Mission Moments: Malawi
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 Malawi, where we have ministered since 2011. November was the second month in a row that C4C sent $3,000 to Pastor Duncan Nyozani to feed those in his churches. We also send an additional $500 each month to staff member Damson Samson for his Project 1:27 widows.
“Please keep on praying for us so that we may have reliable rains this year,” Duncan said after distributing maize on Sunday, Nov. 27. “People are busy preparing their farmlands for planting season, but due to this famine/drought they have no seeds to plant. According to climate-change people, they need hybrid seeds to plant.”
That means there is another need for funds. We are lifting this need to the LORD.
Widows wave “thanks” for more food. (Photo by Damson Samson)
Damson said the widows were “shocked” to receive more food in November. There was no singing and dancing as he distributed bags of maize, the staple crop for people there.
“I asked why they were not happy,” Damson said. “They told me, ‘We don’t understand (why) others were singing and dancing.’ They said, ‘This is God. It is only Him who can do such a wonderful miracle.’”
Damson agreed with this, telling the widows, “It is not about a man, but God who is in control and has heard their prayers. I told them they should continue praying as God answers the prayer of the righteous.”
He also gave up some kwacha (Malawi’s currency) to pay for the milling of the maize.
“They said it is as if I knew their challenges,” Damson laughed. “Some couldn’t mill their maize for a number of days (in October after) they received it. Others just sold part (of their maize) to pay for the milling process so they can have maize flour.”
The flour is used to make the daily meal of nsima.
Damson and the widows are saying a prayer of thanks for those the LORD has burdened to help this hunger-relief project to feed people they do not know. Another Matthew 25 moment: “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me,” Jesus says.
Climbing For Christ will continue to supply food for hunger relief through March 2017, when the next harvest occurs. But the people of Malawi need to sow in order to reap. Pray for more helping hands to deliver the seed and fertilizer needed.
Widows, above, and members of the church at Kambona, below, happily lug home food. (Photos by Damson Samson and Duncan Nyozani)
Can you help?
Please contribute to the care of the least of these by sending a donation to Climbing For Christ c/o Mission: Malawi at P.O. Box 16290, Rochester, NY 14616-0290 USA. Or CLICK HERE to give via PayPal and email info@ClimbingForChrist.org to alert us to your donation.
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