The name “Betsimisaraka” means “many tribes which are never to separate.” They were once three different tribes, conquered by the son of a European pirate and one of the tribal princesses. 1.2 million Betsimisaraka people live along the eastern coast of the island of Madagascar.
They worship their ancestors who are considered to be present among them in everyday life. They practice tsaboraha where they exhume the corpse of their ancestors, wrap them in new clothes and give them a new coffin. But one can also find several churches in their area and many Betsimisaraka would consider themselves Christian. However, they have simply syncretized their traditional beliefs with Christianity. They are open to hearing the gospel and are often responsive.
Pray for the Lord to send laborers to work among the Betsimisaraka.
Pray for they will be willing and able to turn from ancestor worship.
Pray for Bible studies and reproducing churches to be started among the Betsimisaraka.