10/15/14 Please pray for peace, justice and calm in Madagascar in the midst of a tense political situation. Marc Ravalomanana returned to the island nation October 13. Elected president of the country in 2001 and again in 2006, Ravalomanana was deposed by a military coup d’état in March 2009 and has spent the last five and a half years in exile. A crowd gathered for a press conference at 11 a.m. The military fired tear gas to disperse the crowd, entered the Ravalomananas’ home by force, and removed Marc Ravalomanana. Read more
Churches are trying to broker Bible- and theological-based political solutions, says Madagascar International Peacemaker Lala Haja Rasendrahasina
"The burning issue in Madagascar is the reconciliation process"
International Peacemaker undeterred by roadblocks
‘Peace is reconciliation, reconciliation is a process,’ says Rev. Lala Haja Rasendrahasina
Spring 2014 – Five years after the 2009 coup that put Madagascar in a deep political and economic crisis, Madagascar may be on a track toward a return to rule of law and constitutional normalcy. Presidential and legislative elections were held in December 2013 and in January Hery Rajaonarimampianina was declared president. Mr. Rajaonarimampianina was supported by 2009 coup leader Andry Rajoelina.—Dan Turk Read more
Call to Prayer for Madagascar: Election Update
December 2013 - The second round of Madagascar's presidential election was held on December 20, 2013. Although the polling was peaceful, the turnout of just over 50% was well below that of the first round of voting on October 25th. The still-emerging results are proving controversial, and many are concerned that the official announcement of the outcome, scheduled for early January 2014, may trigger renewed conflict and violence that could impede the country’s return to democracy. Read more.
October 2013 – The first-round presidential election with 31 candidates took place as scheduled on October 25th in relative calm. There were irregularities, but very little violence. Thank you for your prayers. Read more.
Pray for Peace, Reconciliation and Democracy in Madagascar
Madagascar is scheduled to hold presidential elections on October 25, 2013. These are the first elections since the military coup d’état in March 2009. Please pray every day at 9 pm (2 pm EDT):
• That elections will be reasonably free and fair
• That there won’t be pre- or post-election violence
• That effective means of reducing poverty and re-establishing law and order can be quickly implemented. Read more
Read more about the background and pray for a spirit of forgiveness, graciousness and unity among the Malagasy people.
10/27/13 Initial reports from Madagascar indicate the country's election was free and fair, with only isolated incidents of violence. Preliminary results show that an ally of the ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana has taken an early lead. It could take up to a week for a winner to be named.—BBC News
May 12, 2012. The Malagasy Christian Council of Churches (FFKM) released a declaration on the crisis in Madagascar. The PC(USA) works in partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM), which was formed by the union of three churches in 1968. The FJKM is a member of the Malagasy Christian Council of Churches. Read more
In the Spring 2012 issue of Mission Crossroads magazine:
"Fruitful ministry: Protecting Madagascar's people and environment," by Doug Tilton
"Risky Journey: PC(USA) mission worker Doug Tilton stands with African partner church in time of need," by Pat Cole
Action Alert — March 3, 2011
Church leaders see growing efforts by the de facto government to stifle free speech
Madagascar, an island country roughly 500 miles off the coast of Africa, is home to some 19 million people, about 45 percent of whom are Christian. France invaded the island and established a colonial administration in the late 19th century. Madagascar regained its independence in 1960, but spent much of the next three decades under military rule. In March 2009, the military deposed the democratically elected President, Marc Ravalomanana, and installed Andry Rajoelina, the mayor of the capital city, Antananarivo, as the head of the “High Authority of the Transition”.
The PC(USA) works in partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM), which was formed by the union of three churches in 1968. PC(USA) mission personnel work with the Development Department of the FJKM to protect Madagascar’s extraordinary biodiversity, promote agricultural development, provide clean water and sanitation, and prevent the spread of HIV, malaria and other threats to public health. The Outreach Foundation supports theological training for clergy and lay leaders, as well as entrepreneurship training to enable evangelists to secure independent livelihoods.
Madagascar Partner Churches and Organizations
Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM)
Akany Avoko Remand Home for Girls
Madagascar Mission Network
The Madagascar Mission Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies.