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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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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Death and Life

Several scattered skulls, the stench of rotting flesh, and a handful of abandoned shacks were the only things remaining from the week’s festivities that ended just that morning. The quietness of our village was a huge difference from the hundreds of people partying and worshiping their ancestors here during the preceding days.

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The Fake

I stood on the beach, arms crossed, staring out at the clear blue water of the ocean as tears slowly trickled down my face. Then almost as soon as they began they were finished. My eyes hardened as well as my heart. I was angry with God.

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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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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

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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

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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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