In response to the request of Rev Randrianarivonirina Dieu Donné in charge of Ambalavao Tsienimparihy Lutheran Church District, Central Synod, an ETS workshop focused on two important issues, namely Leadership and Communication, was successfully carried out on March 22-23, 2017. The 24 participants attending the Training were all active Leaders of different department and branches in their own Congregation. Two Pastors in charge of their respectives Parishes, Rev Randrianarivonirina Dieu Donné and Rev Randrindromanjaka Malalaniaina Désiré attended this ETS; they actively took part in the sharing of experiences, the opening and the closing devotion. We expect that all the participants will be able to share what they have learnt and received once back to their respective home churches. As usual, the closing ceremony ended with a Certificate award.
Weekly broadcasting program
Because of the International Women’s day, in the framework of the celebration of the 500th years of the Lutheran Reformation and the 150th jubilee of the Malagasy Lutheran Church (MLC), the theme aired through the 10 radio station partners during this month of March is focused on “The Reformation and the women”. Tree women leaders and theologians from MLC were invited to participate and to debate on this theme: Mrs. Saholinirina Jeannine, Advisor of the Malagasy Lutheran Women Department and wife of the MLC President, Mrs. Toromare Mananato, MLC Deputy General Secretary and Mrs. Rabaonirina Esther, General Secretary of the MLC Women Department.
|Mrs. Saholinirina Jeannine, Advisor of the Malagasy Lutheran Women Department and wife of the MLC President||Mrs. Toromare Mananato, MLC Deputy General Secretary|
|Mrs. Rabaonirina Esther, General Secretary of the MLC Women Department.|
Moment of joy
March 8 -10, 2017 was a moment of joy for LHM Madagascar as we welcomed our President Kurt S, Rev. Doctor Douglas Ruth and our Regional Director Eric Gates. The visit was shortened due to the Cyclone Enawo that damaged (80 %) the North East of the Country and killed fifty people all over the Country (Daily Newspaper March 13, 2017). LHM Madagascar, however, had the privileged to welcome our 3 guests and despite the nonstop rain God gave them a time to visit the Center and talked to the Center Director. This was an opportunity to share the Center’s main activities and the achievements, its challenges, as well as the Center’s development areas where it can grow and support the Ministries. May God bless the Ministries in Madagascar and LHM Worldwide.
|The 3 guests visited the Center with Mr Daniel, the Center Director|
|Photos showing the LHM activities|
|Visit of the staff office|
|The 3 guests talked to Mr. Daniel, the Center Director|
|Gifts were offered by LHM|
In occasion of the New Year 2017, the LHM Director, Staff members and LHM Volunteers in Antananarivo and surroundings met for the New Year Greetings on March 4, 2017. As usual, this meeting was a very important moment, to bring in prayer the new coming year and the partnership between LHM, the Churches, Schools, Universities and Prison Ministry. It was also a moment for LHM to thank the “volunteers” for their full commitment, to encourage and strengthen them for the continuation of the partnership. LHM also reminded them about the different media offered by LHM that can be used to get a more successful and positive results in their local evangelization and a moment of sharing between them. 62
|Mr. Daniel, LHM Director preached the Gospel||Mr. Louis, Program Manager reminded the LHM media|
|Volunteers attended the meeting.|
The LHM Director and the Ministry goals
For the new fiscal year, LHM team in Madagascar started drafting their annual objectives taking into account their respective principal activities. This was a very good opportunity for every staff member to learn about writing a SMART objective, through a short training February 8, 2017.
“For they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body” Proverbs 4:22
On February 12, 2017, LHM representative visited the Protestant Military Chapel at Betongolo Antananarivo. Among the Key Messages we shared was that of Proverbs (4: 22) saying “For they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body”. The retired Colonel R. David is the General Secretary of this Chapel. He is a BCC student. Col David believed that despite all the trials every one passes through, only by the Grace of God can people be saved. At the present, he is the LHM BCC volunteer in this Chapel; he is very happy to carry out all the duties of Jesus’s ministry.
|The military chapel Ampahibe||Colonel David, LHM Volunteer and Lalao LHM Staff|
Awarding certificate to BCC graduated students
The LHM and the Kristy Fiainana Bemasoandro Reformed Church partnership started in 2015 and continue well the BCC program. For that, on February 5, 2017 during Sunday service according to Rev Botofanjely Samuel, an awarding ceremony for the 9 BCC graduated students was organized. All of them were women who had big responsibility in the Church. During this event, Mr. Jean Fidèle, LHM volunteer took the opportunity to raise awareness for all Christians attending the service especially men to study the Bible as they are the head of the family.
|Rev Botofanjely Samuel, Mr. Jean Fidèle, LHM volunteer and the 9 BCC graduated students|