When Things Fall Apart

Sometimes, even in ministry, everything just falls apart.  The foundation has crumbled, the walls have collapsed, the seed has rotted, and the sprouts are choked by weeds and burnt by the sun.  Sometimes by the end, there’s nothing to show for our years of efforts.

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Working for a Harvest

Like our friends in the fields we must always be alert and ready, mud sticks in hand, for what might devour what we’ve sown. We must always keep watch and reinforce any weak parts of the fence. And like them, we must fight this battle together…

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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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Our Double Lives

Where we are now is about as close as we can come to being on the exact opposite side of the world from where we were just a month ago. Sometimes that’s what it can feel like, going from one side of the planet to the other – like we’re standing upside down…

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Treasure

How could I take a 9-month-old, and a 2 ½-year-old and a 4-year-old to a place where they could get sick or hurt and be days away from medical care? A place with no schools, where my wife and I would have to struggle to educate them, where they would be exposed to demonic activity and where child trafficking happens? I was ashamed of myself that I was not strong enough to pay that price.

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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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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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Taking a taxi-brousse trip (public transport) without anything strange happening seems to be becoming increasingly rare. Just after leaving Tana for Ambilobe (a ~20 hour trip) the window just behind mine shattered and glass went everywhere! Apparently some anonymous person on the side of the road hurled a rock at our vehicle. Thankfully it hit where the glass window overlapped with another windowpane made out of plastic and the rock didn't get inside the vehicle nor did the glass hurt anyone. Still crazy though! And we need to find a big piece of plastic to tape over the empty window so everyone inside doesn't get too cold during the overnight ride (wintertime here). ... See MoreSee Less

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Well, we finally made it in just over 25 hours - quite a bit longer than average. At least the rest of the trip was mostly uneventful - just slow (a lot of stops and one flat tire). There was one (temporary) bridge that a truck in front of us sort-of fell through, but only a portion of the bridge was metal-paneled and I guess the truck's tires on one side just drifted off the edge (or maybe a couple metal panels buckled underneath it? ... I couldn't tell for sure). Anyway, that sort of thing isn't *that* uncommon, and we passengers just had to get out of our van and walk across the still-functional part of the bridge while our van found an alternative route through the bushes and picked us up on the other side. Really happy to be sleeping in a bed tonight! Happy to be back in our new home here in Ambilobe! Though as soon as we entered the door, I was reminded that we really hadn't settled in at all yet, all our stuff was just laying around on the floor from when we first moved in! But at least our schedule *shouldn't* be very full for the next few weeks, so we can finally take time to settle and get to know our new neighbors better.

Had a really great time this week with our YWAM Madagascar co-workers! It was so great to share our struggles and triumphs with each other, to pray with and encourage one another, and to spur one another on towards further growth and service in Gods Kingdom! Couldnt ask for a better group of colleagues to be serving together with here in Madagascar!Image attachmentImage attachment

Had a really great time this week with our YWAM Madagascar co-workers! It was so great to share our struggles and triumphs with each other, to pray with and encourage one another, and to spur one another on towards further growth and service in God's Kingdom! Couldn't ask for a better group of colleagues to be serving together with here in Madagascar! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

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

4 weeks 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

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