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Mission: Malawi 2012

Project 1:27 Updates

By Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ
Photos by Duncan Nyozani Nsomba, unless otherwise noted

Sponsor an AIDS orphan (Wednesday, June 6)

One of our Project 1:27 sponsor parents asked if another child was available to support in Malawi. Our goal since starting Project 1:27 in late 2009 was to have all 15 children at Far & Wide Children’s Home in Kambona sponsored, and then to start adding one orphaned child at a time as sponsors came to us.

When this opportunity presented itself we checked with Pastor Duncan Nyozani Nsomba, whose Searchlight Ministries cares for our Project 1:27 children.

“There is a couple in the community who are very sick from AIDS,” Duncan said. “Both the husband and wife are very ill; they have been sick for years and their health now has become very worse. They have three children, two girls and one boy. They may be orphaned this year.

“They have nobody to help them, and they are starving so much. They have been sending their kids to orphanage just to have lunch there. Many times they have asked me to consider taking their kids to the orphanage, but I told them that it could not work due to financial challenges.”

Patrick James, above, needs a sponsor parent, while his sister Catherine, below, has been adopted financially and spiritually by Janet Norton of Newark, NY, USA.

We have a sponsor (US$50 per month) for one of the two older children and we are challenged to find another sponsor. That way Catherine and Patrick James, a sister and brother, can be housed, fed and clothed at the Far & Wide Children’s Home. Email info@ClimbingForChrist.org if you can help.

“I went to tell their dad and mum about bringing them to the orphanage,” Duncan said. “They are much excited about this news.”

CLICK HERE to see the Project 1:27 Malawi orphans.

Praise report: answering crisis in Malawi (Monday, April 9)

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 we were able to wire Pastor Duncan Nyozani the necessary support to feed the children. The amount is now $750 per month. We also support Pastor Duncan in his care-giving for the orphans at Far & Wide Children’s Home and in his work with Searchlight Ministries. We continue to pray for and ask for support for Project 1:27 Malawi.

“Thanks for the donation,” Duncan said. “We (are) much relieved. Thanks also to those sponsors for the (ongoing) donations. Their donations are making great change.”

Crisis in Malawi (Wednesday, March 28) 

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 have all suspended aid and loans that account for 40-percent of the country’s budget. This was done because of suspected human rights violations and mishandling of funds by Mutharika’s administration.

The result: more suffering, especially for the poorest of the poor. Fuel and medicine are scarce and food prices continue to rise at alarming rates.

On Tuesday, Pastor Duncan Nyozani, the Climbing For Christ member who leads Searchlight Ministries in Kambona near the southern border, emailed to ask for more support for the Project 1:27 orphans in his care.

“Prices for foods, materials are doubled and are still going higher every month,” Duncan said. “We are very much affected because of this and every last week of the month we do not have food here.”

Last weekend, Duncan took the children who have some surviving grandparents back to those homes. “A very few orphans have grandparents, but those grandparents are also very needy,” Duncan explained. “For example, we sent them to their grandparents, but all except three have returned back to the orphanage saying it is better for them to stay here although there is no food rather than at their homes.”

Climbing For Christ sponsors provide US$30-$50 per month to feed and clothe the children. We send Duncan US$500 per month for the 15 orphans in Project 1:27, which (based on the James 1:27 instruction to “look after orphans … in distress”) was initiated in late 2009. [CLICK HERE to see the orphans.] Duncan has asked for an additional $250 per month.

“We are stranded,” Duncan said. “We are praying (to) God to do a miracle in this situation.”

Can you help Project 1:27 Malawi today? Can you pray for the work the Lord has given us in Malawi? Can you give financially to support this blessed effort? You can contribute to this cause by sending a gift to Climbing For Christ c/o Project 1:27 Malawi at Climbing For Christ, P.O. Box 16290, Rochester, NY 14616-0290 USA. Or CLICK HERE and donate online via PayPal.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ "
— Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

A happy CHRISTmas in Malawi (Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011)

The orphans sponsored by Climbing For Christ received CHRISTmas gifts from Project 1:27 parents. “We were able to buy new clothes for them as well as sandals and small gifts,” Pastor Duncan said.

