Antanosy territory is quite hard to reach, and particularly deprived of commerce, basic education, medical care and supplemental food sources. Subsistence farming is the norm, as is child labor (mining, fishing, agriculture). There are so many challenges: lack of infrastructure, poverty, hunger, isolation. Pray that the Lord will stir hearts and call out specific people to leave everything and serve amongst the Tanosy; pray that the Malagasy Church would be brokenhearted and compassionate for these people. Ask God to bring a church planting team, and those who can bring the Good News to this remote area of Madagascar.
There are quite a few cattle thieves who have given their life to Jesus. They are being trained to take the gospel to their people. Please pray for protection and that trust will be built.
A mission called the Jesus Family Movement has 2 Malagasy missionaries who have committed to church planting among the Antanosy. In 2015 they conducted initial surveys of several Antinomy villages with a plan of long-term ministry.
In September 2015 a survey was conducted among the Antanosy with Helimission, the METM church, and an AIM missionary. The church would like to work with us to plant distinctly Antanosy churches, but the Antanosy villages are very remote, hence the partnership with Helimission. There are no known believers.
Jesus Family Movement has 2 Malagasy missionaries who have committed to church planting among the Antanosy. They will be going out for an initial survey of several Antanosy villages in July.They will choose one of these villages to live in for long-term ministry beginning next year.
Survey trip planned for September 2015 with Helimission, the METM church, and August Basson. The church would like to work with us to plant distinctly Antanosy churches, but the Antanosy villages are very remote, hence the partnership with Helimission. Pray that this survey comes together well. 0 known believers.
We have the opportunity to visit Fort Dauphin (the main Antanosy town) during the first week of November. Our prayer is that from this we will have more complete survey data on the Tanosy people group and also develop some contacts whom we can connect with for a future survey of the Tanosy villages around Fort Dauphin.