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Madagascar



Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, with a population of some 20 million people, many of whom live in remote rural areas. About half the population are Christian (mostly Catholic), and most of the rest follow traditional religious practices, which are strong and distinctive. According to Operation World, ''discipleship and biblical training are the greatest needs of churches. There is little by way of structured training or teaching for ordinary believers. Pray for new grassroots movements that are accessible and relevant to all Christians and that can be multiplied and reproduced throughout the country.' Rooted in Jesus is helping to meet this need. It is used in Malagasy.

For a video report on Rooted in Jesus in Madagascar by Revd Richard Morgan, with interviews with Bishop Stanley Hotay, Bishop Gilbert Rateloson, Canon Jean Flobert and Revd Dr Alison Morgan please follow the link. The report was filmed in Madagascar in March 2013.

 

Diocese of Fianarantsoa (from 2011)

There are 6 Anglican dioceses on the island, and in November 2011 we were able to introduce Rooted in Jesus to just over a hundred leaders from two of them: the Diocese of Fianarantsoa and the Diocese of Toliara. The Diocese of Fianarantsoa was founded in 2003 by the current bishop, Gilbert Rateloson, and now has 14 parishes.We ran a 4 day training conference for the 14 clergy and an additional 32 lay leaders in November 2011.

Team: Revd Dr Alison Morgan, Bishop Stanley Hotay, Revd Elaine Sutherland, Revd Simon Cawdell.

We returned in March 2013 to see how things were going and to help train additional leaders. Every parish has established two groups, and some of these, particularly in the coastal deanery of Nosy Varika, have seen remarkable numbers of people coming to faith - one leader reported that 124 new Christians had come out of his groups, and two others also reported over a hundred coming to faith and then baptism or confirmation. Others shared stories of people being healed or touched by God in other ways. This time we worked with a mixture of existing and new leaders, including the 15 clergy and totalling some 68 people in all. Bishop Gilbert, and Diocesan Coordinator Canon Jean Flobert, place a high priority on Rooted in Jesus, seeing it as a key part of the strategy for growth within the diocese. We were delighted to see Fianarantsoa's new cathedral rising brick by brick beside us, and to be given T shirts celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the diocese.

Team: Revd Dr Alison Morgan, Bishop Stanley Hotay, Revd Elaine Sutherland, Revd Richard Morgan, Revd Paul Dever

In October 2016 RinJ Coordinator Jean Flobert wrote to say that there are now Rooted in Jesus groups meeting in every parish.


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Diocese of Toliara (from 2011)

The Diocese of Toliara is a missionary diocese preparing to divide from the Diocese of Antananarivo, under the leadership of Bishop Todd McGregor. It is located in the South West of the island and so far has only three priests; it is, in terms of human resources, the smallest diocese we have worked with - and yet it covers a vast area of the island. We travelled the 10 hours by road from Fianarantsoa and ran a 4 day training conference for the 3 priests and an additional 47 lay leaders, including two representatives from the Diocese of Antananarivo.

Team: Revd Dr Alison Morgan, Bishop Stanley Hotay, Revd Elaine Sutherland, Revd Simon Cawdell.

In March 2013 we returned to see how things were going and to help train additional leaders. Bishop Todd increasingly sees Rooted in Jesus as a key tool for the life and growth of the diocese at local level, and this year will see the programme further strengthened and consolidated as many new groups are started in the parishes. In the meantime it faces different challenges - our visit was just 2 weeks after the worst cyclone in 35 years, and many church families have lost their homes. The church is working hard to support these families, at the same time as it prepares for its inauguration as a diocese in April 2013. The Rooted in Jesus coordinator for the diocese is Revd Noeli Radoniaina.

In May 2014 Bishop Todd reported that RinJ groups are now running in every parish. Revd Donne has taken over as coordinator from Revd Noeli.

Team: Revd Dr Alison Morgan, Revd Elaine Sutherland, Revd Richard Morgan, Revd Paul Dever.

 

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