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Mission: Malawi 2017
Mission: Malawi 2017

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“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.” – Matthew 9:35 (ESV)

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Mission: Malawi 2017

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.”

A catastrophic flood in January 2015 was followed by a drought that stunted the growth of maize and wreaked havoc on the harvest of this staple food. Dependency on imported maize drove up the price for people who mostly live in poverty.

Climbing For Christ has been supplying what the Lord has provided: tens of thousands of dollars in funding for food relief for hundreds of families in Duncan’s churches; food, clothing and housing for widows; and the usual support for orphans covered by Project 1:27 sponsorship.
 
But the need continues to grow at an unrelenting pace. More funding is required for seed and fertilizer for planting, and for digging deeper borehole wells to find water. Duncan estimated US$5,000 for seed, $5,000 for fertilizer, and at least $7,500 for every well that is dug.

Pray for the God of the impossible to continue to amaze in the way He moves among the people of Malawi. At the same time, we lift our short-term mission to Malawi in late June. May workers sensitive to ministering to a hurting people be sent to GO with C4C.

While focusing on so many physical needs, Climbing For Christ continues to address spiritual needs in Malawi.

Damson Samson, our Malawi-based missionary to East Africa, started Bible studies for widows (the least of the least of these in his home community) and is training guides and porters in the Mulanje Massif Chapter about evangelism. Mission: Malawi 2017 will include an opportunity to spend time with Mulanje Chapter members on the country’s expansive highpoint (reaching 3,002 meters/9,849 feet).

We hope to help Duncan build a house of worship for a church plant that is overflowing from a school classroom.

We also are targeting an unengaged unreached people group – the Ngoni people – as part of our commitment to finishing the task.
 
We desire to provide not only food for the hungry, but the Bread of Life. We seek to deliver not just water for the thirsty, but Living Water.

Mission: Malawi is scheduled June 22-July 2. Email info@ClimbingForChrist.org for trip information and to ask for a mission application.

 

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Dispatches: Malawi 2017

Mission: Malawi 2017 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Mission: Malawi 2017 team: (back row left to right) Elaine Fallesen of Rochester, NY, USA; Damson Samson of Kambona, Malawi; Dr. Steve Quakenbush of Canon City, CO; Pastor Duncan Nyozani of Blantyre, Malawi; and Bill Marsaw, (front row left to right) Gary Fallesen, Dave Smith and Mark Erbelding of Rochester. Duncan gave thanks for our relationship, which dates back to 2009 (we met in person for the first time during Mission: Kilimanjaro 2010) and all the help God ... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Malawi

Photo of the Week: MalawiBrick making from mud in the remote village of Singano. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) A survey of construction methods was the team’s assignment on our first full day on the job. We learned how the poorest of the poor turn mud into bricks and build houses that will last one year, and how others with more means are able to use bricks produced in a kiln to build structures that will be inhabitable for much longer (in some cases 7-to-10 years and in others for generations). CLICK HERE for daily Dispatches from Mission: Malawi 2017. Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Reaching an unreached people group: ‘Yes, we can’ By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ The question arose at the 2016 Finishing the Task Conference, where we learned that the Ngoni people of Malawi were listed among the unreached. I asked Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ’s missionary to East Africa and a native of Malawi, if he knew of the Ngoni. “Mainly, these people fled from South Africa after the Zulu defeated them,” Damson said. “Another group came from Tanzania. This group was led by Zwangenda and lived in Ntcheu, while the fi... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Mission Moments: MalawiWarming widows with gesture of love By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Widows warming to new jackets. (Photos by Damson Samson) With winter on its way in Malawi, warm jackets were delivered to the widows served by Climbing For Christ’s Damson Samson. “We had over 150 widows who were blessed to have this support from Climbing For Christ,” Damson said about the May delivery. “In most cases, when you are growing older, your body struggles because of low energy and (lower) immunity. These put the body at higher risk of different diseases.&rdq... Read more »

Mark Erbelding

Mark working on the annual Brian Kimble Memorial Habitat Day in Rochester, NY, USA. Nationality: American. Occupation: Engineer. Missions with C4C: Malawi 2017. How long have you climbed? Occasional hikes. Type of climbing you do: Recreational. Highlight of climbing career: Climbing one of the high peaks in the Adirondacks with my sons. Also hiking around national parks in Utah (especially Zion) with my daughter. How long have you been a Christian? As long as I can remember. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Teaching adult Bible classes. Favorite Scripture verse (and why): Two ... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

God’s timing for a meeting such as this Mulanje Massif Chapter evangelism training in Malawi introduces many to Jesus A time of worship at the Mulanje Massif Chapter meeting. (Photos by Damson Samson) The Muslim man attending our Mulanje Massif Chapter training in southern Malawi confessed that he’d never been to such a meeting. He said “it was a good time to have attended this training,” Climbing For Christ’s Damson Samson reported. “He is no longer the same.” The man, Abrahim, became a Muslim background believer. He was one of eight guides a... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Tears of gratitude and fear By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ   The church at Msema dances for joy during food distribution on April 15. (Photos by Duncan Nyozani) When Pastor Duncan Nyozani told his church at Kambona that last Sunday’s distribution of maize was “the last food aid support from Climbing For Christ some started shedding tears.” For six months, additional funding was provided to help feed our brothers and sisters in Searchlight Ministries as they awaited the current harvest. “All church members at both church... Read more »

David Smith

Dave working the jackhammer on a Habitat for Humanity project in Rochester, NY. Nationality: USA. Occupation: Electrical engineer. Missions with C4C: Malawi 2017. How long have you climbed? 32 years. Type of climbing you do: Corporate (Just kidding!!). Highlight of climbing career:  I have no climbing career. How long have you been a Christian? I was blessed to be born into a family that loves Jesus. Some of my earliest memories are church related. When I was 6, my Sunday school teacher, Mrs. Oxenford, used a popcorn popper to illustrate how the Holy Spirit takes a hard heart and m... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Hunger, thieves, and a future harvest in Malawi Food continues to be distributed among our brothers and sisters in Pastor Duncan Nyozani’s churches in southern Malawi even as a long-awaited harvest of maize begins. As always it is a mixture of thanksgiving and pain. “People are busy harvesting right now,” Duncan said. “There is a lot of theft of crops in the gardens in the community. So people are harvesting while it is not fully ready to avoid being stolen by thieves. Thieves are going at night to harvest other peoples’ crops.” Duncan said some... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Widows worship and give thanks in Malawi Damson and a sister in Christ speaking at a special widows’ worship at a teachers college. As Damson Samson traveled from village to village to visit the growing number of widows being embraced by Project 1:27 (based on James 1:27), he felt a need to gather them together for a time of worship. On March 24, he welcomed more than 100 widows who God has been providing for through Damson and Climbing For Christ. “I thank heaven,” he said, “for we had 22 lives come to Christ.” Damson, who works for the Lord through C... Read more »