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“And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Luke 10:2

We'd like to move it...move it... to Albertville, France that is! This is a critical time for us in deciding if we will be able to begin our French language training in January.

If you have been praying about partnering with us financially, this would be a significant time to begin "holding the rope" so that we can take this foundational step towards ministering in Madagascar.

Partner Financially with the Ellingsons — your gifts are tax-deductible and 100% go towards the ministry!

The Urgent Need for Help

Once our family is able to begin ministry in Madagascar, one of our primary goals is to establish a biblical seminary focusing on expository preaching. There is a critical need to train the national church leadership in the context of their own country and culture.

In July Dr. Mark Tatlock, President of The Master's Academy International (TMAI), was able to visit Madagascar and hear directly from Malagasy pastors of the urgent need for this kind of training. While visiting various village churches, Dr. Tatlock witnessed the great hunger of these local pastors who humbly recognized their need to learn how to study and teach God’s Word. He also had a chance to interview Pastor Hada, who told him the following (translated from Malagasy):

I became the pastor of this church last year but I now realize that I need help in pastoral ministry, specifically to grow in my preaching, shepherding God’s flock, and evangelism. But this need is not only in my church; there is a great need for training in this area and in the entire region. We need help and we need the tools to protect the flock against false doctrine. There are more and more false teachers coming into our area, and we need training to protect God’s people.”

In Dr. Tatlock's report of his visit to Madagascar, he stated:
“Madagascar is a country with over 5,000 villages that have never heard the name of Christ, with 65 to 70% of existing countryside pastors that have received little to no formal training at all. In addition, there are very few good theological resources available, and unfortunately the culture is ingrained with syncretism, which is the combining of various beliefs, traditions, and religions into one.”

As you can see, the needs are great in Madagascar. Pray with us that the Lord will abundantly supply all that's needed for our family to begin ministry to this island nation in Africa.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for our house in Tucson to sell soon.
  • Pray that the Lord would provide all we need in terms of funding and preparation to leave for the mission field.
  • Pray for our daughter's hearts as the Lord prepares them for all the changes ahead.
  • Pray for continued progress in our language learning as we study French at home.
Isabella, Lydia, Clara, and Anna enjoying some ice cream together

Partnership Progress

Our Monthly Supporter Team provides for the following: Language Training, Living Expenses, Vehicle Expenses, Medical Expenses, Clothing, Ministry Expenses, Furlough Travel Savings, and more.

One-time Gifts provide for the following: Shipping Container, Plane Tickets to France & Madagascar, 4x4 Vehicle, and other startup costs whenever you move to a new area.

• 75% of monthly partners committed by the end of August 2018.
• 75% of outgoing funds raised by the end of August 2018.
Partner with the Ellingsons today:

Our Timeline

In order to not delay our language school start date of January 2019, we would like to reach about 75% of our monthly budget by the end of August. Once we reach this milestone, we will apply for our visas to France and register for the 1-year language school in Albertville, France.

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All Glory Be to Christ,
David & Ashley, Isabella (age 8), Lydia (age 7), Anna (age 5), and Clara (age 3)
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