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... Read more »
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A lake safari for the orphans
In the weeks leading up to CHRISTmas, Pastor Duncan Nyozani of Searchlight Ministries informed us that the orphans in his care – who are sponsored by Project 1:27 – had requested a trip to the lake for the CHRISTmas and New Year’s holidays. “Every one of them says something about the lake almost every day,” he said. “It seems they have strongly agreed to force us to do this for them.”
We were not forced, but moved to give this “lake safari” as an additional CHRISTmas gift.
On CHRISTmas day, the childr... Read more »
CHRISTmas in Malawi
The sponsors of the Project 1:27 orphans in Malawi sent financial gifts and messages of love for the 17 children at Pastor Duncan Nyozani's Far & Wide Children's Home. “The kids are very much excited to have special food and gifts,” Pastor Duncan said on CHRISTmas. “They are very thankful.”
Girls and boys showing off their new clothes.
A CHRISTmas meal fit for a new-born King.
Happy CHRISTmas from Malawi!
Pastor Duncan also will be taking the children on holiday. They will have an opportunity to go on safari to a nearby lake for... Read more »
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Seed for sowing
By Gary Fallesen
Climbing For Christ
Heavy rains descended on southern Malawi in late November, marking the start of the planting season.
The morning after the rain, Pastor Duncan Nyozani emailed: “People will be busy planting their seeds, but it seems most of the people have no seeds to plant due to hunger. And many were expecting to have rains in December, so please pray that we may get seeds and fertilizer for our farmlands.”
Duncan, a Climbing For Christ member since February 2009 and the founder of Searchlight Ministries in the Migowi area, said he needed ... Read more »
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 opened a door. He ... Read more »
PRAY: For continued growth of the church in Malawi, a country said to be three-quarters Christian and spiritually fertile. The Gospel has “penetrated nearly every section of society, and some places have seen local revivals,” according to Operation World. However, Islam also is growing. The Qu’ran has been translated into Chichewa, the people group that Climbing For Christ has been working with in the south. Pray for awareness and training for Christians and a loving witness to Muslims and those practicing traditional religions.
GIVE: To the work being done by partner Search... Read more »
Project 1:27 Malawi Update
By Gary Fallesen
Climbing For Christ
Chikondi and Kondwani Makolija’s father was riding his bicycle to the market in Phalombe, Malawi, where he bought and sold fish. His body was found alongside the road. His bike and fish had been stolen, and his life had been taken.
The young boys’ mother could not attend her husband’s funeral. She was gravely ill with AIDS.
Three weeks after their father was murdered in 2004 their mother died. “Just imagine these little brothers losing both parents in a month,” said Pastor Duncan Nyozani of Searc... Read more »
Dedicating HIS church
The recently built church at Milatu, Mozambique was dedicated Saturday, June 8 during three days of worshipful gatherings that saw many people surrender their lives to Jesus. Seventeen new believers were baptized.
“In the evenings we were also having revival (meetings),” said Duncan Nyozani, whose Malawi-based Searchlight Ministries oversees the neighboring Mozambique church. “We had an excellent time there.”
People arriving, above and below, to go to church in Milatu. The large tree at right served as shade under which the chur... Read more »
Ready to dedicate
The church at Milatu, Mozambique – part of the neighboring Malawi-based Searchlight Ministries – has been completed and is set to be dedicated on Saturday, June 8.
The finishing touches were put on toilets behind the church on Thursday, May 30. Pastor Duncan Nyozani, the founder of Searchlight, visited the church build on Thursday. “I will attend the dedication ceremony with many people,” Duncan said.
The toilets behind the church. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani)
Six churches have been completed since God started sending us to the ends of the earth ... Read more »
Flood waters rise
“Let not the flood sweep over me, or the deep swallow me up...”
– Psalm 69:15 (ESV)
“In Malawi, the month of February is the toughest month in terms of hunger,” said Pastor Duncan Nyozani of Searchlight Ministries in southern Malawi. “Now we just need prayers because the situation is very worse here.
“Have you heard about these floods here? We are affected, many church members, villagers and my relatives have lost homes due to floods. All our crops in farmlands are washed away. The rains are very heavy, and dangerous.”
Th... Read more »
CHRISTmas was celebrated in Malawi, Africa, where funds provided by Climbing For Christ members and friends bought food and drink as well as gifts for the Project 1:27 orphans.
Gifts included pens, exercise books for school, shoes and clothing such as pants and belts. "We had a very wonderful CHRISTmas here," said Pastor Duncan, the care-giver at the Climbing For Christ-supported Far & Wide Children's Home. Read more »
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Mission Moment: Mozambique (Oct. 2)
The body of believers in the village of Milatu, Mozambique is not taking for granted the church roof over their heads. “The congregation is much thankful for the wonderful support to their project,” Pastor Duncan Nyozani said from across the border in Malawi.
