They Had Never Heard Jesus’ Name

Before Tuesday morning, these people had never heard of Jesus.

Villagers

The village is located in an isolated area of Madagascar, nearly inaccessible by land vehicles. When we landed by helicopter, some ran in fear and some approached us with a nervous curiosity. We watched people swimming across the lake from neighboring villages to see us. Some of the children, seeing white men for the first time, screamed in terror and ran away.

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That day, these villagers heard the good news, and we believe that God saved some from the satanic oppression of animism.

Preaching

Since we recently returned from several days in the bush, I haven’t had any opportunity until now to provide updates. The rest of the team is either back home (Steve Hafler) or on their way (Jim Wiginton and Paiton Wiginton). I will be leaving Madagascar this weekend. In the next few days, I hope to give a more comprehensive update of what God did during our time here..

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08 2009

Quick Update

I’ll have to be brief. Internet access is occasional and intermittent.

  • On Monday, Jim Wiginton, Paiton Wiginton, and Steve Hafler arrived in Madagascar.
  • On Tuesday, we flew to the rain forest (eastern Madagascar) via helicopter. There, we landed in a rural village and preached the Gospel. We believe that people were saved.
  • The next few days, we will be in and around the capitol, surveying and learning as much as we can about this needy country.
  • Beginning Sunday of next week, we will launch a three-day intensive survey into the extreme north. Part of this survey will involve locating unreached villages that have never heard the name of Christ. Pray for the opening of their hearts.

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12

08 2009

Update from Jim Wiginton

Jim Wiginton, part of the Madagascar team for 10 days, shares part of his Madagascar journal. Read the rest of this entry →

12

08 2009

To Antsirabe and Back Again

I returned today from a visit to Antsirabe, a major city several hours south of Tana. There, I visited a church planted five years ago by a missionary. The church is now under the leadership of a Malagasy pastor named Kris. He was saved through the ministry, and subsequently trained by the missionary. Kris and I spent over three hours on Saturday night talking about Madagascar and his ministry there. What a joy! I met many wonderful Malagasy people during my visit there, and worshiped with with them on Sunday.

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08 2009

“This is a Mac.”

Today, I spent several hours in the office of Helimission. I was there to meet several people and plan for our upcoming trips to rural villages.

This aviation map is a centerpiece in their office.

This aviation map is a centerpiece in their office.

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08 2009

Around Tana

Yesterday, I took a walk around a neighborhood. I found some guys playing foosball at a little game hut. They call it baby fut.

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07

08 2009

Arrival in Fort Dauphin

I am currently in Fort Dauphin. I have been to some beautiful places in my life, but this has to be one of the most beautiful locations I’ve ever visited. The City of Fort Dauphin (otherwise known as Tolanaro) is situated on a peninsula that juts out into the ocean and rises several hundred feet above the sea level. Formerly, the peninsula was home to a French military base. I saw some of the ruins of this base during my walk around the city. Now a Malagasy military base operates on the tip of the peninsula.

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05

08 2009

Around Tulear

I’m still here in Tulear, but I’m scheduled to fly out mid-afternoon. I have my familiar friendly taxi-driver, Patrick, here to show me the city sights. Read the rest of this entry →

05

08 2009

My Fort Dauphin Misadventure

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I’m “supposed” to be in Fort Dauphin right now. Supposed to be. My Fort Dauphin misadventure has begun. Read the rest of this entry →

04

08 2009

Shame on Me

Shame on me for not posting more about my Madagascar experiences. Before leaving, I was so excited that I could hardly sleep at night. My excitement hasn’t exactly faded, but my energy level definitely did. Something about getting on several airplanes, sleeping at airports, and relocating to a different continent and time zone has a way of taking it out of me.

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08 2009