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

Recent Work

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

Hope Amidst Darkness and Illness (+ pictures!)

Thank you to all who prayed for our return to...

Bittersweet…

Thank you all for your prayers last month as we...

A Week in the Life…

There is rarely a quiet day at the Sarobidy...

More About Our Company

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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Recent Blog Posts

January 12, 2023 |

Hope Amidst Darkness and Illness (+ pictures!)

Thank you to all who prayed for our return to Madagascar!! The amount that transpired in that month was a bit...

December 12, 2022 |

Bittersweet…

Thank you all for your prayers last month as we wrapped up the first term of the school year at Rift Valley...

November 8, 2022 |

A Week in the Life…

There is rarely a quiet day at the Sarobidy Maternity Center. Mondays are prenatal days and are buzzing with...

October 15, 2022 |

Saving Lives…

Birth work is beautiful. It is also quite primitive. The flow of hormones and surges and work and strength to...

September 23, 2022 |

Trust Without Borders…

For the last 15+ years, Jamie and I have known with certainty, where the Lord has been calling us individually,...

August 7, 2022 |

Favorite Things…

As we’ve been in the USA for the last few weeks, we’re so thankful for the new life that abounds at...

July 10, 2022 |

A Bit of Home

A bit of home in Kenya… Earlier this month we welcomed several of our dear Malagasy friends and co-workers...

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