A MINISTRY OF AFRICA INLAND MISSION INTERNATIONAL
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Party in Heaven! Rejoice!

Saida came to our house and told me and the leader of our church plant that she is tired of worshipping spirits and wants to come to Jesus and go to church. She wanted to burn her witchcraft equipment. After talking to her and explaining the way of salvation, she accepted Christ as her saviour and the instruments used for witchcraft were burned the next day! She and her husband are now coming to church and worshipping with us.

Grief and Questions

Alexis has faced many challenges since he started Bible School here in Tana in preparation for serving the Lord full time. He left his wife and eight children back in Nosybe which was not an easy thing to do. This past week, Alexis was called back to Nosybe because his two year old daughter was very sick. Sadly the little girl died on Wednesday before Alexis made it back.  Please pray for Alexis and Mbotizara (his wife) in this time of grief, may they find God is sufficient in this great time of loss. Alexis and Mbotizara are the first people to become Christians in their family and village. People in the village do not understand why Alexis has left his family for Bible Study in Tana. Now they have many thoughts concerning the death of his daughter, some thinking it is a curse from his ancestors, others are wondering if his studies are making him rich. We thank the Lord that Alexis is standing strong in his faith, and believes God is in control of everything. Please pray for the people of this village, that they will be challenged by Alexis’ life and testimony and they will come to believe in his God. Also pray for Alexis and his family during these remaining months of studies that they will remain well and that he will be able to focus on his studies.

memory cards

Lift up the work of producing memory cards for people in the village with portions of scripture and words from gospel songs on them. Ask that those who receive them really would commit them to memory and start to hide God’s word in their hearts.

For healed hearts

A thirteen year old boy has been sick for years with a heart condition. He was pale, always short of breath, and stick thin. They knew he needed to see a specialist, but just didn’t have the money. God provided the money and he has recently gone to see a specialist. They are still working out the exact nature of his heart condition, but already he is eating more, the color has returned to his skin, and he can walk across the room without being short of breath. Praise God he is getting the care he needs! Pray that he would be completely healed and that his healing would show God’s glory to his village.

Studying & Seeking

Mama and Papa Pepe have a lot of knowledge of the Bible. But they still think people need to pray hard and do good things to get into heaven. Mama Pepe told me she reads her Bible in official Malagasy and when there’s something she doesn’t understand, she listens to the Sakalava Matthew on her memory card and then writes in what it means. Praise God that she is reading and thinking about the Bible. Please pray that they would come to know that only trusting in Jesus will save them.

Open Villages! Correction

This post was originally posted in error under Antakarana, please pray for these open Sakalava villages!
Surveys here on the island these last few weeks have revealed three other villages open to hearing the gospel. The first village has offered to give a plot for missionaries to build their house on. The second village has offered a house for the missionaries to stay. The third village has openly expressed their desire to have a service held in their village every Sunday. We praise the Lord for these opportunities and need wisdom in organizing our time well. Praise the Lord for these new opportunities of ministry and pray for wisdom for our Malagasy missionaries (Melias, Lebaba, Noel and Jean) as they organize outreach to these villages.

Open villages!

Surveys here on the island these last few weeks have revealed three other villages open to hearing the gospel. The first village has offered to give a plot for missionaries to build their house on. The second village has offered a house for the missionaries to stay. The third village has openly expressed their desire to have a service held in their village every Sunday. We praise the Lord for these opportunities and need wisdom in organizing our time well. Praise the Lord for these new opportunities of ministry and pray for wisdom for our Malagasy missionaries (Melias, Lebaba, Noel and Jean) as they organize outreach to these villages.

God’s Word on phones

We are so delighted to see many people in our village listening to the gospel of Matthew and songs in Sakalava on their phones. We have given out a few phone cards to villagers and there are still others asking to have it as well. Thank the Lord for this way of getting the gospel into the homes of the Sakalava people. Please pray that many Sakalava will come to faith in Christ through this outreach ministry. People here like playing music loud! May the whole village be filled with the gospel of Matthew and Sakalava songs.

Open village

After doing a survey in a new village this weekend, the FUEL team had the opportunity to share the gospel with the villagers of this new village. The villagers were so open! The young guys in the village went door to door to invite the villagers to the gathering and many children came. An old man said he thought of the team as his children. A piece of land was offered to the team if they wanted to stay. Amazing!! Visitation to this village by the FUEL team will continue every Saturday. Praise the Lord for this new opportunity of ministry here on Nosybe. Please pray for the Lord to work in hearts of the villagers and that they will be open and receptive to the gospel!

Word going out

We have started distributing memory cards with Matthew, Ephesians, and many Scripture songs on them. Pray as people listen to them that the words will enter their hearts and that they will share what they learn with their friends.

Finished projects!

We have lots of finished projects over here in Nosy Be: Caleb and Groupe Tsinfitika (the Sakalava music group) finished their album this week! Please pray that these scripture-songs reach the Sakalava far and wide with the gospel. Also, we completed the translation of Sally Lloyd Jones’ “Jesus Storybook Bible” into the Sakalava language. We’ve been reading the stories on Sunday as they come out, and the kids love them! Continue to pray for the salvation of many Sakalava people!

