From Texas to Tana: On the floor of a grass hut – Part IV

Caitlin, an intern, reflects on the lives touched by God during the OM outreach to Sainte Marie Island off the coast of Madagascar.

Caitlin, a university student from Texas (USA), is spending a semester interning in communications with OM in Madagascar. From August - November, she’ll capture what God is doing through OM on this island off the coast of southeast Africa. The following is the fourth in a series, written by Caitlin, in which she shares her insights about what it’s like to serve on this diverse and exciting mission field.

The first glimpse I caught of Sainte Marie, a small island off the east coast of Madagascar, was so beautiful it almost took my breath away. Even through the tropical rain, I could see the numerous palm trees and small wooden canoes floating about.

It looked like a deserted island from a Hollywood film, but fortunately I wasn't deserted. In fact, I was one in a group that included people from Nigeria, Netherlands, UK, Madagascar, Brazil, El Salvador and South Africa.

After travelling for more than 15 hours by bus through the jungle and two hours by boat, we all breathed a sigh of relief when we arrived at our destination.

It's not up to me how many people accept the good news; it's only within my power to offer them hope.

Witchcraft has a stronghold on Sainte Marie, like it does in much of Madagascar. Some parents even dedicate their children to Satan after birth. We knew we needed to be very diligent in prayer.

We woke up every day at 5:00 to praise the Lord and pray for the day's activities. Some days included children's ministry, street and door-to-door evangelism or youth outreaches. The harvest was truly ripe, and at least 100 people accepted Christ as their Saviour! 

I'll never forget one particular moment, sitting on the floor of a grass hut sharing the gospel with a woman who had never heard the name of Jesus. Just moments later she joined the family of believers and was saved for eternity. It’s a privilege being part of this ministry.

Madagascar is a stunning and exotic country, with souls ready to hear the good news. I have been challenged to take this passion home with me and be more proactive in sharing about God wherever I am.

Jesus said, “...go and make disciples of all nations...And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt. 28:18-20; NIV). It's not up to me how many people accept the good news; it's only within my power to offer them hope.

Please, join with me in thanking the Lord for how many He rescued in Sainte Marie.

 

By Caitlin Red