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Tremendous News from Toliara!

Bishop Todd writes:

I have just received official word that the Archbishop of the Indian Ocean and the House of Bishops have approved and accepted the candidate: Rev. Canon RAZAFINDRALAMBO Samitiana Jhonson as the new assistant bishop of the Diocese of Toliara. PRAISE THE LORD!

Another glorious event in which we can celebrate the Lord’s doing.

Thank you Lord for guiding and directing us this year. Thank you for raising up another leader for the Diocese of Toliara! May you help him and his family during this transition.
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We welcome Church Mission Society missionaries, Rev Derek & Jane Waller, from England, who are coming to the Diocese shortly.

Please pray for Jane's visa to come through as soon as possible. (They already have Derek's).

Pray also that they will learn the language swiftly and easily, and that all travel will be straightforward. (Yes, I'm probably asking for a miracle with the travel!)

Derek will be working with local pastors and lay leaders to disciple Christians and grow the church. They plan to stay for three years, after which they hope to hand over to local Christians.

They worked with CMS in the 1980s in South Sudan. In the 23 years after they returned to the UK, Derek was ordained and served in three parishes. Jane worked in adult education and was also a magistrate. But they never lost their passion for mission across cultures. When the opportunity came to return to South Sudan to be involved in theological education they believed that this was the call of God. Sadly they were only there for 18 months before civil war broke out.

How have they got from South Sudan to Madagascar? The short answer is through many tears and much prayer. In the months after leaving South Sudan, they grieved for the friends they will not see and the work they will not complete. However, a chance meeting with Bishop Todd McGregor led to an invitation to the Diocese of Toliara. They accepted and are now excited about starting a new mission adventure in their 60s!
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Glen Tracy (who owns a landscaping business and is a parishioner of St James the Less, Northfield) is planning to return to Toliara in January or February 2018 to work on landscaping around the Cathedral, possibly building a rock garden and planting trees for shelter. Dates are currently flexible, depending on Glen’s travelling companions’ availability.

Glen visited Toliara in January 2015, with Eric Robison from St David’s, Glenview, to work on the gardens around Bishop Todd and Rev Patsy McGregor’s home and the Diocesan Offices, making them look beautiful, inviting, and a place of peace and joy.

If you are knowledgeable about plants, digging holes, smoothing paths or simply willing to follow Glen’s instructions and work alongside the Malagasy, please message Sue Babbs for more information.
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40 teachers and over 100 children graced the Cathedral Complex for Sunday School workshop and receiving Rooted in Jesus teachings. The Holy Spirit was flowing. Each District/Church presented plays, skits, songs.....there was tremendous joy all around praising God!!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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One lime green bag heading back to Toliara for the second time! 20 kits for Antananarivo and lots of PUL and flannel for the women in Toliara to sew. This time it is travelling via San Diego and Johannesburg. Thanks Escondido team for taking it out for us ... See MoreSee Less

Packing up kits for women and girls in Madagascar! 120 kits for girls in Marovoay Mahayana in the northern tip of the country, 34 Postpartum kits for women in the maternity of Itaosy Hospital in Antananarivo and 50 lbs of supplies for the DFG Enterprise in the southwest of the country that we are delivering for a team in Illinois that works with them. Changing lives all over the country! Thanks Matthew Nash DFG Super Dude for lugging kits all over Africa for us!

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