Wednesday, May 21
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Faced with choosing between becoming another of the many vendors on the streets of her hometown of Andaingo Gara or becoming a physician, Annick (Awn-èke) Rakotoarimanitra chose what she believes the Lord called her to and prepared her for—becoming a physician.
Annick is one of the first student residents of Akany Gazela—the Gazela home for secondary-school girls started by the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM), the PC(USA) partner church in the island nation. Thanks to a building grant from the Presbyterian Women Thank Offering, the program opened in Moramanga in October 2012. FJKM began Akany Gazela through its own women’s division, Dorkasy, in order to combat early teen pregnancy, sex trafficking, drug use, and other life-altering ills that beset young women who migrate to Moramanga alone in order to continue their education.
Because there are few secondary schools in rural areas, young women are faced with the onerous choice of leaving and pursuing education in the city alone or forsaking their education entirely. But together, Akany Gazela, FJKM, and the PC(USA) are changing the educational prospects for young Malagasy woman one life at a time. And they did so just in time to pave the way for Annick to become the physician her country so greatly needs.
—Jan Heckler, PC(USA) mission coworker, Moramanga
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM): Janice Heckler, associate for planning, training and development, Elizabeth Turk, public health specialist, Robert “Dan” Turk, environment/development specialist
Church of Jesus Christ of Madagascar: Rev. Lala Rasendrahasina, president, Mr. Marc Ravalomanana and Rev. Jean-Louis Zarazaka, vice-presidents, Rev. Gilbert Randrianirina, general secretary • Malagasy Council of Protestant Churches: Rev. Fanjanavalona Rasoavimbahoaka, general secretary
Synod of the Northeast, with the FJKM
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Nurturing God, we thank you for Akany Gazela and for the young people who seek to develop the gifts you have given them. Help us to guide your children in their life’s service to you. In Christ’s gracious name we pray. Amen.