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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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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When Things Fall Apart

Sometimes, even in ministry, everything just falls apart.  The foundation has crumbled, the walls have collapsed, the seed has rotted, and the sprouts are choked by weeds and burnt by the sun.  Sometimes by the end, there’s nothing to show for our years of efforts.

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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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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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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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Firm Foundations

As I was guiding our boat to shore, the passengers started pointing towards our village and shouting out, “what’s that?” “What happened!?” “Something looks wrong!” Rising from the ground next to our house was the peak of a roof…

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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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Shipwrecked!

At 5 am on Monday morning, a neighbor was shouting urgently outside our window, “Adam! Adam! The boat!” I rolled out of bed in the early morning light and…

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Theres always something new and interesting to experience here in Madagascar. For over a week now, Ive had cutaneous larva migrans on my hands - basically its hookworms that have burrowed into my skin and have started zig-zagging around as they grow (under my skin). Ive got the big one on the inside of my wrist and Ive got a couple others around the tips of my fingers (one has started wrapping around my index finger on my left hand by now). It took me over a week to figure out what it was (Ive alternated between thinking it was a simple bug bite, to a spider bite, to fungus in multiple spots; but finally the zig-zagging lines that have continued to grow have proved what it is). Maybe its just me, but I feel like every time it hits the point of becoming unbearably itchy, thats when I can notice that the line has zig-zagged and spread out a bit more... maybe as the worm has been tunneling through the layer underneath my outer skin? Pretty disgusting! But thankfully no worse than itching and a bit of pressure where it stretches the skin a bit too tight on my knuckles.

I mustve gotten it while digging through the dirt that Ive been using in my small garden that Ive made here at our house. Apparently an infected cat or dog can spread it through their feces, particularly in sandy soils, and then it spreads to people when the infected soil comes into contact with human skin. Thankfully people arent their actual target and they cant really go anywhere else (no further than they can grow and stretch out underneath my skin that is) and they cant reproduce inside me at all, nor can I contaminate anyone else. And thankfully the treatment is fairly readily available and easy (Ive started the medicine today). I should be completely cured of it within about 5 days. And hopefully I can find a way to treat our neighbors kittens, who are the likely culprits for spreading these things into my garden soil. I dont really want this to happen again, haha! (It did happen to Matimu once though, when he was about 1 year old and he was playing on the beach on the east coast of Madagascar - he got one each on the backs of his legs. Back then I think it took us about a month to figure out what it was and to treat it. So its not the first time our family has had to deal with this particularly disgusting infection!)

There's always something new and "interesting" to experience here in Madagascar. For over a week now, I've had "cutaneous larva migrans" on my hands - basically it's hookworms that have burrowed into my skin and have started zig-zagging around as they grow (under my skin). I've got the big one on the inside of my wrist and I've got a couple others around the tips of my fingers (one has started wrapping around my index finger on my left hand by now). It took me over a week to figure out what it was (I've alternated between thinking it was a simple bug bite, to a spider bite, to fungus in multiple spots; but finally the zig-zagging lines that have continued to grow have proved what it is). Maybe it's just me, but I feel like every time it hits the point of becoming unbearably itchy, that's when I can notice that the line has zig-zagged and spread out a bit more... maybe as the worm has been tunneling through the layer underneath my outer skin? Pretty disgusting! But thankfully no worse than itching and a bit of pressure where it stretches the skin a bit too tight on my knuckles.

I must've gotten it while digging through the dirt that I've been using in my small garden that I've made here at our house. Apparently an infected cat or dog can spread it through their feces, particularly in sandy soils, and then it spreads to people when the infected soil comes into contact with human skin. Thankfully people aren't their actual target and they can't really go anywhere else (no further than they can grow and stretch out underneath my skin that is) and they can't reproduce inside me at all, nor can I contaminate anyone else. And thankfully the treatment is fairly readily available and easy (I've started the medicine today). I should be completely cured of it within about 5 days. And hopefully I can find a way to treat our neighbors' kittens, who are the likely culprits for spreading these things into my garden soil. I don't really want this to happen again, haha! (It did happen to Matimu once though, when he was about 1 year old and he was playing on the beach on the east coast of Madagascar - he got one each on the backs of his legs. Back then I think it took us about a month to figure out what it was and to treat it. So it's not the first time our family has had to deal with this particularly disgusting infection!)
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We call this "parasy kankana" or literally worm-flea. People take banana skin, heat or burn the inside to the highest temperature they can bear and stick it to the skin where it is. That would kill the worm-flea. Then they take a pin or a needle to make a little opening in the skin and get it out. The east coast wet sandy ground is full of it.

This evening we were happy to be able to demonstrate to one of our local friends how to do a simple "discovery Bible study" (DBS) using a Bible story we had translated into the Antakarana language. She's one of the same ones we've been doing local outreach and prayer times with lately. DBS is such a great simple and effective tool for discipling others in ways that can be easily reproduced and multiply. We hope to use this method (or one much like it) to follow up and disciple those who we've been reaching out to nearby. ... See MoreSee Less

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Mahaliana be ahy izany tantatra ao anatin'ny Baiboly voadika amin'ny teny Antakarana izany! Ahoana no mba mety hananako azy?

We had a good time going out to the clinic this morning and also meeting with an older man who lives nearby. It was good to see the enthusiasm our local friends had to share the Gospel and to pray with people. There's also a lot that we can still share with them about the process of disciple-making and using contextual stories to communicate about Jesus. The best part of the morning was the older man being eager to have us return regularly to his house to share more stories about Jesus! Our friends here have also decided on a regular schedule to meet with us for prayer and outreach. We're excited about the start of this!

Please pray that we'd be able to share well with our local friends here about the process of making disciples who make disciples and that they'd be receptive to expanding their methods and goals for ministry. Praise God for an encouraging start with them this morning!
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We had a great meeting this afternoon with a few local believers! It was exciting to hear them tell us about their passion for simple non-institutional churches - one of the first times I've ever heard a Malagasy person talk about this! We also shared with them our vision for seeing local disciples multiplied, with the long-term goal that everyone in northern Madagascar can hear the good news and have the choice to follow Jesus together with a simple local church in their own language. This weekend we plan to all go together to one of the local clinics in town, to talk and pray with people there. We hope this is the start of a fruitful partnership that will see God's Kingdom established firmly among the Antakarana! He's at work here! ... See MoreSee Less

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