Here we go. 2019. A new year, but what does that mean? For HoverAid we are looking at the year ahead, excited for the plans we’ve made to help people in Madagascar through 14 MMSs and new partnerships. Feels like it could be quite a ride, and there will no doubt be the odd curve ball thrown in to keep us on our toes and remind us to keep our focus on God.
Thank you for praying
Praise and Thank God for:
- Andy returning to work, still on heavy medication, waiting for an operation
- New connections with Harvester Ministry – a church planting organisation in Madagascar, keen to link with us
- Great rest and holiday with family for Peter VB
- All of our donors and all of you – still keen to be a part of this wonderful adventure
- 14 planned MMSs this year
- No devastating cyclones as yet, although last year there were three small ones in December (early for cyclone season)
- Bekki our volunteer who left to start at a new, full-time job having a good first week in her new role.
- Thanks for Jonny Pickup flying out to Madagascar in early January to pick up where Hugh left off on reporting and producing stories, videos and photography of all of our projects.
- Huge thanks to God for an unexpected and anonymous donation of £50,000 😊
We ask God for:
- A speedy date for Andy’s operation
- New fundraisers and a book keeper/accounts person
- More volunteers and prayer partners
- Wisdom and inspiration as we seek God’s direction for HoverAid
- Success with our recent grant applications
- More people to sign up for the abseil in April
- More regular donors
- For the great and increased team of volunteers we have running the medical part of the MMS clinics.
- For the team to start the year well, enthusiastic, motivated and full of great ideas!
- For Jonny to settle quickly, work and gel well with the team and to have an amazing time.
- For no cyclones to hit Madagascar this year
- For Maholi as she organises the MMS clinics and this year is looking for medical students to work with the team
- For the new president Andry Rajoelina voted in at the end of last year with 56% of the votes. Marc Ravalomanana who came second, challenged the vote in court, saying that it was fraudulent – so please pray for peace and calm as the country start the year.
- For a new bookkeeper/accounting person
- Tents for the team – for donations of tents or the funds to acquire them
The photos are from our MMS to Ambatolahy in October 2018 – we’re planning to go back there in March and August this year
Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. Hebrews 13:15-16 NLT
I like a challenge as much as the next person. How does a continual sacrifice of praise grab you? But in light of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, it doesn’t seem right to do anything less than focus on Jesus continually.