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 […]

Unrest in Madagascar

I was disturbed to hear news a couple of days ago of political unrest in Madagascar’s capital city, Antananarivo. It seems like the mayor of the city, Andry Rajoelina, and President Marc Ravalomanana are at loggerheads following the closure of the mayor’s TV network Viva after it broadcast an interview with former President Didier Ratsiraka. […]

From Tulear

It’s been a long time since I had to do so many things by candlelight. I can remember struggling to do my homework during power cuts due to strikes back in the 1970s, trying to read by the light of a paraffin lamp when we lived in Ivory Coast in the 1980’s and 1990s. Right […]

Turning the Bones

The BBC report on an aspect of Malagasay life about which I knew absolutely nothing: To outsiders dancing with the corpse of a dead loved one, years after their demise, might seem ghoulish. But as Jonny Hogg reports, to the people of Madagascar, it is a ritual of respect for their departed ancestors. (read more) […]

The Luke Partnership

There is an interesting article on the Lausanne World Pulse website entitled: ‘The Luke Partnership: A First Step in Evangelism, Church Planting and Discipleship.’ The Luke Partnership is a joint project of The Seed Company (a Wycliffe Bible Translators affiliate), the Jesus Film Project and SIL International. Regular readers of the blog will know that […]

New Look Jesus Film

As you know, Sue works on projects in Madagascar which aim to translate the Gospel of Luke and the Jesus film script into languages which don’t yet have any of the BIble. This is part of a movement to translate the Jesus film into as many languages as possible (see the full list here). However, […]

Bible Translation in Action

A few days ago Sue wrote; “I don’t know why I feel so tired”. Well, this video proves that she had earned the right to feel tired. In this two minute clip she isn’t checking a translation for quality – which is the normal consultant’s role – but rather helping the team to produce a […]


From Sue’s weekend foray into a lemur park. This post is more than a year old. It is quite possible that any links to other websites, pictures or media content will no longer be valid. Things change on the web and it is impossible for us to keep up to date with everything.

The End of a Workshop

I’m not sure why I’m feeling so tired – I felt like going to bed at about 7.30 tonight, but we had a staff meeting and then I needed to do some email. I think it must be that translation checking is very intensive and demands a huge amount of concentration moving back and forth […]

Can you close the door?

What could be simpler than asking someone to close the door you mightthink? But whenever you try and translate something from one language to another you come across the phenomenon of language and culture beingso closely bound together that they are almost impossible to separate. Let me give you an example. Here in Madagascar, someone […]