Madagascar Link

BLEAN CHURCH MADAGASCAR LINK

Our link with Reverend Olivier and his parishes in Madagascar is very strong and our Madagascar group meets regularly, both to manage various projects and organise fundraising.

Madagascar Lunches take place about once per month and everyone is welcome to join in! The aim is to hear about and discuss our various projects - and raise funds; we're talking about £5 per person - to include the cost of the lunch. Don't be shy, you don't even need to be a member of the congregation, just contact Mike Swain on 07956 638928, to find out the date and venue for the next lunch, or indeed if you want further information about our link and projects.     

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Blean church have exchanged prayers with Madagascar, prayers especially written for the link:

                         

Following on below are a selection of recent messages from Rev Olivier in Ambatondrazaka, North East Madagascar, together with other news about our link ...

5th April 2021

Dear Eileen and all friends in Blean,

With joy we and all congregations in my Deanery and my Parish are happy to greet you Happy Easter day. Even though there are many problem around us and to press us, the one right things and very important is that Jesus is risen and break down the death for us, so don't be afraid because he keep us in safe and make us winners like Him.

We heard from Roger the situation about Covid in your Country, and we continue to pray for you all. Here in Madagascar we are in 2nd wave of covid, the situation become worse here, especially in Antananarivo-Tamatave-Mahajanga-Antsiranana. So the government took again a new measure to prevent the propagation of the virus. It is very dangerous for us Malagasy to have 104 deaths in one week. So we must pray one another. 

About the Church, we continue to pray in the Church but it is limited, don't passed over 100 persons. 

Yes there is sad and happy news in our Malagasy Anglican Church about the death of bishop Theophile of the Diocese Antsiranana and the new elected of bishop Samitiana in Toliara. 

It is important to have a sewing machine. The women in Mahatsinjo and Moramanga continue to sew the mask for people and the women in Mahatsinjo continue to make an embroidery. It is useful and helpful for them to have a material from you for knitting and crochet.

My family pray for you Eileen so may God protect you and keep you in safe in the difficult time we are passing.

God bless you all

Yours in Christ

Revd Olivier 

 

12th December 2020

Dear Roger and all friends in Blean,

With joy I greet you for Advent times and to wait hopefully and happiness the Christmas day. We continue to pray one another for passing this difficult time of Covid-19. We pray for your Nation, England of God.

Next thank you very much because even though you passe the difficult moment, you always think of us and support us. I have just come from Tananarive today, from assisting the meeting of Synod committee of our Diocese leaded by our bishop. One thing I reported on this meeting,is your supporting us, my parish and deanery, on the passing the difficult time and your help for the leader of the Church. That is helpful for them.

I want also that Mirana, our eldest daughter has passed her exam BACCALAUREAT with a GOOD mention, serie D(scientifique), and she is now preparing for entering in the University. She want also to continue her study in abroad university on futur. Tendry, one boy that you support for his study, passed also his exam. He is preparing for entering in the Theological Institute for preparing Anglican Priest, as he has said to you. He asks you to help him because to study in the institute in Tananarive need the School fees and the provisions.But he has a problem because their parents are in the difficult life (poor). Pascal ,2nde boys that you support,is now at the time of ending of his study in the Theological institute but he still continues his pastoral study during 1 years.

I think it enough, next time I will have next more news to share with you about how we're going here now

God bless you all

Yours in Christ 

 

20th October 2020

Dear Eileen,

With joy I can write you again. Even though there are many difficult to pass in our life because of the C19 we are able to keep in touch to share the information from each our place we where. More members of congregations in my parish touched C19 but thanks to be God, they are healing now. The life of the Church have been backing now and we strive to full many things during the time of the closing the Church. The Sunday School have been starting to study now. We pray for your Country about the C19, I think that there the winter will start, so the C19 becomes strong on the cold season. So it is better to force the prevention. We think you in our prayer. We think Dorothy and her family in our Communion Service on Sunday in St Michael Ambohidava and on 01st November in St James Ambatondrazaka. God gives the repos to her, Amen. We thank her all things she has done for us and we believe that God,the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ know better that. God always thinks her, and receive her in the place that Jesus prepared for her,Amen.

