A Light In the Darkness

Our headlady told us about the time the spirits which possess her forced her to run halfway across the island on swollen knees, running so fast that no one could catch her, then made her crawl around on all fours and start acting like a cow.

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Darkness

This is the heaviness we face constantly these days, the utter darkness that seems to surround us on all sides. This is how things are made right in their world: figure out what the ancestors want and do it, or else pay the price – it could cost you your life…

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VIDEO: On Distant Shores

This video is about our ongoing mission to reach the Antakarana people of Madagascar. It showcases the lifestyle of the Antakarana on Nosy Mitsio, their religious beliefs and rituals, and our team’s efforts at church-planting among them.

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Visiting the US Next Year!

That’s what our last few years have been like here on Nosy Mitsio: exciting! Challenging! Full of promise, hope, struggles, loss, and gain. In it all we see God at work. He’s maintained us, given us strength and perseverance when we’ve needed it most, and he’s opened our eyes to see…

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Praying With Our Eyes Open

I knelt down and put my hand on the young boy’s foot, right next to the gaping wound made from an ax that chopped in the wrong direction. I bowed my head, closed my eyes, and asked God to heal the injured boy. When I finished praying, I opened my eyes…

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VIDEO: Nosy Mitsio | 001

A short video introducing the Antakarana people, our team, and our work on Nosy Mitsio.  All the footage is of the Antakarana people.  This video was made by Tori Alverson, an AIM TIMO member from the nearby island of Nosy Be where she worked among the Sakalava people.

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It’s Here!

They just kept holding onto some hope or sign in the sky that this would be the day for the west wind to come. Every day, we talked about the same things: the rice is nearly finished, the dried fish have been bagged up too long, and when is the west wind coming? Some said the relentless northeast wind is a curse…

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Opening the Door

Our inner world is peaceful, comfortable, and easy to understand. The outer world is foreign, strange, and full of unknown dangers invisible to the human eye. The only barrier between the two worlds is a couple doors and a few windows…

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The Unseen World

The east wind picks up and we begin to feel a prickling in our skin. First one spot, then another. It blows harder and it gets worse. Like a small pinprick, a burning and itching sensation, a couple seconds on my arm, then the back of my head, then my leg, one scratch then another…

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Thanks to the VBS at DeSoto Community Church of God for sending the great little gifts for Matimu's class at school here! The kids loved it!

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Happy third birthday to David! Youre getting big so fast! It was so nice to celebrate with you and enjoy your special day today!

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How time flies. Your boys have grown so much. Hope David’s day was wonderful!

Its my favorite time of the year: litchi season! It only lasts about one month, or on lucky years, sometimes a little longer. Theyre a little red berry-ish (but not really) sort of fruit that grow abundantly on very large trees. Theyre my favorite fruit! During litchi season I usually eat a bit over one pound of litchi per day, for as long as I can keep buying them in the market!   😋😋😋Image attachmentImage attachment

It's my favorite time of the year: litchi season! It only lasts about one month, or on lucky years, sometimes a little longer. They're a little red berry-ish (but not really) sort of fruit that grow abundantly on very large trees. They're my favorite fruit! During litchi season I usually eat a bit over one pound of litchi per day, for as long as I can keep buying them in the market! 😋😋😋 ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Willards! We're thankful for a God who chooses to call his people to participate in his work. We're thankful also for a God who always takes care of us whatever obstacles or challenges we face - we know that where he's leading us is always good. We're thankful for a healthy family and our two awesome sons. And we're thankful that, this year at least, we get to have a mostly-American-like set of Thanksgiving food. We all enjoyed it!

Our main meal was fried chicken pieces, green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes and gravy - all entirely from scratch! (Because we had no choice otherwise, haha!) And our dessert options were pumpkin pie (also from scratch), litchi, and bananas. That's one thing I'm also thankful for right now: litchi season has just begun and they're my favorite fruit!
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We love you guys Jesus bless you

Happy Thanksgiving!

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