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

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This is Madagascar– donating blood edition

We experienced a devastating loss last month when...


“Uterine rupture stands as a single...

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 is currently pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Intercultural Studies at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena.

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 as well as a Master’s of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Alissa recently completed a degree in Midwifery and is now a Licensed Midwife as well.

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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January 16, 2015 |

Twenty Fourteen

Twenty Fourteen was quite the year… there was good and there was hard, there were times of joy and sadness,...

December 31, 2014 |

A Village Transformed– Maman’i Kambana

In late 2006, the first mangrove propagule went into the mud in the mangrove channels that surround a remote...

October 29, 2014 |

Sarobidy Maternity Center- a video

We opened the Sarobidy Maternity Center just shy of 18-months ago.  Nearly 18 months that we’ve had the...

October 14, 2014 |

and the winners are….

Last week I posted our first giveaway, thanks to the guys over at TenTree. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what...

October 6, 2014 |

TenTree- a giveaway!

Back in August we hosted a great group of Eden Projects supporters for 8 days of crazy travel to remote villages,...

September 24, 2014 |

Through their Eyes

We recently got to hang out with Josh and Amanda, some Santa Barbara friends who came to visit us and the ministry...

September 19, 2014 |

Introducing Paquerette’s Baby…

Meet Paquerette.  We’ve known Paquerette and her family for at least 2 decades, in fact we’ve known...

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