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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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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Treasure

How could I take a 9-month-old, and a 2 ½-year-old and a 4-year-old to a place where they could get sick or hurt and be days away from medical care? A place with no schools, where my wife and I would have to struggle to educate them, where they would be exposed to demonic activity and where child trafficking happens? I was ashamed of myself that I was not strong enough to pay that price.

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Traveling in the US

We’ve been working on our travel and speaking schedule while here in the US, and we’re excited about all the opportunities that have come up. Read here for an up-to-date list of our travel and speaking schedule while in the US.

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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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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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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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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

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We've booked our tickets for our family to go back to Madagascar! We still have a bit over a month here before heading out, but we're excited to get back soon! ... See MoreSee Less

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I made it! I'm back in the US and back with my family again! I'm pretty tired from the two full days of traveling, but I'm sure I'll rest well here. Thanks everyone for your prayers! ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

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Happy to be heading back to the US late tonight!  (Though I wont arrive there until about 48 hours after I leave here - an even longer trip than on my way here!)  It was a good and successful quick trip here to Madagascar, and now everythings set for us to return here, but its definitely no fun to travel without Lora.  Big thanks though to Victor for all of his constant help and also to Pastor Christophers family for hosting us with very warm hospitality!  Please pray for my safe return travel and for our last month in the US after that.

Happy to be heading back to the US late tonight! (Though I won't arrive there until about 48 hours after I leave here - an even longer trip than on my way here!) It was a good and successful quick trip here to Madagascar, and now everything's set for us to return here, but it's definitely no fun to travel without Lora Willard. Big thanks though to Victor for all of his constant help and also to Pastor Christopher's family for hosting us with very warm hospitality! Please pray for my safe return travel and for our last month in the US after that. ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

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A couple pictures taken today of the northern part of Tana, the capital city. One thing Ive always been impressed by regarding Tana is how its still surrounded by and interspersed with rice fields. Even in the largest and by far the most developed city in the country (and its at least 10x larger than the next largest), its still evident that simple agriculture is the basis for their way of life.Image attachment

A couple pictures taken today of the northern part of Tana, the capital city. One thing I've always been impressed by regarding Tana is how it's still surrounded by and interspersed with rice fields. Even in the largest and by far the most developed city in the country (and it's at least 10x larger than the next largest), it's still evident that simple agriculture is the basis for their way of life. ... See MoreSee Less

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