Pray for the Sakalava People

            There are 1.7 million Sakalava in Northwest Madagascar. The city of Mahajanga is the primary urban center, where nearly 250,000 call home.   Please pray: Hearts. Pray that the Sakalava would see their need for salvation. Their hearts are hard so ask the Father to soften hearts. Families. That […]

Pray for Bernard

This is Bernard. He is a President-Fokontany in an area where we are working. He has been faithful to meet with us lately and to help us get the government papers we need to work in his Fokontany and the larger Commune. Please Pray: for our safety and our teammates’ safety each week as we […]

Tim Preaching Acts 3

The local Baptist church where we worship in Manakara is small with only about 20 adults, 10 youth and more children than youth and adults combined. The pastor who is possibly 60+ years old has been away for a few Sundays taking care of his wife in Tana, the capital city. The church is needing […]

The Feet of SEMAD CP

  After years of hiking in the forest I have tried a lot different kinds of shoes, boots, and sandals. All of them get wet, muddy, and wear on my feet. Last week I joined Washer, another Church Planter on the SEMAD team, to engage the Antefasy here in Southeast Madagascar. I was reminded of […]

Death and the Grave Part 4

To read the previous posts in this series: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3   Tanala bury their dead in a fasina [fah-see-nah], a burial tomb.¬† For centuries their tombs were located at the bottom of a granite cliff or cave opening. The tomb will serve as the burial place for a large family group […]

Death and the Grave Part 3

If you are just joining the series you can start at the beginning and catch up: ¬†Part 1 Part 2 We live among the Tanala. Tanala [Tah-nah-lah] means people of the forest. The forest has provided trees for the Tanala for centuries for firewood, for building homes, for making furniture, and for crafting handles for […]

Death and the Grave Part 2

WARNING – The following story is true and graphic. Please do not read this story if you do not accept that it is graphic and details the effects of sin. It is no more graphic than certain stories in the Bible. The intent of the story is to provide a window into culture and worldview […]

Death and the Grave Part 1

  Famadiana – [Fah-mah-dee-aah-nah] – the turning of the bones. A cultural practice unique to Madagascar, particularly the highlands, usually observed every five or seven years which involves returning to the burial tomb to exhume the bones of the deceased, change their wrappings, dance them around to music as if reanimating them to life and […]

When a Rainforest Runs Out of Water…

We depend on the rain and our gutters to fill our 3,800 Liter cistern. Even we are amazed that the rains can stop for more than 12 days being so close to the end of the cyclone season. To add to the dry times the water system for the whole town has been broken with […]

Mother Care Kits – March 2015

  The Mother Care Kits include rice, beans, salt, soap, oil, lamba and a Malagasy Bible. We spent the last week gathering the items and sorting them for assembly. We made kit assembly a home school service project one morning and the hospital visit a service project for another morning. We set up the items […]