A Cloud of Witnesses

…a scene of dust and blood, of body parts strewn haphazardly, some still twitching, disjointed, bleeding out. Not one piece is connected to another and thus the entire body, broken apart and moments from death, lies collapsed in the sand, unable to move, unable even to seek help.

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Sharing In His Sufferings

I want to know Christ - yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

AUDIO: Sharing in his Sufferings

We had a great time sharing at YWAM Ozarks in Ozark, AR!  It’s been such a blessing to be a...

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The Rest of God

God is simply reminding us that our roles are limited. He’s giving us a gift of rest and he’s reminding us that it’s him, and it’s always been him, who will bring this work to fruition. And when God works, it is always good.

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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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We had a great meeting this morning with one of our local ministry partners!  It was so refreshing to pray and discuss ministry with her because the Holy Spirit has really convicted and taught her things such that were totally on the same page with our ministry goals and strategies.  Being with her and discussing these things together is such a breath of fresh air!  We hope to make our first efforts together to reach some of the local Antakarana villages surrounding Ambilobe very soon.  Were praying over a list of potential villages and seeking Gods leading to know where to begin, so please pray that God will speak clearly and give us one mind about where and how to begin, hopefully starting next week.  Also please pray that God would give us more ministry partners that we can be of one mind and heart together with, to see his Kingdom advance among the Antakarana of Madagsacar!

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We had a great meeting this morning with one of our local ministry partners! It was so refreshing to pray and discuss ministry with her because the Holy Spirit has really convicted and taught her things such that we're totally on the same page with our ministry goals and strategies. Being with her and discussing these things together is such a breath of fresh air! We hope to make our first efforts together to reach some of the local Antakarana villages surrounding Ambilobe very soon. We're praying over a list of potential villages and seeking God's leading to know where to begin, so please pray that God will speak clearly and give us one mind about where and how to begin, hopefully starting next week. Also please pray that God would give us more ministry partners that we can be of one mind and heart together with, to see his Kingdom advance among the Antakarana of Madagsacar!

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I had a good time with the people in the Bible study at the prison again today. We only had 4 other people today (not including the prison guard) because several of the others were apparently away, but I didn't quite understand why. However, with the small group size I felt like we were all able to connect more personally, both to the story (the story of Abraham) and to each other.

A couple people mentioned that, as they were faithful to seek out God regularly over the previous week, they really noticed a positive difference in their own personal lives. One young man mentioned that he was struggling with a personal issue, but as he asked God for strength to handle it, he felt like God responded and strengthened him. I noticed more overall eagerness in those present today, even from one of the men who's still too shy to speak up about much of anything other than simple agreement with everyone else.

I also had the chance to share a few personal testimonies that related to the story. And we were able to talk about the long-term goal of those who were there being able to make disciples of others when they finally have a chance to leave prison. And since many were missing from the Bible study today, I was able to challenge those there to share the Bible story with those who weren't present. (This is a regular part of the "discovery Bible study" format, but for those in prison, they don't usually see other people to share with during the week. So this actually presented a great opportunity for them to practice this aspect.) They all agreed that it would be great to go over the story more for themselves and then share it with those who were absent. I also asked the attendees which tribal groups they're from - the lady was a Tsimihety lady and the men were all Antakarana (our target people group).

Overall, I really enjoyed the time there today and I feel like we're making some positive progress together, that God is moving in their lives! The pictures below are of the prison and grounds (none of the prisoners wanted to be in the photos). There's also a photo of a couple of kids who live there at the prison together with a relative who works there, and the man in the picture is the main prison guard - a very friendly guy who's very supportive of the Bible study times. He gave me a ride back on his motorbike! You can also read the picture captions for a few more details.
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We had a good time meeting at the prison here in town again today, discussing the next Bible story in the set that we have translated into the local language. We were happy to hear a couple of the participants share openly about their efforts and their struggles with following God during the past week.

Many of the people showed a lot of spiritual hunger today, though several were strongly hoping we would give them some sort of quick fix solution, some spiritual act that we could do for them. After some discussion, we let them know that we don't have any quick fixes to offer them, that discipleship is something one pursues directly with God and that no other person can truly meet their spiritual needs for them. We also explained how the work that God does in an individual's life is often one of slow incremental growth, as long as the person is continuing to trust God and return to him for their needs.

We used the story we shared today to explain how ever since mankind first became separated from God, God has been working to restore their relationship... and so far he has spent many thousands of years doing it. All during this time he has been speaking to people, if they would listen to his voice and obey him. And through that, God has continued his work in the world for many thousands of years. So I encouraged each of them to accept and to trust what they've received from God so far, to directly ask him for anything else they lack, and to obey everything he speaks to them. It may not usually be fast, but it's the only way to follow God - to follow him faithfully in what he's given us so far. Then God will be the one to make us grow, not any other person who tries to speed it up.

Most of them seem like they're willing to give it more time, to keep seeking after God, and they invited us to continue coming to share more every week.
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