncan said. “We do not have a district hospital, but we have a Catholic hospital at Holy Fam...
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Blessed to be a blessing By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ Sometime in the last couple years I took to signing emails to ministry partners and workers, “Be blessed to be a blessing.” It’s not original. It’s older than Father Abraham. In Genesis 12, the LORD said to Abram (before He changed his name to Abraham), “I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” Blessed to be a blessing. Damson Samson, our Malawi-based missionary to East Africa, gets that. CHRISTmas 2015, Damson said, “I felt ...
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Project 1:27 Malawi Every month should be CHRISTmas CHRISTmas gift: on safari in Malawi. (Photo by Duncan Nyozani) God used Project 1:27 sponsors and supporters from the U.S. and Canada to provide children in southern Malawi with “a very wonderful CHRISTmas. The kids were very happy,” said Pastor Duncan Nyozani, a Climbing For Christ member and minister partner. “We bought some clothes, shoes, school bags, and special food for them. We had a safari to Liwonde National Park (at the southern tip of Lake Malombe in the south of Malawi), where they saw different animals. “Thank ...
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Photo of the Week: Mozambique Photo of the Week by Gary Fallesen: Pastor Felix and his wife celebrate the construction of the church they shepherd in Milatu, Mozambique during Mission: Malawi 2014. We have been blessed by precious moments of sheer joy exhibited by pastors on the receiving end of a church building provided by God through Climbing For Christ. Meeting our brothers and sisters in the church at Milatu, Mozambique while on Mission: Malawi 2014 was a taste of heaven. There was singing, dancing, hugging, and smiling. It was a time of praise and giving thanks. The church was our sixth build globally and ...
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Jesus comes to four more orphans Catherine Gwembere with bedding and clothing provided through C4C Canada funding. Here is my story: My name is Catherine Gwembere. I am 8 years old. I am in grade 4. I lost my dad in 2007, when I was only 1 year old. He died of HIV/AIDS after a long illness that left my family with nothing. I cannot remember him. I was never treated with fatherly love in my life. Catherine is learning about our heavenly Father’s love. “I will not leave you as orphans,” Jesus says in John 14:18. “I will come to you.” Catherine is o...
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Climbing For Christ’s calling began here in 2009 when Duncan Nyozani, a pastor and C4C member, contacted us after his orphanage was burglarized and a month’s worth of food for the children in the care of Searchlight Ministries was stolen. C4C provided funding to feed the children and in 2010 we initiated Project 1:27. PRAY: For Project 1:27, based on James 1:27 (“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world”), which seeks to provide for those...
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Mission Moments: MALAWI Orphans go climbing for CHRIST(mas) Pastor Duncan and his Searchlight Ministries’ orphan care rented a van for a CHRISTmas Eve daytrip to Mulanje Massif. The children, who are supported prayerfully and financially by Climbing For Christ, hiked to a spectacular waterfall and enjoyed lunch and snacks, the pool, and exploring the resort grounds. Everyone sported some of their CHRISTmas gifts – new clothes and new school bags purchased with funds provided through C4C. Malawi orphans climbing for CHRISTmas. “They enjoyed the trip very much,” Duncan said. “They w...
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By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ  Catherine. (Photo by Duncan Nyozani) Catherine Gwembere is 8 years old and in grade 2 in Singano village in southern Malawi. Her father died of HIV/AIDS in 2007, when she was only 1. “She cannot remember her dad and has never tasted fatherly love in her life,” said Pastor Duncan Nyozani of Searchlight Ministries. “Being the last child it was really a tough situation,” Duncan added. “Her mum is also HIV positive. She (Catherine) is in a desperate situation. It is a battle for her to live, eat, d...
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Mission: Malawi 2014 Trip Report Sharing God’s goodness and love Story and photos by Gary Fallesen Climbing For Christ Michele Annibal makes a game-changing assist by delivering a basketball to Malawi. The request was simple enough: the two preschool teachers at the Mothers & Babies Center in Msema, Malawi held up a basketball whose patches had patches. It was a wonder it held air. They asked for a new ball. We had just heard this remarkable group of about 40 women report about all they were doing – from starting small businesses to help their families to outreach into villages to serve people devas...
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