Expect the Unexpected… July 2016 News
Expect the Unexpected…
That’s what we tell all people coming out to Madagascar, whether to visit or to live…. “expect the unexpected”. Things can change quickly here–sometimes at a drop of a hat all plans for the day are flipped upside. Maybe it’s because of a birth, or a death, or thievery, or an unplanned meeting with one of the minister’s of health or water and forestry. Sometimes it’s something that directly affects us and other times it’s something that indirectly affects us as it directly affects one of our Malagasy friends, teammates or employees.
Going Once, Going Twice…
As you may know, we started a campaign to raise funds to purchase the maternity center property– essentially, the HUB of all of our Red Island Restoration ministries as we seek to restore HEALTH, FORESTS and HOPE! At this time, we’ve reached 26.5% of the purchase price of $111,000 for the property. Though the campaign will continue, the closing date to receive some amazing reward benefits is quickly approaching on August 15th! We meet with the owners in September when they visit Madagascar from France and at this time, would like to provide them solid progress on our fundraising efforts as we together determine the upcoming purchase date.
All donations, small and large and everything in between are 100% tax deductible through our mission organization, WorldVenture. Upon purchase, WorldVenture, a registered non-profit in the USA, and an internationally recognized NGO here in Madagascar will own the property ensuring that the Sarobidy Center property will be used to continue to bless, serve and partner with the surrounding community for generations to come!
Thank you for your prayers whispered on our behalf for the departure of Selah, our amazing teacher who we dearly miss, as well as prayers for the Jensen and Brightfamilies upon their arrival and as they transition to life in Madagascar! As I type this, both families are currently engaged in a week-long home-stay with two different Malagasy families in order to begin to learn the language, culture and build relationships. We ask that would continue to pray for us as we transition from being a field of two families and a single in our city to now being a field of four families with a fifth family, the Gough’s, likely arriving in September to teach our kids! The transition is undeniably real for each of us! Please pray with us for peace, unity, deep friendships and community!
Thank you for standing with us in prayer during this time of transition, of new growth, and of unexpected events. We’re thankful that we serve a faithful Father who is all-knowing of each and every detail!