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.
Rosina speaks from the island of Nosy Be…” A baby boy was born with a growth between the eyes. Everyone in our village views it as a curse. We want to help by taking him to a Neurosurgeon, 24hrs away. please pray as we interact with the family, that the love of Christ would be seen, Christ would be made known and that the surgery would be a success.”
We will have a Christmas event on December 14th, where we will focus on the Redemption story and scripture. We are working on this right now, trying to put together the scriptures, drama, songs, challenges, questions, holy night candles, etc.
– Pray for open hearts and open ears for those who have already heard the Creation story and The Fall story. Now they are going to hear the Redemption story, in their language! The past gatherings were well attended, more and more people came. Please pray that the people would see Jesus as their Savior, coming for them, on Dec 14th. Please pray for deep comprehension of the message.
– Pray for Ladys and Matis, the leaders of the band, to be touched by the words they sing, over and over, as they create the songs. How we long to see them to become believers!
– Please pray this scripture verse: “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world”. John 4:42
The story of Creation and the Fall from the Bible have been read and performed in a drama in our villages, accompanied by songs, all in the local language. Recently, discussions were focused on how God’s good world went bad. Pray for open hearts and good discussions as the team continues to interact with their neighbours. We can see some interest growing.
The team organised games for Madagascar’s Independence day. Many people came to watch. Pray that through the dipiction of “Jesus and the storm” many Sakalava will come to know Him!
A family from Côte-d’Ivoire has committed to church planting in a Sakalava village around Mahajanga in July. They are partnered from Mission à l’intérieur des Continents et des Iles (MICI) in Abidjan.