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Accepting Jesus, not fate, in bone-dry Malawi By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Malawi 2017 Food Distribution from Climbing For Christ on Vimeo. There is joy and thankfulness when food is distributed each month among members of Pastor Duncan Nyozani’s churches in southern Malawi. But provision for food is ending with the harvest due to come in at the end of April. For some, this is a sobering thought. “The crops are doing well at Kambona,” Duncan reported, “but not at Msema village. We are experiencing shortages of rains in other vil...
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Solving a ma(i)ze of problems in Malawi Treating stalk borer infestation of maize in Malawi. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) The spraying of maize crops infested by stalk borers continued in February in southern Malawi. “There has been a great improvement in crops after spraying, especially in the Kambona area,” Pastor Duncan Nyozani reported. “But in Msema many will not harvest due to heavy rains damaging the maize crops.” He blamed the soil, noting that “in other parts of the community apart from Msema crops are good.” Climbing For Christ prov...
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The war on bugs By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Ready to do battle: armed with chemicals to spray infected maize. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani, Searchlight Ministries) The headline screamed from the front page of The Nation newspaper based in Blantyre, Malawi’s center of finance and commerce: “Army worms affect 20 districts.” It refers to the “devastating” pest, the stalk borer, which has invaded Malawi’s maize fields. While the Malawi government was debating how to respond, Climbing For Christ was answering ...
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Maize growing in Malawi. (Photo by Searchlight Ministries) Stalk borer outbreak latest problem plaguing Malawi By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Floods followed by drought followed by food shortages and a myriad of problems have left the people of southern Malawi in a quandary. “We do not know what is happening with us,” Pastor Duncan Nyozani confessed. Pastor Duncan, a long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner, asks for prayer for his beleaguered African nation. The current rainy season finally provided relief from a drought t...
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Giving thanks to the Lord, for He is good Members of the Searchlight Ministries church in rural Kambona, Malawi celebrate the delivery of food. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) “People are always sending you millions of thanks for the food aid that God is providing through Climbing For Christ,” Pastor Duncan Nyozani said after the latest distribution of relief in southern Malawi. Climbing For Christ has helped Duncan’s Searchlight Ministries purchase food each month since October 2016 for hundreds of people suffering from near-famine conditions in one of the world&rs...
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‘Bye, bye to mosquitoes,’ hello to malaria prevention By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Zex, right, is counted among hundreds happy to receive protection from malaria-carrying mosquitoes in Malawi. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) Zex Samikwa was ecstatic to receive a mosquito net. “Bye, bye to mosquitoes tonight,” he declared. Frank Chipesu, another member of Pastor Duncan Nyozani’s church at Kambona in southern Malawi, called the distribution of mosquito nets “a miracle to my family. My wife has a new baby, born la...
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Simple gift of a blanket ends ‘hell on earth’ By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Damson Samson, center, with widows after distributing blankets. Malita would sleep “like a chicken” with no blanket, wrapping herself in a mosquito net to stay warm at night. Damson Samson wondered why the 50 widows who received blankets held the gifts to their faces. “Just to get the good aroma,” he realized. Life without a blanket for a widow living in southern Malawi, where Climbing For Christ has ministered since 2010, was ...
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Giving food to the hungry Photos by Duncan Nyozani A Bible in her hand, maize on top of her head, and Jesus in her heart: a mother leaves with her family after receiving food in southern Malawi. The fourth of six months of food relief funding was sent to Pastor Duncan in January and he again provided photos of the distribution of maize among church members in Kambona and Msema. Joyfully taking home food from the church at Kambona, above and below. Food shared at the church at Msema.
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Giving gifts and much more to orphans at CHRISTmas By Elaine Fallesen Family Ministry, Climbing For Christ Striking an Audrey Hepburn pose, Phiri Nakhumwa looked ready to dance her way through Paris in her new beret, pretty-in-pink laced top, striped skirt and flats, while clutching her new red and black plaid school bag. It was easy to see she was enjoying her special CHRISTmas gifts. Esnart shows off her new outfit and school bag, purchased through the generosity of Project 1:27 Malawi sponsors. (Malawi photos by Duncan Nyozani) Phiri, better known in her Climbing For Chri...
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No shortage of Living Water Flooding, drought, failed harvests, and near famine conditions have plagued southern Malawi the past two years. Malawi ranks among the 15 poorest countries in the world, so conditions have been crippling. We pray for a healing rain in this troubled land in southern Africa. “This severe drought has caused lots of devastation in the country,” said Pastor Duncan Nyozani, a long-time Climbing For Christ member and founder of partner Searchlight Ministries. “This is the first time in the history of Malawi to see boreholes drying up due to drought...
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Providing (thankfully) food and (prayerfully) rain By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   Some of the many people in Pastor Duncan’s church at Msema, above, and Kambona, below, receiving food in November. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani)   The people of Malawi are praying that the rainy season, which should begin this month, actually comes this time. It has been dry in the hunger-wracked African nation for nearly two years. Climbing For Christ has provided more than $10,000 so far this year for the purchase of food for people in southern Mal...
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Food provided in Malawi by God Bright Muhava. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) Food was distributed to 100 members of the church at Kambona by Pastor Duncan Nyozani on Wednesday, Nov. 2 and to another 30 members attending Bible study the next day. Hundreds more received food after worship on Sunday, Nov. 6. “May the Lord God be glorified for this miracle of food provision,” Bright Muhava told Duncan. “I was away searching for (work) to get money for food, but could not get any work. But here comes God’s provision.” God is providing Duncan’s Searc...
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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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Project 1:27 Malawi Climbing For Christ was introduced to the plight of Searchlight Orphan Care in Malawi, Africa on Oct. 25, 2009, when a thief broke into the orphanage and robbed all of the children’s food. Seven bags of maize, two bags of beans, five liters of cooking oil, and 20 packets of sugar. A month’s worth of food for 15 orphans cared for by Pastor Duncan Nyozani’s ministry. God provided through Climbing For Christ, as we were able to wire our Malawi member US$500 to replenish that which had been stolen. But through this unfortunate event, our heavenly Father op...
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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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