FOMM News and Prayer Items News, updates and prayer requests. en-us Seed Bank Fund Raising Fund Raising for Seed bank and Rice Cleaning Machines in the Betroka regionDrought is frequent in this part of Madagascar and the Betroka Synod asked FOMM if we could help provide funds to purchase seeds.  With several years of drought, ... Sun, 07 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 {08AD43AB-F983-73DD-891C-678F747126A7} Blind School in Antsirabe Blind School in Antsirabe Madagascar was begun in 1924.  Funding has been the main problem in recent years.  The government provides partial support for the school to teach students how to read braille, to become independent ... Sat, 06 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 {34272244-82A2-4217-3031-A8892048F882} New School Program Added a new program to support, the Nofy i Androy (means the dream of the Androy girls)An educational program for girls to keep them in school.  The culture tradition is that girls become mothers at an age of 10-14 years old and stop all ... Fri, 05 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 {2C0D5B3B-23EC-D53E-D5E3-F54F9962F436} Mansoa Bible School Rebuilding A rebuilding of the Mansoa Bible School for a total cost of $75,000.00. A main school for the region to train evangelists and catechists.  Thu, 04 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 {16A6477B-C385-5803-26D5-0AB9CDBFC5B4} Rebuilding of Mansoa School A rebuilding of the Mansoa Bible School for a total cost of $75,000.00. A main school for the region to train evangelists and catechists. Thu, 04 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 {7EA09199-DDF0-42B4-062F-F7BCE7036452} Evangelist Health Care Plan Evangelist Health Care Plan is meant to provide some help with their medical needs.  We are providing  $100.00 for each evangelist in a year.  Every year we will fund the project.  This amount of money does not sound like ... Wed, 03 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 {9429D8EC-7783-6586-1C87-88C2ECE6AB0D} FOMM Reports Best Year on Record Friends of Madagascar Mission (FOMM) is pleased to announce that 2020 was the best year in our history for the number of donations and also the total amount of financial support given by our wonderful donors!  With all of the trials and pain ... Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 {27CF4A9E-B761-A9E5-BABE-4EB52E03F6CF} FOMM's Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 21st It will be a busy meeting.  Aside from the usual board meeting agenda items, we will be dealing with the following exciting growth programs for FOMM to approve: 1)  Manasoa Bible School Building Project2)  Nofy i Androy (The ... Fri, 15 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 {879E71DB-C550-C438-CC81-017DD9BE9D0A} Christmas Gifting Ideas As you search for gifts this Christmas season, Friends of Madagascar Mission have a gift selection list in our most recent Winter/Christmas Newsletter.  You may access the newsletter on our web site under the "About Us" section and then ... Tue, 08 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 {6C34B2DA-A09E-2659-03F5-255249F85064} FOMM Keeps It's Promise FOMM has kept it's promise to the mission projects in Madagascar for 11 years.  We send funds on a quarterly bases and we have never failed to fulfill sending the budget amount that we have promised.  That is an amazing ... Mon, 07 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 {7370F404-087A-5650-37F2-511B911EEF77} Winter/Christmas Newsletter The Winter/Christmas Newsletter is being sent out to our mailing list via email or through the mail the week of December 6th.  If you wish to receive the four mailings per year to keep up with the news from Madagascar, please send us an ... Sun, 06 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 {AAC8C000-B9A2-3C42-256A-DBFEA54D9DD2} Malaria at Ejeda Hospital Three people died in a private hospital in Ejeda. Late treatment is an aggravating factor. From May 1 to 7, over a dozen cases of malaria were treated at the private Lutheran hospital in Ejeda. These hospital patients were all in serious ... Tue, 12 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 {E358E097-74DD-2BFB-F27F-B3B75F3C651E} Madagascar and Wuhan Virus As the whole world has become affected with the Wuhan Virus, it reached the shores ofMadagascar on the last flight into the country from France a couple of weeks ago. Threepeople aboard that flight tested positive for the Wuhan Virus and were ... Mon, 20 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 {F0B45FBF-F54D-B528-063F-AE3D30D86411} Madagascar and the Corona Virus We received word late last week that the first cases of the Corona Virus has reached Madagascar.The last flight coming from Europe included three women who tested positive for the virus and arequarantined, plus everyone who was on that plane. The ... Sun, 19 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 {79970498-449C-9A95-850D-FEF9E8655242} Manasoa Bible School One of the Bible Schools supported by FOMM, the Manasoa Bible School reported to FOMM that oneof their students died recently, not the virus. He is survived by his wife and 5 children. Sat, 18 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 {E52BA143-BC89-A9C9-84CD-93F05DCF0CD5} 10 Anniversary of FOMM 2020 is the 10th year of FOMM’s existence. We have been planning events around the country tocelebrate this milestone under the theme: “2020 VISION!” Obviously with the current situation inthe USA we will be postponing these ... Fri, 17 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 {5276DA67-E8E2-5DCB-8840-0C6F6FF2EE5F} Children of Madagascar Children Of Madagascar This is a short video with students in Madagascar.  