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Mission Moments: Malawi Shaken by the suffering By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Sankhulani sprawled on the dirt floor in his grandmother’s house. He is in his 30s and developmentally disabled. But that does not explain his need to eat soil. “I asked him if he does that because he doesn’t have food,” said Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ’s Malawi-based Kingdom worker. “He said yes. “It took me time to believe these things are happening under the sun.” Damson has served the widows of southern Malawi since CHRISTmas 2015. These are the po...
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Photo of the Week: Malawi Widow Lidia Namonde sits in the rubble alongside the remains of her house in southern Malawi. (Photo by Damson Samson) CLICK HERE to read “Shaken by suffering,” Mission Moments from Malawi.
Appreciating the time given by God By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Mulanje Massif Chapter guides and porters in disciple-making training in southern Malawi. (Photos by Damson Samson) Damson Samson shared what he referred to as “a wakeup call” when guides and porters in the Mulanje Massif Chapter met in April for their quarterly disciples-making-disciples study. “This was just a reminder to be appreciating time we have been given for we don’t know the why of the time given to us,” our Malawi-based Kingdom worker said. “We were ...
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Learning to avoid sin on Mulanje Massif Mulanje Massif Chapter members. (Photos by Damson Samson) Before diving into the New Testament and teaching about the Gospels and General Letters, Damson Samson led the guides and porters in the Mulanje Massif Chapter back to Genesis. “We were looking at the forbidden tree, which was very admiring and tasty in the eye,” our Malawi-based missionary said. “But behind it was death. We continued to instruct everybody to keep himself away from sin.” This was the third of five training sessions from our disciples-making-disci...
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A special gift: snacking on a Bible study Children sponsored by Project 1:27 received new Bibles on Wednesday in Malawi. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) Climbing For Christ has received several unexpected gifts through the years from people (often young people) moved by the Spirit to support His work in a place many adults have never even heard of. Children have opened lemonade stands and held fundraisers for other children in need. The Las Amigas group, girls in elementary school in Washington state, raised money last year for our Project 1:27-sponsored children in Malawi. Charlotte Crai...
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Blessed to touch lives Malawi widows ululating or singing songs of praise for food received. (Photos by Damson Samson) Damson Samson took the little we are able to provide each month to help his widows project (US $500) and fed the 191 in January. He purchased 45 bags of maize and helped the hungry in three villages. “Many came in to receive the food gift,” Damson said. “Being in line, just to hear their names called and get their maize home with a smiling face.” Looking for her name on the list. “‘Is my name written?’ (they would wond...
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Sending them out two by two Group village head Kasale, left, and her elderly mother in August 2018. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Damson Samson put the disciples-making-disciples lessons he has been teaching to our Kilimanjaro Chapter in Tanzania and the Mulanje Massif Chapter in Malawi to work during an outreach among the Ngoni people this week in central Malawi. The Climbing For Christ kingdom worker invited at least one believer from every village to three days of evangelism training. “We are targeting thousands of Ngoni people,” Damson said about this under-engaged group. &ldqu...
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The Mulanje Massif Chapter pig project in Malawi: Six brothers in Christ show off the piglets produced by the original two pigs provided through funding by Climbing For Christ. This project helps address physical needs, while we continue to train up disciples of Jesus who can make more disciples. (Photo by Damson Samson) What began as two piglets in late 2017 added up to 10 piglets by late 2018 – with the promise of more to come. “I am excited to bring you this progressive development,” said Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ’s Malawi-based Kingdom worker. “The ...
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A common Malawi widow’s pose: praising God for what He has done. (Photo by Damson Samson) Widows declare God’s greatness By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ “Closing our mouths can’t do,” Damson Samson said after the third anniversary of his Climbing For Christ-sponsored widows project. “We shall proclaim the great and wonderful things the Lord has done.” Hundreds of widows who have been blessed by God through this project gathered on Jan. 4 for a big party. They brought gifts for Damson and his family – and rece...
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From the gift of shoes to God’s victorious feat Damson Samson spent Malawi’s Independence Day (July 6) and CHRISTmas eve 2018 with those in the Mulanje Prison. It capped our Malawi-based African worker’s first year of serving those in prison. Before delivering a CHRISTmas message – and 500 pairs of shoes provided through funding by Climbing For Christ – Damson took his latest visit to the Lord. God gave him Acts 12:1-17 (Peter’s rescue from prison) and a vision of “angels standing at the four corners of the prison.” After he preached more than...
