Imagine having never entered the doors of a church, nor sang a worship song, nor heard or seen any church or Christian tradition.A year and a half ago we entered a village and each of these descriptions was true for them.Since then we’ve had the privilege of walking them through the Bible.We’ve been teaching them the foundations of Christianity.We’re using a process of storying the Bible since so many Antandroy people are illiterate.As we’ve addressed practices such as following in baptism and partaking of the Lord’s supper we’ve been able to study the Scriptures alongside these new converts.They’ve asked questions about who can baptize and who can take the Lord’s supper.They’ve asked what type of bread to use and how the believers should drink from the cup.Things many of us have never had to think about!Things we’ve been doing as long as we can remember or we were able to start when we became a part of a church family.It’s tempting to show them how we as “vazaha,” or foreigners, do i…

Pray, Do It for the Lord

Our pastor and his family have been under attack over the past few months.His wife has been struggling with diabetes for a while now, but has not been on regular medication.She became very ill in the end of August.Praise the Lord, someone could pay for her to fly to the capital to receive treatment and a plan for her continued health.It was a scary time for the whole family, but she is doing much better!Pray she will have the discipline to stay on the daily medication and the money to continue to afford the pills.A few weeks later, their oldest daughter was struck with appendicitis and rushed to the hospital.Fortunately, she lives in the capital and had emergency surgery.She is recovering well.Finally, just last week, another daughter became sick and had to go to the doctor for treatment.These three sicknesses have come one upon the other and although the family has received some financial help, there are still more bills to pay.Pray they will co…

Misy Mitady

This month the Lord has been reminding me the importance of dying to myself and living for Christ. John 12:24-26 compares us to a grain of wheat.If the grain falls to the earth and dies, it bears fruit.God has called us to bear fruit; spiritual fruit, therefore we must die to ourselves.Galatians 2:20 is a familiar verse as well. “I have been crucified with Christ.It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Dying to self is a choice.We must resolve to take up our cross daily and follow Him.

“Misy mitady” is a phrase representing a reality of our life here.“Someone’s looking for you.”Each day, and I mean EACH day, we’re given the opportunity to decide how we’re going to handle someone looking for us.Usually they’re in need of help.This help can range anywhere from school fees, to sickness, to rent, to bus fare.Each person really needs help, of course some more than ot…

Rollercoaster of a Ride

It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride spending the past two months on-the-go; not staying in the same place for longer than 3-4 days.
We started out with a two-week drive from the city we live in, Fort Dauphin, through villages and towns to encourage national partners and co-laborers along the way.In July, we flew from Antananarivo to Kenya and watched our first-born graduate from the Rift Valley Academy.16 hours by air and we arrived in the States for “vacation” as we sought to get Phoebe settled and ready for college.The weeks that ensued were filled with one trip then another.
We spent hours upon hours on the highways of Texas and even into Oklahoma.We got a lot accomplished as we saw Phoebe get her driver’s license, Emma get her permit, gave them as much driving time as possible, celebrated Baylee’s 13th birthday, shared about the work the Lord is doing in Madagascar in five partnering churches, visited friends and family, attended a Gold Cup soccer game, went to a family reunion, cel…

Looking Back and Pushing Forward

We continue to be amazed at how the Lord is moving in Madagascar and throughout Africa!Here in the South of Madagascar we have been praising God for new converts following in obedience of baptism and seeking to learn more about the Bible and God.They want to know what it looks like to be a disciple of Christ and how they can best serve him.Their passion is encouraging and contagious. As the work is reproducing more quickly then we can keep track we continue getting reports and bringing groups together for training and fellowship.In doing so, we’re finding out more of how the work is progressing and what we can collectively and individually do to keep it going.

While the Lord continues to move in the harvest he is also working in our family.We are putting all our trust in Him as we transition Phoebe back to college.She graduates from Rift Valley Academy on July 13th and will begin at Texas A&M University in College Station on August 28th.The Lord has been so faithful!Who knew 4 year…

Ripping Away the Charm

This past month, we have been privileged to encourage new believers as they follow Jesus in baptism.At one of these celebrations, we were all waiting in anticipation as the candidates for baptism lined up.We had walked almost 4 ½ miles through thick sand along the cactus lined pathway to get to the ocean.One by one the new believers walked out into the water as three church leaders baptized each one.The whole group was singing praises to God and many of the ladies danced their way back onto shore after identifying with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.About half the group had gone when it was time for another young lady.She walked out into the ocean and as she got to the right spot she turned around.Suddenly, her sister’s in Christ started hollering from the shore, “Charm! She still has on a charm!”Without prompting by the church leaders, the girl reached up, ripped the charm from her neck and threw it down into the water!Her actions made such a statement about her faith, …

Press On While There's Still Time

Time. In some ways it flies by! In other ways it takes forever!Think about it.I’ve almost been married for 20 years.How is that possible?Yet, we have been through so much!

Time. No one has enough of it.We all want more of it.But God is above it.For us, right here, right now, we are seeking to make the most of it!We press on.
We’ve faced many hindrances along the way. I fear in listing them I will likely forget some, but here’s a few:sickness, surgeries, meetings- offering us a chance to get off the island which is crucial to our survival, but also include days of travel, the basic challenges of caring for yourself and your family in a place where nothing is easy or convenient, language and cultural barriers, disappointments, deaths of co-laborers here in Madagascar, as well, as family and friend in the States.Many times we don’t get to attend funerals.The physical needs of the people here are enough to drowned out any joy.It’s one mother with a sick child after another with no food to e…