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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3 days ago

Willards in Madagascar - www.madmissions.com
In the States we love to complain about the DMV, but its got nothing on the bureaucracy in Madagascar!  All of these people are waiting in one line!  And its not a fast-moving line either (i.e. maybe you see this and think of an airport customs/passport line, but it is *not* fast like that is).  The front of this line is in the foreground, then it snakes back and forth between every row of chairs, then two lines (back and forth) of people standing up on the right side, then the line snakes around the far back side of the room and stretches to the left outside of the photo and beyond into another room.  The whole time we were there, I never saw the end of this line (for all I know, it stretches through several more rooms).

Thankfully we werent there for this particular line, but another much smaller one in the next area over.  We only had to wait about an hour and a half (and it probably wouldve been quicker if their network connection wasnt cut for about a half hour or more).  And this was just one of the errands at government offices that we had to do this morning!  I would definitely trade a quick wait at the DMV for all this, haha!

On the brighter side, we should have our visas/passports by the end of this week and then heading back to Ambilobe very soon!

In the States we love to complain about the DMV, but it's got nothing on the bureaucracy in Madagascar! All of these people are waiting in one line! And it's not a fast-moving line either (i.e. maybe you see this and think of an airport customs/passport line, but it is *not* fast like that is). The front of this line is in the foreground, then it snakes back and forth between every row of chairs, then two lines (back and forth) of people standing up on the right side, then the line snakes around the far back side of the room and stretches to the left outside of the photo and beyond into another room. The whole time we were there, I never saw the end of this line (for all I know, it stretches through several more rooms).

Thankfully we weren't there for this particular line, but another much smaller one in the next area over. We only had to wait about an hour and a half (and it probably would've been quicker if their network connection wasn't cut for about a half hour or more). And this was just one of the errands at government offices that we had to do this morning! I would definitely trade a quick wait at the DMV for all this, haha!

On the brighter side, we should have our visas/passports by the end of this week and then heading back to Ambilobe very soon!
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We had a very fun experience yesterday! A man we met at a local church last weekend is in charge of hosting a weekly English teaching kids show for the Madagascar national television station. He asked Matimu to come be a guest on the show and to help teach some lessons. So yesterday we went downtown to the school where he teaches and records the videos. It was mostly improv and Matimu did a great job! They recorded about 6 short episodes during that time, and Lora, David, and I even made a quick appearance on the last episode. The production quality seemed a bit low, but itll still be a lot of fun to watch Matimu on national TV here. The episodes with Matimu will begin airing next week (Wed at 4:30pm with a rerun every Sat at 4:30pm) on the Malagasy National TV station (TVM), and should run for about 5-6 weeks. Matimu was very excited to be on TV and it was a fun experience for all of us. (While Matimu was filming and I was watching, Lora was having a Q&A with the older students from one of the classes... we can see that the quality of English teaching at this school is really good!) Now we just need to find some friends here with a TV, so we can watch the show when it first airs!

(And if youre friends of ours in Madagascar, even a different part of the country, and you have a TV, you should really try to watch this sometime when it airs! Matimu would love to hear that you saw him on TV!)Image attachment

We had a very fun experience yesterday! A man we met at a local church last weekend is in charge of hosting a weekly English teaching kids' show for the Madagascar national television station. He asked Matimu to come be a guest on the show and to help teach some lessons. So yesterday we went downtown to the school where he teaches and records the videos. It was mostly improv and Matimu did a great job! They recorded about 6 short episodes during that time, and Lora, David, and I even made a quick appearance on the last episode. The production quality seemed a bit low, but it'll still be a lot of fun to watch Matimu on national TV here. The episodes with Matimu will begin airing next week (Wed at 4:30pm with a rerun every Sat at 4:30pm) on the Malagasy National TV station (TVM), and should run for about 5-6 weeks. Matimu was very excited to be on TV and it was a fun experience for all of us. (While Matimu was filming and I was watching, Lora was having a Q&A with the older students from one of the classes... we can see that the quality of English teaching at this school is really good!) Now we just need to find some friends here with a TV, so we can watch the show when it first airs!

(And if you're friends of ours in Madagascar, even a different part of the country, and you have a TV, you should really try to watch this sometime when it airs! Matimu would love to hear that you saw him on TV!)
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3 weeks ago

Willards in Madagascar - www.madmissions.com
Weve made it safely to Madagascar!  About 19-20 hrs total, definitely our quickest flight ever.  We arrived yesterday afternoon (local time) and it was a safe and smooth trip, so thank you to all of you for your prayers.  Most of us have some jetlag to get over, but we hope itll be a quick transition.  We plan to stay here in the capital until we receive our visas, which we hope will only take 2-3 weeks (the process lately has been much faster than in the past).  So please pray that its finished quickly, with no unfortunate surprises, so that we can return to the north and get resettled there.

We've made it safely to Madagascar! About 19-20 hrs total, definitely our quickest flight ever. We arrived yesterday afternoon (local time) and it was a safe and smooth trip, so thank you to all of you for your prayers. Most of us have some jetlag to get over, but we hope it'll be a quick transition. We plan to stay here in the capital until we receive our visas, which we hope will only take 2-3 weeks (the process lately has been much faster than in the past). So please pray that it's finished quickly, with no unfortunate surprises, so that we can return to the north and get resettled there. ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

Willards in Madagascar - www.madmissions.com
We had a great time in DC (and a short visit to NYC) this week. And we also loved the time we spent this week with our friends family and we were blessed by their very generous hospitality.  Now were waiting at the airport and ready to leave for Madagascar again!  Please pray for us for safe and smooth travel and for a breakthrough in reaching the Antakarana people.

We had a great time in DC (and a short visit to NYC) this week. And we also loved the time we spent this week with our friend's family and we were blessed by their very generous hospitality. Now we're waiting at the airport and ready to leave for Madagascar again! Please pray for us for safe and smooth travel and for a breakthrough in reaching the Antakarana people. ... See MoreSee Less

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Safe travels, you guys - it was so super-great to see you while you were here!

🙏 for your travels and for getting settled back into your Madagascar home! We’re so thankful that we crossed paths with you this summer!

Safe travels and blessings to you and your family.

Safe travels!! 🙏🏼

Tongava soa indray !

Soava dia!

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