Thu, 09 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 {99898BF5-E42C-B1E4-E232-8D283E10D28E} FOMM ENDS YEAR ON A HIGH NOTE! FOMM finished 2019 on a high note of funds received to support our programs and projects.  For 10 years in row we have fully met our budget promise to each program and project.  We are told by our Malagasy friends that we are unlike any ... Tue, 04 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 {E2C6F126-644A-4774-6947-D70E10E95798} Successful 2019 Mission Education Trip There were twelve persons who traveled to Madagascar from October 26 through the 30th with Friends of Madagascar Mission (FOMM) to encounter and learn about mission and ministry in the Malagasy Lutheran Church.  The group participated in the ... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 {8890936A-8847-6E8A-C92A-968331A786ED} Measles Outbreak The USA Today on February 25, 2019 reports: “The World Health Organization says a separate measles epidemic in Madagascar has killed more than 900 people. Since the outbreak began in September of 2018, the country in East ... Sun, 07 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 {83C94A88-FDA0-8DAE-EE3D-3130882B26B6} Vocational Training Program In The Prison Ministry Two years ago we suggested to the Prison Ministry Bureau that manages this program in Madagascar that they ask the Malagasy Department of Justice if the Prison Ministry Program could have space within the 12 prisons of this program to begin a ... Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 {5560C6FF-0BDD-F893-97BC-12CE116327E0} The Requests For More Funding To Grow The Mission And Ministry Every year the programs supported by Friends of Madagascar Mission request additional funds for the next budgeted year.  We appreciate their desire to grow the programs.  The Board of Directors of Friends of Madagascar Mission are ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 {D139A444-69AE-3E62-8C8D-D6B940DDE216} Your Gift Helps FOMM Reach Their Financial Goals Each Year! Every gift given to Friends of Madagascar Mission is important and helps us to reach our goal for 2018.  Do you know that since Friends of Madagascar Mission began in 2010 we have met our financial commitment promised through our budget to ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 {408AA218-39E6-C0BB-B336-349A0ACFB7BE} Need For Funding For Additional Evangelists Currently (as of November 2018) we support 43 evangelists in 3 synods of the Malagasy Lutheran Church.  These synods have written to us requesting approximately 50 additional evangelists.  Why so many?  Because the people respond ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 {81C159E2-9FC0-12DC-33CE-EDD9E4467D84} Steve Lellelid - Celebration of Tandroy Bible A wonderful global mission event was held on Saturday, October 6th sponsored by Friends of Madagascar Mission. The evening included eating a wonderful Madagascar meal, reviewing the history of Christian mission in Madagascar, the life of the ... Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 {BFAD5E02-9B24-8E46-F01F-6A2919FAB6AA} Freedom Singers Also, two years ago, we encouraged the Prison Ministry Bureau to began a music program in each prison.  The Malagasy people love to sing and what better way to share the Gospel than through singing groups in the prisons.  The past ... Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 {F704E0E1-011C-407C-2567-A6A2A90247C0} Use Amazon Smile to Donate to FOMM This is a way for simple shopping to help Friends of Madagascar Mission.   When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or ... Fri, 11 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 {B5D876DB-7B46-0A48-06E7-AEE7FA103A11} Drip Irrigation Project After several years of planning and waiting, FOMM signed a contract with the Patrakala Company of Antananarivo, Madagascar to provide training and the drip irrigation equipment for the project. After a couple months of delay because of the ... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 {97E4198D-DB4B-9BA0-A6BE-1BD51D413F7C} Tandroy Bible and Hymnal Printing: Steve Lellelid has been working translating the Bible for 16 years into the Tandroy dialect. This process has included creating a dictionary of words for the dialect and also teaching the people how to read. Steve’s wife Tafissoa ... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 {C3241CD1-B415-39E6-89B4-665270A6D0E6} Ambassadors for FOMM The Friends of Madagascar Mission (FOMM) at its January Annual Meeting approved the creation of a group of volunteer representatives who would represent FOMM in telling the story, encouraging support, helping to maintain a relationship with FOMM, ... Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 {5391392A-1639-BB7A-4A5C-43C2C5524042} Madagascar Education Mission Trip Friends of Madagascar will be providing an opportunity for interested persons to join us in a MISSION EDUCATIONAL TRIP to Madagascar in early July 2018.  The exact dates have not yet been determined but it will be a 15 day trip.  If you ... Mon, 05 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 {7102F9D4-A9BE-D643-47BB-8F075BDE243D} 2017 Annual Report Available The Friends of Madagascar Annual Report for 2017 is now available for viewing on our website.  This report reviews the activities of 2017 and the proposed budget for 2018.  Go to the ABOUT US drop box on the top of the page and click on ... Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 {FB1BEB2C-71AD-4628-C9BC-C5B586449FCD} Drip Irrigation Update For the past several years Friends of Madagascar has been planning for beginning a Drip Irrigation Program in south west Madagascar in the regions of Ejeda and Manasoa.  