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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After two trips to/from the island of Nosy Mitsio and three to/from the Port (I forgot a couple of things there on the second trip), all in the last 6 days, we've finally finished moving all of our things into our new house in Ambilobe! For a celebratory dinner tonight we cooked steak and fried potatoes, thanks to having a local market here with plenty of fresh food! ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

We made it to Ambilobe! For us, this is a very nice house; though there weren't many to choose from in Ambilobe, we think this was a great choice. It has four spacious rooms (great for receiving guests), electricity (when the rest of the town has it), and a well in the yard (no running water yet). And it shares a yard with several neighbors who've all been exceptionally friendly so far. We got all of our things (from the first boatload) moved into the house and we've been very well-received so far by quite a few nearby neighbors. We think it's a great start to our time living in the Ambilobe area! ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

Tomorrow, if everything goes well, we should be moving off of Nosy Mitsio, after living here for five years.  Please pray for good weather and a smooth trip.  Itd also be great if we could get all of our stuff and furniture into one boatload!  This picture is one of the last sunsets weve had here - always beautiful and stunning!  Its hard to say goodbye to this place and these people under these circumstances, but we trust that God has good things in store in our future.  Well try to share a full update next week or the week after.

Tomorrow, if everything goes well, we should be moving off of Nosy Mitsio, after living here for five years. Please pray for good weather and a smooth trip. It'd also be great if we could get all of our stuff and furniture into one boatload! This picture is one of the last sunsets we've had here - always beautiful and stunning! It's hard to say goodbye to this place and these people under these circumstances, but we trust that God has good things in store in our future. We'll try to share a full update next week or the week after. ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

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Well, due to the fairly regular way local boat travel works here (since we don't have access to our team boat), we loaded the boat since early morning, spent most of the day traveling slowly, and we're now waiting on dry land (during low tide) at the mouth of the river which goes into the Port. We should be able to actually enter the Port close to midnight (about 5 hours from now), unload the boat there, guard our stuff from thieves all night (me and the guys - have to stay awake to do it), then reload in a truck in the morning for the roughly two-hour ride to our new place in Ambilobe. Whew! Not exactly a smooth move, but not entirely surprising either (though we were hopeful we'd avoid a situation like this - but you really just can't avoid local habit). We made a lot of similar trips to this one when we first moved to Nosy Mitsio so many years ago, but have basically avoided this sort of situation since we got the team boat. But, now we're moving out in much the same way we moved in! Interesting how things often come full circle.

Oh, and the weather was great, just a slow (but "smooth") trip. So thanks everyone for your prayers!

Matimus really been wanting to go camping here before we move off of Nosy Mitsio.  So last night we went into the woods nearby and had a good time.  The highlight was while we were sitting on a fallen log eating our dinners, a big Madagascar boa slithered right up behind our legs!  It was fun seeing it and the other night life on Nosy Mitsio that we dont usually see.  I didnt get any pictures of the huge fruit bats that kept flapping around in the trees above us.  :-)Image attachment

Matimu's really been wanting to go camping here before we move off of Nosy Mitsio. So last night we went into the woods nearby and had a good time. The highlight was while we were sitting on a fallen log eating our dinners, a big Madagascar boa slithered right up behind our legs! It was fun seeing it and the other night life on Nosy Mitsio that we don't usually see. I didn't get any pictures of the huge fruit bats that kept flapping around in the trees above us. :-) ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Weve had some great times living here on this little island, and this picture is a great example!  Our son Matimu has practically grown up here, now seven years old!  And David has spent most of his life so far here too.  Weve also had some incredibly difficult and challenging times here.  And well be moving off of Nosy Mitsio very soon and itll be a sad goodbye, though we hope to visit regularly.  (Well definitely still be here in Madagascar though!)  Well give an update with all the details sometime soon, should be in the next few weeks.

We've had some great times living here on this little island, and this picture is a great example! Our son Matimu has practically grown up here, now seven years old! And David has spent most of his life so far here too. We've also had some incredibly difficult and challenging times here. And we'll be moving off of Nosy Mitsio very soon and it'll be a sad goodbye, though we hope to visit regularly. (We'll definitely still be here in Madagascar though!) We'll give an update with all the details sometime soon, should be in the next few weeks.Enjoying playing with Matimu in a nearby tidal pool. He was still afraid of the waves at this point, so these tidal pools were a nice chance for him to have fun. ... See MoreSee Less

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