Paul’s advice to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:14 was simple yet profound. He said, “continue”! Timothy was to continue in the things he had learned as well as continue in the work that had been started. Simply put, he was to persist, persevere and prevail in the work of the Lord. These words best describe the last two months of our ministry. We have continued in the things that we have learned and are continuing in the work that God has called us to do.
We are continuing with our language learning. We are thankful for the progress we have made and the foundation that has been laid. Yet we continue to meet with our teachers so that we can do our best to speak clearly and correctly. We continue to see how God is using our progress in the language to be a testimony to those around us.
We continue to spread the Gospel in various ways. Rachael has had several occasions to befriend and give tracts to taxi drivers as she is out and about. Dan has had several opportunities to share the Gospel while out on soul-winning or while meeting others along the way. People are always curious as to why we are here, and they become even more curious when we start speaking Malagasy. This has been a great open door for sharing the Gospel. Our girls have also been doing their part to share the Gospel and have given tracts to their teachers and invited them to church. We pray often that God would use us, as a family, to point these dear people to Christ.
Rachael continues to disciple Jacqueline on a weekly basis. It has been exciting to see Jacqueline taking steps of faith and getting involved in a children’s ministry at church. She has also been faithfully witnessing to her unsaved family. What a joy it is to see how she has used and applied the discipleship lessons in her life. We thank God for the continual work He is doing in her heart.
Dan has continued his discipleship with a teenage boy. They have just two lessons remaining before they have completed all 16 lessons of the program. Dan has also been given the opportunity to preach and/or teach at least once every week. This has been a great help to him as he looks to strengthen his abilities in the language in preparation for a future church plant. He has been encouraged by the response of the church people. It has truly been a blessing to be involved in the ministry here. The people are very gracious to us as we strive to learn their language and culture so that we can better reach this country with the Gospel.
Dan has also continued his trips to the bush. Ernest, the pastor of the church, has allowed Dan the opportunity to start teaching the two men who are preparing for the ministry. This has been a wonderful time to speak and teach in a more informal setting and give these men and their wives some practical advice from the Word of God. On Easter Sunday, he will have the opportunity to see several of the new believers follow the Lord in baptism. It has been a wonderful privilege to see these believers grow in their faith and walk with God. These, who have so little in this life, are a great example of the joy and faith that can only be found in Christ.
We have also continued the Teaching English Outreach program. At the beginning of the year we started teaching the first course again. This means that we have had several new students and contacts. It has been wonderful to get to know these new students. As always, our goal is to point them to Christ.
As we continue the work God has called us to do here in Madagascar, we are reminded of Paul’s words in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” As always, we are thankful to God for each of you who also continue to faithfully pray for and support our family.
The Browns to Madagascar
“That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.”Psalm 67:2-3