Seed Bank Fund Raising

Seed Bank and Rice Cleaning Machines

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, a scarcity of food, the people eventually eat the seeds because they have no other food source.  We are working with a major project called "Village Redemption" and this project is one of seven parts to help a village become good at providing their needs.  The total budget for this part of the project is $6,000.00.  We are working to bring in other non profits ...

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New School Program

Nofy I Androy

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 education.  The goal of theprogram is to keep them in school and hopefully to continue post high school education.The cost to support one girl for a year is $200.00. The sponsor will receive a photo, bio and two update letters a year on the student.

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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 select Newsletters.  Too often we select gifts of "stuff" and we Americans have way too much stuff.  A Christmas gift given to help people in one of the poorest nations in the world is a wise choice.  Select a category for your gift, let us know to whom you want the gift given and if you wish, we will send them a letter to notify that you have given this gift in their name.  We ...

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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 accomplishment!  We receive 100% satisfaction from the projects in Madagascar and we have letters form them thanking us for being a faithful sponsor of mission.  We just sent our end of 3rd quarter funds in October and will send the end of 4th quarter funds in early January.  If you want to become a partner of a loyal, faithful mission organization; please consider joining our family of sponsors!

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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 email at:  FriendsOfMadagascarMission@gmail.com

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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 condition when they arrived at this private SALFA Ejeda hospital center.  The number of patients admitted increased this last week.  "Seventeen cases of malaria were reported from May 1 to May 7," said Dr. Justin Manadahatse, chief medical officer at the SALFA Ejeda hospital center. During the past week, many were in serious condition. “We found that the delay in care resulted in the ...

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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 immediatelyquarantined. The other passengers were asked to self-quarantine. Currently thereare 120 people who have tested positive and no deaths.The result for the people in Madagascar is that the government has ordered the peopleto self-quarantine and keep social distancing. Also, the churches have been ordered tonot hold worship services. This has created big problems for the churches as they donot ...

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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 Malagasy Lutheran Churches quickly closeddown all worship and meetings at the churches. Please remember to pray for them as we do for us.

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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.

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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 Africa has seen more than 68,000 cases of the highly infectious disease, according to WHO. The organization says 553 people have died and an additional 373 are suspected to have died because of the measles. Those most at risk are infants from nine to 11 months old. The epidemic is blamed on a low immunization rate for measles across the island nation over a period of many years, ...

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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 when the evangelists go into the villages and speak the Word of God.  As we read in Matthew 9:37-38,  38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”  So they ask for more evangelists to go and speak the Word of God.  We have stories of whole villages coming to Christ.  There are baptisms of 43, 123 and 151 most ...

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Your Gift Helps FOMM Reach Their Financial Goals Each Year!

THANKS TO OUR DONORS!

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 each program that we support!  We are proud of that achievement. This summer when visiting the programs in Madagascar we were reminded by the Malagasy program leaders that we were a very dependable organization.  When we asked what that meant they told us that we have always given what we promised each year to the programs.  That confidence in us is important because it builds ...

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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 summer as we visited the prisons we witnessed the joy of these groups singing.  They had made garments to wear that are in the Malagasy tradition, colorful and beautiful!  We have made a recording of these groups and created a DVD of their music and dancing.  For any gift to the Prison Ministry of $50 or more we will send a copy of the "Freedom Singers" to the donor.

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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 Malagasy Lutheran Church and the role that Friends of Madagascar Mission is fulfilling in the current time, since the ELCA has cut most of its funding of mission there. We concluded the evening by celebrating the work that Steve Lellelid has done over the past 18 years, translating the Bible into the Tandroy dialect. 

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Use Amazon Smile to Donate to FOMM

0.5% of your Amazon Smile purchases 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 shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.   You must click on this link for   FOMM unique charity link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-2312947  

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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 "Annual and Audit Reports" to review the report.

