Hervé and Nathalia Ramangalahy

with Riga, Andry and Mialy

Sent from Église Évangélique de Meinier, Switzerland

The Ramangalahys are part of a ministry team based on the island of Nosy Be, off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Nosy Be is in the region where two of Madagascar’s 18 people groups, the Antakarana and the Sakalava, live.

The Sakalava are semi-nomadic agriculturalists and fishermen who live in the west and northwest of Madagascar. They believe in a remote creator God who was the first ancestor and can be reached through ancestral spirits and human mediums. Fear is a constant companion: fear of punishment, of displeasing ancestors, and of death. Taboos are observed in almost everything to do with their daily life. Everything is geared towards pleasing the ancestors of the royalty.

A TIMO team served among the Sakalava from 2013-2015, during which time they saw several people come to Christ. Rosina Ferdinand, AIM’s Unit Leader for Madagascar, and one family from the TIMO team have continued to minister to the Sakalava since. Four Sakalava couples who are new believers have now been trained to share the gospel with their own people, and AIM is sending others, such as the Ramangalahy family, to join this team.

The first step of the Ramangalahys’ ministry will be to learn the local culture and language and live among local people, sharing in their lives. The nature of the projects that Hervé and Nathalia will be involved in depend on the needs of the local people, but they will be driven by Jesus’ love.

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Latest Prayer News

Hervé and Nathalia Ramangalahy are part of a ministry team based on the island of Nosy Be, off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Because of its remote location their children Rija, Andry and Mialy are homeschooled. Praise God for their diligence in their school work, and as the new academic year has already started please pray for them as they study this year, and for Nathalia as she teaches them. Please also pray for complete healing for Nathalia after having been in hospital recently with an eye infection and fever.

Hervé and Nathalia Ramangalahy are part of a ministry team serving among the Sakalava on the island of Nosy Be in Madagascar. Their summer camp for local children begins today. Please pray that the camp will run smoothly and be well-received by the children. Pray that the team running the camp will serve together well, and that the children will have hearts open to the gospel. 

Hervé and Nathalia Ramangalahy are part of a ministry team serving among the Sakalava on the island of Nosy Be in Madagascar. They are hoping to run a summer camp for local children in August, and ask for prayer for wisdom in organising it because they are planning it entirely from scratch. Pray that God will provide everything they need to be able to bless the children through this camp. 

Please pray for Hervé and Nathalia Ramangalahy as they serve with the local church on the island of Nosy Be, Madagascar. Hervé is currently working with the pastor on various projects in their village and surrounding villages, and Nathalia helps at a children’s group run by one of the church leaders. Pray that they will be an encouragement to those in the church and serve well in ministry.

Hervé is Malagasy and lived in Madagascar until he was 24, when he joined Nathalia, who is Swiss, in Geneva. They got married and have three children, Rija (11), Andry (9) and Mialy (5). At the beginning of November they began ministry in Nosy Be, an island off Madagascar. Pray for the whole family as they continue to settle in. 

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