These photos were taken between June and August 2012, when we first arrived on the east coast at YWAM Tamatave, and when Matimu had food poisoning (including a short trip to the capital city).
(08/10/2012, 65 Photos)
This is one of my all-time favorite photos I've ever taken in Madagascar, near the village where we worked on the east coast, about a year after we first moved to Madagascar. Looking forward to being back in Madagascar in just a few weeks!Leaving the village of Antenina at 6:30am yesterday. This is the river where we'd go to collect our water and bathe every day and wash our clothes. A beautiful place! (The village is off to the right.) ... See MoreSee Less
Today was our last day at YWAM Ozarks. We've had some great goodbyes (starting last week!) but it's sad to leave here. This was a great place and a perfect community for us during our time of sabbatical. They welcomed us so openly and we were able to join in as staff with all the activities and regular schedule here, but we also had time and space for good rest and just to be ourselves. Through it all, God really did what he was speaking to us in prayer before we even considered taking a sabbatical, that we would be "restrengthened in the body of Christ". His plans are always better than our plans. Thank you to everyone at YWAM Ozarks (including those who moved on before us) for helping make that happen! We'll miss you! (But you're welcome to come visit in Madagascar!)
Now we visit our families for the next couple weeks before heading back to Madagascar ... See MoreSee Less
The recording from our presentation at YWAM Ozarks last Thursday is now on our website for anyone who'd like to listen! It was a great evening as we shared about following God's calling to Madagascar; working with the Antakarana and learning about their culture and adapting to their way of life; many of the challenges and trials we've faced along the way; and how through it all, God has drawn us nearer to him. We really believe the Holy Spirit moved that evening and I hope you can be inspired also as you listen to the recording. On our website it also includes all the photos and videos, so as you listen you can follow along and also see everything we shared during our presentation. Enjoy it, and let us know what you think!
We're enjoying a short trip to St Louis this weekend, visiting some of Lora's family and some friends. We're also looking forward to being with DeSoto Community Church of God tomorrow morning! We'll be sharing a bit during the morning service and enjoying a nice lunch with the church afterwards, so if you're in the area, you should come out! ... See MoreSee Less