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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 reality.  FOMM has hired a Madagascar company by the name of Patrakala to implement the program.  The project proposal for this program may be located under the "Drip Irrigation Program" description. Click on "Get Involved", then on "Projects" and then on  "Drip Irrigation Program".

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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 receive more funds than expected we also have a "Extra Budget for 2018" receipts over and above the budget. In early February, the Friends of Madagascar Mission web site will be reviewed and the new information and budget for 2018 will be added to our web site. The 2017 Annual Report for FOMM will also be added to the web site soon.  The 2016 Auditor's Report has been added to the web site.

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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 reported in 27 out of the country’s 114 districts.The outbreak is worrisome because a majority of the confirmed illnesses include cases of the pneumonic plague, which can be transmitted through the air when an infected person coughs, and is 100 percent fatal if left untreated.In response, the Malagasy Red Cross said it mobilized 700 volunteers to work on community education, tracing people ...

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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 reach them with the Gospel. However, as Paul wrote, “…and because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the Word of God cannot be chained. » (2 Timothy 2 :9) Two evangelists supported by Friends of Madagascar Mission: JOURMANA Mananjary and BRUNO Auguste first visited the Ambatomanga village together. Rema, a Bara man from ...

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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 evangelists.  The evangelists are supported by annual gifts of $600.00 for the evangelist's salary (which is twice the average salary in Madagascar) and an additional $100 for continuing education opportunities for the evangelists.  What is the impact of the Evangelism Program?  The evangelists share God's Word and people come to know Jesus Christ and their Lord and Savior.  (See the May 19, ...

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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 amazing programs and projects that FOMM has been able to fund in 2016 because of our amazing donors.  The annual report also lists the program and project funding proposed for 2017.  In addition the report also has a column of non budgeted projects that are available for funding.  Please contact us for further details or questions on any projects. 

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Moderately Strong Earthquake

8TH Largest Quake Ever

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 having struck more than 67 years ago. Witnesses described fairly strong shaking during 15 to 20 seconds. There were no immediatereports of injuries or significant damage. The United States Geological Service measured thequake at a magnitude 5.5 on the Richter scale. The quake was centered south of the lakesidetown of Betafo, in central Madagascar. The quake occurred just after 1 a.m. local ...

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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 Transcontinental Fiber Optic Cable that carries most of Madagascar's communications was damaged off shore in the Gulf of Mozambique. Secondly, the rains have at times "knocked out" the ability for sending emails; and lastly, one of the persons responsible for overseeing two of our programs has been very ill and unable to send the reports. We pray for her health as we patiently await receiving the ...

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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 evangelists are so pleased to have received a salary increase beginning the first of February."  The Betroka and the Beitoky Synod also sent thanks for the two lap top computers and printers that wee provided for their respective Evangelist Departments.  These gifts will help them to do their work more effectively.  Thanks to all of FOMM's donors for helping to make these gifts possible

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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 Center, Minnesota. Each of them brings unique gifts and talents to the FOMM Board of Director. Go to the Board of Directors tab to read their biographical information.

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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 goal to send the gifts for mission as quickly as possible. Therefore the following projects, in addition to the budgeted items were funded:(1) Prison Ministry Program at Ihosy was funded. This is the 10th site for a Prison Ministry. In 2011, we began Prison Ministry support with 3 sites.  (2) Prisoner Handicraft Project was funded. There are no vocational training programs in Madagascar ...

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Friends of Madagascar Mission (FOMM) Website

Web Site in Process of Being Updated

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 pleased that Robert Jemc has accepted the responsibility to serve in that capacity. Robert has made two mission trips to Madagascar and has worked to provide financial support for the Prison Ministry Program.The updating of the site is still in process, but will be completed soon. Thanks for your understanding, patience and encouragement during this process 

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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 needs the work of large NGO's and countries to provide a solution. But FOMM believes that in and through the people we serve and work with, we can affect their lives and the lives of their neighbors and friends. Also, as patients come to Ejeda Hospital and also through those training to be evangelists at our Bible Schools we can work to teach them a new way to grow and provide food to survive ...

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