“We had a great day today,” Pastor Duncan Nyozani Nsomba of Far & Wide Children's Home said on CHRISTmas day. “We went to the church around 9:30 a.m., opened with prayer, sang songs and choruses. We also had childrens' activities, choir and then a Christmas sermon.”

Orphans enjoying a CHRISTmas meal.

“After that we had lunch together at the church. In the afternoon, people were to go to homes, where they could invite their friends to have dinner.”

Ambulance bike purchased (Wednesday, May 4, 2011)

In January, Climbing For Christ member and Mission: Kilimanjaro 2011 participant Michael Heitland of Fargo, N.D., USA held a fundraiser for Project 1:27. It was a blessed time. Michael raised US$4,985 for work being done in and through the orphanage in Kambona, Malawi.

One gift from a Fargo couple was earmarked for an ambulance bike. When asked if he could use this, Pastor Duncan Nyozani Nsomba of Far & Wide Children's Home said there was a great need.

Duncan purchased that ambulance bike in Blantyre, a southern region city that is about a two-hour drive by motor vehicle from Kambona.

“Thank you for much for (the) special donation for this bike,” Duncan said. “It will be much helpful to the orphanage and the school.”

We give thanks to God for the many who have helped us serve the children at Far & Wide Children's Home — those who donated to Michael's fundraiser and others who gave to a fundraising effort by Mission: Kilimanjaro team member Shelly Torres of Chicago, IL, USA, and still others giving directly to Climbing For Christ.

C4C is supporting 15 orphans and Pastor Duncan as well as sending Damson Samson to Bible college in Lilongwe. This is all part of Climbing For Christ Malawi

CHRISTmas 2010 at Far & Wide Children's Home

Pastor Ducan used funding provided by the Lord through Climbing For Christ to purchase CHRISTmas gifts for the orphans at Far & Wide Children's Home. “We bought new clothes and small gifts for them, like sandels, pens, pencils, school bags, exercise books, etc.,” Duncan said.

Here are some photos of CHRISTmas 2010 at Far & Wide:

Children showing off pencils, school bags, clothes, and smiles.

Sandels, above, and colorful dresses and clothes (with soda treats), below.

Planting season by the grace of God (Friday, Dec. 17, 2010)

It began in early December with a simple prayer request. Pastor Duncan emailed to ask: “The planting season has come now, the rains are falling down in a good manner. Please pray that God may provide us with funds to buy seeds and fertilizers. People are busy planting the seeds, but we are failing to plant our farmlands belonging to Searchlight Orphan Care group due to lack of seeds. People started planting last week; this year it seems there are good rains. Next week will be last time to plant seeds in the farmlands. According to financial problem, it is obvious that we are not going to plant the crops this year. We have tried to do this and that, but all failed. Although we have failed we are asking all of you to stand with us in prayers. With one week God can do a miracle. We are in need of an urgent US$400 to buy seeds and fertilizers. Please pray for us, any little assistance from you will make a great change, and please pass this request to friends if possible.”

Three days later, burdened by this request, one of our prayer warriors called to say she and her husband would provide the needed funds. Money was immediately wired to Duncan.

“We were able to buy the seeds and fertilizers and we have already planted and applied fertilizers to the farmland,” Duncan said today. “It seems there will be good rains this year.”



The crops, being planted above, will provide food for Duncan's family and the orphans at Far &Wide Children's Home, and also be sold to pay for school fees for some orphaned students in the secondary school at Searchlight Ministries.

“Please extend our million thanks to those supporters who have donated on this matter,” Duncan said.



“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 (NIV)

Malawi orphanage to remain open (Monday, Oct. 4, 2010)

The government inspection team arrived around 2 p.m. today at the Far & Wide Children's orphanage in Migowi, Malawi. Pastor Duncan Nyozani said, “They were surprised to see that all the works were done. They said it is excellent work and our orphanage buildings have met the standards as needed and it has passed. Praise the Lord!”
Additional housing, bathing rooms and toilets have been built through the support of Climbing For Christ in the past seven weeks. Previously, Climbing For Christ funded the building of a water project to keep the orphanage open. Each month, the ministry sends funding to feed the orphans at Far & Wide.

