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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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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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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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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It’s Here!

They just kept holding onto some hope or sign in the sky that this would be the day for the west wind to come. Every day, we talked about the same things: the rice is nearly finished, the dried fish have been bagged up too long, and when is the west wind coming? Some said the relentless northeast wind is a curse…

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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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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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We made it back home to Ambilobe from Tana! Rather than taking the current average of 24 hours though, this return trip took 31 hours! We left Tana (the capital) at around 7pm Friday evening, and arrived here in Ambilobe just past 1am Sunday morning. There weren't any particular problems or anything, just a couple of drivers who definitely were *not* in a hurry to get where they were going. We spent quite a few stops (both during the day and in the middle of the night) just waiting around for nothing, for more than an hour or so at a time. I've never seen taxi brousse drivers before that weren't in any sort of a hurry at all... but now I guess we've seen everything! Just happy we made it back safely to Ambilobe!

(Though the icon shows an airplane, we *did not* take an airplane, as there is no airport for Ambilobe. We took a taxi-brousse - basically just a big crowded van - the whole way.)
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Doing paperwork in Madagascar: first, a 25 hour crowded bus ride to the capital city. Next, waking up at 5 am each day to struggle with other people to get on the local bus and spend several hours in traffic getting to the government offices. Then, after getting your turn with the government official and going over the paperwork for an hour or so, finding out you still have another dozen or so papers that need to be retrieved from various places, printed, photocopied, or certified... and one of them likely impossible to get, because they need a paper from the US with an actual rubber stamp even though that institution in the US (like most others) doesnt *actually* use rubber stamps anymore. Then, repeat the bus process for a few hours, and start again early the next day. And every day, the whole family has to participate!

I think there *might really be* a limit to how much frustration we can handle! If so, were pretty close, haha! Seriously though, please pray for us to figure out what to do about this particular paperwork situation and to have wisdom and discernment. Maybe our first (or second) plan wont work out and we should do something different? We have a decision to make soon!

The picture shows our boys exhausted after a long day of paperwork today... but at least they were able to get a nice nap on the long bus ride back in the afternoon!

Doing paperwork in Madagascar: first, a 25 hour crowded bus ride to the capital city. Next, waking up at 5 am each day to struggle with other people to get on the local bus and spend several hours in traffic getting to the government offices. Then, after getting your turn with the government official and going over the paperwork for an hour or so, finding out you still have another dozen or so papers that need to be retrieved from various places, printed, photocopied, or certified... and one of them likely impossible to get, because they need a paper from the US with an actual rubber stamp even though that institution in the US (like most others) doesn't *actually* use rubber stamps anymore. Then, repeat the bus process for a few hours, and start again early the next day. And every day, the whole family has to participate!

I think there *might really be* a limit to how much frustration we can handle! If so, we're pretty close, haha! Seriously though, please pray for us to figure out what to do about this particular paperwork situation and to have wisdom and discernment. Maybe our first (or second) plan won't work out and we should do something different? We have a decision to make soon!

The picture shows our boys exhausted after a long day of paperwork today... but at least they were able to get a nice nap on the long bus ride back in the afternoon!
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GOD IS WITH YOU. Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are troubled and weighted down with care, and I will give you rest.

Sorry to hear that. We'll be praying for you. Are they just expecting a bribe?

Will be praying for you guys, in this regard.

I never truly understood the frustration with traveling in Tana that my daughter Cory experienced until I was there myself. Now I understand a little bit more. Thank you for all you are doing for the people in Madagascar. Praying for wisdom in figuring all of this out. Blessings in the new year.

Oh I’m sooo sorry to hear this... paperwork and red tape are so, so frustrating. Praying!!!

I'LL PRAY FOR YOU

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Thanks! The same to you!

Merry Christmas from TN!

Thanks to the VBS at DeSoto Community Church of God for sending the great little gifts for Matimu's class at school here! The kids loved it!

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