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Books I have Read: Carnival Kingdom

I have to declare a slight interest here. I know a number of the authors and editors of this book and they were kind enough to let me have a copy for free. That being said, I can honestly say that Carnival Kingdom is an excellent book and one which will interest many readers of this blog. Subtitled, Biblical Justice for Global Communities, the book explores why in which the topsy-turvey, first-will-be-last Kingdom of God can and should interact with the world we are living in. This isn’t a comfortable book and…

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Late August News

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Team work in Madagascar

A couple of days ago I got back from Southern Madagascar where I spent two weeks working with a translation team helping them check their translation of Luke’s Gospel for accuracy so that it can be made ready for publication in the next few months. We certainly had our work cut out in order to reach the end of Luke, resolving all the issues that came up along the way, but with God’s help and by working long days we made it, finishing around 6.30 pm on Saturday evening! People…

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Madagascar Photographs

This is a gallery of photographs that Sue took on her recent trip to Madagascar. It may take a little while for some of them to load – sorry about that.

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News from Sue in Madagascar

It was strange being out of the country during the election and even stranger that there is still no clear outcome yet! Fortunately the political situation here in Madagascar remains fairly stable even though things are not resolved: talks between the ousted president and the current leaders didn’t seem to come to anything. News about the local language situation however is more encouraging. Many of the translation teams reported that in the different language areas people were starting to use their own language more. The Betsimisaraka team told us how…

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Beware the Headlines!

Does anyone else find newspaper headlines annoying? You would think that as well as trying to grab our attention they were also designed to give a hint about what the article actually contains. All too often, though, they mislead, as I discovered when I read this Reuters article about the political situation in Madagascar. The headline reads: ‘France backs Madagascar’s Rajoelina – Former Leader.’    At first glance it appears that France have declared their backing for the current leader of the ‘Transitional Authority’, Andry Rajoelina, which would be surprising, because…

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Diplomats ‘tweet’ down Madagascar embassy rumours

It seems that more and more people are using Twitter as a way of getting their message across (not me yet though…). When US diplomats became aware of  rumours on the Internet that the deposed President of Madagascar, Marc Ravalomanana, had sought refuge in the US embassy in the capital Antananarivo,  they decided they had to act quickly. If people believed the former President was in the Embassy there was a risk that opposition supporters may attack the building, so to dispel these rumours US officials used Twitter. Read the…

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The Best laid plans of mice and men…

Recently, I’ve posted a couple of articles on the issue of planning in Christian mission (here and here). Today brings us a concrete example of why any plans have to be held lightly. Sue was due to fly to Madagascar next month for her next translation workshop. For the last couple of months, the country has been in a state of upheaval as two factions have fought for power. In fact things got so bad that they even made it onto the British domestic media! Today, we learned that the…

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Madagascar reaches a new crisis point

Madagascar is renowned as ‘the country of rumours’ and rumours are certainly rife as the prolonged political crisis  seems to be edging towards some sort of climax.  Thousands of opposition supporters are out in the streets of the capital, Antananarivo, again today where they are being addressed by opposition leader and former mayor of the city, Andry Rajoelina, who has been demanding that President Ravalomanana resign. This is the first time in a week that Rajoelina has appeared publicly for fear of arrest, hiding at one point in the French…

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Hopeful signs in Madagascar

There are encouraging signs that the political power struggle which has been going on in Madagascar over the last few weeks may be moving towards resolution: Madagascar’s president and his political rival have agreed to try to calm tensions that have seen about 100 people killed in the last month. It was the first meeting between President Marc Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina, the sacked mayor of Antananarivo, since the crisis began. Interesting too, that it was a church group that was instrumental in bringing the two sides together. Read the…

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