God bless you Eileen,

Yours in Christ

Revd Olivier 

 

Le ven. 9 oct. 2020 à 14:17, Eileen routh <eileen_routh@btinternet.com> a écrit :

Dear Olivier,
The Lord be with you and all your people in this difficult and testing time.
We do appreciate the way you an Zo have kept in touch with information.   We think of you all as our brothers and sisters in Christ and it’s right and good that we all give each other support in the best ways we can.  It made us happy to hear how the Mothers Union In Mahatsinjo are helping their communities by making masks.  Can Zo tell us what the MU are doing in other churches.  This would help us pray for their work
We are so pleased that the money we’ve sent is helping people with basic needs during this  awful pandemic. 
In the uk, things improved during the summer, but it is getting a lot worse again now.  The government here are worried that hospitals will be overwhelmed and we are expecting tighter restrictions to be put in place in areas where the C19 numbers are high. Our lives  are quite restricted at present and as in Madagascar, even Weddings and funerals are difficult.
Dorothy, a much loved member of Blean Church and a great supporter of the Madagascar Link has died( but not of Covid) Her  funeral is onOct.21st, but not many church members will be able to attend.
I haven’t been able to go to Blean for several months now, but I keep in touch with what they are doing through the news letters that John Moss sends out.  These also contain readings, prayers and reflections as well as any news we get from Madagascar. 

This is just to make sure we keep in touch, and to assure you of my continuing prayers.  Send me news when you can, but I understand if that’s hard while you deal with all the churches you are responsible for at this difficult time
(Judy and I love the letters that Zo sends.  We are so delighted that she is doing so well with her English)
With love and prayers
Eileen
 

13th April 2020

Dear Our friends in Blean,

With Joy I represent all congregation in my deanery,my parish to greet you: HAPPY EASTER DAY. Whatever happen in our World through the CORONA VIRUS, the important things we have to remind is that Jesus is risen, He has destroied all power in this world.He has shared His victory with us. So don't be afraid we have a WINNER and we also are win with Jesus.

Next, because of this problem(CORONA), the activity of the church must be stoped. Even though I want inform you that the house of the Cathechist in St Michael Ambohidava has already finished, we also could help others families who has a damages houses,there is about 4 houses.We think that it may help them to repair their house. 

As the matter on fact we thought to share the provision for the congregation in Ambohidava on 22 March but because of CONFINEMENT, we couldn not to do that, so we think for waiting after this problem. It's a good idea to help them to prevent the COVID-19. So I repeat to thank you very very much for your supporting us. More of the people here seemed to give up because of the following damage attacked in our area, fortunately the Church support them. We will send you the photo on next so you know how is going the helping and sharing here.

About Holy Week and Easter Celebration, I prepared every day a sermon and I publied it through the local Radio and TV and I shared it also through my facebook page. On Easter,each family celebrated it on their house, It reminds us the Passover in Egypt on time of Moses (Exodus 12). For my family,we celebrated it in Church. Thanks to be God that even there is no assembly to celebrate it, all congregation could to feast in their house. The Oecumenical council of church here in Ambatondrazaka also organised the oecumenical prayer and praise so that the Christian can follow it in TV and Radio. 

We pray one another so our Merciful God take out this COVID-19 from our and your land and our world.

God bless you

Yours in Christ

Revd Olivier

*attached with it the Easter celebration for my family     

 

 

12th April 2020

Dear Eileen,

It is wonderful to hear from you. We can be really grateful that technology helps us in many good ways, especially now that we are limited in what we can do due to the spread of the disease. 

Thank you for the very kind words sent to the church in Ambatondrazaka. These are exactly what we need during these difficult times. 

We try to keep up with the news from around the world, generally sad and worrying news, especially when we consider how things are here. All we can do is pray and especially follow the guidelines given by the authorities to limit the spread of the virus. 

To this day, we have had 102 confirmed cases and out of those, 12 have recovered. We are currently in our third week of partial lockdown in Tana and Toamasina. We still have no incoming/outgoing international or internal flights. People are not allowed to travel in or out of Tana, and all public transports in Tana and Toamasina have been suspended. Any form of gatherings (including church services) throughout the country are not permitted. All shops have been asked to close appart from food markets and supermarkets which are allowed to open till midday. Due to challenges faced by the majority of the population however, many still have to go out to earn money and buy food despite the danger. The government does try to donate food to part of the population, but it is still not sufficient. 

