Madagascar (Southeast Africa)

Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world and the 9th poorest nation. Over 90% of the 22 million people live on less than $2 a day. Mandritsara in the north is the largest town in an area covering 10 000 square miles with over 200 000 people, 95% of whom follow traditional ethnic religion.

The Good News Hospital in Mandritsara aims to proclaim the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ and care for those in need as Jesus did. Some patients travel as much as 200km, or even more, to get there – often taking several days. They come because it is the best hospital for many miles around. Whilst there, as well as receiving medical treatment, they are given the opportunity to hear of Jesus.

The project also runs a school, a radio station, a nursing school and a church. The aim is to give every hospital patient, radio listener and school child excellent care and education along with the good news of Jesus Christ. The majority of the staff are Malagasy, both local and from other parts of Madagascar; they are supported by about a dozen missionaries from overseas and occasional visitors.

Matt and Sarah Sherratt are members of Myton church who moved out to Mandritsara in 2011. Matt works in the hospital as an anaesthetist and surgeon. Sarah teaches English at the Good News School and looks after their four children, Hannah, Jacob, Chloe and Bethany.

Prayer focus:

  • God’s continued provision of finance and staff to plug the current deficit and allow the work at the hospital to continue.
  • For many to be reached with the gospel, and for the relief of the desperate needs in that area.
  • For the Sherratt family as they serve God in this project.

To find out more about the Good News Project click here.

To see Matt and Sarah’s latest prayer letter, click here.

To see videos of the work of Friends of Mandritsara (FOMT), visit their YouTube channel.