Damson Samson, who C4C is sending to Bible college, helping the orphans wash their hands during our visit in January.

Our Mission: Kilimanjaro 2010 team visited there in January and the 2011 team will be going again in March.

There remain several needs at the orphanage, such as the addition of meat to the children's diets — which, up to now, have consisted porridge, nsima, vegetables, small fish, beans, peas, eggs, rice, etc. “We have been doing this because meat is expensive,” Duncan said.

There also is the need for a first-aid kit to be kept stocked with medicines.

In the future, play gear and a bicycle ambulance would be considered wise add-ons.

“We are glad that they have allowed us to continue with our orphanage,” Duncan said. “Many orphanages have been closed due to poor accommodations and poor foods given to the children. They have appreciated us that we are good in many areas, but only need to improve on meat and medicines.

“On behalf of Searchlight Orphan Care, we are much pleased to be spared in the inspection while other places are closed. We thank God for this intervention. We thank you for your wonderful help you are offering to these children here in Malawi.”

'Home' makeover (Friday, Oct. 1, 2010)

Government inspectors will arrive at Far & Wide Children’s Home in Migowi, Malawi on Monday morning. They are coming to see if renovations that they demanded have been completed.

New accommodations.

“We have been very busy day and night building and renovating our orphanage here at Migowi,” said Pastor Duncan Nyozani. “Due to time, I hired several builders to work during day and night. We had to use electricity during nights. The works are almost completed, only few works remain on these buildings. We are just waiting the (government) officials to re-inspect the works; they will now be convinced.”

We are praying that the work that has been done — building additional accommodations, toilets, and bathing rooms — will suffice to keep this orphanage open. Climbing For Christ supports the orphanage through our Project 1:27.

Additional toilets.

Since mid-August, we have appealed twice to C4C members and supporters for help on this US$7,500 project. This has resulted in US$1,781.35 in donations and the pledge of a large contribution. This promise enabled Pastor Duncan to receive credit for supplies and continue work in anticipation of the Department of Social Welfare’s inspection.

Join us in praying for the orphanage in a remote area of southern Malawi. May this work not only keep Far & Wide open, but also expand its ability to look after the orphans.

Help NEEDED ... for children in Malawi (Monday, Sept. 13, 2010)

Climbing For Christ member Michael Wall is making the Durango River Run for Orphans in Colorado in the name of our Project 1:27 children in Malawi, Africa. He will run 5K in the Sept. 18 fundraising event for 15 orphans who are living thousands of miles away.

“Obviously, any way you can help out would be greatly appreciated,” Michael wrote in his Facebook invitation to Colorado Western Slope Chapter members and friends.

We thank Michael for being moved by the Spirit to do something for Dayson, Zinenani, Mphatso, Ephraim, Junio, Dafter, Chikondi, Kondwani, Lucy, Charles, Dorphy, Idesi, Maganizo, Jacquiline, and Phiri — the orphans at Far & Wide Children's Home. We encourage others to do the same.

You may recall that the Department of Social Welfare inspected Far & Wide on Aug. 5 and told our Pastor Duncan that additional housing and larger restroom facilities were needed. While other orphanages were being closed, we were given time to raise support. US$7,500 was needed. We were able to send $1,000 for this project in late August.
Duncan emailed the following on Sept. 7:

“The officials from Phalombe District Social Welfare came to inspect again on 3 September, and they have advised us to try our best to at least do 75 percent of the works by 1 October because the officials from headquarters in Lilongwe (the nation's capital) will come to finally inspect all places.
“These officials from Phalombe Social Welfare are fair to us, but they say those from Lilongwe may not be convinced if we can not do more works on improving the orphanage. I do not know what to do; let's be just praying. As I understand your situation there, it would be very difficult to raise the rest of the money in this month. But it seems if God can help us with urgent provision of US$4,000 this will help to do 75 percent of the works.”

We are told in James 1:27 “to look after orphans and widows in their distress.” We are asking for your help so we may continue to look after the precious orphans in Malawi.

Project 1:27 orphans during our mission visit there earlier this year.

Can you help us provide for the children of Malawi? Will you pray for them and consider giving financially to support these vital projects? Without funding, the Far & Wide Children's Home will be closed.

