Pay it forward for Young Adults in Global Mission! Through the #YAGMForward campaign, you can help bolster this ministry at a key moment in its history, paying it forward for the next cohort of volunteers.
Your support is especially needed right now. While YAGM is unable to send volunteers due to COVID-19 this year, the vital work of this program continues as YAGM country coordinators partner with our global companions during a pandemic. We need your help to sustain and strengthen the YAGM program for the present and the future.
Give a gift to Young Adults in Global Mission in honor of the YAGM Madagascar country program today. Our goal is to raise $15,000, and you can help us get there! Your gifts will help ensure that this church can continue to accompany our companions, uplift leaders and be church for the sake of the world.
About the YAGM Madagascar Country Program
Madagascar is a land of beauty and cultural diversity. Often called “the eighth continent,” it offers plant and animal life that can be found nowhere else. The people, descended from African and Austronesian ancestors, speak both French and Malagasy, which is most closely related to Indonesian languages. Madagascar is also a country that is rising to many challenges, including a high poverty rate, limited infrastructure and the realities of environmental degradation.
The Malagasy Lutheran Church (Fiangonana Loterana Malagasy) is one of the largest Lutheran churches in the world, with a membership of almost 4 million. We partner with the FLM on many programs, including the Women’s Vocational Training Center, Lutheran Graduate School of Theology, Bible schools, Project Shalom (an integrated ministry among Muslim communities), Lutheran High School or Primary School, Lutheran University, Lutheran Community Center, Revival Movement Healing Center, Lutheran Environmental Department, SALFA (Lutheran hospitals, dispensaries and clinics), schools for blind and deaf children, and English clubs and after-school programs.
People in Madagascar are greatly interested in learning English, and every YAGM volunteer serving in Madagascar will have an opportunity to teach English either formally or informally. Volunteers may work in a school, a hospital or an agricultural setting, but no matter the placement, teaching English will be part of the workload.
The ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission program provides young adults, ages 21-29, the opportunity to grow in their faith and work in partnership with our global companions. Young adults in the program serve in churches, schools and social service ministries. Currently the program is engaged in work in Argentina and Uruguay, Australia, Central Europe (Hungary and Serbia), Jerusalem and the West Bank, Madagascar, Mexico, Nepal, Rwanda, Senegal, and the United Kingdom.