Harvest is ready!

There is a lot of interest in the village of Antsahabe. It is only in this past year that missionaries have gone there regularly to share the gospel, but already there are believers and several of them are interested in being baptized. Praise God for this! Also pray that these new believers would be grounded in their faith and excited to tell others of the hope they have found.

Measles

“This time of the year is the difficult one for people as the fields are still green and there’s no harvest. There’s been an outbreak of measles, which has caused much suffering as well. The situation is not yet under control. But vaccinations have been done in villages. Children have died in our village these last weeks and many others are sick. Please pray for God’s protection.”

This little light

This Thursday the musicians in Nosy Be will be filming a music video in Hellville. The song, “Lay Mazava,” is all about the light of Christ, so pray that His light would shine as they play this song all over town. (It’s way cooler than “This Little Light of Mine” by the way. But same basic idea…)

Caught up in works

Pray for Armand who leads the Catholic church in his village. He, like many others in his village, are interested in following Jesus, but have been caught up in the works-based and syncretistic teachings of the Catholic church. Pray that they would truly understand the gospel and worship Jesus in spirit and in truth.

Love your enemy

Mama Anita wants to follow Jesus, but she is having trouble loving her enemy. Pray that she would have courage to do what Jesus says.

Discipleship opportunities

There is a good group of new believers who need discipling and church leaders who need training. Pray for wisdom in knowing who to invest in, and that those people would be faithful and passionate to pass on to others what they are learning.

Changing lives one stitch at a time in Madagascar.

There is a project called “Mama VaoVao”, which is encouraging Sakalava women in the village to use their skills- hand stitching, sewing sacks, bags, pillows, and hand towels. They have just celebrated their one year anniversary. Many women gave their testimonies at the celebration. One said, “My life has changed, I am now able to care for my household with the money I get. I was just able to buy a table. And I have come to know Jesus!” A little thing can do a great thing in peoples’ lives! Pray for “Mama VaoVao” project to achieve great things in these Sakalava women’s lives, helping them to know Jesus as their Savior.

Worshiping God not man

In Sakalava culture, having a funeral or building a grave always involves ancestral worship. This weekend a Christian family, having finished the grave of their mum, will have a party, inviting all their families and friends to worship God. Please pray that it would have a great impact on the attendees, helping them to see who should be worshipped!

Sakalava Scriptures

The former team made great strides in translations of several books of Scripture into the Sakalava dialect but the work ended as there was a lack of people able to help. Please pray for us to find new people skilled in English who will be interested in translating the Bible into Sakalava. With those identified, the team would be able to get the translation project up and running again.

To Meet Jesus

SALAMA is her name. She is a Sakalava woman seriously practicing her mu$lim faith from childhood. It happens that she is a helper in a Christian home for the last couple of months. She openly talks about her faith and respects the Christian faith her boss has. She has heard about Jesus but is not excited about it. As the month of fasting is getting closer she is so excited and has prepared herself for the event in a big way. She has asked she would be given a break every Friday from next week so she could go to mosque, which her employer agreed to. Please pray for Salama that she would meet Jesus in her dreams during this time.

“Sewing” Seeds of the Gospel

In our village, one missionary had noticed the skills of many Sakalava women in sewing and hand stitching. She helped them to get together, work together, and sell their products together. Those women felt helped and valued and are able to earn money to help their households. Recently they got an order for about 300 of their products. It was very exciting that last Sunday they came to church. Pray that through their skills they would come to know that this is a gift from God and they would see Him as a caring and loving Father who wants the best for them: their salvation.

Pray for Sakalava Fishermen

Sakalava fishermen in Nosybe are facing a big challenge with providing for their families for a couple of months now. This has never happened to them before. Please pray for the few believers who are convicted to reach out to their own people, yet passing through the same challenge. Pray that they will stand firm in their faith. Many fishermen question them, “Where is your God in this situation?” Pray for strength and boldness of witness as well as how to answer wisely. Pray that they will not feel intimidated or hopeless.

Oh to see a church planting movement!

Pray for Pastor Guillaume as he gets training in church planting movements, to know how to apply what he’s learning to the Sakalava church plants he’s involved with. Pray for these churches to have the vision of sharing their faith and planting many more churches!

Set Free in Jesus- a Sakalava testimony

It’s common and admired for Sakalava to be possessed by evil spirits. One Sakalava gentleman recently put his faith in Jesus and wants to be set free from the demons. He was in the capital but wanted to go to Nosy Be to retrieve his fetishes etc to be burned, however a huge cyclone is preventing him from going. Please pray for A and his wife, who is also a follower of Jesus. Pray for their families who are still bound by witchcraft and fear and don’t know yet about A’s decision. It may result in great shock and rejection. Please pray for God’s glory to be revealed in the community through this couple.

Encouraging News!

