ALEX & RACHEL'S BLOG

     

WHAT WE ARE UP TO

      Last year at this time, if you had told us that if we left Madagascar we would be unable to get back for nearly a year, we would have been shocked. On top of that, I (Alex ), would have been very hesitant to leave. Two concerns that I had were (1) What would we do while we were in Canada? and (2) What would happen to the work that had already been started in Madagascar? Sure enough, getting back has been difficult and so far we have already been here several months longer that we had planned. 

      But you know what? I think God knew exactly what he was doing when he told us to come back. Not only has the work continued in Madagascar, but since being here, we have been able to reach many more people with the gospel than we ever would have been able to if we were still there.

       As most of you know, shortly after arriving here, God directed us to begin making biblical teaching videos online on our Facebook Page  - New Life Madagascar. We started in September 2020 and as of today, May 3, our 14 Facebook videos have been viewed approximately 624,000 times by people in 45 different countries (although mainly by people in Madagascar). We are absolutely humbled and in awe of what God is doing through the social media platform that he has given us.

       We receive a large amount of messages to our inbox each week (more than we can keep up with). There are those that are just saying thank you, others that have theological questions, others that need advice for their spiritual walk, others that need prayer, and also those who would like to receive the Lord. Please continue to pray for this ministry - that God would continue to use it to draw people to him.


      THE WORK ON THE GROUND

By God’s grace, the work on the ground in Madagascar is still going strong. We have been able to:

(1) Go to new villages to begin preaching the gospel and teaching the bible.

(2) Continue to go to those villages that still do not have a leader/pastor, to continue teaching them the word of God.

(3) Continue the pastoral training once a month, 

(4) Send out several students to get theological training so that they can be fully equipped to lead in their village once they return.

We praise God for everything that he is doing there even though we are so far away.


     WHEN WE'RE GOING BACK

Finally, we wanted to update you on when we think we are going back. First and foremost - we don’t know. The borders are not open in Madagascar at the moment and they are being hit hard by one of the Covid variants. They have placed many restrictive measures again including lockdowns in many of the major cities, closing churches, etc. They are just going into their winter now and so we think it might still be a while till things start getting better. That being said, our desire is to be able to return once the borders are open. This will most likely be in about 3-6 months but, again, we don’t know. We will keep you updated, though, so that you can have a good idea of when we are going to go.

Makayah, Gianna, Rachel, and myself are all healthy and doing well. Thank you for your continued love, prayers, emotional and financial support. It is so appreciated and we couldn’t be doing what we are doing without people like you. God bless you!


      WAYS YOU CAN PRAY FOR US

  1. That God would continue to use the teaching videos to draw people to him.
  2. For strength and perseverance for our Malagasy coworkers that are still on the field.
  3. For wisdom and guidance as to when we are supposed to return to Madagascar.

 

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