As you understand, it certainly is very difficult, as it is in your context as well, to adapt to changes as we are no longer able to hold church services. Fortunately, the council of churches (FFKM: Reformed, Lutheran, Roman Catholic and Anglican) have organised televised ecumenical services for the past four sundays. During this Holy Week, each denomination took turns to hold a televised service so that people throughout the country can continue to be united in prayer despite not being able to pray in their churches. 

We certainly live in a very different world at the moment, but we hope we will all come out of this situation with some sort of renewal. 

I hope you and everyone there have a blessed Easter. 

Let’s continue to pray for each other, and stay in touch.

Best Wishes,

Marc

 

30th January 2020

REPORT OF THE DISASTERS VICTIMS OF THE BAD WEATHER

PASSED IN OUR AREA ON LAST WEEK

Our area was victim of the bad weather last week. There was a big raining during 4 days. So it was more bad impact for many village and rice-field and many farming and breeding because of the water escaping. Many substructures were damaged in our town. So we are now isolated because more roads and bridges were damaged. It was hard for me because Bishop Remi was dead on last Wednesday, so I have to join in Tana at that time but unfortunately I was not able to go there.

After raining I visited my congregation in my parish: in Ambatondrazaka there are more people victims. For my congregation, there are houses damaged and 9 families are disasters victims, also in Ambohidava the house of Catechist is damaged and its roofs was taken out by the storm. 13 families is disasters victims now. It is hard for our area. More people asked and beg me to help them: “help us Revd ,help us. What I can do for them, help me. I send you some photos I took on my visit the disasters victims.

It is more dangerous than the cyclone here. So we are now no water and no electricity. So the government find the way to resolve the big problem. In our Country, two regions are large victims: Area of Boeny and our area:Area of Alaotra-Mangoro. We ask you to pray for us and to pray for our congregation victims.

   

Rev Olivier with villagers               Catechist's house Ambohidava - part destroyed

 

 Flooded houses

 

Bridge previously used by visitors from Blean

 

God bless you all

Yours in Christ

Revd Olivier!

...and here is an exchange of messages between contacts in Madagascar and Eileen Routh...

Dear Mark, I had a distressing message and photos last night from Olivier . Ambatondtazaka has been hit  for 4 days by a big storm. It seems that they are cut off and isolated . Roads impassable and bridges down . He got an email through but he it is uncertain about communication links continuing. Ambohidava has been hit and the catechists house destroyed. He sent photos. Can you keep informed if you get more news until I know that Oliviers communication links are restored.. thanks . we will pray for them and see what we can do to help them.

Dear Eileen.
Thank you for this.
We have indeed had really bad flooding in many areas, and amongst them in Ambatondrazaka.
Several roads have been destroyed (bridges washed away) and low lying areas, especially those near rivers, are badly flooded.
The Government is trying to resolve problems especially regarding access to the regions that were cut off, including Ambatondrazaka.
I will try to get in touch with him and know how the situation is there.

Best regards,
Marc

According to official reports, 7 regions in Madagascar have been affected: Sofia, Alaotra Mangoro (Ambatondrazaka region), Boeny, Betsiboka, Melaky and Diana.

According to the last updates: 21 people died, 20 still missing, and over 80 000 people have been moved from their homes.

15th January 2020

REPORT OF ALL THE PROJECT SUPPORTED BY BLEAN IN AMBATONDRAZAKA

(FEEDING OF SUNDAY SCHOOL-HEALTH ANIMATION-EDUCTION)

 

Beforehand, in the name of God the Father,the Son,and the Holy Spirit, we greet you for the occasion of Christmas day and the New Year 2020. The grace of our Lord be always with us to pass all 366 days of this Year.

Thanks to be God for all works realised on 2019. Because of the supporting from the friends abroad to make live the Link between two Parish (Blean and Ambatondrazaka), some people in the Deanery and Parish of Ambatondrazaka have more benefit. It is important to know that for new Church Holy Trinity in Mahatsinjo, the project touched some village around Mahatsinjo but not only in the church. That is the proof that the message of the Gospel can reach and touch the life of the society.

