David & Ashley Ellingson

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David Ellingson

David & Ashley Ellingson Missionary

Antananarivo, Madagascar

Thank you for visiting. Our names are David and Ashley Ellingson. God has richly blessed us with four daughters: Isabella (6/2010), Lydia (6/2011), Anna (4/2013), and Clara (1/2015). We are currently seeking churches and individuals that will partner with us as we prepare to become missionaries to the island nation of Madagascar, Africa.

You can partner financially with us at the bottom of this page. You can sign-up for our newsletters or view previous ones too.

Why Missions? Why Madagascar?

We are sometimes asked, “Why missions? Why Madagascar? Don’t we need more biblical churches and training at home?”

Yes! There is a great need for sound theology and biblical churches here. The difference is that we have access to biblical churches, radio, seminaries, books, internet, and other resources. In comparison to most countries in the world, we have a wealth of biblical resources.

In Madagascar, there is very little access to biblical training, resources, or even Bible-preaching churches. Together, we can meet this great need by equipping Malagasy pastors to be biblical shepherds, theologians, and preachers who can feed their churches and the nation.

Madagascar

  • Madagascar has a population of 24 million
  • The island is the size of Texas
  • There are two official languages: Malagasy and French (we will need to learn both)
  • Madagascar is listed as one of the very poorest countries in the world
  • 65% literacy rate
  • 85% of population without electricity
  • 96% of population with no internet
  • 76% earn less than $1 per day
  • 80% are in poverty
  • 49% of young children have stunted growth
  • 60% of population is under the age of 25
  • 65 years life expectancy at birth

Spiritual Poverty

  • There are parts of Madagascar where the Malagasy people have never heard of Jesus Christ because they are so isolated.
  • Over 50% of Malagasy have traditional animistic beliefs only.
  • 38% claim the “Christian” label (e.g. Roman Catholics), but believe a false gospel or blend Christian teaching with ancestor worship.
  • 10% of Malagasy are Muslim.
  • Only 2% are evangelical Christians.
  • Most Malagasy people profess to believe in a god, but practice ancestor worship and dance with the dead to receive blessings.

Preparation

In preparation for this ministry, God has provided training to both of us.

David has been trained at The Master’s Seminary (M.Div., May 2018) to faithfully exposit the Word of God, shepherd the flock, and train others.

Ashley is working towards a biblical counseling certification through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). She has taken all three Biblical Counseling courses and is working to complete the coursework and 50 counseling sessions.

Ministry Trip to Madagascar

In August 2017, our church sent us on a three-week trip to see what life and ministry would look like as missionaries in Madagascar. The trip confirmed both their need and desire for biblical training.

We observed an immense hunger among the Malagasy to know the Word of God. Believers were willing to travel two days over terrible roads just to be trained. Some even walked 25 miles!

Our Stewardship

God prepared us for this ministry by placing us in biblical churches where we were taught the truth and equipped to pass it on to others. Our stewardship is to be faithful to “entrust these things to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”— 2 Timothy 2:2

Future Plans

If the Lord wills, we plan to join our team in Madagascar as soon as possible. We will need to have solid churches and individuals partner with us in prayer and financial support to make that happen, but we are confident that the Lord will abundantly supply.

During our trip to Madagascar in August 2017, we learned that daily life in Madagascar would be difficult for us — especially if we moved to the country without any way to communicate. As you know, we will need to learn two languages — both French and Malagasy. Therefore, to make the transition more successful, we are planning to learn French before we go to Madagascar.

On our way to Madagascar, we plan to attend a highly-rated French language school in Albertville, France to immerse us in French during the one-year program. This is a Christian-run program which has trained many missionaries. One key benefit to this program is that we will also learn some biblical and theological terminology in French — which will be very useful for future ministry.

Ministry in Madagascar

Our ministry in Madagascar will focus on two key areas:

Training Men for Ministry

  • David will have the privilege of training indigenous pastors in Scripture, theology, and preaching God’s Word, so they will be able to properly feed and shepherd their flocks.
  • Our team will accomplish this training through regional workshops, conferences, and, Lord willing, establishing the first biblical seminary in Madagascar focusing on expository preaching.

Strengthening the Local Church

  • David will serve in a local church in Antananarivo (the capital) where he will train, disciple, and identify godly men for future leadership.
  • David and Ashley will also serve this local body of believers through biblical counseling and hospitality.

Partnering with Malagasy Nationals

While in seminary, we developed a close friendship with a family from Madagascar—the Ravoahangys. This like-minded family returned to Madagascar in August 2017 to begin the full-time ministry of training local church leaders in Madagascar. What an asset it will be to team up with Malagasy nationals! What a joy it will be to work alongside such good friends!

 

Connect with Us

Partner with us financially (all gifts are tax-deductible). Here is how:

1. Credit Card Donation Online (monthly or one-time)

  • Make a one-time or recurring credit card donation by filling out the form below. Type in an amount to give, then click the “+ Add to Giving” button, then on the next screen you can either create a new account or simply click the button at the bottom to “proceed as Guest”. Enter your credit card billing information, then click the “Submit Payment” button. Thank you!

2. Setup a Direct Deposit to Give Automatically

  • To set up a monthly direct deposit, print this form and follow its instructions (Use missionary/project: "Ellingson – Madagascar, #080507").
  • GMI Direct Deposit benefits you because there is no check writing, no postage costs, easy to track donations, and it's easy to start, change, or stop. This method benefits us as missionaries because donations do not get delayed, lost in the mail, or accidentally forgotten. Since credit cards expire, donations can stop unexpectedly. But direct deposits stabilize our support and allow us to stay focused on ministry.

3. Mail in a Check:

  • Send a check payable to: Grace Ministries International
  • Write on the memo line: Ellingson – Madagascar, Project #080507
  • Then, send check to:

            Grace Ministries International
            13248 Roscoe Blvd.
            Sun Valley, CA 91352
            (818) 909-5701

4. Setup Bill Pay through Your Bank

  • Contact your bank and set up an online monthly payment to "Grace Ministries International", 13248 Roscoe Blvd, Sun Valley, CA 91352 - be sure to include "Ellingson - Madagascar" in the memo or reference field.


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