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Madagascar



Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, with a population of some 20 million people, many of whom live in remote rural areas. About half the population are Christian (mostly Catholic), and most of the rest follow traditional religious practices, which are strong and distinctive. According to Operation World, ''discipleship and biblical training are the greatest needs of churches. There is little by way of structured training or teaching for ordinary believers. Pray for new grassroots movements that are accessible and relevant to all Christians and that can be multiplied and reproduced throughout the country.' Rooted in Jesus is helping to meet this need. It is used in Malagasy.

For a video report on Rooted in Jesus in Madagascar by Revd Richard Morgan, with interviews with Bishop Stanley Hotay, Bishop Gilbert Rateloson, Ven Jean Flobert and Revd Dr Alison Morgan please follow the link. The report was filmed in Madagascar in March 2013.

For an interview with Ven Jean Flobert after the Rooted in Jesus Junior training conference in the Diocese of Fianarantsoa in August 2017, please follow the link.

 

Diocese of Fianarantsoa (from 2011)

There are 6 Anglican dioceses on the island, and in November 2011 we were able to introduce Rooted in Jesus to just over a hundred leaders from two of them: the Diocese of Fianarantsoa and the Diocese of Toliara. The Diocese of Fianarantsoa was founded in 2003 by the current bishop, Gilbert Rateloson, and has 14 parishes. We ran a 4 day training conference for the 14 clergy and an additional 32 lay leaders in November 2011.

Teams: Revd Dr Alison Morgan, Bishop Stanley Hotay, Revd Elaine Sutherland, Revd Simon Cawdell, Revd Richard Morgan, Revd Paul Dever, Canon Jacob Robert, Lucy Hefford, Katy Morgan.

We returned in March 2013 to see how things were going and to help train additional leaders. Every parish has established two groups, and some of these, particularly in the coastal deanery of Nosy Varika, have seen remarkable numbers of people coming to faith - one leader reported that 124 new Christians had come out of his groups, and two others also reported over a hundred coming to faith and then receiving baptism or confirmation. Others shared stories of people being healed or touched by God in other ways. This time we worked with a mixture of existing and new leaders, including the 15 clergy and totalling some 68 people in all. Bishop Gilbert, and Diocesan Coordinator Canon Jean Flobert, place a high priority on Rooted in Jesus, seeing it as a key part of the strategy for growth within the diocese. We were delighted to see Fianarantsoa's new cathedral rising brick by brick beside us, and to be given T shirts celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the diocese.

In October 2016 RinJ Coordinator, Vicar General Jean Flobert, wrote to say that there are now 32 Rooted in Jesus groups meeting in the 19 parishes; many of these have completed all four books of the course.

In August 2017 a Rooted in Jesus Junior conference was held in Fianarantsoa, attended by 84 Sunday School teachers. The team was led by Canon Jacob Robert, who oversees Rooted in Jesus Junior in his own diocese of Mara, Tanzania. The conference was followed by a choir festival with both visiting and local choirs taking part. Ven Jean Flobert will be responsible for overseeing both the adult and Junior programmes.


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Diocese of Toliara (from 2011)

The Diocese of Toliara is a missionary diocese which was formed from the Diocese of Antananarivo; Bishop Todd McGregor was appointed in 2007 to prepare it to become a new diocese, and was elected as its first bishop in April 2013. Toliara is located in the South West of the island and when we first went there had only three priests; it is, in terms of human resources, the smallest diocese we have worked with - and yet it covers a vast area of the island.

In November 2011 the diocese hosted 4 day Rooted in Jesus training conference for the 3 priests and an additional 47 lay leaders, including two representatives from the Diocese of Antananarivo.
Team: Revd Dr Alison Morgan, Bishop Stanley Hotay, Revd Elaine Sutherland, Revd Simon Cawdell. Revd Noeli Radoniaina was appointed as Diocesan Coordinator for Rooted in Jesus.

In March 2013 we returned to see how things were going and to help train additional leaders. Bishop Todd sees Rooted in Jesus as a key tool for the life and growth of the diocese at local level, and this year will see the programme further strengthened and consolidated as many new groups are started in the parishes. In the meantime it faces different challenges - our visit was just 2 weeks after the worst cyclone in 35 years, and many church families have lost their homes. The church is working hard to support these families, at the same time as it prepares for its inauguration as a diocese in April 2013.

Teams: Revd Dr Alison Morgan, Bishop Stanley Hotay, Revd Elaine Sutherland, Revd Simon Cawdell, Revd Richard Morgan, Revd Paul Dever, Canon Jacob Robert, Lucy Hefford, Katy Morgan.

In May 2014 Bishop Todd reported that RinJ groups are now running in every parish. Revd Ratsimavo Andriamahenina Dieu Donne has taken over as coordinator from Revd Noeli.

In August 2017 Bishop Todd invited us back to Toliara to train Sunday School teachers to use Rooted in Jesus Junior. The team was led by Canon Jacob Robert, who oversees Rooted in Jesus Junior in his own Diocese of Mara, Tanzania. The conference was held in conjunction with a huge Bible competition, with children attending from all over the diocese. Sunday School coordinator Nolavy Arisoa ran children's activities during the day, and the competition was held in the evenings, with the four category winners announced on the final day. 45 Sunday School teachers attended the Rooted in Jesus Junior training, with the children joining us for some practice sessions. Deanery representatives were appointed, and classes will begin in September. The conference concluded with presentations from the children's choirs, and an inspiring performance of Miaraka, a modern day musical of Mary Magdalene written by Revd Patsy McGregor and Collette Maurel and presented with astonishing professionalism by local young people.

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