Recently, Adam made a trip to the capitol, Antananarivo, to visit the seminary and convention leaders. As he was at the seminary he was able to see a handful of students from the South of Madagascar. As he was reporting back to me on the visit and as I later saw the picture of some of the students I was so encouraged.
Sometimes we forget how the Lord has worked and moved in the lives of the nationals when they go away to pursue theological studies. May we reflect and remember all the Lord has done and may we pray as Paul in Philippians 1:3-6, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” God is doing a mighty work among the people of South Madagascar. Would you remember them in your prayers and agree with me that he who began a good work in each of them will bring it to completion?
Have you ever looked out amongst your city or the place where you live and wondered, “If everyone needs a chance to hear the Gospel, where do I start?” It can be a daunting task. One of our national partners, whom we are walking side by side in church planting here in in Antananarivo, came and asked the same question. “Where do I start?”
My husband asked him, “Where is your Jerusalem?” In other words, where do you go every day and who do you see? After some thought, our national partner begin to list his daily routine. One of those routines included taking his children to school each morning. When he thought further, he realized that he talked to the security guard at that school every day.
“That’s your Jerusalem!” said my husband. With a smile on his face, our national partner said he understood. The next day he shared Christ with with that very security guard and the guard was ready to accept Christ as his Savior. Our national partner was so excited.
He called us and said, “It worked! Now I’m ready to disciple him.” We are now working with our national partner giving him ‘just in time’ training so he can disciple his new brother in Christ.
Where is your Jerusalem? Where do you go everyday? Who do you talk to? Matthew 28:19 instructs us to “go”, but that verb actually mean ‘as you are going’. As you are going to work… As you are going to school… As you are taking kids to practices… As you are going to the bank… As you are going to the grocery store. As you are going, proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. That’s your Jerusalem!
In the capital city of Madagascar, Antananarivo (ahn-ta-na-na-REE-vo), there are many crossroads. Some crossroads are through rice fields while others converge in alleys and main roads. All of them have one thing in common: people are always coming and going on the crossroads. Pray that as we meet people each day on these crossroads, that God would give us opportunities to share the good news of the Gospel with each one. Pray now that their hearts would be prepared to accept salvation.
Andy and Ruth have the very difficult job of trying to reach the numerous people groups found in Madagascar that are less than 100,000 people. Included in these people groups are North Koreans who migrated to Madagascar during the Marxist regime (1975-1993) to help teach Marxism to the Malagasy people. Thousands stayed on the island after the regime failed and continue to live here. Like people living in North Korea, the North Koreans here are strongly atheist. Please pray that there would be opportunities for Christ followers to interact with North Koreans in a positive way; and that many North Koreans would begin to search for God with their whole heart.
Another people group of less than 100,000 are the Masianaky. They are a Malagasy people group in Madagascar that we do not know much about beyond their name. They have little to no access to the Gospel. Please pray that Andy and Ruth would be able to find people with reliable information about the Masianaky and where they live in Madagascar. Please also pray that they would be receptive to the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Pray as well for Andy and Ruth as they live in the capital city, a city where at least some people of almost all their people groups live. Pray for them to have wisdom and power from the Lord to accomplish their work and to see the Kingdom of God advanced among these people groups of less than 100,000 that are found in Madagascar.
Over 10 years ago, Matt and LuSinda came to Madagascar and assumed IMB leadership for the Indian Ocean Islands. Not long after, Taisir and Kristi arrived in Madagascar to handle logistics. All four began praying for more missionaries to come. God has answered that prayer. There are currently 8 other career missionary families and 6 other journeyman or ISC units serving throughout Madagascar plus 3 career units on another island. But with the blessing of more workers comes greater responsibility and challenges. Pray for Matt and LuSinda and Taisir and Kristi to have wisdom for the decisions they need to make. Pray for the Lord to fill them with His strength and encouragement. Pray for all of them as they minister in and around Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar.