Thank you to those who follow us on this site and even pressed in asking us about the situation on the east coast after Cyclone Chezda. Since then another cyclone/tropical storm has struck Toliara, the southwest tip of the island and our personnel there are responding with aid in partnership through a local church. This has been an active cyclone season this year and fortunately all the storms have been low-class storms.
Tim joined Ancil, another IMB M, who lives and works near that coastal area to assess the damage and the needs of the people. Typical of any coastal town, the storm brought in tidal surge and swollen rivers.
In the last picture you can see a man dressed in a plaid shirt and khakis, not village dress at all. He is the Adjunct District Chief of Vohipeno watching over every bag of rice coming off the delivery truck ensuring that none go “missing.” This is a situation where the crowds could easily fabricate accusations of corruption so it was encouraging to see a government official take their leadership serious to ensure the people of Vohipeno receive their aid. The rice was being held in a local school room by armed military guard until the time of distribution.
Since the assessment Ancil has visited with the people of this area many times and helped their students and elders in other ways besides rice and beans. The assessment showed that the immediate need of the people was met by their government. Ancil is doing the more labor intensive task of walking along side these people as he shares with them the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- for the people of Madagascar who have recently been struck by cyclones (west, south and east). Many are slowing putting their life back together.
- for Ancil as he engages the Antemoro on the east coast of Madagascar.