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Mission: Malawi 2016

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Mission Moments: Malawi

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... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

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... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

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). ... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Malawi

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... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

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.... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Malawi

Photo of the Week: MalawiDamson, 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... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

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... Read more »

Project 1:27 video (2016)

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... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Malawi

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... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Mission Moments: MalawiMaking 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... Read more »

Building His church

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 ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

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,”... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

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 ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Celebrating Easter

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... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

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... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Malawi

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... Read more »

Mission: Malawi 2016 Trip Report

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 ... Read more »

Dispatches: Malawi 2016

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... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

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... Read more »

Mission: Malawi 2016 Prayer Bulletin

Please stand with us in prayer for this mission from March 4-13. Learn more by opening the document below. Read more »

Photo of the Week: Malawi

Photo of the Week: MalawiMaize 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... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

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... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

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... Read more »

Mission: Malawi 2016

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 ... Read more »

Project 1:27 Malawi

Project 1:27 MalawiEvery 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 ... Read more »
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