Better to love God and die unknown than to love the world and be a hero; better to be content with poverty than to die a slave to wealth; better to have taken some risks and lost than to have done nothing and succeeded at it. --Erwin Lutzer

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Come read about the adventures of our family of five as we seek to Restore Health, Forests and Hope in Christ on the red island of Madagascar

Bonjour… change on the horizon!

Bonjour… Change on the horizon Born to...

Ten on Ten- June 2018

So many months since Ten on Ten. I miss this...

Breath in our lungs…

Back on this side… Thank you for your...

About Red Island Restoration

Red Island Restoration is a response to God’s leading in our lives to see Madagascar restored in Health, Forests and Hope in Christ.

Jamie was born and raised in Madagascar as a missionary kid and as a result, has a deep understanding of Malagasy culture and language as well as a powerful love for his home country and the Malagasy people.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Alissa was born and raised in Santa Barbara and while serving on a short-term mission trip to Madagascar in 1999, fell in love with this island nation and it’s people.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, a Master’s of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner as well as a degree in Midwifery.

We met while attending Seattle Pacific University and later fell in love while working beside one another in Madagascar in 1999.  After a few years in Madagascar serving together, we returned to the States in 2002 to get married.  3 kids, a few degrees and 8 years later, our family of five returned to the great Red Island in January 2011.


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May 14, 2018 |

The Sarobidy Maternity Center turns FIVE

It’s 3:04am. I typically keep my nighttime festivities to a bit earlier but jet lag is keeping me and our...

May 10, 2018 |

Charcoal Mafia…

Morangobe is an area north of our city that contains one of the few and largest old growth coastal mangrove...

April 9, 2018 |

Airing the Dirty Laundry…

Thank you for your prayers as we traveled back to the great red island earlier this month! It was the most...

March 4, 2018 |

Take off…

And… we’re off! We’re sitting waiting to board our first flight. Goodbyes have been said, tears...

February 6, 2018 |

African Rains…

For all of you who have experienced African rains… the dramatic thunder and lightening, rain so loud on a...

January 18, 2018 |

For unto us…

For unto us a child is born… Advent has come and passed, the Christmas decorations are taken down and packed...

January 3, 2018 |

Sarobidy Maternity Center Video Update

The Sarobidy Maternity Center opened in May 2013– to be honest, it was a completely unconventional...

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