Birth to Ressurection: A Christmas Celebration

Near 700 BCE, Isaiah foretells of the Messiah’s coming, For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Is. 9:6)   I think what is often overlooked during […]

Acts 15 in AKZ

The group will study Acts 15 today and see again God’s plan to redeem man. Acts 15:9-11 shows us that proclamation must happen for the lost to hear and believe. It teaches that those who believe receive the Holy Spirit and that the heart is cleansed by the blood of Jesus. The heart must be […]

Genesis One with AKZ

I hiked to AKZ this morning with a friend. We studied through the creation account in Gen. 1:26-2:25. This is the first time we have prayed together on a Sunday in the village. To keep this short I’ll share two comments from Ramano and Papan’ i Dery. When we read that God created everything in […]

The End of Homework

    Tim finished his Masters of Divinity in International Church Planting and graduated Thursday, December 15, 2011 from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. How fitting that as he graduated in absentia he and Tanala believers were gathered to worship Jesus.     Many thanks to family and friends who supported our journey through our time […]

Office Hours

This week we have been thinking ahead for 2012 deciding where we will go and what we will do in our last full year here in Madagascar before our Stateside Assignment. We plan to return to the States for a Stateside Assignment in the middle of 2013. We want to obey in every opportunity given […]

December Update 2011

If you have been keeping up with our blog, www.Nortons2Mada.com, then you know that God has been stirring the hearts of the Tanala. The group in Ankazotsara is studying about the first church in Acts weekly. As the people study through Acts they not only frequently hear the gospel but also learn that God is […]

Baptism: Ramano and Papan’ i Dery

Ramano and Papan’ i Dery, two men in Ankazotsara, were baptized Thursday, December 8, 2011 in the river outside of the village. Both gave their testimony and publicly professed Jesus Christ as their Lord. The gospel was preached and a call for sinners to repent and believe was clearly exclaimed to those who witnessed the […]

Possible Missionaries in Residence

We received a very encouraging email today from North Greenville University acknowledging receipt our request to be considered as MIR during our stateside assignment. The decision is still being held and is in the hands of administration at the university. Pray God gives the administration wisdom as they consider this potentially new partnership with NGU […]

Have 2, Will Dunk

Two weeks ago Lo lo was baptized in the river near her village. This week Ramano, Lo lo’s husband, and Ifara, a sixteen year old girl, will be baptized. Ramano has sent an invitation to his friends and family to come hear the gospel and see him publicly show his faith in Jesus by believers […]

The Greatest Human Need

What is the greatest human need for the Tanala of the rainforest? a water pump in every village? an annual seed distribution program? a school building with a tin roof? a latrine? a free clinic? an orphanage? Any of these things might bring more comfort to the den, but can never accomplish the greatest human […]

Asking About the Ripples…

When you throw a stone in the water, circular ripples are sent out waking the dead stillness of the water. When Loa-loa was baptized outside of an “established church” here in Madagascar (Lutheran, FJKM, Catholic), a stone has been thrown into the spiritually dead of Ankazotsara and you can see the ripple effects the baptism […]