As we travel the United States this year sharing about what God has been doing in Madagascar, many people have asked us what is happening in Madagascar while we’re gone. The truth is… quite a lot has been happening, thanks to a great team of AGWM missionaries.
Our mission team, in many ways, is like a church staff. Each of us has particular gifts and talents that we use to help move the Malagasy Assemblies of God church move forward under a united vision. Unlike a church staff, our team is also like a surrogate family, when our real families are 10,000 miles away, we act as aunts and uncles to other MKs (Missionary Kids) and we live life together. We worship together, pray together, and we do ministry together. We like to use the phrase, “I’ve Got Your Back!” We look out for each other and when one of us succeeds, we all succeed. Tammy and I want to take this posting to brag on our teammates who continue the work in Madagascar while we are home on furlough.
Aaron and Heather Santmyire have been in Madagascar since 2007. They have two great kids, Isabelle and Josiah. Aaron has his doctorate in nursing and practices medicine through a mobile clinic in many hard to access places in Madagascar. In addition to his medical ministry, Aaron is helping to provide leadership to our team while we are in the States. Both Aaron and Heather teach at the Bible School and together they oversee the Assemblies of God orphanage.
Jay and Carey Rostorfer have been in Madagascar since 2004 and they have four wonderful girls. Two of them, Jordan and Constance, have returned to America, but their two youngest, Jael, and Candace, are still in Madagascar. Jay is a great preacher and does quite a bit of evangelistic outreach as well as Bible school teaching. Jay is also the National Commander for Royal Rangers and is over seeing the translation and printing of the Royal Rangers curriculum into the Malagasy language. Carey has a huge heart for worship ministry, women’s ministry, and leads a regular discipleship class for pastor’s wives, helping them to disciple and mentor the women in their churches.
Jim and Meg Thacker are new to Madagascar this past year, but are veteran missionaries with an education background having served in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Burundi, and several other countries. They bring their years of teaching experience to Madagascar helping our Bible school and extension schools to grow and expand. New curriculum is being translated and printed and new ideas are being formed to help improve the educational opportunities for our pastors and leaders.
Billy and Jo Wilson have been in Madagascar since 2012 and are also veteran missionaries who have served in the DRC (Congo), Kenya, and Rwanda. They have a heart to help mentor young pastors and develop leaders for church planting in the bush. They oversee our Madagascar Live Dead team on the Southeast coast, training church planters and building new churches where the church hasn’t gone before. They are such a blessing to that region and the pastors they serve.
In addition to these great teammates, we have others who help form a larger team, missionaries working with us from Tanzania, Romania, Reunion Island, and France. Together we are seeing the kingdom of God in Madagascar advance. Tammy and I are so grateful to have these wonderful people working shoulder to shoulder with us. We are so thankful that we can each look each other in the eye and state, “Hey Friend, I’ve Got Your Back!”
Our Upcoming Service Schedule
Feb. 8- Calvary Christian Assembly – Seattle, WA
Feb. 15- Columbia Heights Assembly Longview, WA
Feb. 16-18 Africa’s Hope Planning Meetings Springfield, MO
Feb. 22 AM- Libby Assembly of God Libby, MT
Feb. 22 PM- Troy Assembly of God Troy, MT
Mar. 1 – Christian Life Center Missoula, MT
Mar. 4 PM- Northwest Family Church Auburn, WA
Mar. 7-8 Faith Assembly Lacey, WA
Mar. 11 PM Yelm Prairie Christian Center Yelm, WA