Here you’ll find all of our contact information and we’d love to hear from you! E-mails are typically our easiest form of communication (as we can manage them as we have time), but you can also try to call or send mail (and we love receiving care packages!) You’ll find all of our contact information below.
E-mail us! Due to our unpredictable work schedule we can’t always reply to e-mails quickly (though we love receiving them). If you’re contacting us about something urgent, please write “URGENT” in the subject line and we’ll read it and respond as soon as possible. We will eventually reply to all our e-mails, usually within 1 week or so, but it may sometimes be a month or more delayed before you receive the reply. Feel free to e-mail either of us at:
Adam Willard: MadagascarAdam@gmail.com
Lora Willard: LoraWillard@gmail.com
Call us! You can call us long distance to our cell phones, but be warned that calling internationally can sometimes be quite expensive. You can contact us in Madagascar with these numbers (8 hours ahead of US Central Standard Time):
Adam Willard: (011) 261 34 95 117 24
or (011) 261 32 78 159 87
Lora Willard: (011) 261 34 42 484 74
or (011) 261 32 28 160 09
Write us! We have a postal address in Madagascar! We’ve used it for a long time now and it’s proved to be very reliable so far. As far as we know, everything that’s been sent to us has arrived, and most of it pretty quickly. Most things shipped here should arrive in 1-2 months, and letters sometimes sooner:
Adam & Lora Willard
We love getting letters or packages from home. A very small box or padded envelope is often the quickest and most direct way if you want to mail just a few things – less than 4 lbs. should come direct to our nearest town. Or using the “flat rate” international priority mail boxes is probably the most cost-effective method for sending a bit more, and the allowable weight is up to ~20 lbs. Fair warning: shipping from the US to Madagascar (which is on the opposite side of the world) can get pretty expensive though.
For safe arrival, boxes sent should be packaged in a particular manner, because many packages here are inspected before being given to the recipient and when the inspector(s) finds things they recognize or want, they sometimes keep those things for themselves. We’ve found that a safe way to prepare the packages includes: sealing the box with brightly colored duct tape (rather than standard packing tape), marking the customs content value at $10 or less for the total of everything, marking the customs content as “gifts”, “non-perishable food items,” “religious materials,” or “used educational supplies”, wrapping the contents inside the box in old newspaper or old food boxes and more of the bright-colored duct tape, and DON’T SEND ANYTHING EXPENSIVE OR ELECTRONIC. For any food items inside the box, please wrap them each in an additional ziplock bag (to help prevent ants and food leakage along the way). Also, if you send a package, please remember to keep the customs form number (usually beginning with CP or CW or something and ending with US), because it can usually track the package until arrival in Madagascar – which helps us know what to be asking for at the post office.
Here is a list of things we can’t get here, but we’d appreciate someone mailing from the US (to the address above):
All of us:
- Powdered cheese (like for mac n cheese – follow this link for an example) …or other preserved cheeses?
- Parmesan cheese
- juice packets (particularly lemonade or gatorade or natural juice flavors)
- Smoked chili powders (such as guajillo, ancho, or chipotle – often can be purchased at Mexican grocery stores)
David (2 years old):
- 3-year-old clothes – especially shorts, and light/thin long-sleeved pajama shirts/pants (used for keeping mosquitoes away in the evenings)
- Anything dinosaur-themed: plastic dinosaur toys, kids’ dinosaur books, dinosaur clothes, etc.
Matimu (7 years old):
- 7-year-old clothes – including light/thin long-sleeved pajama shirts/pants (used for keeping mosquitoes away in the evenings)
- Books – he loves books his age-level (or above) on scientific topics like the ocean, space, airplanes, or other technology and science – he reads at about a 3rd or 4th grade reading level, maybe a little higher. He would probably love above all a very in-depth detailed book about the solar system or about the universe in general that had lots of graphic illustrations and very detailed facts – even if it were actually written for adults, I think he would love it. Or maybe a book about comparative geography with lots of illustrations (he always asks questions about this, comparing one part of the world to another by numerous different factors).
- Toys – legos are currently his favorite toys, and he also likes transformers
- Any educational supplies that you might think is helpful for a 2nd through 3rd grades
- Fun candy from the US – (he loves any candy, but small candies like M&Ms or skittles or “kisses” are easy to share between him and his brother)
- Anything blueberry! Blueberry syrup, dried blueberries, blueberry jam, chocolate-covered blueberries, blueberry muffin or pancake mix – ANY blueberries!
- Candy: Toffee – any sort of toffee candy – the hard english toffee kind, especially when combined with chocolate (like Heath or Skor bars)
- Granola or trail mix: any kind, nutty, fruity, with chocolate – I love the stuff but it doesn’t exist in Madagascar
- Whoppers or stuff with caramel or other candy
- Starbucks coffee (ground, not whole beans because we don’t have a grinder, and not the “blonde” type)
- Starbucks VIA packets
- Chocolate – Dove chocolates (milk or dark), and other chocolates also
We’ll continue to update that list as we see things we’d really need or want, but which we can’t get here.
As always, financial support should be sent to:
Adam & Lora Willard
c/o Sanctuary Church
PO Box 700217
Tulsa, OK 74170
We look forward to hearing from you!