A Mission Link with the people of Madagascar
The Blean Church Madagascar group meet regularly to discuss how best to further develop our relationship with the Revd Olivier and his parishes in Madagascar. Highlights of recent link activity are as follows: Copy of a letter from Revd. Olivier
This is the latest image of the building work so far
Sunday 16th March 2014
We greet you in the name of the God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and through this letter.
Being one in the Lord, we don't find the word to say how we show our grateful to you, our friends in abroad overseas: we're very delighted to thank you. Thank you very much for the money £ 700 to continue the work of building our church. On top of that, during few months, our children in Sunday school are feeding through your project.
God be increased His grace for you all in Blean.
God bless you, Thank you very much.
The representatives of the congregation
-Catechist: RASOLOARIMANANA Andrinirina Lantoarisoa
-Rasoamanga Zohery Simone
-Ramaminirina Harisoa Aimée Clotilde
-Njariniaina Herimampionona Rodia
During 2013 we sent the last of the three annual planned donations for the training of evangelists. 6 men and women completed their training and are now working in the churches of Rev Olivier’s parishes. In September, Rev Olivier went to Amboasary with a team from Ambotandrozaka to help the community in Amboasary establish a Christian mission there, and particularly to help the many women who have been drawn into prostitution in this busy crossroad area of the country. One of the new evangelists will be working with the new Anglican community in Amboasary.
The feeding programme for Sunday School children was started in September 2013 and is now flourishing in three of Rev Olivier’s churches. After a struggle in which the Madagascar group needed to emphasise the importance of healthy food with protein, veg and fruit, the Malagasy church took this on board and meals provided for children are now full of nourishment. There are more than 200 children in four Sunday Schools, so this project represents a great deal of potential and is already attracting considerably more children to Sunday School.
In November 2013 Blean sent £800 for Solar Panels to provide electricity for St. Michael’s Ambohidava. The panels are now installed and will provide electricity both for the church and a nearby school during the week.
After an exchange of emails with Rev Olivier, in which he had requested assistance with building two new churches, the Blean Madagascar group made the difficult decision to support the building of only one church at Mahatsinjo. To support the building of two churches at one time was deemed to be financially beyond the funds we could raise at this time. Mahatsinjo had already been identified as a likely project after Jim Appleyard and Sally Penfold visited the area, and this particular project has the potential to extend church facilities into a new clinic for this remote district. The first instalment of £500 to buy building materials for the Church in Mahatsinjo was sent in January 2014.
The Madagascar lunches continue to thrive and remain a place for meeting friends, socialising and receiving information, both about our link with Rev Olivier and news about Madagascar in general. These lunches remain our main way of raising money for projects.
A wide variety of knitted clothing and presents have been sent throughout the year for children in Rev Olivier’s Sunday Schools, and some has also been sent to our other long-term contact – Dr Zoe – who runs a school for disadvantaged children in the capital Antananarivo.
A generous single donation of £525 from children at Herne Bay High School was also forwarded to Dr Zoe in January of this year. This will help to continue Dr Zoe’s work, where she has been able to facilitate both accommodation and education for some 87 children.
We are pleased with the way our relationship with Madagascar has continued to develop into a mutually enriching experience for our very different communities.
Mike Swain maintains an expanding list of people who receive regular Madagascar News by email. This information helps to give us a much broader picture of what is going on in the country; it typically covers the environment, politics, health, education and the work of many charities that operate in Madagascar. If you wish to join (or leave) the list, please contact Mike at the Parish Office.
Revd Olivier Rajarison with the Bishop Remi of Antananarivo and some of the people who were confirmed at a joyous service in a packed Church
All photos taken at St. James, Ambatondrazaka on October 21st 2007
Watch this space for news from Madagascar as we receive it.
St. James Church, Ambatondrazaka in Madagascar