Blind School in Antsirabe

Antsirabe Madagascar

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 and pursue a career. The cost per student for a year is $586.00.

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Rebuilding of Mansoa School

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.

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Evangelist Health Care Plan

Evangelists Health Care

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 much to us Americans, but for them it is a great help.

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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 of the world in 2020 our donors still remembered that there is a mission of the Gospel to be done in Madagascar. The totals will be announced when the 2020 Annual Report is provided in early February.  The report will be posted on our web site.

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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 Dream of the Androy region girls education program)3)  The Lutheran Blind School in Antsirabe, Madagascar4)  Fund Raising Project for Seed Bankk and Rice Cleaning Machines in Betroka Region5)  Evangelist Health Car Plan Proposal6)  Cottage Industries Project (Home made projects for sale internationally)7)  Organization and Staffing Plans for FOMM8)  Approval of the ...

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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 events until it is appropriate to again meet together. Anniversary Bible verse: Philippians 1:3: “Every time I think of you I thank God for you!”

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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 other organizations that provide or have provided support.  The different they say is that we deliver what we promise and they can depend upon FOMM.  Thus we thank our faithful and generous sponsors who provide the dollars to make this happen.  We have now begun our 2020 programs and pray that we will again be blessed by our donors, as we expect!  Thanks to all who have given ...

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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 40th anniversary of SALFA (The Malagasy Lutheran Church Medical Program), traveled to Toliara in the far south west part of Madagascar for an Evangelist Training Event of the 48 evangelists supported by congregations and individuals, presented each evangelist with a well built terrain bicycle for them to use in traveling between villages, presented the evangelist coordinators with a motorcycle ...

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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 vocational program.  Friends of Madagascar Mission promised to provide the funds to start and run this program and they would reimburse us for one half of the funds after they began to make and sell products.  The government agreed and we visited several of these programs this past summer.  The prisoners are making wonderful items:  leather purses and key chains, jewelry for women ...

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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 cautious to not over promise a new budget.  That is important, but it is also important to grow in providing support.  For example, the Prison Ministry Program has already informed us that they would like to begin 3 new Prison Ministry Programs around the country of Madagascar.  Beginning a Prison Ministry Program costs approximately $3,000.00.  This would be a total of $9,000.00 ...

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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 cyclones which have flooded the land and washed out the roads, Patrakala is now ready to send the team to implement the project. There are two sites where the training with be implements: 1) Ejeda Hospital and 2) Mansoa Bible School. The plan is to give all who receive the training a drip irrigation kit. The kits should last for 4 years in the hot, blistering sun of the ...

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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 manages the literacy training project. Through grants from Ireland, she employs 300 teachers and 25 supervisors. In the past several years she has been teaching 10,000 adults per year how to read and write. The only written material she has to use in teaching them to read is chapters of the Bible that Steve has translated and printed on their     office printer. For the past ...

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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, encouraging people to visit Madagascar, etc.  These representatives will be called AMBASSADORS.  The goal is to have 12 Ambassadors by the end of 2018.  To date we have 8 who have agreed to serve and in addition all FOMM Board members serve as Ambassadors as well. If anyone would like to become an Ambassador for FOMM please contact us by phone or email:  847-445-8177 ...

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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 are interested please contact FOMM at 847-445-8177 or FriendsOfMadagascarMission@gmail.com Contacting us does not mean you are obligated to go on this Mission Educational Trip, but will provide you with details of the trip and cost estimates.

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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 evangelist in three synods, and 4) the 3 Bible Schools.  Two other projects have funds available for funding at the appropriate time of need.  They are: 1) The Tandroy Bible and Hymnal printing and 2) the Drip Irrigation Program. Friends of Madagascar Mission is again very thankful for the generous donors to provide support for these mission programs and projects. The rrecipients of these ...

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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 in the 14th century. The rat- and flea-borne illness hits the island nation every year from about December to April.But this year is different, says the World Health Organization’s Dr. Eric Bertherat. This latest outbreak has popped up in a completely new area. The mountainous area of Befotaka in southeastern Madagascar has seen 68 cases — of which 27 have died — since the end of ...

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