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God provides for an abundance of food in Malawi By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Feeding the orphans. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) Climbing For Christ was introduced to the Far & Wide Children’s Home when the Malawi orphanage had a month’s worth of food stolen in October 2009. Pastor Duncan Nyozani, a C4C member since early 2009, contacted us to ask for prayer. The result of our prayer was God’s call for us to replace the stolen food. A few months later, I led a small team to Malawi to survey the work there. God again called us to ...
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Housing project a sweet dream for Malawi widows By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ No more nightmares for smiling Malita Seven, right, with Climbing For Christ’s Damson Samson. Malita Seven suffered from bad dreams. But since workers began to repair her house as part of Climbing For Christ’s work with widows in southern Malawi, she said, “there is a great change.” The 75-year-old told Damson Samson, our Malawi-based kingdom worker to East Africa, that this ministry is “like an ark where God told Noah to make it so many can ...
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Dancing for the houses Story by Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Photos by Damson Samson, C4C missionary to East Africa Even as their new houses are being built, the widows blessed beyond their imaginations feel like dancing. Sometimes they literally do so. “Some, they feel like just flying in the air, not understanding how the house has come to them,” said Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ’s kingdom worker in East Africa. Damson continues to be pleasantly surprised by their reactions even as he has now seen the completion of 25 houses in our...
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Tears of joy for food in Malawi By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Giving praise for maize. (Photos by Damson Samson) If you are building houses on the Rock, you would be wise to remember these words: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat” (Matthew 25:35). As Damson Samson, our Kingdom worker in East Africa, traveled by foot from village to village checking on houses we are building for widows in southern Malawi [see “More ‘miracle’ houses in Malawi”], he observed “many of these widows are not eatin...
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More ‘miracle’ houses in Malawi Asidaya Chikwane outside the new house Climbing For Christ is building for her. (Photos by Damson Samson) Asidaya Chikwane is blind. “She is physically challenged on top of being a widow,” said Damson Samson. “She had no house. But now the story has completely changed. She is very thankful for this miracle house.” Asidaya’s new house should be finished this week. She is one of eight widows receiving a new house through the blessing of support God has provided to Climbing For Christ from our family at Hope ...
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Giving thanks for housing the forgotten widows By Gary Fallesen President, Climbing For Christ   Fages Chipesu confessed to feeling as if she was a dog. “Nobody wanted me,” said the widow from Ngoma village in impoverished southern Malawi. “I am very thankful for this house. Really thanks (to) C4C for such a gift. Since I (moved) into my new house thieves came to take my tent, which was my house then. But now I am covered (by a roof). I thank God for that.” Fages is one of seven widows to have a new house thanks to a partnership between Climbing For...
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Building miracle houses: ‘we can’t do without Him’ Story by Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Photos and reporting by Damson Samson, C4C missionary to East Africa Damson with smiling Emily as workers build her a house. Emily Patisi cannot close her mouth. “She always smiles,” said Damson Samson, our missionary to East Africa. “She is happy to see the miracle house.” She has not had a home since devastating floods took hundreds of lives and destroyed property for hundreds of thousands in January 2015. Patisi&rs...
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Homes, sweet homes Story by Gary Fallesen, founding president Climbing For Christ Photos by Damson Samson, C4C’s missionary to East Africa The expressions on their faces and the language of their bodies have changed dramatically in the months since our Mission: Malawi team first met the many widows Damson Samson adopted. Our missionary to East Africa continues to serve these once-broken, despairing people – so far providing 10 of them with proper housing as an extension of our Project 1:27 call to “to look after orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27). ...
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Photo of the Week: Malawi   Damson Samson, right, harvests a field of bricks to build more homes for widows in southern Malawi. Ten houses have been built for widows in southern Malawi as part of our Project 1:27, based on James 1:27, which tells us “to look after orphans and widows in their distress.” We have been blessed to provide shelter for Esnala Suwed, Adunia Muwake and Langton Kapito in Manyowa; Aggesse Botomani and Aggese Vareya in Msema; Agerena Magrata, Fages Mandota and Elinala Damson in Ngoma; and Elizabeth Buleya and Lonely Mugwa in Singano. CLICK HERE to read our Mission Moments...
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Seeing and walking with God in His creation Damson Samson heads for the hills in southern Malawi. In his 33 years of walking the earth, Damson Samson never had experienced anything like “evangelism week” on Malawi’s Mulanje Massif in June. Climbing For Christ’s missionary to East Africa has taught many lessons and led many studies in the first two years he has ministered with us. But to speak about God’s creation, discuss sin, teach about teamwork, provide Bibles to and also pray with guides and porters while trekking was unlike anything he had done before....
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Photo of the Week: Malawi Damson, right, giving out jackets to widows in villages around him in southern Malawi. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me…  Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?” – Matthew 25:35-38 (ESV) We have fed the widows in several villages in southern Malawi, a...
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Widows are ‘naked’ and need to be clothed “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me…  Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?” – Matthew 25:35-38 (ESV) We have fed the widows in several villages in southern Malawi, and given them drink. We have visite...
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The Great Awakening By Elaine Fallesen Family Ministry, Climbing For Christ One man wakes, awakens another. Second one wakes his next door brother. Three awake can rouse a town and turn the whole place upside down. Many awake will cause such a fuss it finally wakes all of us. One man wakes with dawn in his eyes. Surely then it multiplies, surely then it multiplies. – Leeland’s The Great Awakening It was the perfect song to complement the lesson theme of Climbing For Christ’s 2016 mission trips to visit our Project 1:27 orphans in Malawi and Nepal. C4C teams were...
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Photo of the Week: Malawi   A house where there was none. (Photo by Damson Samson) By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Every night when I go to bed with a roof over my head, I think of the widows in southern Malawi who aren’t blessed with such luxury. I think of the widows we have met on Mission: Malawi and how we need to do more to help them. We need US$1,600 to finish four houses for a group of widows who Climbing For Christ missionary Damson Samson has been ministering to since the beginning of the year. So far, we have rebuilt six houses for $2,200. The photo above is of Ag...
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Mission Moments: Malawi Making His creations feel like humans By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Once upon a time, there were many widows living in an impoverished land with little to eat and no roofs over their heads. So begins our story, which has developed into a real-life fairy tale of a sort for the participants. “The story is shocking and people in the villages are not understanding, even the widows themselves have run short of words,” says Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ’s Malawi-based missionary to East Africa. Damson is speaking about Project 1:27, our orp...
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Building His church “…and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18 (ESV) By Gary Fallesen Founding president, Climbing For Christ Pastor Duncan Nyozani sold his car for US$2,000 so he could buy a plot of land and be able to put the first thousand dollars toward the building of a new Searchlight Ministries church in southern Malawi. “We need US$24,000,” said the long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner. “This is a huge sum of money to raise, but we believe God is able to meet ...
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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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