Jurgen & Katja Hofmann
with Vanya, Issa, Abbey, Dani & Simeon
Jurgen and Katja work in Madagascar to preach Jesus to the unreached.
Madagascar The world’s fourth biggest island boasting flora and fauna that exist nowhere else on earth. 92% of the population exist on less than £2 per day. 41% of the population identify with Christianity, 7% with Islam, the majority follow Traditional African Religions.
It is their passion to tell the good news of Jesus Christ to those who have never heard; to give them the chance to believe and be saved; to see lives – a country – transformed. AIM Madagscar strives to see this transformation. The Hofmann family live among the Tanala people of Madagascar. They are currently studying the local dialect and culture so they can communicate the gospel in the heart language of the people. They have already translated 40 Bible stories in Tanala language. They will use these stories in their second term to go from village to village.
AIM seeks to see Christ-centred churches amongst all African peoples. As part of that commitment, AIM Madagascar has surveyed the Tanala in the east. The Tanala are among the least reached groups and are eager to hear the gospel. On the most recent survey the elders of a village expressed: ‘If the Bible is good news our people need to hear it!’ And then: ‘When will you come?’
As a family they have worked towards being missionaries for years, during which time Jurgen has studied Theology and Katja has started home educating the children.
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The Hofmanns live among the Tanala people of Madagascar. They are learning language and translating Bible stories.
If you would like to partner with the Hofmanns in your prayers, gifts and practical support, please download and complete this form and return to Freepost RTJH-JRZE-XXKX Africa Inland Mission, Halifax Place, Nottingham NG1 1QN.
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Latest prayer points
- 23 August 2019
“The whole set of Bible-stories (41 in total) is ready! We gave the first set to our friends Doris and Alphossin. This young pastor-couple go out to the small villages on a regular base to share the gospel. They take young Christians with them to teach them the ‘trait’ of evangelist. These young Christians come from our area and only speak the dialect. Some of them can read but the official language is still difficult for them. The stories in their own dialect are a wonderful tool for them to work with. But also for Doris and Alphossin. They are not of the Antanala tribe but they are Betsimisaraka, who speak a different language. With the stories in the Tanala dialect they too can preach better in the heart language of the hearers.” Praise God that the Bible story set has been completed and can now be used to share the gospel!
- 24 May 2019
“In August 2018 a young couple, Doris and Alphossin, started a church in Tanamboa. This is one of the villages where Jurgen started sharing the Bible stories a few months earlier. Jurgen goes to their meetings every week and gives lessons based on the Bible stories…. This is a positive development because the lessons teach, among other things, that we as Christians have to work together… The lessons also teach people that we are all responsible for spreading the gospel… The new believers are still a bit hesitant about evangelism. The traditional view in Madagascar is that this is the work or pastors, missionaries and evangelists. People who are specially trained for it. The Lord Jesus teaches us something else, that everyone has been given this task. It has been agreed that Jurgen and Doris will soon ask some young men to go on a trip with Doris. In this way they can observe the ‘profession’ and learn how to do it.” Please pray that God would use Jurgen’s lessons to help this church grow in discipleship, and that they will grow a heart for evangelism and sharing the gospel with others.
- 22 March 2019
“On 3rd January we were enjoying the Christmas holidays. It had been a long time since we had visited Tsiombivohitra and now we had the time. Iaban’i and nendrin’i Melice, the king of the village and his wife, knew that we were coming and had prepared: a tied chicken was already waiting by the fire… When we first came here as a family in 2016, we asked if we would be welcome as missionaries… There was a loud buzz and above that, nendrin’i Melice declared loudly and clearly that we would be friends… From May last year, Jurgen went there weekly to share the gospel with anyone who wanted to hear in the house of the king and his wife. From the outset, nendrin’i Melice in particular was very interested… On 3rd January Jurgen explained about the two roads [in Matthew 7] when nendrin’i Melice exclaimed: “I am on the narrow road!” She was blissfully happy and later added: “I am going to heaven!” In a private conversation, the king later said that he and his wife now believe, but that it is difficult… They are already starting to experience that believing is walking on a narrow road, but happiness can be read in their eyes. We could not have wished for a better Christmas present than to be in Tsiombivohitra that morning.” Praise God for Iaban’i and nendrin’i Melice’s new faith, and pray that God will strengthen them to walk the narrow path of eternal life.