Workers from the Harvest

As of Oct. 4th, we have been serving in Madagascar for FIVE YEARS!  In some ways, it seems like we’ve been here for FOREVER.  In other ways, it’s been no time at all.  What a great time to reflect and see all that God has done, is doing and still desires to do!
As I write this, there are over 30 people being trained in the city of Tsihombe by a Malagasy pastor from Toliara.  He is teaching them how to train trainers.  The goal is reproducibility.  Even more than the reproducibility, the question remains, is the disciple REPRODUCING?  Men and women from around Androy have come together to be better equipped to share their faith.  They are hungry not only for Spiritual food, but for clarity on the best way to share that Spiritual food and tell the story of Jesus.  This weekend the training will continue but for another group meeting here in Fort Dauphin.  Many Antanosy people and other tribes will come together to receive the same training.
About a year ago, we went to a training on church planting.  As we were being faced with IMB personnel leaving the field for various reasons, Luke 10:2 was revealed to us in new light.  It says, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.  Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into the harvest.”  In the 5 years we’ve been here and particularly the 3 ½ that we’ve been in Fort Dauphin and working hard in Androy, we’ve seen workers being raised up from the harvest and going back out into the harvest!  It’s an incredible and beautiful thing to see!  It’s come with some failures and heart-ache, but so much more with rejoicing and excitement for how God can use those who desire to be his children!
The timing of this training is key as we will spend the next 5-6 weeks out of the country.  Our desire and continued prayer is that these men and women who are being trained will immediately put their training to practice.  We hope to have a few teams of Malagasy believers going out to the villages and checking the progress.  We can barely contain our excitement for how we see the Lord’s hand leading this movement!!!

Praises:
*We’ve had a great month living alongside a missionary family from another organization.  We’ve both learned so much from each other and our kids have also enjoyed each other’s company.  We will part ways on Oct. 4th, but will stay in touch and continue learning from each other.
*Phoebe and Emma are half way through their first term of this school year at RVA.
*Our Hands-On girls and Ecuadorian missionary are doing an incredible job learning language, developing relationships and discipling some young ladies.
*Adam only had one major flare-up with his back this month.

Prayer Requests:
*Continued leadership development and execution of the trainings for our Malagasy leaders.
*Upcoming travels, meetings and surgeries. 
*Hands-On girls and Ecuadorian missionary as they hold the fort down while we’re gone.
*Ecuadorian missionary, Diana, as she’s dealing with a bad rash.

 River Having Fun with his friends

 Beach Time

 Silly kid

 Blazing New Trails with Diana and the Hands On Girls

 Sharing the Gospel in Behazomanga

Having Fun in Marovato with National Partners

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