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Growing Possibilities in Madagascar
By Marc Stettler, Director of BLS Madagascar
Rivo from Madagascar and his wife, Morgane from France, were students in the Business Leadership School (BLS) which I led in Switzerland from 2013-15. A wonderful friendship developed, and in the second year, Rivo approached me with a big idea for his BLS Service Project–to develop leadership capacities for entrepreneurship in his home country of Madagascar.
His first step was to introduce Crown Financial Ministries’ Career Direct program in 2015. In August, together with a team from Switzerland and South Africa initiated by Rivo, we successfully trained 58 Career Direct consultants in two, three-day intensive trainings in the capital city of Antananarivo as well as in the second largest city, Tamatave. We invested our time particularly in focusing on identifying and equipping future leaders ready for a ground breaking transformational process. These were our first prospects for BLS.
2016’s major focus was on starting BLS as a pilot project in the French language during a three-day Intensive. The first day, about 20-25 participants were introduced to the vision and program of BLS. The following two days, we had the joy of starting the exciting journey with 11 participants who committed to enrolling in BLS, with two spouses joining as auditors. We set up two mentoring groups, one in Antananarivo and one in Tamatave. Pierre Bonin (mentor from BLS France), Rivo, and I formed a team of mentors serving these students on an individual and group basis through regular Skype calls.
This dynamic process involves about two visits per year planned for the next couple years and additional BLS Intensives at 6-8 month intervals. The next Intensive is planned for April 2017 in Tamatave, allowing many more to get acquainted with the BLS vision who were unable to join last August due to the holiday season. We are hoping to raise funds to fly International Schools Relational Director, Bruce Billington, to speak at this event and connect with the leaders there (see below for how you can help).
In addition, we introduced in both cities an initial half-day seminar on Foundations for Farming with up to 50+ participants including agronomists. It is a much-needed biblical and innovative approach to farming.
I am so grateful to our Lord Jesus for the open doors in Madagascar and the ability to collaborate with so many wonderful people and organizations to see God’s Kingdom unfold in ways reflecting His character and nature in the nations. It has been a tremendous privilege to hear the multiple testimonies of life changing impact it is already bringing to individual and families.
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BLS is allowing me to establish a much stronger foundation in my life and work, particularly as I start with a small entrepreneurial initiative producing Soy Yogurt. It’s so practical and prophetic. For me, it was like a wake-up call. I am so blessed by this transformational process.
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