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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As a Child

Can you imagine being born again? Everything you see is for the first time. The world is bright and the sights are strange. Everyone’s talking at you and they’re clearly excited to see you, but none of it makes sense: it all just sounds like gibberish…

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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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Narrow

Imagine taking a regular-sized van made for about 12 people: 3 rows plus the front seat. Then squeeze the 3 rows of seats closer to each other so that you can put another seat in the back – bumping the available space to about 15 people with very little leg-room. Each row is technically made for three people. Now, take that same van and start by…

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His Only Son

At the bottom of the first five steps of our outdoor stairway, Matimu was laying, toppled over under his walker. He had just started to cry. Lora got there first and picked him up, but I was the first to see the blood pouring out of his mouth, dripping on the ground. I grabbed Matimu from Lora and started running…

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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'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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