Our goal as OM Madagascar is to train up Malagasy nationals to take the gospel to the many remote villages along the island that that are still considered unreached. We want to see the church become mobilised and equipped for the task of reaching the least-reached in Madagascar. We want to see the church shift from being just a mission field to becoming part of God’s plan to reach the nations.
About 50% of the population claim to belong to some denomination of Christianity, but it’s estimated that only about 10% truly know Jesus. As is common in other parts of Africa, traditional practices like ancestor worship is often mixed with Christianity.
The big island of Madagascar can be found just off the coast of eastern Africa. It is a country with a French heritage but an unstable political climate. While Madagascar’s political situation does play a part in the country’s weak economy, frequent natural disasters—like floods and cyclones—are another big contributor. Originally, the Malagasy people immigrated to the island from Indonesia, the African continent and Arabia. In later days Comorians, Chinese and Indo-Pakistani peoples have joined them.