Drought in southern Madagascar

Maybe it's just not news anymore because it seems to be happening almost every year and is becoming the 'norm', or maybe it doesn't hit the headlines in Britain because we don't really care what happens on the other side of the world, I don't know ...  But it is heartbreaking to read this: "My … Continue reading Drought in southern Madagascar

Madagascar: A cyclone in a political storm

Over the last few weeks and months Madagascar has been suffering a political storm as the elected President, Marc Ravalomanana, was forced out of office by young opposition leader Andry Rajoelina (with the support of the army!) even though elections were not due for 2 more years. Thousands of protestors from both sides have been … Continue reading Madagascar: A cyclone in a political storm

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…

Political situation in Madagascar

Over the last few days there have been further developments in the political situation in Madagascar. When Andry Rajoelina, mayor of the capital, Antananarivo, declared himself  'in charge' of the country and demanded that President Ravalomanana resign, he was removed from his office as mayor and replaced. Then on Saturday things took a turn for … Continue reading Political situation in Madagascar

Of Madagascar and Mayors

Madagascar's opposition leader Andry Rajoelina has proclaimed himself in charge of the country's affairs, following days of violent protests. "Since the president and the government have not taken their responsibilities... I will run all national affairs as of today," he said. The mayor of the capital, Antananarivo, is locked in a power struggle with President … Continue reading Of Madagascar and Mayors

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 … Continue reading From Tulear

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 … Continue reading The Luke Partnership

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, … Continue reading New Look Jesus Film