Pastor Guillaume, a Malagasy pastor, based in Mahajanga in North West Madagascar, has seen God bless his ministry amongst the Sakalava people recently. Pastor Guillaume planted six churches amongst Sakalava people in and around Mahajanga a few years ago but none of the churches were really growing. However from September to November 2016 Pastor Guillaume was able to visit the churches and using a mixture of the Jesus video in the Sakalava dialect and a new T4T curriculum he has seen a total of about 70 new believers coming to faith. The local churches are continuing to disciple the new believers using the T4T short term discipleship programme.

Because of the rainy season Pastor Guillaume won’t be able to visit any of these places (many of which are in the bush) until about May  this year. Pray for the new Sakalava believers that they would grow in their new faith and  share it with others. Pray also that the churches would start to plant new churches.

6 churches!

There are 6 Sakalava churches around Mahajanga! Pray for pastor Guillaume and pastor Juno. Ask God to give the believers vision for sharing their faith and starting new churches.

Pray for Angela

We prayed for Angela when her little boy died 3 months ago. She is from the village of the first believers. She has just put her trust in Jesus! Continue to pray for her and that many will be drawn to His light.

Pray for Matis

Five young men, good musicians have said they want to follow Jesus. Matis is one. He just lost his mom. Pray that he would not lose sight of Jesus at this sad time. I would like to take the band to play at a Christian Conference. Pray it would grow their faith.

Update on The Sakalava of Madagascar

We prayed for Angela when her little boy dies 3 months ago. She is from the village of the first believers. She has just put her trust in Jesus!Continue to pray for her and that many will be drawn to His light.

Update on The Sakalava of Madagascar

Five young me, good musicians have said they want to follow Jesus. Matis is one. He just lost his mom. Pray that he would not lose sight of Jesus at this sad time. I would like to take the band to play at a Christian Conference. Pray it would grow their faith.

Update on The Sakalava of Madagascar

Rosina writes,”The church service in Sakalava that started a couple of months ago, will continue after the team has left…with the first 4 Sakalava believers and friends in the area. We had a meal together last Sunday after the service, and we were joined by the local village people. Pray that more local people will join us on the path of Jesus.”

Update on The Sakalava of Madagascar

Praise the Lord for Alexis, Mbotizara and Blandine who came to know Christ as teir Saviour. These 3 believers met to worship the Lord together in Alexis’ yard – this marking the first gathering of the first Sakalava church! There were a few other adults and children attending too.
Praise God for what He is doing. The TIMO team will be completing their assignemnt in August, and God is just now starting the Sakalava church! Awesome! God is great! Please pray for the new believers and their walk with Jesus. Pray for Rosina and the TIMO team as they walk alongside them.

Update on The Sakalava of Madagascar

Ramadan Day 12
Pray for the Sakalava, that the word of God and the truth of the Gospel story might penetrate their hearts and cause them to turn from a life of fear to the power and sure salvation of Jesus Christ.

Update on The Sakalava of Madagascar

Sam and Ashley Barnhill have been learning the Vezo Sakalava language in the hope of a church plant in the village of Belitsaky, northern Tulear. Belitsaky has recently been overrun by bandits and most of the villagers have fled. Pray that the police and military can find a solution to the banditry and that the people of Belitsaky can return to their homes.

Update on The Sakalava of Madagascar

Mamy Rasolofondrainibe runs Real Mission Madagascar which trains Malagasy people to plant churches cross-culturally. RMM has begun a church planting effort in the Sakalava villages around Analalava. The effort started with much prayer last year, and now the trainees are ready for placement this year. Pray that they are received well and can begin engaging the Sakalava with the gospel in their dialect.

Update on The Sakalava of Madagascar

The Tana Focus Team is training 6 Malagasy missionaries who are preparing to live and plant a church in a Vezo Sakalava village early next year. Pray that the trainees bond together, overcome some of their preconceptions of what a missionary is supposed to be, and continue to sense the Lord’s calling in their lives.

Update on The Sakalava of Madagascar

The recent gatherings have gone well. We have noticed that we do not have many new people coming, rather a few regular attendees who continue to come each week.
The two last new villages we went to, Andimakabo and Andrafia, have been very welcoming and enthusiastic, and asked that we come again. The rhythm of the Sakalava music we sing is so familiar to their ears that spontaneously they begin clapping their hands and singing and dancing.
Our next gatherings will focus on challenging people to respond to the gospel. The talks will be on the sower’s parable, and the fool and the wise building a house on sand / rock. We will perform drama of the adulterous woman, the prodigal son and the ten lepers.
OLD VILLAGES NEW VILLAGES
May 8th : Bemanondrohely May 12th: Andimakabo
May 15th: Ankotorobe May 19th: Andrafia
PLEASE PRAY for these updcoming gathering events and for people to respond!
Please also pray for this list of people who have been coming to the gaterings regularly:
COUPLES YOUNG PEOPLE
Todivelo & Lorette Blandine The band: Ladys, Matis, Edme, Tino, Fabio
Armand & Cynthia Charline Zulietta, Francine; Patrick’s dad
Alexis & Mbotizara Meva Franklin, Rivaldo, Sanahoasy, Harlin, Tombo, Patrick
Martin & Brigitte Angela Grandmas: Dady, Landry’s grandma, Todivelo’s mom
PLEASE PRAY that these people who meet Christ as their Lord in the days ahead!