Upgrade facilities or ‘our orphanage will be closed’ (Monday, Aug. 16, 2010)

One corner of the single room that has been used to house 15 orphans at Far & Wide Children's Home in Kambona, Malawi. (Photo by Gary Fallesen)

A team from the government’s Department of Social Welfare visited the Far & Wide Children’s Home on Aug. 5. They told Pastor Duncan Nyozani, whose Searchlight Ministries oversees the orphanage, that the building is too small for the 15 children we are housing. They also told Pastor Duncan that additions must be made to the bathroom facilities.

“They say we are feeding the children in a proper way,” Pastor Duncan said. Climbing For Christ provides monthly support to buy food for the children. “Our kitchen is also good, and sanitation is good,” Duncan added.

“All the orphanages in Phalombe District (in southern Malawi) are closed due to poor feeding, poor structures, poor sanitation, etc. It is only our orphanage that has been spared, and given time to improve it.”

By God’s grace, we have time. But not too much time.

The Department of Social Welfare inspectors told Pastor Duncan that we had until the end of August to build additional housing and larger restroom facilities (two additional toilets and another bathing room).

“We need US$7,500 to do these works,” Pastor Duncan said. “We have already started making the bricks.

“Failure to improve it in a way they want and our orphanage will be closed.”

Making bricks, above and below, for the site, bottom, where one residential building with a bathing room and two toilets – one for the boys an one for girls – will be constructed. Volunteers from Searchlight Ministries are making bricks for the orphanage, instead of buying bricks. Money is being borrowed to buy firewood to burn these bricks, Pastor Duncan said.

Quenching the thirst of His children (Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010)

The gift of water is a precious thing, especially in a dry and dusty land like Malawi. “Having this borehole is a miracle to us,” said Duncan Nyozani of Searchlight Ministries. “It means that God loves us and that He does not forsake His people. God is showing His practical love to these orphans, the school, and Searchlight Ministries.”

Searchlight consists of four churches (three in Malawi and one planted in Mozambique), and an orphanage and secondary school in the remote village of Kambona in southeastern Malawi in the region of the Mulanje Massif and Mchese Mountains.

Duncan said that without God sending Climbing For Christ to help Searchlight, the orphanage would be closed by now. “But thank God for His wonderful provisions through your ministry.”

Climbing For Christ initially loaned US$8,250 to Searchlight to dig a well at its facilities in Kambona. After our visit there during Mission: Kilimanjaro 2010, the Lord has moved us to waive repayment of that loan. It was God’s gift to the children and people of Searchlight. He has provided!

“I cannot express in words how we are thankful for this,” Duncan said. “We are sending a million of thanks to you and your organization for this great blessing of a borehole at the school.”

“In Exodus, chapter 17, the Israelites had no water to drink,” Duncan said. “The Lord told Moses to strike the rock and water came gushing out.”

Today, water gushes from the rock-hard ground at Kambona, quenching the physical thirst of those in need.

“‘I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.’” — Exodus 17:6 (NIV)

New year, same old water problem (Friday, Jan. 1, 2010)

An inspection team from the Ministry of Education headquarters in Lilongwe, Malawi visited Searchlight Orphan Care's school in early December 2009. Pastor Duncan Nyozani, the Climbing For Christ member who oversees the orphanage, was away at the time. He said the inspection team “found that the school was good,” but they did not employ enough teachers and there was a lack of water. “Lack of water was a big problem to them,” Pastor Duncan said, “and they decided to close the school. This inspection team has closed many schools all over the country.

“They said we must drill a borehole on the school site so that there is water and employ two more qualified teachers before 14 December 2009. Failure to do this, our school will not be opened.

“So we are crying that our school has been closed due to a lack of water at school,” Pastor Duncan said. “The water situation right now is worse, tap water has dried up. People are struggling to get water. We are having this problem because it is the dry season here in Malawi. In January. we do not have this water problem. It rains in January and we do have tap water running.”

When the water runs dry, orphans must walk many miles with buckets to a pump to retreive water for the orphanage. This is fairly common in many places in Africa, and other developing countries in the world.

