FIFOHAZANA

In Madagascar there is a Christian movement called FIFOHAZANA.  It is based upon the cultural needs and how the Christian Faith intersects in Malagasy life.  This movement has camps called "Toby".  The goal is to train Christians how to share the Gospel and care for the needy of their society.  The basic groups of people served are the poor and the mentally ill.  During my recent visit to Madagascar I met with one of these Toby and was presented with a proposal to help provide funding for feeding these people.  The needs are much greater than FOMM would be able to provide and so I ask for your ...

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Prison Ministry Program

During my visit to Madagascar I also presented a plan to enlarge the Prison Ministry Program.  Currently it focuses only on the ministry needs of the prisoners, which is of course very important.  In addition, last year we became involved in the humanitarian needs of the prisons in Madagascar.  We discovered the lack of adequate living conditions within the prisons:  one meal a day with poor nutritional value overcrowded sleeping conditions lack of air ventilation poor sewer system lack of daily activities to keep the prisoners occupied with worthwhile time long retention times (being in prison and ...

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FOMM staff in Madagascar

As executive director of Friends of Madagascar Mission (FOMM) I just returned, January 26th from a 10 day trip to Madagascar.  The purpose of the trip was to train the new selection of Malagasy persons to be responsible to manage the mission projects for  FOMM.  Why is this necessary?  They know their culture and language.  It is easier for them to contact persons in charge of the various programs to request information, answer questions for the programs and relay information from FOMM/USA to the programs.  We are fortunate to have a great team of trusted Malagasy persons to fill the three ...

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Moving Forward in 2024!

And now, as we enter the new year of 2024, the Friends of Madagascar Mission Board of Directors has increased this year's budget based on the 2023 giving pattern.  The increases will provide for more evangelists, add one more synod where FOMM supports evangelists in the Faradofay Synod; an increase in support of the 3 Bible Schools we support and expand the Nofy i Androy Program at the Dr. John Dyrnes School in Bezaha, Madagascar.  In addition, FOMM has a non budget program that supports many humanitarian projects:  building new health clinics for the Malagasy Lutheran Church's health care organization called SALFA, ...

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Thank You!

As the 2023 year comes to a close, Friends of Madagascar Mission wishes to thank all of our donors for your generous gifts to support our mission work.  God has certainly blessed us by your generosity that allows us to support 32 Prison Ministries, 56 evangelists, 3 Bible schools, seminary students in two theological schools to be educated to serve as pastors, several programs that rescue children in peril (children in school for the visually impaired and hearing impaired, children in prisons, girls in danger of becoming child mothers, etc.), providing humanitarian programs (drilling water wells, restoring broken wells, feeding ...

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FOMM Board Meeting

Important Decisions

The Friends of Madagascar Mission recently held their board meeting.  It was a very important meeting and some important decisions were approved.  The management organization was revised for both the USA and Madagascar.  As FOMM has grown and expanded its mission, there is a greater need to have people close to the programs and projects to help manage the mission.  So we have created a Madagascar Program Director, an Operation Manager, a Financial Manager and a Legal Manager. A 2024 budget was approved which is a 11% increase over the 2023 budget.  The increases in the budget are designated for increased ...

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Thank You Donors!

Thanks to the FOMM donors for their marvelous support in 2023 and continuing support in 2024.  We welcome new donors.  You will be assured to receive updates on the programs of FOMM.  For more information on our programs and projects please view the "Get Involved" category on our website for information on what you may support and how to remit a gift!

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FOMM Organization Structure

Updating to better serve

Friends of Madagascar Mission is in the process of updating our organizational structure to better serve our growing mission work in Madagascar.  We are a unique organization that guarantees that 100% of your gift goes to support the mission work in Madagascar.  Also, no staff person working for Friends of Madagascar Mission receives a salary or reimbursement for their travel expenses.  God has blessed us and our outreach and growth in funding has been great! We invite you to review our mission programs and contact us with any questions either by email or phone call.

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FOMM Staff Person in Israel

Prayers for a safe trip!

One of Friends of Madagascar Mission's staff persons had been visiting in Israel when this war broke out.  He is safe and has fortunately been able to make arrangements to fly home on Thursday, October 12th.  He reported having to live in a bomb shelter, hearing rockets flying overhead, and hearing planes and sirens.  How fearful it must have been.  We pray for his safe arrival home.  Let us pray!

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Middle East Conflict

Please pray for those affected

Friends of Madagascar Mission encourages you to keep all the people in the Middle East conflict in your prayers.  We pray that God's power may bring to an end the suffering, killing and hatred that is destroying not only property but precious human lives.  Unfortunately, the issues that have exploded in this current situation have been a part of the region for generations.  Let us pray that the barriers that cause such hatred may be healed and people may live in peace.

