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Find a mission worker — Madagascar

Map of Madagascar

Jan Heckler

Doug Tilton, regional liaison for Southern Africa (Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe)

Daniel and Elizabeth Turk

Learn more about the work of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Madagascar.

Madagascar remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Eighty-five percent of its population live on less than $2 per day. Located in the Indian Ocean 250 miles off the eastern coast of Africa, Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island and is home to many unique species of mammals, birds and plants. The Malagasy are thought to be the descendants of Africans and Indonesians who settled on the island more than 2,000 years ago. In January 2009 the country’s president resigned amid political unrest that turned into violence. Andry Rajoelina assumed power with the military’s backing. Just over 40 percent of Malagasies are Christian, 50 percent adhere to traditional beliefs, and 7 percent are Muslim.

Jan Heckler

Jan works with the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar, facilitating strategic planning and organizational development with a particular focus on helping the education and women’s departments as well as the church department that serves marginalized people. She entered mission service in 2012 and brings experience from the fields of education, public health, mental health, and social service. Her background includes service with a nongovernmental organization devoted to improving education in the developing world. Home presbytery: Greater Atlanta; Learn more
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Doug Tilton

regional liaison for Southern Africa (Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe)

As regional liaison for Southern Africa, Doug facilitates the PC(USA)’s partner relationships, supports other mission personnel, and works with presbytery and congregational partnerships. He also has responsibilities for facilitating PC(USA) World Mission advocacy efforts in Africa. He works in Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. “I am excited and grateful when we are able to help each other discern and apply our respective gifts to strengthen our mutual capacity to do justice, to share the good news of the gospel, and to promote reconciliation so that all may enjoy life in fullness,” Doug says. Home presbytery: Heartland; Learn more
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Dan and Elizabeth Turk 

Serving in partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM), Dan and Elizabeth work to improve the lives of the Malagasy people. Elizabeth trains village health workers, helps communities develop safe drinking water sources, and educates church leaders and youth about AIDS prevention. Dan has helped the FJKM develop an extensive fruit tree program that greatly improves food security and nutrition in a country where poverty indexes are plummeting. He also works in environmental education, helping people live in harmony with God’s creation. Home presbytery: Central Florida/Western North Carolina; Learn more
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