Greetings from Madagascar!
We arrived back in Madagascar on December 1st at 4 am. We were greeted by fellow missionary Dan Brown and Bro. Hery, a friend of ours from a fellow church here.
This time, coming to Madagascar has been much better than our first time coming here. This time, we know where to get things, how to get around, and we know the language. All of which makes this transition better than expected. However, of course, there are hiccups along the way. First, trying to get out bank account reinstated. It took over 4 weeks to get done. Then, trying to get our money here, so that we can get a vehicle. We got the money in a week late, the day before Christmas, and then the people we were buying the car from left town for a week. We did manage to pick up our vehicle on December 31st.
On December 16th , we made a visit to the church in Ambohimahatsinjo, and it was good to see everyone. They had a fellowship lunch after the morning service, and I was able to speak to the church for a few minutes. The church is doing well and there are a few more people added. Bro. Ernest has begun a Men’s meeting once a month on Sunday afternoon ,and there are four or five men that attend. That is a huge blessing.
Mid-January, James and I took a trip to St. Marie with Bro. Hery. This was a scouting trip to check out the house we will be renting, look at a place for a longer term rental, and talk to some people about costs for a renovation project on the longer term rental. Bro. Hery went with us as a sort of survey trip. Please pray for him to have clarity in discerning God’s will in this matter. While we were there, we did get to pass out some tracts, and speak to one man about the gospel. The whole family will be moving out there on February 14th. . Please keep us in your prayers as we prepare to move out the the island. There is a lot to do and a very short amount of time in which to do it.
Paul, Laura, James, Andrea, Javan, Evelyn, Ingrid, Jowan & Joram Hostetler
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