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.

Could you partner with the Ramangalahys in this work?

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. They are looking forward to Pentecost weekend at the beginning of June, when the church is planning on having a baptism service. Please pray for the planning of this service, and for the believers who will be baptised. 

Pray for Hervé and Nathalia serving in Nosy Be, Madagascar who have made the decision to return to ministry there rather than remain in Switzerland as planned following Home Assignment in the summer. Pray for them as they adjust, Nathalia has had to give up the idea of returning to her previous job. Give thanks they feel at peace with their decision and are keen to develop further ministry among the Sakalava. 

Hervé and Nathalia Ramangalahy are part of a ministry team based on the island of Nosy Be off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Madagascar is hit by multiple cyclones travelling westwards from the Indian Ocean between January and March every year. Nosy Be often suffers less from these than mainland Madagascar because of being sheltered by it, but the island has still suffered damage to homes, disruption of food supplies, and flooding. Please pray that Nosy Be and the rest of Madagascar would be spared further destructive cyclones this season, and for the nation as it recovers from this season’s cyclone damage.  

Hervé and Nathalia Ramangalahy are part of a ministry team based on the island of Nosy Be off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Today, Nathalia and some church leaders will be running a Christmas event for local children. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will move in the hearts of children and their parents as they hear the Christmas story. 

Hervé and Nathalia Ramangalahy are part of a ministry team based on the island of Nosy Be off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Thank you for praying for Nathalia’s recovery from an eye infection. After a few days in hospital she was able to return home, but she is still recovering from being ill. Please pray that Nathalia will make a full recovery soon, and please also pray for Hervé as he helps to homeschool their children while Nathalia gets better. 

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