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.


  1. I was a nurse at Manambaro from 1970-72. Did Jamie attend school at the Trano Vato? What years?
    Love reading about your work there. – what wonderful things you are doing on that beautiful island.
    Thank you
    Thank you
    Thank you

  2. I am glad I stumbled onto your blog page . We hadn’t heard from you in a long time. Please notify us of new posts to your blog.

    Hearing of the terrible storms or cyclones that hit your part of the world recently, we wondered how you were faring these days. Did the storms undo a lot of the reforestation work you’ve done? Did the people you work with suffer major property damage or family casualties as a result?

    If you plan to be returning on furlough to the USA this summer, we’d love to have you come for a special missions luncheon to give you an opportunity to update our congregation about your ministry in Madagascar.

    We enjoy hearing news from the many missionaries supported by Faith Covenant. Keep us posted.

    In His service,
    Sandy Johnson for the Missions Committee

  3. Your story is so inspiring. I live in Santa Rosa, CA. I just returned from a missions trip to Africa and was bitten by more bugs than one…now I have an itch to continue to serve Christ in ALL nations…I am so inspired by people – let alone entire families – like you who are living this out. I can’t wait to learn more!

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