Misses RAZANAMAMPIONONA Mamy Claire is actual president of the Mothers Union in the Holy Trinity Church in Mahatsinjo. She is a responsible of health in the Church. It is wonderful that she is courageous with her women friends in the Mothers Union to make know the women in the village about health and washing water and health nutrition. As the report they have given me they have a program to mobilize each village(name of village:Ampanefy – Anosimiarina – Mahatsinjo – Amparihy) every month and in the Church each Sunday. The theme that they taught are about : the respect of the clean food and healthy food – how prevent the diarrhoea – the sickness of the baby under 5 years old and the prevention – lactation – mobilization of the women to bring their children to give a vaccination – etc…

About the development of the women in the Church. The banana project in Moramanga had a good impact for the 3 families life. Three women in the mothers union in Moramanga was first used it. And this Year they pass it to other 3 women. The first 3 women continue to work with their benefit through the money they used.Before the using the money,they were lived in the difficult life.They found the money for their family with hard work and washing clothes for their boss.So their life depends on their boss,but now they can use and manage their benefits . And other women also start to use it : maybe banana or other things as their talent but the objective is the money that the women use have to have an impact in their life.

The women from two Church (Mahatsinjo – Manakambahiny) is now starting to use the sewing machines. They also study the embroidery, especially in Mahatsinjo and Moramanga. About the gift from Sally about machine, this January I will go to Tana to buy it to the women in St Michael in Ambohidava. More of the women here, if they saw that 4 Churches (Manakambahiny – Moramanga – Mahatsinjo – Ambohidava ) have got a machine, they want to get also like the women in St Peter Andreba and Andranomena. I think that it is good if we will see how is the result of the using the machine.

About Pascal and Tendry, they have written the letter of grateful for you, so I scan it and send it you with it. They continue their study this year because your supporting.

Finally, the feeding project in the Sunday School in all churches in my Deanery is going well. It has a good impact for the Church, especially for the mission and evangelism in the Children. More of the church in our deanery is far from here so it is difficult to communicate with them. Fortunately there is a phone to use so they can report me how is going the project. So that why sometimes we have no photos to show you.

For ending, I want to show you our gratefulness for all supporting from you. We can not reply but we believe that God, the Father of Jesus Christ well see you for all things you do for us.

In our bank we have seen that the money you have sent, has already been in our Bank, so we start to use it about : feeding – health – education – sewing machines.

 

Thank you very very much.God bless you all

Yours in Christ

Revd Olivier 

 

28th November 2019

Roger Vickerman has produced an article for the  Blean Church magazine, and this is reproduced below:

 

Madagascar Developments

 

It is now a year since our successful Madagascar evening when Eileen, Judy and I talked about our visit in June and July 2018 and outlined plans for the future development of our link with the Revd Olivier’s churches around Ambatondrazaka and others in the Area Deanery. Much has happened during the past year reflecting the developments envisaged in the “umbrella” to bring together education, healthy eating, improved hygiene and self-help; much of this being coordinated through the Mothers’ Union.

A core annual budget of £3000 is being provided through funds allocated by the PCC and the money raised through the regular Madagascar Lunches that continue to be a great success in both raising awareness and communicating developments to a wider group of people in Blean. This core budget contributes to the feeding programme for children in all the churches and for education relating to hygiene and healthy eating that we promoted during our visit. Two young men, Pascal and Tendry, both of whom we met when in Madagascar last year, are being supported in their education. Pascal is studying in the Theological Institute in Antananarivo with a view to becoming a priest. Tendry studies in High School in Manakambahiny and also wants to be a priest.

Outside the regular budget we have been supporting two self-help projects. Using an award of £500 from a charity chaired by Canon Norman Woods we are supporting a banana ripening project organised by the Mothers’ Union in in Moramanga. The idea is for them to buy unripened bananas and ripen them before selling them on, with the money raised supporting the women and generating profits that can be reinvested in the business. We are looking forward to hearing about the success of this project soon. The second project is to provide sewing machines for the groups in each village to enable them to make clothes etc. By the end of the year we should have sent sufficient money for the purchase of up to six machines; this is being raised from specific donations and from sponsored events such as a 5k run undertaken recently by Sally Penfold.

A fruit tree, a Crab Apple, has now been planted (currently in a pot close to the South Door before being moved to a permanent location). This complements those we purchased and donated to each church in the Ambatondrazaka District at the 10th Anniversary Service last year to symbolize growth and the bearing of fruit from our link.

We have been fortunate, whilst he has been studying at the University of Kent, to have the company of Marc Ranarivelo, whose father is Bishop of Antananarivo. Marc attended our event last year and also spoke at the “Second Sunday Special” service on 16 June. This was a great opportunity to hear first-hand about a number of issues including the current problems of training for the ministry in Madagascar. 

