Baptism in Madagascar

"In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." - Luke 15:10  

There was great rejoicing among the disciples in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on 22 April with the baptism of Miarisoa, the physical sister of Jaona, a brother in the church.

Jaona became a follower of Jesus in 2000 - the fruit of a bible talk on campus - and his sister became acquianted with the church as she accompanied her big brother to various activities organised by the disciples. She began her university studies in 2008 but it was not until six months ago that Miarisoa started studying the bible and building her own convictions and faith, before finally deciding to make Jesus the Lord of her life. 

Disciples at the baptism with Jaona on the left

Caption: Disciples at the baptism, with Jaona on the left.

There are currently 26 disciples in the church. There are no full-time leaders and the church is led by a group of eight disciples who have taken on the various responsibilities like the children's ministry, family and teens and single mothers. 

"We are so grateful that God gives us the opportunity to serve in his kingdom and bear fruit for His glory," says Roma, one of the married brothers and also part of the group of eight part-time leaders. 

Miarisoa's baptism brings the number of singles to four. She currently teaches Management at private universities in the capital. "We pray that the grace of God accompanies her to support in the revitalization of our Campus Ministry," Roma adds.

This year, the church in Antananarivo has focused on "doing the things they did at first" when the church was started. They organised a Valentine's Day activity for the marrieds in February and a women's meeting soon after. They are currently studying the bible with six of their friends. The brothers and sisters ask for prayers that God will help them bear more fruit and continue to expand his kingdom in Madagascar, an island in the Indian Ocean east off Africa with a population of nearly 25 million.