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Madagascar's Antakarana and Sakalava people

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The Antakarana and Sakalava are two people groups in Madagascar with little or no Christian witness.
 In the coming years, AIM hopes to change that.


The film, "Bound to the Past" is set among two Malagasy communities - a traditional Sakalava village on the island of Nosy Be, and a small Antakarana remnant on the island of Nosy Mitsio. Through the stories and perspectives of two youth, the film introduces each people group, their cultures, and the dark spiritual bondage common to many of Madagascar's people.

Overcoming this barrier to faith and freedom in Christ first means overcoming others. Ministry in these remote locations will be challenging, but AIM is equipped to meet that challenge. TIMO, or Training In Ministry Outreach, is a two year program designed to train future missionaries in cross cultural ministry while actually working with an unchurched people group. The ultimate goal is to actually plant and establish a working and ministering church.

In the next 3 years, AIM hopes to place four new TIMO teams in Madagascar - 2 among the Sakalava, and 2 among the Antakarana. This upcoming outreach needs team members, team leaders, and prayer and financial partners. AIM's desire is that these teams will unleash gifted Antakarana and Sakalava to start a church planting movement all across northern Madagascar. Follow the links below to learn more, and discover how you can "join the story".

Bound to the Past

Bound to the Past

A short film based on the true stories of two Malagasy youth – their lives, hopes, and fears

An Island Too Far

An Island Too Far

An article about the challenges in reaching Madagascar for Christ

The Sakalava

The Sakalava

An interview with Rosina, a team leader for AIM’s TIMO outreach to the Sakalava

The Antakarana

The Antakarana

An interview with Daniel, AIM’s Unit Leader for Madagascar