Working for a Harvest

Like our friends in the fields we must always be alert and ready, mud sticks in hand, for what might devour what we’ve sown. We must always keep watch and reinforce any weak parts of the fence. And like them, we must fight this battle together…

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Children of God

Our children have become some of the regular village kids. They squat nearby as they watch a man build his canoe. They gather in the crowded cooking hut with all the other village kids to eat a plate of rice and sour mango salad…

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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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Discovering God

Here I am with my neighbors, starting back at the Beginning, with a story I’ve heard a thousand times since my childhood. I didn’t think I would discover anything new, yet I’ve become a learner right along with our friends and neighbors…

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People of Prayer

that’s what begins to happen when we pray. We put our desires and agendas to the side so that we can know him more intimately: his desires and his heart for the world around us. And it’s then, in communion with him, that we are transformed and made new…

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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 Introduction

Watch this video for an introduction to the Antakarana people and our work among them

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We went back out to Antanamazava today (the first day in a week that had good enough weather! God prepares the way!) We weren't able to show the Jesus film yet because it was a long time before we found the head village official to discuss it with. But in the meantime we had a great talk with several people in the village, about our hopes for disciple-making in simple Holy Spirit-dependent ways. One lady really seems like she might be a "person of peace" there... she was talking about how she feels like whatever she receives from God she should freely share with others. She also said that she really felt like God called her to that village specifically (previously she lived in another area a ways from there) and that he has a specific task for her there, to help people know and follow him. As we shared more about simple reproducible discipleship methods and discipling people in their own language, she was very receptive.

Eventually we did find the head village official to speak with him and he said the door is open for us there. He showed us the place where we'll share the first part of the Jesus film (right in the center of the village). So we'll return Thursday evening to show the first part, to engage with people in discussion, and to see if anyone at that point wants to commit to meeting regularly for discipleship through Bible stories. (We should share the next part of the Jesus film the following week.)

We may not have achieved our plan for today, but I don't doubt that God has directed our paths! Pray that the person(s) of peace (if this lady or others) will become clear, that they'll take a strong leadership in the work there, and that they'll be able to spread it far and wide!
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Exciting...praying for those who need to hear God’s Word will be there Thursday!

Thanks to those of you whove been praying about our first efforts to reach some of the rural villages here in the area around Ambilobe.  We had a good time going with our good friend and ministry partner out to the nearby village of Antanamazava this morning. We mainly just walked through the village greeting people, and they seemed very happy to have visitors.  We also spent time speaking with one of the headmen of the village and discussed our intentions.  Next week (Tues evening) well return to the village to show the Jesus film in the local language and then invite anyone whos interested to join us for regular Bible story discipleship groups going forward.  

So please keep praying for the Holy Spirit to work on the hearts of the people there, for those who are eager for the truth and a relationship with their Creator - that they would be prepared to hear and believe.  Pray also that well find several persons of peace, whoever God has prepared there to be the leaders in a disciple-making movement that will reach the Antakarana far and wide!

The photo is from the path walking back from the village towards Ambilobe, and the person in the photo is our good friend and ministry partner.

Thanks to those of you who've been praying about our first efforts to reach some of the rural villages here in the area around Ambilobe. We had a good time going with our good friend and ministry partner out to the nearby village of Antanamazava this morning. We mainly just walked through the village greeting people, and they seemed very happy to have visitors. We also spent time speaking with one of the headmen of the village and discussed our intentions. Next week (Tues evening) we'll return to the village to show the Jesus film in the local language and then invite anyone who's interested to join us for regular Bible story discipleship groups going forward.

So please keep praying for the Holy Spirit to work on the hearts of the people there, for those who are eager for the truth and a relationship with their Creator - that they would be prepared to hear and believe. Pray also that we'll find several persons of peace, whoever God has prepared there to be the leaders in a disciple-making movement that will reach the Antakarana far and wide!

The photo is from the path walking back from the village towards Ambilobe, and the person in the photo is our good friend and ministry partner.
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It's International Women's Day here in Madagascar! We enjoyed seeing some of the opening festivities in the center of town here yesterday. This year women from all the major cities in the region are gathering here in Ambilobe to celebrate. Here's a video taken of some of the women's dances that opened the festivities yesterday.

The first group in the video is a group from Tulear in the south of Madagascar (not sure which tribal group particularly because they didn't say). They had a fun and exciting dance. The second group in the video is of the Antakarana (the main people group here in the north of Madagascar). So the two dances brought the two sides of the big island together! The style of "dance" exhibited by the Antakarana here in the video is honestly pretty authentic of many of their traditional ceremonies, though to be honest it's fairly boring, haha! It's basically what they use to call their ancestors forward for those sort of traditional ceremonies.

Unfortunately, all the dances were basically being performed for the few government officials and prominent community members sitting on the platform, and not for the large audience also gathered to watch. That meant that the dancers' backs were to us most of the time. Still, it can be fun to watch - particularly the group from Tulear!

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