Ellingson, David and Ashley
Serving in Madagascar
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Hello, 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 to partner with churches and individuals as we prepare to become missionaries to the island nation of Madagascar, Africa.
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 seminaries, books, internet, radio, churches, and resources. In comparison to most other countries around the world, we have a wealth of biblical resources. In Madagascar, there is very little access to biblical training or resources. Many Christians in Madagascar desire it, but there is a lack of training and resources available. The question, then, is: “How can we meet this great need?”
If the Lord wills, we are planning to return to Madagascar as soon as we are able. 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 life in Madagascar would be quite difficult. There are many challenges to daily life there. Additionally, our family would need to learn two languages — both French and Malagasy. Therefore, to make the transition to life in Madagascar 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.
Strengthening the Local Church
Training Men for Ministry
Partnering with Malagasy Nationals
While in seminary, we were blessed to develop a close friendship with a family from Madagascar—the Ravoahangys. This sweet family returned to their country in August 2017 to begin the full-time ministry of training local church leaders from around the country. The need for solid biblical, theological, and pastoral training is great in Madagascar—but there is also a great hunger for this training amongst its churches. What a joy it will be to team up with the Ravoahangys in Madagascar for such a ministry.
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