What happens when a Baptist seminary combines academic pursuits with a passion for the fulfillment of the Great Commission?
A new partnership with the potential to plant churches among an unreached people group.
That very thing is happening now as Southwestern Seminary has embraced the presently unreached Tandroy people of southern Madagascar. From December 28, 2012-January 12, 2013, a group of faculty and students from the seminary will be joining Adam Hailes and others to work among the Tandroy. Lord willing, this will be the first of many in what looks to be a promising partnership.
Please pray for great partnerships between Southwestern and local indigenous churches, for effective evangelistic efforts, for the people group study of the Tandroy to be clear, true, and accurate, and for the sustained health of all those making the trip.
The Word of God is amazingly powerful but unfortunately most of the Masikoro can’t read. Even if they could read, they very few can understand the foreign dialect of the Malagasy Bible.
ISC missionary Tessa has been working with Masikoro believers to put key Bible stories into the local dialect in an oral form. Tessa asks you to pray for the Masikoro believers in the story-crafting group as they prepare to test their stories in another village. Pray for God to open the hearts of the hearers and to bring them to a knowledge of Him. Pray for the storytellers to speak with His Spirit, boldness and wisdom.
Praise the Lord that the Masikoro can experience the powerful Word of God. Pray for a great harvest of souls among this very lost people group in SW Madagascar.
God’s Word will not return void.
God proved this to be true as the volunteer team from First Baptist Church, Orlando, Florida, obeyed God’s call to travel around the globe and engage the Antemoro people. Perservering through two days of flying and a third day over winding roads in the Madagascar rainforest, they finally entered Antemoro villages.
Face to face with the people they had prayed for, they opened their mouth to share God’s love. The results? Sil, Luc and Niv – three ladies who prayed to receive Christ! Sil and Luc followed their decision with baptism.
Praise God for His promises. Pray for these three Antemoro ladies to obey in sharing their newfound faith with others in their village.
Please pray for the believers of Kilimary and Besatra, villages in the Southwest of Madagascar. Pray that God would give these young believers a passion for spreading the Gospel among the lost villages around them.
Please pray for the new believers of Andremba and Tanantsoa village. Pray that God would give them the strength to turn from their traditional ancestral practices, despite the pressures from their communities.
We’ve been without power for ~32 of the last 72 hours. Most of those electricity-less moments have been at night–usually all night. It’s not a huge deal except that the nights are now ~ 90 degrees with no breeze. Last night I was praying (which happens a lot when you feel like you’re sweating to death) when I was reminded of a picture in an old devotional. It’s Scottie Pippen throwing down a monster jam with Philippians 4:13 scrawled to the side:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
You almost never hear the earlier part of that passage that reads,
“I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.”
You really feel the weight of those words when you’re being baked. But I’ll tell you, I felt a lot better after that.
So many are ready to proclaim how God has empowered them, what He does for them. Far fewer of us are ready to shout out what we have done, or are doing, for God. Perhaps because we have very little to say.
You may not have 90 degree nights where you are but you do have things that challenge your comfort and stand in the way of your mission (Great Commission). I was never (in the States) truly comfortable walking up to a person and sharing about Jesus with them, I was never content until I did.
There is often a schism between comfort and contentment. Contentment arises, I think, not out of a sense of comfort but out of identity. Our truest sense of identity is found only with Jesus, and I’m sure He identifies with our sufferings. James said we could “count it a joy” to suffer for the sake of Christ. Man, that guy. What was he thinking? He can’t be right. Right? Unless of course we really can do all things through Christ. Do you feel that? It’s the power of Christ running through your veins–and it’s not getting shut off anytime soon . . . or ever.
If I remember correctly, around this time of year, traffic seems to get a little out of control
I thought I’d give you a glimpse of your transportation options here in Madagascar…
and of course, if it won’t crank then you can still push!
New missionaries Steve and Nickolee have been praying for the Mahafaly people for a long time but they have not had the opportunity to spend time with these people until today. Steve and Nickolee are taking a break from language school to see the place where they will move in a few months and to meet some of the Mahafaly people they will be working with in the many years to come. Please pray that this will be a special time for Steve and Nickolee. Pray that the Lord would give them His peace and speak to their hearts as they spend time in their first Mahafaly village. Pray that they would be able to show the love of Christ to the Mahafaly people to whom God has called them.
With new members to their team, this will be SW Madagascar team’s first time to get away together for concentrated prayer and time to seek the Lord together. Jodie asks that you pray for the following: That God would use this time to grow our team together in Christ and that after the retreat we would have a better vision for who we are as a team and what He has called us to do.