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. … Continue reading Books I have Read: Carnival Kingdom

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 … Continue reading Team work in Madagascar

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 … Continue reading News from Sue in Madagascar

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 … Continue reading Beware the Headlines!

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 … Continue reading Diplomats ‘tweet’ down Madagascar embassy rumours

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 … Continue reading The Best laid plans of mice and men…

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 … Continue reading Madagascar reaches a new crisis point