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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Firm Foundations

As I was guiding our boat to shore, the passengers started pointing towards our village and shouting out, “what’s that?” “What happened!?” “Something looks wrong!” Rising from the ground next to our house was the peak of a roof…

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Cast Your Nets

Have you ever wondered what’s beneath the surface? Whether a calm glassy blue, a crashing green and frothing white, or a rushing bubbling brown, it hides a deep and complex mystery. Whether an ocean, lake, or river, we can often be standing right in the middle of it completely unaware of…

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PHOTOS: Living Life on Nosy Mitsio, Dec 2013 – Nov 2014

These are all the photos since we found and purchased our team boat (Dec 2013), finished building and stocking all the homes of our team members, and went to Tana to pick them up in Nov 2014. During that whole time, we continued learning language, building relationships, getting used to life on Nosy Mitsio, and just getting ready for our team’s arrival. 153 photos

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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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Anticipation

You could hear them even before they got close: a handful of ladies making their way down the beach singing energetically. I ran to meet up with them as we continued on to the next village where more joined us. As we began the hour and a half trek to…

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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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7 days ago

Willards in Madagascar - www.madmissions.com

I had an awesome week at the global YWAM Frontier Missions regional leaders' conference! It was our first time to be at a gathering like this and it was so encouraging to be with people who share with us the same passion for reaching the unreached and the same vision for seeing disciples and churches multiplied among them. We had so many great times of prayer and fellowship and discussion and feedback with one another.

Many of you know that we've been discouraged lately with the circumstances of the work in northern Madagascar and we've felt very much alone in our efforts. But being with our co-workers in YWAM Frontier Missions this past week has helped us see that we're not at all alone (even if we're often distant from others) and we can see that God is doing amazing works around the world! We also learned that it's not uncommon for many places and people groups to take many many years (many more years than we've already invested) of difficult work and perseverance before disciple-making movements can begin, yet God is faithful! So it's been so encouraging for us!

It was also my privilege to serve at the conference by being the primary driver for taking people to/from the airport, and to/from the conference facilities each day. During the last 9 days I drove over 2,200 km (1,350 miles)! And I was still able to participate in all the meetings and group sessions each day (and Lora Willard and the kids were able to join me for the last few days). So it was a very full week, but very much worth it! God is blessing us in this time!
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So glad you're getting the encouragement you need. Blessings to you and your family.

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2 weeks ago

Willards in Madagascar - www.madmissions.com

We had a really great time at the staff conference this week at YWAM Worcester! It was so refreshing to hear from others who've been led by God to pioneer new ministries in very challenging and sometimes dangerous situations, to hear of their perseverance and God's faithfulness to them and through them, and to hear about the principles and truths that God has taught them throughout it all. Much of it were things we've also learned over the last 5 years or so, but it was so great to also hear it from others, and to hear of the great results that God eventually accomplished through them, and to be encouraged to keep moving forward ourselves.

And this coming week I'm very excited to help support the global YWAM Frontier Missions regional leaders conference! It will be full of people whose passion and efforts are specifically geared towards reaching unreached people groups all around the world and who use the same sort of strategies and who have the same vision we do. I've already met a few of them and they've been super kind, and it's already been similarly refreshing to hear their stories of hardship, perseverance, and God's faithfulness. So I imagine a whole week with them will be awesome! Please pray for Lora and the kids though while I'll be gone for a week, because they aren't able to come with me this time.
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Am praying for you and your family

David had his first day of school (pre-school) today! Here at YWAM Worcester they have both a pre-school and elementary school on campus, so both David and Matimu are attending while were here. David was so excited to go to school and hes informed us that hes a very big boy now! It seems like they have a really great preschool program with lots of other kids for David to befriend and the teachers said he did really great on his first day today. Look at the last picture posted here for a humorous look at what the pre-schools first activity of the day was!Image attachmentImage attachment

David had his first day of school (pre-school) today! Here at YWAM Worcester they have both a pre-school and elementary school on campus, so both David and Matimu are attending while we're here. David was so excited to go to school and he's informed us that he's a "very big boy" now! It seems like they have a really great preschool program with lots of other kids for David to befriend and the teachers said he did really great on his first day today. Look at the last picture posted here for a humorous look at what the pre-school's first activity of the day was! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Willards in Madagascar - www.madmissions.com
We made it to YWAM Worcester!  The train was only a few hours late and we hardly noticed.  The time (27.5 hrs) flew by as it was definitely the most comfortable long trip weve ever made.  We could fully stretch out in the comfortable bunk beds, and there was even a hot shower in each train car!  The overall scenery wasnt as varied or great as hoped for, but the last hour or so was spectacular as we drove past vineyards and jagged mountains.  I got this picture of our train going into the mountains shortly before arriving in Worcester - very scenic!  

So now were settling in here at the YWAM base, meeting people, figuring out what our next few months will look like, and really getting started with our sabbatical.  Were expecting it to be a great time!

We made it to YWAM Worcester! The train was only a few hours late and we hardly noticed. The time (27.5 hrs) flew by as it was definitely the most comfortable long trip we've ever made. We could fully stretch out in the comfortable bunk beds, and there was even a hot shower in each train car! The overall scenery wasn't as varied or great as hoped for, but the last hour or so was spectacular as we drove past vineyards and jagged mountains. I got this picture of our train going into the mountains shortly before arriving in Worcester - very scenic!

So now we're settling in here at the YWAM base, meeting people, figuring out what our next few months will look like, and really getting started with our sabbatical. We're expecting it to be a great time!
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May God be with you .

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Welcome! It is great to have you guys with us ❤️

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