The Anglican Church of Madagascar wants to see more people coming to Christ!
Your help is needed, so more people in Madagascar can be trained to faithfully teach God’s Word!
Rev Berthier Lainirina, Anglican Parish Rector on the east coast of Madagascar, Provincial Secretary for the Anglican Diocese of the Indian Ocean, and Project Partner for the delivery of PTC courses in Madagascar, says,
“What encourages me a lot in ministry is to see people coming to Christ. That is our experience, that’s what we have seen…they’ve responded to the Word of God and we did many baptisms since then and that gives us joy to see God is at work. God is still in control and he will always be in control. And God works through his words and that gives us joy — to see people coming to Christ.”
The Anglican Church of Madagascar belongs to the Province of the Indian Ocean, along with The Seychelles and Mauritius. It consists of six diocese spread across an undeveloped island twice as large as Victoria. Madagascar is one of the world’s poorest nations, recently experiencing political unrest with violent protests and coups, along with outbreaks of pneumonic and bubonic plagues.
In this small country, with a population similar to Australia, the growth in the number of local Anglican churches far exceeds the supply of trained clergy. Most weekly congregational services are led by laypeople with no training, guided by under-resourced clergy who themselves lack clear theological understanding. The minority who’ve received some training, have most likely attended a Roman Catholic college (currently the only training facility in the country) - where studies focus on sacraments and liturgy, lacking biblical training.
A strong foundation in the Word helps to safeguard against distorted doctrine, corruption and syncretism. Moore College’s Preliminary Theological Certificate (PTC) can provide this foundation. It offers an ideal resource for strengthening clergy competence and materials for training laypeople leading their congregations.
A successful PTC pilot program was conducted in Madagascar over the past six years with subjects taught in French. However, the majority of the population haven’t completed their secondary education, so can’t speak French. To overcome this barrier, the Centre for Global Mission (with Rev Berthier Lainirina) is translating six PTC subjects into the local language, Malagasy.
You can help bring the PTC to Madagascar, in the language of the people, and enable church leaders to share God’s truth with confidence!
This project will teach six PTC subjects to 24 Students from six diocese of Madagascar, through three one week training events per year for two years.
Anglican Aid’s Overseas Ministry Fund provides financial support for students from developing countries to attend Bible training events like the PTC training events to be held in Madagascar.
Partner with us to help more people in Madagascar receive quality theological training, so they can be equipped to faithfully teach from the Bible and be Christ-centred in their ministry — making disciples in their nation, who will, in turn, go out and reach others with the Good News.
Therefore multiplying disciples for Christ!
Please note: Donations to this project are not tax deductible.
ABN 28 525 237 517
- Please pray for the graduates of the PTC pilot program that they will use what they have learned from their PTC subjects to faithfully share their gospel through their ministries.
- Please pray for wisdom and clarity as the PTC subjects are translated into Malagasy.
In 2018, these students graduated from the PTC pilot program in Madagascar.
Here's what some of them are doing now…
Rev Gaston manages evangelistic training in his diocese, and also hosts a weekly segment on local radio where he explains the Bible. He says completing the PTC subjects has transformed this ministry as he can now explain Bible passages in context. Rev Gaston is also overseeing an expanding network of local Anglican schools.
Ernest is a retired layman who now travels throughout his diocese delivering training for church planters and lay leaders using the PTC materials.
Rev Mamy is the principal of a small, newly-established Anglican training institute in the capital city of Antananarivo. He’s incorporating PTC materials into training courses for those keen to go into ministry.
Rev Constant decided to establish a preacher training group in his parish based on the PTC materials. It currently has eight participants.