Merry Christmas!

Each and every one of us were foreigners to God’s Kingdom, to his lands, and with no hope of acceptance. So then God came to us, to our land. As one of us, he tore down the fences and the dividing walls that were built by our sin; and the effort killed him. But death couldn’t keep him and…

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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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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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As a Child

Can you imagine being born again? Everything you see is for the first time. The world is bright and the sights are strange. Everyone’s talking at you and they’re clearly excited to see you, but none of it makes sense: it all just sounds like gibberish…

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New Beginnings

First impressions are crucial. People often remember how they first met someone, what they seemed like, how they acted. Opinions of other people, their character, and their motivations are often formed in the first few minutes of being around them…

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The Sacrifice

The chanting began as everyone gathered behind the stones. I was summoned, and one older lady came over to help me tie my traditional cloth properly around my body. Then I was told to take off my shoes. She walked with me over the burning hot sand to where everyone was already seated…

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Narrow

Imagine taking a regular-sized van made for about 12 people: 3 rows plus the front seat. Then squeeze the 3 rows of seats closer to each other so that you can put another seat in the back – bumping the available space to about 15 people with very little leg-room. Each row is technically made for three people. Now, take that same van and start by…

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His Only Son

At the bottom of the first five steps of our outdoor stairway, Matimu was laying, toppled over under his walker. He had just started to cry. Lora got there first and picked him up, but I was the first to see the blood pouring out of his mouth, dripping on the ground. I grabbed Matimu from Lora and started running…

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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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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

2 weeks ago

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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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