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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New Life

And so begins our bold ministry to the Antakarana. Whether working in the rice fields, sitting on our porches or fishing, we will speak of the God of creation and boast of him in all that we do, lifting up prayers and thanks to him as our friends watch and see that he is a part of every aspect of our lives.

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Death and Life

Several scattered skulls, the stench of rotting flesh, and a handful of abandoned shacks were the only things remaining from the week’s festivities that ended just that morning. The quietness of our village was a huge difference from the hundreds of people partying and worshiping their ancestors here during the preceding days.

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South Africa – Best Of Photos

These are a collection of our best photos from our time in Peace Corps South Africa, living in Dumphries in Mpumalanga province (near the border of Kruger), and working in the School and Community Resources Project. It was a great time, from July 2008 to November 2010. 513 photos.

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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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Giant Antakarana marionette dolls and costumed school-kids parading in Ambilobe in preparation for the independence day. June 22, 2018 ... See MoreSee Less

7 hours ago

Were in Ambilobe this week and theyre having a big parade as a lead up to Madagascars independence day on Tuesday. I was most impressed by seeing these big Antakarana marionette dolls doing a jig and dancing down the street! I didnt get a great video (just a couple short clips and photos with my phone), but the caricatured appearance and even their movements and dance style was mostly very accurate of the local custom!Image attachmentImage attachment

We're in Ambilobe this week and they're having a big parade as a lead up to Madagascar's independence day on Tuesday. I was most impressed by seeing these big Antakarana marionette dolls doing a jig and dancing down the street! I didn't get a great video (just a couple short clips and photos with my phone), but the caricatured appearance and even their movements and dance style was mostly very accurate of the local custom! ... See MoreSee Less

7 hours ago

Giant Antakarana marionette dolls parading in Ambilobe in preparation for the independence day. June 22, 2018 ... See MoreSee Less

7 hours ago

Our family had a fun time today working the rice harvest with our village. Even David found some work to do! And Matimu decided he didn't want to come back for lunch but wanted to stay up in the fields with his friends all day long! ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

So today we finally made the 13-mile hike to and from the "President Fokon'tany" (local government guy); left at 4am and got back just in time for lunch! Which was good, because man was I worn out! I'm sure it was also good my headman, Papan'moana, walked the hike with me. Even he lost the path while it was still dark and we spent a lot of time zig-zagging in the bushes and thorns! Who knows where I would have ended up if it was just me.

After the challenge of walking over large ocean rocks for the last few kilometers to get there (which really slowed me down, but not Papan'moana), I told Papan'moana we should hike over the hills on the way back. It was good and bad. At one point I got stuck in a mud pit with the mud above my knees and I had to pull and squelch my way out of it. That was the worst mud I've ever been stuck in! It took over 15 min just to figure out how to get out of the mud and get moving forward again! But the rest of the overland path was better than the ocean rocks, and we made decent time. And we got the paperwork we needed (though I had to hand-copy several of the forms, because they had run out), so the trip was a success! I think I might've preferred to wait around at the DMV instead though, haha! -Adam
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