Not only is Rosina our team leader, but she is also the Unit Leader of AIM Madagascar. Rosina is Sakalava and from Nosy Be. She grew up on Nosy Be believing in taboos and engaging in ancestral worship. Her mother was even a well known medium, able to communicate with the spirit world. However, even while young, Rosina suspected that something was missing. It was while living on the mainland attending school that she was confronted with the Gospel through a university ministry where she came to realize Jesus as her savior. Years later she returned to Nosy Be, the place where she had grown up, to share freedom and salvation in Christ with those in her community. Rosina was the leader of a TIMO team on Nosy Be and continues to lead the Nosy Be team while discipling members of the Sakalava church plant.
The McReynolds are members of Mission to the World (MTW) and are partnering with AIM. In 2005, the McReynolds went with MTW to South Africa. There they lived for 4 years, part of both a community development ministry reaching out to children and youth affected by HIV/AIDS, and a seminary ministry training African pastors. Afterwards, they moved back to the States to complete their Masters degrees at Covenant Theological Seminary. In 2013 they returned to Africa to the island of Nosy Be, where they were part of a TIMO team. In addition to other ministries of the team, they have started The Sakalava Music Project, which works with local musicians to engage the culture and create Sakalava worship music and story songs straight from Scripture. You can learn more about them, their life, and mission on their website here.
The Bracy Family
Jordan grew up for 9 years as a missionary kid in Papua New Guinea, and Laura grew up as a pastor’s kid. As they both grew, God called them to serve in missions. They met in a missions class at Cedarville University in America, and they married in 2011. They trusted God to lead them and found themselves moving to Nosy Be, Madagascar in 2013 with Africa Inland Mission. There they served on a TIMO team, but they ended up coming back to America sooner than expected for the birth of their first child. They decided it was the right time for Jordan to attend seminary. Now, Jordan has finished seminary, they have grown their family to two daughters, and they anticipate returning to Nosy Be in August, 2017 to continue the work they started. They will work in the village of Andrafia, north of the other team villages. You can learn more about the Bracy family on their website here.
Natalie will be joining our family in the village of Bemanondrohely to be our kids’ homeschool teacher for the school year of 2017-2018. Natalie visited Madagascar in 2016 and spent a month with our family on Nosy Mitsio as part of the TIMO Quest program. We had an immediate connection with Natalie, and the Lord has led her to come serve on Nosy Be with our family. Natalie will spend her days homeschooling our children in order to allow us to have more time for ministry. She will also learn the language and culture and develop relationships with the Sakalava so that she can share the love of Christ with them. You can learn more about Natalie on her website here.