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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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. 

The Ramangalahy family arrived in Madagascar in the middle of September, and were able to travel to Nosy Be last week. Please pray for the family as they settle into life and ministry on the island. Pray for the furnishing of their new house, which was empty when they arrived. Pray for the children’s homeschooling. Pray that they will adapt well to life in their village and settle in well to their ministry team.

Hervé and Nathalia Ramangalahy are new members of AIM, about to take up their first assignment in Madagascar. “God is great! We’re going to be able to leave!! Saturday September 19th, we will fly to Antananarivo. We moved to Burdignin less than three weeks ago, thinking of staying there until the official opening of the Malagasy borders (not before October). After an initial refusal, Madagascar agreed to grant us seats on a special repatriation flight for the whole family. What a surprise! We are convinced that this is really an answer to prayers! Thank you Lord! The countdown has then started to settle all the administrative procedures before our departure! After about 14 hours of travel, we will arrive in the capital: Antananarivo. We will have to go to a hotel for a 4 days confinement. Then, we will join Hervé’s family – whom we are looking forward to see again! – and we will make the procedures to transform our visas into long-term residence permits. After around 2 weeks in Tana, we will be able to leave for Nosy Be.”

The Ramangalahys are preparing to join a ministry team working among the Sakalava on the island of Nosy Be in Madagascar. Madagascar’s borders are currently closed, and the Ramangalahys are waiting for them to open so that they can begin their assignment. Praise God for the family’s commitment to ministry among the Sakalava, and please pray that they will be able to travel to Nosy Be soon.

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