Some of the friendliest people on earth live in Madagascar. Blessed with many mountains, rivers, and waterfalls, the country is lush and beautiful.
People work hard to support themselves and their families. Most of them don’t have cars or motor scooters, so it takes a long time to get somewhere when they have to walk.
When folks have things to sell, they carry them in baskets on their heads. If they are able to save enough money they can buy a cart, but it still takes a lot of energy to push a cart up and down the winding roads. It is also dangerous because buses have to swerve around them. By the time they finish their business in town, it might be the middle of the night before they get back home.
In spite of many day-to-day challenges, people in Madagascar are very quick to smile and wave. In the village of Ankarimbelo, folks have a good reason to be happy. They have a new church!
Pastor Haja, a Global Mission pioneer, started working in the area just over a year ago. The number of people who began to worship together on Sabbath grew very quickly, and soon it was time to have a place of their own.
The hardworking members gathered all the material themselves. They went to a nearby mountain to carve out rocks for the foundation. They cut lumber from nearly 250 ravenala trees. Someone made curtains, another peron provided a table, and everyone pitched in to help where they could. Once all the material was organized, it only took 10 days for the members to build the church.
Five years from now they hope to have a bigger, sturdier church, but in the meantime they are very happy to have a Seventh-day Adventist church of their own.
We send our congratulations to the members in Ankarimbelo! And we thank our donors for making it possible for Global Mission pioneers to start new congregations in unreached areas.
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