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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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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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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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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3 days ago

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

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4 days ago

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Were on the train in Joburg, ready to leave for YWAM Worcester!  In about 24 hours (assuming no train malfunctions) well be there!  Were all excited for whats supposed to be a very scenic route and we even have bunk beds to sleep in along the way!  We expect this to probably be the most comfortable long transportation weve ever taken.  (They even had a Krispy Kreme stand in the train station, so well be eating donuts tomorrow for breakfast!)

We're on the train in Jo'burg, ready to leave for YWAM Worcester! In about 24 hours (assuming no train malfunctions) we'll be there! We're all excited for what's supposed to be a very scenic route and we even have bunk beds to sleep in along the way! We expect this to probably be the most comfortable long transportation we've ever taken. (They even had a Krispy Kreme stand in the train station, so we'll be eating donuts tomorrow for breakfast!) ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Love that train! The shower with a little window was especially nice. Thanks for sharing!

1 week ago

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Our trip has been a bit adventurous so far!  Leaving Madagascar, it was rainy and cloudy and our planes first stop was in the Comoros.  During the descent to the Comoros, I saw lightning strike the wing of our plane!  Ive never seen anything like that before!  The plane still seemed fine though and the crew double-checked with the captain and then assured us that those things happen and planes have built in protection for it.  Thank God!  

Many passengers got off in the Comoros and some got on, including the President of the Comoros!  He seemed like a nice guy and walked down through the length of the economy cabin greeting and talking to people along the way.  He also shook hands with all of us in our family!  The Comoros might be a small nation, but still, its the first time Ive ever shaken hands with a national President.  Pretty cool!

The rest of the flight to Ethiopia was less eventful but very enjoyable (particularly the service, and also the food). The kids (even Matimu) couldnt really remember their last plane ride, so they fully enjoyed it all over again!  And we enjoyed it being our first flight with both of the boys having their own seats (and not in our laps).  Though when we got to the airport and rode the first escalator up, David was so impressed that he said the steps were even better than the airplane.  Haha!

Next, we board the plane to Johannesburg, South Africa... should arrive there about 4am.Image attachment

Our trip has been a bit adventurous so far! Leaving Madagascar, it was rainy and cloudy and our plane's first stop was in the Comoros. During the descent to the Comoros, I saw lightning strike the wing of our plane! I've never seen anything like that before! The plane still seemed fine though and the crew double-checked with the captain and then assured us that those things happen and planes have built in protection for it. Thank God!

Many passengers got off in the Comoros and some got on, including the President of the Comoros! He seemed like a nice guy and walked down through the length of the economy cabin greeting and talking to people along the way. He also shook hands with all of us in our family! The Comoros might be a small nation, but still, it's the first time I've ever shaken hands with a national President. Pretty cool!

The rest of the flight to Ethiopia was less eventful but very enjoyable (particularly the service, and also the food). The kids (even Matimu) couldn't really remember their last plane ride, so they fully enjoyed it all over again! And we enjoyed it being our first flight with both of the boys having their own seats (and not in our laps). Though when we got to the airport and rode the first escalator up, David was so impressed that he said the "steps" were even better than the airplane. Haha!

Next, we board the plane to Johannesburg, South Africa... should arrive there about 4am.
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1 week ago

Willards in Madagascar - www.madmissions.com
Well, on our trip to Nosy Be we were thoroughly soaked!  (This picture was before getting wet though.)  Apparently some cyclones quite a ways off made the water a bit rougher and our boat driver didnt want to slow down.  Ah well; none of our luggage seems to have been ruined.  Weve still got a full day to let our luggage dry out before we repack and get on the airplane on Saturday.  We hope the rest of our trip wont be so wet!  (And if any of it is, then somethings gone very seriously wrong!)

Well, on our trip to Nosy Be we were thoroughly soaked! (This picture was before getting wet though.) Apparently some cyclones quite a ways off made the water a bit rougher and our boat driver didn't want to slow down. Ah well; none of our luggage seems to have been ruined. We've still got a full day to let our luggage dry out before we repack and get on the airplane on Saturday. We hope the rest of our trip won't be so wet! (And if any of it is, then something's gone very seriously wrong!) ... See MoreSee Less

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