Exciting things are happening for the new diocese of Toliara, the most recently developed diocese in the Anglican Communion.
Towards the end of 2013, Todd was able to live in Israel for six weeks, praying and walking many mornings in the Holy City. His partial sabbatical focused on writing his memories, which he hopes to have published sometime in the near future.
After Todd's refreshing break in Jerusalem and Patsy's 15 months in Mauritius, Patsy has returned to Madagascar and Todd and Patsy are living like older newly weds! After a few adjustments and negotiations of household responsibilities, we are loving our time together.
One of the exciting things that happened at the first Diocesan Synod (convention) for the Diocese of Toliara is the writing of a mission and vision statement. This actually helped unite the people as they took ownership of the Diocese and excitement was felt in the room during the strategic planning and development of the way forward for the Diocese of Toliara. The vision statement is: The Mission statement is:
A second highlight is the discussion held around women in ministry. The good news is that the Diocese has set up a task force to look into women and vocational ministry and help people understand the importance of having women in full time ministry. In the meantime, Patsy is able to fully function as a priest.
One of the primary focuses for the Diocese of Toliara in 2014 is to begin building the cathedral. It was apparent at the Synod that it is necessary to have a building which will hold all the Anglicans in the Diocese and which will officially seat the Bishop! We are outgrowing our current facilities quickly! Thanks be to God for. the $80,000 which has already been donated toward the Cathedral. There is opportunity for others to be involved through the matching gift of up to another $80,000. Please pray about your involvement and be generous in your giving as the Diocese of Toliara multiplies, grows and moves forward in Christ.
The Christians continue to grow in their relationship with Christ and their relationships with one another. Christian weddings in the church are becoming more prevalent as leaders are taking a stand to have their marriages blessed by God. A few months ago Todd baptized 212 in new church plants in rural villages in the south. Thank you for keeping these new Christians in your prayers.
Finally, Todd has been appointed as the head of the ecumenical movement in Toliara for 2014. Please pray for him as he leads the churches while the country still undergoes political transition.
The Revd. Dr. Patricia McGregor
Missionary Priest, Diocese of Toliara Madagascar
The Mission of People Reaching People
Making Disciples of Jesus Christ
Serving the Poorest of the Poor in Eastern Africa and Madagascar.
Greetings from Africa! Welcome to the People Reaching People ministry founded by Rt. Rev. Dr. Todd and Rev. Dr. Patsy McGregor. We encourage you to navigate our website and warmly invite you to join us in supporting this ministry to the poorest of the poor in Eastern Africa and Madagascar.
People Reaching People desires to transform lives through Christ. Our journey together consists of team work – making disciples of Jesus and helping to implement viable solutions to the economic, educational and evangelistic needs of this region.
We hope you will be edified through what the Lord is doing through us individually and together through People Reaching People… people just like you! You are welcome to join us, alongside and with us, as we walk together living our lives as people, reaching people. To God be the Glory!
Memo McGregor Support
Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.