An unexpected recollection from his college days played a significant role in a preacher's mission journey, exemplifying the remarkable way the Lord aligns talents and purpose to share the Gospel.
In the heart of Madagascar, an important mission was unfolding, and MAF played an important role in making it all possible. A dedicated team of missionaries from Mission 3:16 embarked on a journey to Fianarantsoa, a city located in south-central Madagascar. Their purpose was clear: to share the Good News with the local community.
"We have a massive gospel outreach ahead of us," said Anthony Greco, preacher from Mission 3:16. "We're kicking things off with a pastor's conference, and we're expecting around 500 pastors and leaders to join us from 125 different churches and denominations." For Anthony, this journey marked his first visit to Madagascar. The blend of cultures among the Malagasy intrigued him, but what struck him the most was the warmth and hospitality of the people.
They had recently shared the Gospel in a stadium located in Antananarivo, drawing a sizable crowd that welcomed the team with open arms and was eager to receive their message of salvation. With this success in mind, they held high hopes for an equally enthusiastic audience at their rally in Fianarantsoa.
Anthony recalled his time at Bible College in western Canada when a MAF representative visited the college, inspiring students with the possibility to serve the Lord through aviation and some of his friends had ventured through MAF’s programme. "MAF came to my mind when we were trying to find a way to get to Fianarantsoa," he shared, "I did some research and found out that there is indeed MAF in Madagascar! And seeing the destinations where you fly left me astonished! I was genuinely surprised and incredibly encouraged by the organisation’s presence." This unexpected connection from his college days played a significant role in his mission journey today.
Anthony expressed heartfelt gratitude, "We genuinely appreciate MAF because there are no commercial flights to Fianarantsoa, and the alternative would have been a 14-to-15-hour bus ride. Thanks to you, we have the opportunity to fly and maximize our time and efficiency," he said. This underlines the remarkable way in which the Lord aligns talents and purposes, uniting individuals in a common mission to share the Good News and introduce people to Jesus.