Jesus Family Movement has 2 Malagasy missionaries who have committed to church planting among the Bara. They will be going out for an initial survey of several Bara villages in July.They will choose one of these villages to live in for long-term ministry beginning next year.
The situation for many Bara has become increasingly desperate: drought, failed crops, increased violence from cattle thieves and an often corrupt military presence trying to control the situation are just some of the current struggles. Compounding these challenges is the flooding happening around the capital of Madagascar which is driving food prices even higher. Please pray that God would use the difficulties the Bara are facing to turn them to the One who gives real hope.
The group of Bara translators is currently in a village testing the draft of Acts. Pray that they would make good progress and that God’s Word would work powerfully in the hearts of the hearers. Pray especially for one man, J.M., who was part of the translation team and has drifted away, that God would bring him back to Himself and to this work, that many other Bara would hear God’s Word in their own language.
The Bara area remains in turmoil due to cattle thieves. Pray that this would cause the Bara to turn from the animistic ways of their ancestors to the one true God.
Pray that God would change the hearts of the cattle thieves and that they would bring change to many other Bara.
Pray that the churches in the Bara area would have a burden for the Bara and that they would reach out effectively in word and deed.
Scripture: Continue praying Luke 10:2, as well as Galatians 6:9, that the workers God sends would not grow weary but persevere.
The Bara translation team continues to work on the book of Acts. They are nearly finished with the rough draft & then will begin a series of checks. Next up is the book of Colossians. Please be praying for the Bara translators to remain committed to the work & to find the time to meet together for translation. Many things interrupt the work & cause divisions among the team.sage
Due to the changes in the Bara area from the instability and outside influences, many Bara are now open to education. Our team is preparing to partner with local people to teach adult literacy in order to help the Bara adjust to these changes and give them the opportunity to read the Scriptures for themselves. Pray that many Bara who not only learn to read and write but also hear and respond to the Good News through this effort. Pray that local people would be passionate and equipped to effectively reach the Bara as well.
The people in the village of Maroraja are eager to hear the stories from God’s Word. Please pray that they would they would truly understand God’s message to them and that it would transform their lives. Also pray for the local evangelists like Tolotra who are reaching out to the Bara, that they would communicate the Good News effectively and for their safety as they minister in a dangerous area.
Praise God for the progress that was made in checking the translation of part of the book of Acts in Bara. Also praise Him for safety for the team’s travels. Pray that they would be able to continue with this much needed translation amid the challenges.