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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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