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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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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Cast Your Nets

Have you ever wondered what’s beneath the surface? Whether a calm glassy blue, a crashing green and frothing white, or a rushing bubbling brown, it hides a deep and complex mystery. Whether an ocean, lake, or river, we can often be standing right in the middle of it completely unaware of…

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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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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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Opening the Door

Our inner world is peaceful, comfortable, and easy to understand. The outer world is foreign, strange, and full of unknown dangers invisible to the human eye. The only barrier between the two worlds is a couple doors and a few windows…

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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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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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