MEEK 1997

MEEK: Madagascar Evangelization Exchange Koinonia

Evangelization in Madagascar

The mission trip in Madagascar in 1997 was a very intense and enriching experience during which we were able to see God’s greatness and power. During our stay, we felt His presence and protection over us.
We set off this mission on the 21 July 1997. On that day, we got up at 3:00 a.m. and prepared ourselves to join the SAFIFI group at St. Laurent’s Cathedral. Since we were the first to arrive at the meeting point, we stayed in the car because it was biting cold and we began to pray and asked God to guide us during the whole trip. The journey really started at 5:00 a.m. while the city was still asleep. It was wonderful being in the minibus since the Malagasy people were very joyful and loved singing and laughing.

We first stopped in the thermal city of Antsirabe, located at 170 km from Tana, and more people from that town joined our group. We were then on the road again. At about 6:00 p.m., as it was getting dark, we started to worry because we had reached an area where the road was really bad. It is believed that rogues would often seize the opportunity to attack travellers since they had to slow down due to bad road infrastructure. We immediately began to pray even more fervently for the rest of the journey.
At about 10:00 p.m, we reached Ihosy which was about 500 km away from Tana. Even though we fasted during the day, that night we only had a thin slice of cake and a glass of water since shops close early in the countryside. The next day we started off again at 6:00 a.m. That day, it was like a dream; we encountered magnificent landscapes and arid mountains that look like the canyons in ‘western’ movies.
It was not until 5:00 p.m. that we reached Tulear which is about 900 km from Tana. During our stay, we saw God moving mightily in our midst. Many people came to see us for medical help, for physical healing as well as to receive spiritual healing.
Our day began with a Eucharistic service at 6:00 am followed by another at 8:00 a.m. While some members of the MEEK team went from door to door, some helped to distribute medicine at the pharmacy. In the mean time, we seized the opportunity to share the gospel to those who were waiting for their turn to see the doctor.

MEEK ladies and children of the village of Tulear

 

We also gathered the children together for Sunday School classes in the open. What a joy it was for us to see the children singing God’s glory and who came every day to hear God’s Word. The group was growing in numbers each day as the children brought their fellow friends from the neighbourhood.
At night, the whole team met in the church for an evangelistic meeting with the adults. We shared the Word of God and had some time of prayer. We also went in the suburbs and shared the Good News there.
The Holy Spirit really manifested himself during this mission trip and many people accepted Christ as their Lord and Saviour. We must say that we also found God’s great love through the fellowship and friendship that we had shared with the people of Madagascar.

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