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Planting seeds to grow the church Mulanje Massif Chapter training. (Photos by Damson Samson) Guides and porters in our Mulanje Massif Chapter in Malawi met for quarterly training on Nov. 21-22 and studied church planting and the Book of Acts. “On this day, we had a total of 18 people,” Climbing For Christ kingdom worker Damson Samson reported. “This is because some were committed to planting seeds.” Some plant seeds to grow crops and some plant seeds to grow the church.  The Mulanje Massif Chapter training, a continuation of The Timothy Initiative (di...
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Even a drop of water is a blessing Sonjela’s smile speaks volumes. (Photos by Damson Samson) Between Mulanje Massif Chapter training and preparing to join our team on Mission: Kilimanjaro 2018, Climbing For Christ worker Damson Samson was busy again feeding the widows. In October, he used monthly support from Climbing For Christ for his widows’ project to buy maize for more than 100 hungry widows. But many were not fed through this effort. So, Damson took November support and did the same thing, providing more than 30 50-kilogram bags of maize to feed another 100-plus wid...
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Trusting God in small things Lidia Namonde (front and center) praises God with other widows for His provision in Malawi. (Photos by Damson Samson) Damson Samson took what little monthly support we can send for his widows’ project ($500) and “rushed to buy maize in the understanding the food situation we have now.” As is often the case in his native southern Malawi, many are going hungry. “We managed to buy 30 bags of maize (50 kilograms each), which could not be able to feed all the widows we have, but I called some to my house to get this blessing.” More...
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HIS story for the Mulanje Massif Chapter Feb. 15, 2016: Orientation meeting. Eight guides & 19 porters. See “A new chapter” in story “Starvation threatens Malawi.” March 8, 2016: Gary Fallesen (along with Hayley Fallesen and Climbing For Christ’s Malawi-based staff member Damson Samson) met with nine guides and 17 porters during Mission: Malawi 2016. See Dispatches written by Gary Fallesen. April 6-7, 2016: Damson Samson met with 24 guides & porters. “Preparing to bring the crippled to heaven’s feast.” June 2016: Evangelism Week on ...
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Lifting eyes to the mountain Picture 19 students sitting in the dark on five chairs and two benches built for perhaps eight bottoms. They are squeezed together, but without complaint. Instead, they are enthusiastically answering questions about the Bible. “What do we learn about God?” they are asked after reading Scripture. “He is a God of love,” one student says, “because He could have killed the devil from the start.” There is laughter. The students are enjoying the lesson, never mind the tight quarters. Or the darkness. There are no cushioned seats. ...
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Mission: Malawi 2018 Reporting by Gary Fallesen (Photos by Gary Fallesen unless otherwise noted) Tuesday, Aug 28 Mulanje Massif Chapter members in prayer. This photo is one of the many memorable moments from Mission: Malawi 2018. Members of the Mulanje Massif Chapter gathering at the Chisepo Hut, about 7,500 feet up on the Sapitwa Peak, for one final prayer together during our three days of trekking and training. It was one of countless blessed occasions Bill and I had with brothers and sisters (and those not yet related to us by the blood of Jesus) ove...
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Photo of the Week: Malawi The Mulanje Massif Chapter in evangelism training beneath Sapitwa Peak. (Photo by McSon Soka, caretaker of Chisepo Hut) CLICK HERE for daily Dispatches from Mission: Malawi 2018.
Photo of the Week: Malawi “I went to Nasiyaya village. This is where we had a good time of dancing choruses, and it was vibrant.” (Photo by Damson Samson) News of Mission: Malawi coming to their village spread joy in advance of our arrival. CLICK HERE for daily Dispatches from Mission: Malawi 2018.
A chicken in every widow’s pot Mrs. Namithala brought chickens to be shared with other widows. (Photos by Damson Samson) The chicken project Climbing For Christ staff member Damson Samson started with the widows he has been serving in southern Malawi continued recently with the exchange of 58 chickens. A group village head said the “chickens are hidden treasures,” resulting in the poorest of the poor having a resource to buy some basic needs. “Some who might care well for these (chickens) can easily buy fertilizer,” the village leader said. Heat has made k...
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Celebrating spiritual independence By Gary Fallesen Inside Mulanje Prison. (Photos by Damson Samson) July 6 was Independence Day in Malawi and staff worker Damson Samson used the opportunity to offer spiritual freedom at Mulanje Prison. This was Damson’s first visit to the southern Malawi prison since CHRISTmas day. “I prayed for heaven to intervene for the sake of my brothers and sisters in Mulanje Prison,” Damson said. “I looked at the Independence Day we had and I was able to see that it was to be a celebration where Malawi received that freedom, but now I saw...
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