David Jones was one of the first missionaries to Madagascar during the early 1800s. He faced many hardships, but pressed on for the Gospel’s sake. Through his faithful labors, he developed a written language system for Malagasy (that is used to this day), and shortly thereafter the entire Scriptures were translated into the Malagasy language. The Word of the Lord spread rapidly and had free course among the people. But within 20 years of Jones’ arrival, severe persecution took place at the hand of Queen Ranavalona, including the enslaving and killing of many believers. God used this to purify His people there and, as so often is the case amongst the persecuted, strengthen and spread His church in Madagascar. These years were followed by religious freedom, but then by the bondage of European colonization. Sadly, today there are very few who have even heard the pure and unadulterated Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Daniel put this video together for a class project several years ago. At the time, there were 18 million souls in Madagascar. As of this July, the census reports 20 million. (It seems that ever since we’ve been researching this country, the population has grown at 1 million per year!)