We are proud to be a part of the Mission to the World family. Here is MTW’s mission statement:
MAKING DISCIPLES AMONG ALL NATIONS
We are called to be obedient to the Great Commission by teaching people to follow Jesus as Lord and Savior, to be baptized, and to obey all that Jesus commands.
And here is how we would describe our family’s mission: To meet people and families where they are, teach the good news of Jesus Christ, and share the Gospel truths of grace and love that we have personally received from our Heavenly Father.
We have been serving in Africa with MTW since 2005, first in South Africa and now Madagascar. From 2013 to 2015 we were part of an Africa Inland Mission TIMO team. TIMO stands for Training in Ministry Outreach and is a ministry-model that is designed for cross-cultural training and for work among an unchurched people group. Ultimately the goal is for a church to be planted that is culturally distinctive and Gospel focused. The TIMO model incorporates language learning, cultural adaptation, spiritual warfare, and evangelism. This short video by AIM is a great introduction to this type of ministry…
Our team moved to the Ambatozavavy Bay region of Nosy Be island. There are 3 distinct villages, within walking distance of one another, where we lived among the Sakalava. Upon arrival we spent a week living with a local Sakalava family where we learned what they do from day-to-day and were immersed in their language and culture. After this initial introduction, we then moved into our hut that was built for our family. During these first years with the Sakalava we learned to live without our normal, everyday luxuries, such as electricity and running water. A daily adventure involved going to a local well to collect water for use throughout the day. In learning to live simply, and adopting the daily life routines of the Sakalava people we were able to tear down barriers that stand in between our two worlds and draw ourselves closer into community with our new friends. We found and enjoyed the beauties of their culture, and began to look for ways that God is already at work so that we could participate in His mission in Nosy Be, and to share his good news of life, now and forever, through faith in our Great Intermediary…Jesus Christ.
Here is another video by AIM that offers an excellent introduction to our location and context…