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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VIDEO: On Distant Shores

This video is about our ongoing mission to reach the Antakarana people of Madagascar. It showcases the lifestyle of the Antakarana on Nosy Mitsio, their religious beliefs and rituals, and our team’s efforts at church-planting among them.

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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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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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The Mess of Life

It’s quiet here, nothing but the sound of light waves hitting the shore. Everybody’s gone to a spirit possession ceremony and party. Apparently the spirit of someone’s grandfather is sitting inside of her and has made her sick for two years. The spirit needs to be called out so it…

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Pressing On

It was three days before the day we’ve long waited for: the day we’d leave town, take a long ride in a van, go about one hour upriver by canoe, then three hours over hills and through rice fields by foot, and finally arrive in the village of Ambodihazina, where we’d begin a new work – making relationships, learning village life in Madagascar…

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Weve had a great first week back in the US, enjoyed spending time with family, and celebrating Matimus 8th birthday!  Tomorrow well be heading to YWAM Ozarks to begin the second part of our sabbatical there.  Excited about it!

We've had a great first week back in the US, enjoyed spending time with family, and celebrating Matimu's 8th birthday! Tomorrow we'll be heading to YWAM Ozarks to begin the second part of our sabbatical there. Excited about it! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

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We had a great time in Dumphries last week (our former village in South Africa during our time in the Peace Corps)! We were showered with generosity and hospitality. It was so awesome to see how everyone's doing and how so many of the kids we worked with are growing up. We enjoyed visiting the schools we worked at and we also enjoyed catching up with our host family. God has blessed us with a great time and great relationships in this part of South Africa! Here are a few of our favorite photos (and our favorite people) from Dumphries.

Tomorrow we board the plane to return to the US to continue our sabbatical for a time there!
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4 weeks ago

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11 years ago, Lora and I left the US and moved to South Africa as Volunteers with the US Peace Corps, where we lived and worked in a rural village for about 2 1/2 years. We then went back to the US when Matimu was born, just before moving to Madagascar as missionaries with YWAM, where we've lived ever since. This week we'll be visiting our village here in South Africa again! The last time we've seen any of them was over three years ago, so we're excited for this chance to make another visit! ... See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago

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Tomorrow we leave YWAM Worcester. The time has gone by so fast! It's been really good for us to spend the last few months here. We've made great new friends, have had some great times of prayer and fellowship, and have had some good training regarding "missionary member care". We're sad to leave but we're also looking forward to what's ahead! We'll spend the next few days road-tripping across South Africa, then visiting the village where we used to live as Peace Corps Volunteers, and then finally heading to the US for an extended visit (continuing our time of "sabbatical"). So we have plenty of good times ahead. God is always good to us! ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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We enjoyed taking the Missionary Care Foundations Course for the last few weeks here at YWAM Worcester. We think that what we learned and discussed will be really helpful for us with future teams in Madagascar!

We enjoyed taking the "Missionary Care Foundations Course" for the last few weeks here at YWAM Worcester. We think that what we learned and discussed will be really helpful for us with future teams in Madagascar! ... See MoreSee Less

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