From the beginning, the OM team in Ambovombe, Madagascar wanted to see villages reaching villages with the gospel.

After hearing the gospel for the first time, the village of Taviramongy, in southern Madagascar, knew that they could not keep this good news to themselves. They needed to share it with others.

The small group of believers began reaching out to other villages, researching where to go, organising half-day outreaches to hold open-air programmes and going door-to-door. 

One of the villages the group from Taviramongy visited was Tanantsoa, home to Siniore, aged 16 at the time. Siniore was touched after hearing one believer share a testimony of how she had experienced Jesus’ love and been set free from witchcraft.

At the time she was wearing a charm from the witchdoctor but decided to take it off. “It was like there had been a dark, dark thing covering me, and it left me and there was light,” Siniore remembered about taking the charm off. “I could see things properly. Not just in my eyes—but in how I felt. I was always worried about everything before that, but from that time I had peace.”

Siniore was the first in her village to become a Christian. While some people accepted her new faith, others did not. Her husband divorced her, so she returned to live with her parents.

Siniore desired for her family and friends to know Christ’s love as she did. Hearing about training offered by the OM team in Ambovombe that focused on discipleship and evangelism, she signed up.

After the training, she took what she learnt and put it into practice by starting a prayer meeting every Friday in her village. Attendance varied from 10 to 40 people, and four new believers were baptised that year. 

And just like in Taviramongy, the believers of Tanantsoa were encouraged to spread the Good News from the start. In pairs, they preached the Gospel in other villages, returning to start cell groups when they felt the time was right.

By the end of the year, they had gone to eight villages that had previously never heard the Gospel. 

“Siniore has a passion,” said Hanitra, the OM field leader in Madagascar. “She really realises how much God loves her. And she sees the other people who are really lost, and she has the passion to go, go, go.”

Learning new skills

Later that year, Siniore completed Perla. Perla (meaning ‘pearl’) is a Freedom Challenge project that equips vulnerable women with skills—such as cooking, sewing and tailoring—that will enable them to become self-sufficient.

With the money she earns from her new skills Siniore said she wants to help her mum and her younger sisters with school. Having dropped out of school at grade 7 herself, Siniore would like to see all three of her younger sisters finish school.

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