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Mission Education Trip Application

Available now!

Friends of Madagascar Mission posted on our web site an application form for participating in a "Madagascar Mission Education Trip".  This document describes what such a trip is about as well as a form to fill out and submit to Friends of Madagascar Mission.  Filling out the form does not obligate one to go on such a trip, but will keep you posted on the next planned trip. This form and application may be accessed on our web site at https://www.MadagascarMission.org - Click on "Get Involved" - and then "Travel to Madagascar" and the form will be available.  Or, click here to go directly to the ...

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Mission Trip in June!

Friends of Madagascar Mission's 2023 Education Mission Trip will take place from May 31 through June 15th. We will be visiting many of the FOMM supported mission programs. We will be visiting with the Malagasy Lutheran Church leaders to learn about their mission goals, visit one of the 25 prisons FOMM supports and discuss with them about expanding the number of prisons and the work within each prison, hold discussions with SALFA (The Lutheran Medical Organization) about helping to build 3 new medical clinics in the south west, visit the SeFAM Lutheran Nursing School and discuss sending girls there on scholarships, a gathering of ...

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Child Prisoners

Prison Ministry Madagascar Progam

After much planning and prayer, FOMM is ready to launch a new emphasis in the Prison Ministry Madagascar (PMM) program. This program is for the children who are in prison for stealing vanilla beans.

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Antalaha Children's Prison Ministry Program

We have been busy establishing the Antalaha Children's Prison Ministry Program.  The goal is to have a team at the prison in early March to help the local evangelist leaders establish a 1) Work production program and 2) A literacy program to teach reading and writing.  Madagascar has a low literacy rate with students not receiving a quality education.  Without learning to read and write a children's future is not good. This program is being supported by gifts to FOMM's Prison Ministry Program/Antalaha Children's Program.  All gifts will help us establish and grow this program.  Some early goals ...

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Coordinator for Friends of Madagascar Mission in Madagascar

The Friends of Madagascar Mission (FOMM) has decided to have a Coordinator for Friends of Madagascar Mission in Madagascar.  We have selected a young man by the name of RABEZATO Lovamalala Narcisse. In the interview process, when asked why he would want to work with FOMM, he replied with two reasons:  1)  to be able to help the people of Madagascar who have great needs, and 2)  To help them to know of Jesus' love!!"  He is in the process now of moving to Antananarivo and set up an office there.  He will help FOMM in communication, in visits to the programs for evaluation and help in the setting ...

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Living Water Program

Walk 4 Water

The Lenten Season begins with Ash Wednesday on February 22nd.  As individuals and as a congregation, as you prepare for this season of spiritual reflection it is not based upon giving up something; which is typically thought of during Lent.  Rather, it is reflecting upon one's spiritual life of living and giving.  How may one live one's life more fully.  This is called the "richness of our Christian Faith". Friends of Madagascar Mission has a program called "Living Water" to assist you with your Lenten walk.  Please open up access on this web page that describes how you may become ...

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Prison Ministry Madagascar

Friends of Madagascar Mission is working with the Prison Ministry Madagascar (PMM) to expand the number of prisons included in this ministry.  There are 83 prisons in Madagascar and currently we are present in 22 prisons.  One of the prisons we are currently working to include is the Antalaha Prison where many children are incarcerated for stealing vanilla beans.  The vanilla beans are one of Madagascar's main export industries.  The value of the vanilla beans is currently very high and corrupt people hire the children to steal the beans.  When they are caught, they go directly to prison and must wait until ...

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FOMM is Moving Ahead on These Nine Projects

Approved at FOMM's Annual Meeting

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 Project 2)  Nofy i Androy (The Dream of the Androy region girls education program) 3)  The Lutheran Blind School in Antsirabe, Madagascar 4)  Fund Raising Project for Seed Bankk and Rice Cleaning Machines in Betroka Region 5)  Evangelist Health Car Plan Proposal 6)  Cottage Industries Project (Home made projects for sale internationally) 7)  Organization and Staffing Plans for FOMM 8)  ...

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Mansoa Bible School Rebuilding

The rebuilding of the Mansoa Bible School is a big project carrying a total cost of $75,000.00. It is a main school for the region to train evangelists and catechists. Please pray that people come forward to sponsor the project. Thank you.

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Evangelists Project

Please pray with us for us to find a half-dozen new sponsors

Our 54 evangelists are very effective: in three months they visited 1,979 families to share the Gospel with them, which resulted in 608 children and 300 adults being baptized. As a board member recently said when reviewing the evangelist reports, “What would happen in the USA if we reached out to these many homes in a three month period of time?” We have a goal of sponsoring 60 evangelists by year’s end. The cost to sponsor an evangelist is $800 a year. If you want to be a sponsor, please go here.  

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