Pray for Peace, Reconciliation and Democracy in Madagascar
The Christian Council of Churches in Madagascar (FFKM) has launched a process of broad-based national reconciliation to enable the Malagasy people to find a way out of the political crisis that has gripped the nation for more than four years. Representatives of more than 200 political parties and civil society organizations will meet in Antananarivo, the capital, May 3 to 5 to seek consensus on a way forward. Please support this initiative by praying for:
- A continued sense of cooperation and goodwill among all of the participants;
- Humility for Madagascar’s past and present political leaders, that they may acknowledge and confess past wrongdoing frankly, repent sincerely, and reconcile visibly and meaningfully;
- A spirit of forgiveness, graciousness and unity among the Malagasy people . . . Read more
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.