Much has also happened in Madagascar reflecting the growth that our link has helped to promote.  Revd. Olivier has spoken about the development of our link to the Diocesan Synod in Antananarivo. The Bishop held a confirmation service (left) at St James, Ambatondrazaka on 22 September and later dedicated the new church in Mahatsinjo as Holy Trinity (right). This was first visited as a wooden shack by Sally and Jim in 2011 and the new building was visited by Eileen, Judy and me in 2018.

The extended and rebuilt church of St James, Ambatondrazaka (below) will be dedicated by the Bishop on 24 November. Blean contributed particularly to the roof, but there is still work to do on the windows – this may be another project which could be supported outside the regular giving.

This combination of a regular financial contribution from the ongoing projects and some additional funding given by individuals has helped to support our link. But the link is not just about money and projects it is about a living and developing journey in which we learn so much from each other and which will continue to bear fruit as we hope will the trees that symbolise our growth.

This depends on the continued support of all those who attend the regular Madagascar lunches, those who donate or raise money for specific projects and those who maintain a special interest not just in the link but in the wider developments in Madagascar (informed by a regular newsletter compiled by Mike Swain) where political instability and damaging changes to agriculture and mining threaten the stability of a rare and important biodiversity.

Roger Vickerman

 

6th October 2019

Dear Eileen,

Happy to write to you again!

Just inform you that I'm here in Abidjan from last week to this next week to join the training of translation supported by the universal bible society.Our training will finish on Friday and we will return in Madagascar on Saturday.

On 27th October I will celebrate with my parish and deanery  the 20th anniversary of my clerk life.I ordained as a deacon on 08th August 1999. We are also preparing the dedication of extending church in Ambatondrazaka on 24th November.

When I will come to Ambatondrazaka I will report you about the donation of sewing machine to the mothers union in Manakambahiny and Mahatsinjo with the photos because it has already finished. The same the health teaching about the washing hands and the healthy food and the prevent of the darrhée did by Mme Claire on the deanery meeting of the mothers union!

Continue to pray for you! God bless you all!

Yours in Christ

Revd Olivier

26th September 2019 - a brand new church building at Mahatsinjo was dedicated. Here are some pictures from that happy day:

  

 

August 2019

Here are pictures from a recent confirmation service conducted by the Bishop of Antananarivo and Rev Olivier.

The service took place at the newly extended church in Ambatondrazaka:

 

6th September 2019

Dear Eileen,

With joy I can to write you again. There were more things to do in the life of the Church, especially in our diocese. So, I have just a little time to meet my family and my parish. I go up and down Tana-Ambatondrazaka during July - August - this September. Last week we had an Archdeaconry area meeting in the Church of Amboasary Gara. Amboasary is one of the Church in my parish. Before that (two successive weeks) there was a meeting of mother’s union and youth in our Deanery area. In Ambatondrazaka we are now preparing the feast of diaspora of our Church in St James. The dedication of the extending church will be on the month of November or December. There is still more things to finish in it. The windows is just so heavy for us, is there a family to be able to help us about it. I have good news for you that the dedication of Mahatsinjo will on 26 September. Because of your help for bricks and roofs, it makes the congregation there to finish the work.

My family and our Church think Jim in our prayer. Tomorrow morning at 6 'o clock we will pray for him in the celebration of the holy communion.

On the meeting of mother’s union in our deanery area, Mme Claire did the mobilisation of washing hands and the healthy food. I will send it next time.

God bless you Eileen,

Yours in Christ

Revd Olivier  

28th May 2019

Dear all friends in Blean,

I'm happy to write to you again.I was not here in Ambatondrazaka during last week after my meeting to the mothers union in Moramanga.My mother was ill but now she become well.

Thank you very very much for your supporting us.We feel that we have a true friends to find how to improove the social life for the people(phisical-intellectual and spiritual).

The banana project in Moramanga was starting.I met the mothers union there two weeks later and gave them the money from you for doing banana project.The women are very very happy and I see from their face that they have hope to success this project.

The council of church here also met to arrange about the using money for education and health.So it needs to support the alphabetisation in Mahatsinjo and the health mobilisation,especially the washing hands and the using the healthy food for the women ther.Misses Lova and Claire lead this project there.

We think also to support TENDRY, the boy talk with you about his problem of their study in the secondary school,during your visit here.He want to be a priest but he must to have diplome BACCALAUREAT.He is still in the secondary school.His parents have a difficult for life so they cannot pay his school fees.So the council of Church and Blean commission here decide to help TENDRY for paying his school fees from the money you sent for supporting the education and health.

PASCAL, the boy who study in theological college in Tana,and he has got a book from you during your visit here.He also needs to help for paying the school fees in College.It is difficul for him and the council here decide to help him.He study at college during 2 years the rest.

Finally,if it is possible to buy sewing machine for the women in Manakambahiny, I hope it is possible, we buy it for women.It uses for improoving their life.They are ready to teach one another to sew.The women in Mahatsinjo and Moramanga and Ambohidava want to get it also,so we will see if the money you send may be enough about that.

 

Your challange and our challenge for our link in our Deanary and Parish may change the life of more people(bodly-intelectual-spiritual).Thank you very very much.We cannot answerd more things you do for us but we ask God to answer you all good works you do for our parish.

 

God bless you

Yours in Christ

Revd Olivier 

 

24th March 2019

Dear Freinds in Blean,

 Peace of the Lord be with you all.

I'm in Tana now to prepare my journey to ABIDJAN (COTE D'IVOIRE) to be appointed the Bible translator training during 14 Days.Our departure will be on 30 March. So I ask you to pray for me.

I hope that my wife Zo has already writen you about how is going here the project. So I confirm it with photos that I have in my hand.

Thank you very for much because your support is very very helpful for us healthy, bodily, intelectually and especially spiritually.

Thank you very . God bless you

Yours in Christ

Revd Olivier 

REPPORT OF FEEDING PROJECT JANUARY TO MARCH – SHARING CLOTHES TO AMBOHIDAVA BY THE MOTHERS UNION IN AMBATONDRAZAKA

    PREPARATION OF FOOD FOR CHILDREN IN ST JAMES AMBATONDRAZAKA : WOMEN PREPARES CHICKEN.

   CHILDREN EAT RICE WITH MEAT OF CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES AND BANANA. THEY’RE HAPPY.

   SUNDAY SCHOOL IN ANDREBA

   SOCIAL ACTION IN AMBOHIDAVA. THE CONGREGATION IN AMBATONDRAZAKA COLLECTED CLOTHES FOR THE PEOPLE 

 

Dear Eileen, 

I'm very happy to write again with you, What's new in Blean? here in Ambatondrazaka , nothing special to say. For this year, the feeding project continue, you know, I don't know to send in e-mail photos; when Olivier arrive in Ambatondrazaka( because he is in Antananarivo for a meeting with all reverend in the diocese of Antananarivo) he will send you the photo about the feeding project. Last sunday also we have give some clothes to churchmate in Ambohidava. Olivier will send also some photos about that. About the alphabetization in Ambohidava, the women try to find the best moment to learn because of their occupation at home. 

I must leave you know. Take care of yourself and your lovely family.

God bless you

Zo

31 December 2018

Dear Friends in Blean,

The word became Flesh(John 1:14): ALL PEOPLE FROM AMBATONDRAZAKA ARE HAPPY TO GREET YOU FOR THE OCCASION OF CHRISTMAS DAY AND THE NEW YEAR 2019.As the Queen Elizabeth 2 sayd that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is never out of date,so we all always live through the grace of the Incarnation.The Word making Flesh is the source of Life.Thanks God to give us His Grace so the Church always live through the evangelism and the sacrement of Grace. God bless you all.

Yours in Christ

Revd Olivier and his family

These photos show how Christmas is done - Malagasy style:

10 December 2018

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July to November 2018

*****  Visit and 10th Anniversary of Blean Church link with Madagascar *****

In July 2018 three members of Blean Church congregation visited Madagascar. If you would like to have PDF copies of some of the many inspirational photographs taken during the visit, together with further information, as used in the very successful team presentation at Blean village hall in November 2018, please contact: mike.swain@talk21.com

In the meantime, here are the personal reflections of one of the team who went to Madagascar: 

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25th May 2018

REPORT OF FEEDING PROJECT FROM MARCH TO MAY 2018

FROM St JAMES IN AMBATONDRAZAKA:

The teachers of Sunday school in

St James Ambatondrazaka prepare

to feed the Children on 11th March.

