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.
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.”
Ramadan Day 28
Pray for a community of believers to rise up amongst the Sakalava who are committed to spreading Gospel truth in their own language.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Pray for Sam and Ashley, who have just moved Belitsaky, a Vezo Sakalava village north of Tulear. They will be living there for 2 years as part of the Tulear FOCUS Team with the hope of seeing a multiplying Vezo church planted.