Because a short-term mission team from the United States is scheduled to visit in late January 2010, the Ministry of Education allowed more time. But not enough. On New Year's day, Pastor Duncan revealed the latest news: “All schools that are closed because of a lack of (various) things have been advised that if they will not do the things that they were told by the education inspection team by 7 January 2010, they will not be allowed to start in the middle of the term. They will automatically miss the whole year.

“We have been very much discouraged by this situation,” said Duncan, who took out a loan for US$4,000 (at 30-percent interest) to hire a company to drill a borehole for water at the school. “I have paid for half of the drilling and installation costs.”

Water (“a lot of water,” according to Duncan) was found at a depth of 45 meters.

“The other reason I have taken a loan to do the drilling work is that we have now started the rainy season,” Duncan explained. “In the rainy season, the drilling machines stop working. Drilling work is done in the dry season from September to December.”

Because Climbing For Christ will be surveying the orphanage situation in Malawi and seeking God's direction for future work there, this ministry has provided a US$8,000 loan (at 0 percent interest). Duncan will be able to repay the $4,000 loan early and at an agreed-upon lower interest rate (10 percent) and pay for the rest of the work on the drilling project. School should be reopened when our mission team visits in late January. A decision on whether the loan will need to be repaid or what action the Lord wants us to take will be made during or after that visit.

CHRISTmas in Malawi (Friday, Dec. 25, 2009)

Pastor Duncan Nyozani of Searchlight Orphan Care in Malawi, Africa received the US$1,000 wired by Climbing For Christ on Wednesday. “We will buy food and clothes for the children tomorrow,” Pastor Duncan said at the time. “Thank you very much for your support to these needy children.”

Today, Pastor Duncan sent this message:

“Greetings to you from Malawi! I hope you enjoyed Christmas. We are very much delighted to tell you that we had a very wonderful Christmas Day.

“We were able to buy new clothes for the orphans, buy good food for the orphans, and we also purchased shoes. They are happy to have these gifts. Thank you very much for your wonderful support to these very needy orphans in the community. You have relieved them very much.”

Some photos of CHRISTmas in Malawi:

Food for the hungry, above, and clothing for those in need, below.

Children from the orphanage (bottom) enjoy a wonderful CHRISTmas meal, above and below. If not for God's provision, these children may have gone hungry on the day that celebrates our Savior's birth.

Happy CHRISTmas Malawi (Monday, Dec. 21, 2009)
Pastor Duncan Nyozani, a Climbing For Christ member and the man behind Searchlight Orphan Care in Malawi, Africa, e-mailed Saturday to welcome us back from Mission: Haiti. “I hope you had a wonderful trip; we have been praying for you during your trip,” Duncan wrote. He went on to ask us to pray for his orphanage, which was closed by the government earlier this month because of a lack of water at the school. They need US$7,500 to hire a company to drill and install a borehole (well). We knew about this and will be investigating it further on next month's Mission: Kilimanjaro. What we didn't know was that funding had also run dry since the school was officially closed, but Duncan and his family were still keeping 15 orphans in their care.

Malawi orphans.

“It is very sad to see that our children at the orphanage will be starving during this Christmas (season),” Duncan wrote. “We are running short of food right now. From yesterday, the orphans are just eating one meal per day, which is very bad to these little children.”

We prayed about it, and then we decided to do more. I asked Duncan how much would be needed to feed the children. He said: US$1,000 (“if you are able”). Half of that would be for another month's worth of food and $500 would buy clothing as CHRISTmas gifts for the children. “They have ragged clothes,” he said. I told him we would wire the funds on Monday (today).

Later Saturday I went to the post office to collect our mail. In the mail was a check from a Climbing For Christ member in the United States. It was a gift for US$1,000. This was affirmation that Project 1:27 Malawi is part of God's plan for Climbing For Christ.

The money was wired today to Malawi. The children at Searchlight Orphan Care will have a happy CHRISTmas. Praise God!

The Word

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
— James 1:27 (NIV)

Helping Hands

Please consider sending a one-time gift or becoming a monthly contributor to Project 1:27 Malawi. Send your donation to Climbing For Christ, P.O. Box 16290, Rochester, N.Y. USA 14616-0290. Or CLICK HERE to give via PayPal.

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