Rice and Pork with vegetable.

How happiness after taking

lunch and taking a desert banana

FROM St MICHAEL AMBOHIDAVA:

How pleasant picnic with the feeding.

They always show their happiness.

They’re preparing also the receiving

 the friends from Blean.

 

On 02 April Easter Monday,

they ate rice and chicken.

FROM CHURCH INAMBOASARY:

The teachers and the Sunday School

 in Amboasary on 15 April.

 Rice and Goose meat.

FROM St PAUL MANAKAMBAHINY:

The teachers and the Sunday School

 in St Paul Manakambahiny.

Sorry for the picture not clear.

They ate rice and chicken.

FROM MAHATSINJO :

After playing they took a lunch.

Rice with pork and green,

vegetable and pineapple.

Feeding on 13 May.

FROM St BARTHOLOMEW ANDRANOMENA:

The Sunday School in Andranomena,

a Church in the parish of Andreba.

The number of Children increased.

Feeding project on 06 May.

 

There are some Churches that I didn’t receive a report from yet.

The teachers and all Children in Sunday School and their parents

always show their grateful to you for your supporting them

to help for increasing physically and intellectually especially spiritually.

 

Thank you very very much

May God bless you all

Revd Olivier

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12th March 2018

Dear all friends in Blean,

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,the love of God the Father and the fellowship of Holy Spirit be with you all.

I want to send you some pictures about the feeding project in St James,my photos with MgrTrevor,thevisite of Mgr Trevor with one Bishpo from Australia and all Bishops of Episcopal Church in Madagascar to the Malagasy President HeryRAJAONARIMAMPIANINA,and new extending St James Church with new roof supported by you.

Pictures from the feeding programme; teachers preparing food and children showing bananas:

I was with Mgr TREVOR WILLMUT on the reception at MAHATAZANA RESTAURANT after the consecration of Right RevdSamy to be as an assistant Bishop of TulearDiosese.

Mgr Trevor visited with all Bishops of Madagascar to the President of Madagascar’s Republic,His Excellence Hery RAJAONARIMAMPIANINA on 27 February 2018.

The extension of Church of St James in Ambatondrazaka has already covered the roof. All roofs are supported by Blean Parish plus here are the windows of the church.

   

                                    

We think that the extending Church is specialized to memory of our 10th of our Link.It’s good if the work will be finished before your visit on June and July,so pray for us because there is more things to do.

There’re still more things we need supporting.Even though I feel that our all congregations here strive as possible to give and to do somethings as their talent that they have to work of extendningchurch.They do it with enthusiasm and proudly as they’re Anglican.So pray for us.

God bless you all

Yours in Christ

Revd Olivier

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2nd January 2018

Dear all friends in Blean parish,

I represent my family and all congregations in my parish and our deanary to present you all our best greeting for the occasion of Christmas day a New Year 2018.We always trust in God.We trust His Great Love showing for us every day and we trust His Unique Slavation in Jesus Christ for ever and ever.So to walk into the 365 days we have God the Father of Jesus Christ and always protect His people.Be strong to serve the Lord and to develop His Church.Grace,peace and prosperity from God upon in you all and protect you to walk in the new year.Message for you in the book of Psalm 121.

I forget to tell you that we had a sad news about the family of Georges and Laurette and Germaine.Jim and Sally have known these family because they were received by them.The husband of Germaine called Georges Lock-Tong,father of Georges was dead on last 29 November.Pray for them. 

The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,the Love of God the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Yours in Christ

Revd Olivier and his family

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06th November 2017

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25th July 2017

Dear all friends in Blean,

We're happy to make you know that the money you have sent for supporting the roof of Ambatondrazaka and Solar panel for Mahatsinjo is in our Bank now,

It's £1982.52.Thank you very, very much for your help because it is make us to be strong to continue the great work before us. We hope that the new church in Mahatsinjo will become clear, not only by energy but also clear spirituality.

So to show you our delighted, we repeat you three times thank ,thank ,thank you.

Thanks be to God that we could celebrate the harvest feast in Ambatondrazaka on last Sunday 23 July. Most people came to the church to bring their product and fruit that the Lord blessed them. The money we got in this time is for continuing the work of the extending in Ambatondrazaka.

God bless you all,

Yours in Christ

Revd Olivier

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