The church at Milatu is part of Duncan’s Searchlight Ministries.
Pastor James Namame of the church at Milatu appealed to Climbing For Christ to have a building constructed in March 2011. It was not God’s timing for us to build then — as much as we might have liked to. ... Read more »
Mission Moment: Mozambique (June 6)
Pastor James Namame, left, with Pastor Duncan Nyozani in front of the church build in Milatu, Mozambique. (Photos provided by Pastor Duncan)
It took less than one week from the time funding was received by Pastor Duncan Nyozani in Malawi, Africa until the walls had gone up on the church in Milatu, Mozambique.
“It was a team of 15 builders and they have done the work in 5 days,” Duncan reported on June 1. “It is an excellent work.”
A gift of US$1,500 from a U.S. member of Climbing For Christ in early May — in response to a ... Read more »
Mission Moment: Mozambique (May 16)
A Climbing For Christ member was moved by a May 5 E-Alert and gave US$1,500 toward the start of the church in Mozambique. “The African people have my heart,” our member wrote, “and I believe this is where God would have me give.”
Pastor Duncan Nyozani Nsomba of the Malawi-based Searchlight Ministries, which has a church across the nearby border in Mozambique, was overjoyed to hear that his request for US$1,500 to start work on a new house of worship had been answered by the Lord. “I thank God for His wonderful prov... Read more »
Mission Moment: Mozambique (May 5)
The church in Mozambique.
Pastor Duncan Nyozani of Climbing For Christ and the Malawi-based Searchlight Ministries went to visit their one church in Mozambique on Sunday, April 29. “They still need assistance to build their church,” he said. “They have made many bricks, but lack funds to start building.
“They have a good place (to build) — enough (space) for several structures.”
Pastor Duncan requested we pray for God's provision of US$1,500 to begin this building project — “to buy cement and ... Read more »
Mission Moment: Mozambique (April 25)
Climbing For Christ has been blessed to build one church in Central Nepal and is working on a second church in Nepal's Mid-West District; three churches are built in Haiti and we have another church under construction in the Haitian community in Jimani, Dominican Republic. We are praying about the possibility of building a church in Chalhua, Peru as part of Mission: Peru 2012 in July. We also have an opportunity to build a church in Mozambique. Here are the details:
It is estimated to cost US$9,500 to finish this church in Mozambique... Read more »
Feeding the orphans.
When Climbing For Christ member Louis-Olivier Petelle saw our “E-Alert: Crisis in Malawi” (see next item), he responded. And, thanks to God, he was not the only one.
“It breaks my heart to hear that,” Louis-Olivier said about the economic woes being experienced by our Project 1:27 orphanage. “I hope this money will help serve Dixson (his sponsored child), but also the pastor and the rest of the kids. I pray for their protection.”
Seven other members and friends of His ministry also contributed to this urgent cause and ... Read more »
Junio Kapito, one of our sponsored orphans,
eating during a Climbing For Christ visit in 2011. (Photo by Gary Fallesen)
Anti-government protesters burned a police station in the capital of Malawi on March 19 as fear and tension have grown in the wake of the suspension of international aid to that impoverished African nation.
Activists have called on President Bingu wa Mutharika to account for his personal wealth, to explain the chronic shortages of food and currency, and to restore diplomatic ties with Great Britain. Britain, the United States and the International Monetary Fund ... Read more »
Feeding a small orphanage in Malawi, Africa
Orphans from the Far & Wide Children's Home near Migowi, Malawi enjoying food God provided through Climbing For Christ.
The e-mail, marked urgent, came from a brother in Christ and included a plea for help. It was a Sunday night in Malawi, Africa. “I am writing this night because one hour ago a thief came and broke the room where we keep food for the orphans, and he has robbed all the foods that were there,” Pastor Duncan Nyozani of Searchlight Orphan Care wrote on Oct. 25, 2009. “There is nothing left for the orphans.&rdquo... Read more »
Location: East and Southern Africa, between Tanzania, Zambia, and Mozambique. Area: 118,480 square kilometers (slightly smaller than the state of Pennsylvania). Terrain: Narrow elongated plateau with rolling plains, rounded hills, and some mountains (specifically Mulanje Mountains). Highest point: Sapitwa on Mount Mlanje (9,845 feet/3001 meters).
Population: 14,268,711. There are 31 people groups in Malawi, four of which are unreached. Life expectancy: 43.82 years.
Largest people groups: Nyanja, Chewa; Nyanja, Southern; Yao, Ajao; Tumbuka, Phoka; Ngoni; Sena, Malawi; Lomwe, Nguru.
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