Fading Treasures

Over and over again the waves crashed into the boat rocking it back and forth drenching absolutely everything inside: all of our team’s foam mattresses we had just bought, our supply of food, more construction materials, everything!

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The Sacrifice

The chanting began as everyone gathered behind the stones. I was summoned, and one older lady came over to help me tie my traditional cloth properly around my body. Then I was told to take off my shoes. She walked with me over the burning hot sand to where everyone was already seated…

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The Fake

I stood on the beach, arms crossed, staring out at the clear blue water of the ocean as tears slowly trickled down my face. Then almost as soon as they began they were finished. My eyes hardened as well as my heart. I was angry with God.

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The Faithful Foreigner

The past year and a half has been a life of transience for us. During this time we’ve traveled over 40,000 miles! We’ve stayed for over a week in 11 different places including 5 different countries, traveled in 15 planes, 4 boats, hiked probably a hundred kilometers, and have…

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Miracles

In the village of Antenina where Adam and I went with a team of 6 other people to do ministry and community development, there is an old man who never comes out of his hut or speaks to anyone, not even his family. His name is Fongy. He refuses to bathe, he won’t cut his hair or his nails and he never…

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Knowing His Voice

I don’t have a captivating story to tell, but I do feel that I need to share something that God has been revealing to me more and more. We as Christians have entered into new life with Christ. His spirit lives within us as we usher in His kingdom and play a role in the restoration and healing of all creation. But what does that look like…

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Video Introduction

Watch this video for an introduction to the Antakarana people and our work among them

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Well, were certainly not having anything like a traditional Thanksgiving celebration this year, as we just arrived back home in Ambilobe this evening.  But were very thankful to be here!  A safe and smooth (though slow) 26 hr bus trip to get here (the roads have deteriorated significantly).  And were thankful that instead of trying to figure out food last minute (with no food in our house, the market closed for the evening, and no grocery store in town), but theres a simple restaurant that we can eat at this evening!  

When asking the boys what theyre thankful for, Matimu said hes thankful for a safe trip to Ambilobe and a comfortable bed, and David said hes thankful that Cuddles (our cat) didnt die while we were gone and that his toys arent broken.  Im thankful for the wonderful family that God has blessed me with, always so good natured and few complaints.  Lora said shes thankful for the home that God has blessed us with in Ambilobe and that there was someone to watch it while we were gone.  (Its going to take some time to rearrange and resettle though!  A whole lot of dust and spiderwebs everywhere!  And our neighbors, with whom we share an electricity meter, didnt pay the bill on time, so no high voltage electricity - meaning no fans to beat the heat and humidity - for any of us right now. But thankful our solar panels still seem to be working well for lights and a bit more.  And the electricity for the whole town is cut off right now anyway, including at the restaurant, haha!).   God is good, hes taken care of us well, and were thankful for what hell do here with us to reach the Antakarana people!

Well, we're certainly not having anything like a traditional Thanksgiving celebration this year, as we just arrived back home in Ambilobe this evening. But we're very thankful to be here! A safe and smooth (though slow) 26 hr bus trip to get here (the roads have deteriorated significantly). And we're thankful that instead of trying to figure out food last minute (with no food in our house, the market closed for the evening, and no grocery store in town), but there's a simple restaurant that we can eat at this evening!

When asking the boys what they're thankful for, Matimu said he's thankful for a safe trip to Ambilobe and a comfortable bed, and David said he's thankful that Cuddles (our cat) didn't die while we were gone and that his toys aren't broken. I'm thankful for the wonderful family that God has blessed me with, always so good natured and few complaints. Lora said she's thankful for the home that God has blessed us with in Ambilobe and that there was someone to watch it while we were gone. (It's going to take some time to rearrange and resettle though! A whole lot of dust and spiderwebs everywhere! And our neighbors, with whom we share an electricity meter, didn't pay the bill on time, so no high voltage electricity - meaning no fans to beat the heat and humidity - for any of us right now. But thankful our solar panels still seem to be working well for lights and a bit more. And the electricity for the whole town is cut off right now anyway, including at the restaurant, haha!). God is good, he's taken care of us well, and we're thankful for what he'll do here with us to reach the Antakarana people!
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Thank you for letting us know of the important things in life despite none of the modern comforts that I cannot imagine being without. Just the 26 hour bus trip alone has me exhausted. Thank you for your sacrifices and selfless mission to serve in Madagascar. Happy Thanksgiving, am so glad that you are all well and hanging tough <3

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family even if not a traditional one. Thankful for your family’s work in Madagascar. Blessings!

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Matimu's a TV star here in Madagascar! The English-teaching for children episodes that he was invited to be on for a national Malagasy TV show have finally aired and we finally got a chance to see the first one (while it was broadcast nationally)! If you want to skip to Matimu's portion of the show (about 7 minutes long), it begins at around the 8:55 mark. And if you're interested to see what Malagasy children's TV programming is like, then you should watch the whole episode.

I think this one wasn't bad for a first episode with Matimu. Matimu will also air in 5 more episodes for the next 5 weeks broadcast throughout the entire country, and (from watching the recordings) I think they get better as they go on. It's a fun experience for him, and hopefully some local kids will enjoy learning some English from an American boy like Matimu!

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