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Evangelism

2016-01-20-rev-hery

Rev. Hery travelling to one of Sakaraha’s outlying Churches

 

Bishop Todd and Rev. Patsy  have seen that a holistic ministry of evangelism, education, and economic development has provided hope to the people of Madagascar.  Partners elsewhere in the world help to support these ministries.

 

The Diocese trains, sends out, and supports priests and evangelists as they travel across the area, sometimes to reach places that are up to six days away from the Cathedral.

 

 

The evangelists can utilize tools provided by the Diocese, including the Campus Crusade “Jesus Film” in relevant language and spoken Bible study on a device the size of a walkie talkie.

 

 

In addition, PRP and the Diocese helps to establish the building of churches for people to gather to hear the gospel. Over the next eight years, the diocese has a goal of building 72 churches. The Diocese baptizes and confirms hundreds of people each year.

 

Confirmation at Andranomena  – 2015

 

Confirmation at Betioky - 2016

Confirmation at Betioky – 2016

 

Evangelism Update January- April 2017

Catechists training

To the glory of God we have expanded our training that was initially designed for the catechists to include preachers, cup bearers, and exorcists.  So far, we have had trainings in Toliara District and Morondava.  Trainings have been planned in Mahabo and Ambohifeno Parishes.  By the end of the year we hope to have trained at least 150 new lay leaders.  This eases the work of the priest, who has pastoral oversight over 7-15 churches.  It would be so strenuous to do all the work without lay leaders partnering in this team work.

New church plants:

This year we hope to plant at least 10 new churches. Two of which are in major districts of Benenitra and Beloha and are to be planted in June and July consecutively.  We ask for your prayers that the Lord will guide and protect us all and more especially that the Lord will cause the hearts of men to hunger and thirst for Him as we are making the final steps in planning.

Evangelism training:

Our student evangelists complete their studies at the end of May and begin their internship placements in early June after two weeks rest.  We had 6 students from our Diocese. 5 of them will be on 1 year placement as they wait commissioning and one will return for the second year. We also had 5 students from our sister Dioceses last year as a sign of being a blessing to others owing to the blessing that the Lord accorded us. They return to their Dioceses after training.  Classes resume in October.  

A further two students complete their placement this June and are scheduled to be commissioned later this year.

Pray for our students, that the Lord will keep them and strengthen them through their placements.

We are in the process of revising and upgrading the level of training so as to fit in recommendations from  the province for us to offer a valid certificate and diploma in Theology for everyone who trains at the center.

Churches construction:

In partnership with ICM, the churches in Ankiliabo and Morombe are already completed.  We hope to build 2 more new churches this year.  Betioky is already underway and either Ambovombe or Ambohifeno will follow once all the documents are ready.

We are also looking at building at least 5 temporary churches in areas where Christians are worshipping either under a tree or in a classroom or rented space.

Keep praying that the Lord will continue to expand his kingdom and that His will will be done on earth as it is in heaven.