In 2017 a task force began work on finalizing this dream into ... Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 {7A7D4893-FFCE-8C79-2B1B-A2F5D637DB07} 2017 Year End Update As 2017 came to a close, Friends of Madagascar Mission was able to send the full budgeted amount of funds to each of FOMM's mission projects.  This included the 1) Prison Ministry, 2) the Ejeda Hospital Nutrition Program, 3) the 42 ... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 {7C9BF802-B86D-9799-E729-0490AD876044} 2018 Board of Directors Meeting The Friends of Madagascar Board of Directors met on January 15, 2018 to review the work of FOMM in 2017 and establish a projected budget for 2018.  The goal of the new budget is to be realistic about what we may raise in 2018.  If we ... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 {0E6991EF-E11C-C593-A6DB-6E472A0F1478} Report of visiting to Nagnasoa and Ampitroara├é┬á/a89.html?app=1 In this report we want to describe our visit to the villages of Nagnasoa and Ampitroara. Our visit occurred this past summer. We went in these two villages to do an evangelistic program and also, to Baptize those who were willing to break with ... Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 {31856DB1-194F-0D93-15A8-3A61330C8BDE} Fatal plague outbreak in Madagascar: Pneumonic plague has health officials scrambling Officials are struggling to contain a widespread and deadly outbreak of the plague that’s been wreaking havoc in Madagascar since late August.  At least 45 deaths have been attributed to the outbreak, with more than 385 confirmed cases ... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 {0A83675A-AFE5-6D17-5BB9-458D484EAFA9} Bubonic Plague Outbreak Even for Madagascar, this is no ordinary bubonic plague outbreak.Madagascar has the world’s highest incidence of the bacterial infection that earned the grim name “the Black Death” after it killed an estimated 50 million people ... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 {93C738F0-2224-9629-8790-9175470FC95A} Ambatomanga God is still at work! The setting for this story is among the Bara People. The work among them is very difficult. They are not only cattle thieves, but they are deeply involved with witchcraft and demon possession. This makes it harder to ... Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 {208CE411-66E7-31A9-6ACF-89CAB08FB283} Evangelists Program Six years ago we began this program with supporting 3 evangelists in one Synod of the Malagasy Lutheran Church.  As of August 2017 we have expanded this program to 3 Synods (Betioky, Betroka and Ambovembe Andry Synods) with 44 ... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 {7CCB6B1B-7A7E-C4B4-9C46-9E742DAA4985} 2016 Annual Report for Friends Of Madagascar Mission The 2016 Friends of Madagascar Mission (FOMM) Annual Report is now available on our web site.  Click on the "About US" button at the top of the web page and then on Annual Reports to read the report.  Please read about all of the ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 {FB5128D3-DE8D-C9F3-3F67-5E0471BF60C7} Moderately Strong Earthquake The people of Madagascar were shaken by a rare moderately-strong M5.5 earthquake on January12, 2017 in the morning. Earthquakes are rare but not uncommon in Madagascar. This is the 8thlargest quake in Madagascar’s history, the strongest ... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 {C3C7169D-9F3F-68E8-923C-9226D68DC8D8} End of Fiscal 2016 Extra Giving Report At the end of Fiscal Year 2016 the Board of Directors we pleased to give the evangelists a salary increase.  We received the following thank you:  "I greet all of you at FOMM in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. The ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 {48C13A89-1F15-4533-196C-1F046FBA119A} 2016 Annual Report for Friends Of Madagascar Mission Normally the Friends of Madagascar Mission 2016 Annual Report would be mailed to all donors and those who requested a report by early March. This year we have several problems that have slowed down receiving of reports from Madagascar. First, the ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 {86AC65F5-472A-DAAD-D058-103212794248} Friends of Madagascar Mission (FOMM) Website We apologize for the lapse our web site. We are a totally volunteer organization and so when our web master was no longer able to update our web site, it took some time to find another person to be willing to volunteer for this job. We are ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 {E0237704-32DE-EE26-68CB-C8AF5111D28E} 2016 Year End Financial Report Friends of Madagascar Mission (FOMM) ended the 2016 fiscal year on a very positive note! All programs supported by the 2016 FOMM budget were fully funded. In addition several proposal projects were also funded with year end balances. It is FOMM's ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 {8B8442E4-C240-BD4F-9D0B-21E49DEB0724} Board of Directors Approve New, Revised Mission Program A Reuters news headline on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 states: "Madagascar drought catastrophe looms as 850,000 go hungry, says UN".As a small non profit organization, FOMM realizes that we cannot solve a huge, national disaster. This tragedy ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 {6ADE0B0B-75FC-6C65-BBC1-C62297C7D001} Friends of Madagascar Mission Elects Board Members At Friends of Madagascar Mission's Annual Board meeting, three persons were elected for another term of three years: The Rev. Paul Knudson from Hutchinson, Minnesota; Loren Morschen from Cologne, Minnesota; and Craig Norenberg from Brooklyn ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 {AEF63213-5A25-1CB4-A52E-72E99E6B2D32}