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The Mess of Life

It’s quiet here, nothing but the sound of light waves hitting the shore. Everybody’s gone to a spirit possession ceremony and party. Apparently the spirit of someone’s grandfather is sitting inside of her and has made her sick for two years. The spirit needs to be called out so it... read more

New Beginnings

First impressions are crucial. People often remember how they first met someone, what they seemed like, how they acted. Opinions of other people, their character, and their motivations are often formed in the first few minutes of being around them... read more

Fading Treasures

Over and over again the waves crashed into the boat rocking it back and forth drenching absolutely everything inside: all of our team’s foam mattresses we had just bought, our supply of food, more construction materials, everything! read more

Three Days at Sea

The storm hit us out of nowhere. One minute it was sunny and cloudy, the next we could barely see 20 feet in front of us as the rain poured down from all directions. The waves rose 10 feet around us and the boat crashed into one wave and then went rushing down the next, all crowded together with no time for us to... read more

A Solution to our Troubles

We have some good news that we’d love to share with you. Many of you have read or heard about some of the struggles we’ve had with transport since we moved to the small island of Nosy Mitsio in August... read more

The Sacrifice

The chanting began as everyone gathered behind the stones. I was summoned, and one older lady came over to help me tie my traditional cloth properly around my body. Then I was told to take off my shoes. She walked with me over the burning hot sand to where everyone was already seated... read more

Death and Life

Several scattered skulls, the stench of rotting flesh, and a handful of abandoned shacks were the only things remaining from the week’s festivities that ended just that morning. The quietness of our village was a huge difference from the hundreds of people partying and worshiping their ancestors here during the preceding days. read more

The Fake

I stood on the beach, arms crossed, staring out at the clear blue water of the ocean as tears slowly trickled down my face. Then almost as soon as they began they were finished. My eyes hardened as well as my heart. I was angry with God. read more

Life at Sea

There’s a lot we don’t know about living near the ocean and depending on it for so many aspects of our lives. I should’ve had my first clue about that over a month ago when I took my first boat ride to Nosy Mitsio from Port St Louis... read more

The Faithful Foreigner

The past year and a half has been a life of transience for us. During this time we’ve traveled over 40,000 miles! We’ve stayed for over a week in 11 different places including 5 different countries, traveled in 15 planes, 4 boats, hiked probably a hundred kilometers, and have... read more

US Visit Photos: Christmas ’12 through April ’13

We visited the US from Madagascar from Christmas 2012 until April 2013. We spent a lot of time with family, traveled all over, and had an early 2nd birthday celebration for Matimu. It was a great time and a lot of "firsts" for Matimu! read more

Back to Madagascar!

Just a few days from now, on Sunday, we'll be leaving the US again to head back towards Madagascar! We've really had a great time in the States, but as great as this time has been for us, it also really feels like it's time to get back to Madagascar... read more

Madagascar 6 Photos – The Islands! Sainte Marie & Nosy Mitsio

Most of the pictures are from a week-long vacation to Ile Sainte Marie (and Ile Aux Nattes) and also from our first visit to Nosy Mitsio in the northwest of Madagascar, where we'll be living next year. There are also a few photos from Tamatave and the YWAM DTS there. read more

Distant Shores

We’d been looking forward to this trip for months, with both hope and fear. We couldn’t wait to see the place where we’ll live for the next few years and meet the Antakarana people to whom God is calling us. Our boat was speeding over the ocean towards it: the unknown place... read more

Big News!

We've been living here in Madagascar for more than a year now and it's been quite an adventure so far! Well, our time of adventure doesn't look to be ending any time soon and instead is taking a surprising new turn... read more

Madagascar 5 Antenina Village Photos

All of these pictures were taken between August and October, during our trips out to the remote village of Antenina, where we taught about sanitation and health, as well as starting Bible studies with people who've never known about Jesus before, and eventually a vibrant reproducing church was planted. read more

Miracles

In the village of Antenina where Adam and I went with a team of 6 other people to do ministry and community development, there is an old man who never comes out of his hut or speaks to anyone, not even his family. His name is Fongy. He refuses to bathe, he won’t cut his hair or his nails and he never... read more

The Old Life and the New

Even Madagascar’s biggest cities are relatively undeveloped, with traditional markets being the main source of food, few paved roads, and most homes without indoor plumbing. But we went a long ways even from that... read more

Madagascar 4 Photos

These photos were taken between June and August 2012, when we first arrived on the east coast at YWAM Tamatave, and when Matimu had food poisoning (including a short trip to the capital city). read more

Knowing His Voice

I don’t have a captivating story to tell, but I do feel that I need to share something that God has been revealing to me more and more. We as Christians have entered into new life with Christ. His spirit lives within us as we usher in His kingdom and play a role in the restoration and healing of all creation. But what does that look like... read more

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