Nina, a pastor’s wife in a Masikoro village in southwest Madagascar shared her story with IMB missionary journeyman Drew and Christina about the difference Jesus has made in her life. Please read and be blessed by her story but please also pray for a great harvest of souls among the Masikoro. May they experience the same blessing of salvation that Nina has experienced.
Christina wrote out her story in English: The Masikoro area is one of the poorest of the impoverished Southwest Madagascar region but there is a small group of families in the village of Anjebetrongo whose hope shines bright a midst their tough physical circumstances. A short, strong woman, Nina is a young mother and wife who is passionate about following Jesus. Nina did not have hope in her life before she followed Jesus. Nina said that in her life before, she “went to church, but I didn’t have faith. I [only] went [to church] because it was a Sunday. But I didn’t know about Jesus.” Thankfully, a pastor came to her village of Anjebetrongo and “he taught us the Bible and I found how to follow God. I feel it. He works on me still now.” Nina has so much hope in her life now and she says that, “I thank God in my life daily. God helped me to have a good daily life. He saved me.” Nina describes how much harder her life was for her and her children before she followed Jesus. Nina said that, “it was difficult for me before I knew God. When my children were sick, I went to the witch doctor and not the hospital.” She told me how difficult it is to visit the witch doctor because he asks for a lot of things in payment – money, valuable animals such as goats and chickens. All of these things are so burdensome for her family, as they are farmers and barely live off of two dollars a day that they earn. “But,” Nina told me, her face shining brightly as we sat outside her grass-thatched hut, “my life now is not burdensome as it was before. If I have a problem I give it to Jesus’ hands. Jesus has a solution for the problems. When my children are sick, I run to Jesus and Jesus heals them.” Nina also told me how much different her marriage with Kandre, her husband, is now that they both follow Christ. When they were first married, Nina’s husband would get drunk and abuse her. Nina describes this as a difficult time where “I suffered in my house, and our children suffered too.” Now, Kandre is the pastor of their local group of believers and he is a changed person. Nina said that “the Christian path is easier [for the married couple] because they live under the word of God. If there is a fight, one of them concedes and agrees with the other one.” Nina also said that, “it is true that there are hard times in my life but I thank him not only for the good things he has done but the bad things too. There is a change in our life. We are very changed. It is good to follow God. It is very good.” Nina’s life is forever changed because of Jesus and she has hope in this most impoverished area because she is rich in her relationship with Christ. There is a change in her life. “I don’t stop to call on Him for whatever in my life,” she says. “I never stop. Jesus is not burdensome,” says Nina, hope flowing from her words and her fulfilled life.
Please pray for Kandre and Nina as they share the good news of Jesus in their village and surrounding areas. May the Word of God go forth in power and may many lives be radically changed just like Kandre and Nina. Praise the Lord for the difference He makes in the lives of those who put their trust in Him.