These last few weeks have been a blur of activities as we come to the end of our current term in Madagascar. In this post we want to highlight several of these latest events for you.
Anchor Education Retreat
The top reason why missionaries leave the field is their children’s educational needs. With that in mind, Anchor Education, a multi- mission agency organization, was established to support missionary families in Africa. Last year, Tammy was asked to represent AGWM on the board of this organization. In order to see just how Anchor might best serve our AGWM families, we decided to host a retreat for the missionary families in Madagascar.
Along with a fantastic committee of other missionary friends, we hosted 4 Anchor Education Specialists from Europe for a 3-day MK education retreat. Seminar topics included Third Culture Kid issues, transition, schooling and resources options in Madagascar, math, reading and writing support, preschool curriculum, as well as preparations for university and much more.
A parallel program was offered to the missionary kids. Their topics included Third Culture Kid Issues, science and art activities, games, and making and presenting puppet plays. A broad range of testing (like the IOWA Basic) was offered for students as well.
We had eight 68 people from 9 nationalities and 11 different missionary agencies. The feedback was very positive. One of the greatest benefits was getting to know each other—both for the parents and kids. We have great resources within the country that we didn’t even know about.
FIRE Bible Training
The Full Life Study Bible/ Fire Bible has been available in Malagasy since 2007. It is the only study Bible in the Malagasy language, making it a Bible very much in demand across all denominations. But we have discovered that having the Study Bible doesn’t mean that our pastors and believers know how to use it.
Using a Malagasy translation of “Experiencing your Fire Bible,” we taught 95 pastors how to better use the tools within their Study Bible. It isn’t enough to know the Word of God. We want to live it!
25th Graduation of the Madagascar Assemblies of God Bible School
This year’s Bible School was a landmark year for several reasons. First of all, it marked the 25th graduating class. The school has grown and changed a great deal since its early days when it met in a tent!
We also had 30 teachers receive their official Level 1 Teacher’s Certification through The Association for Pentecostal Theological Education in Africa (APTEA). We are so proud of each teacher who took the training and submitted his or her project.
After two years of hard work, our Bible School is now an official APTEA recognized Pentecostal training institution. WE DID IT! We now have a 5-year action plan to continue making improvements at the school to better train future leaders for the Madagascar Assemblies of God.
What’s next? Pack the house! We’re looking forward to seeing you on the itineration trail!