On an island in the Indian Ocean off the coast ofEast Africa, two Gordon-Conwell D.Min. graduatesare ministering to the poorest of the poor.
hen Todd and Patsy McGregor responded toGod’s call to missions in 1991, they determinedto go “where the greatest need was.” Today, TheRt. Rev. Dr. Todd McGregor, now an Anglican Bishop, andThe Rev. Dr. Patsy McGregor, an Anglican priest, live in apoverty stricken area in southwestern Madagascar—theninth poorest country in the world.In the remote desert area where the couple ministers,
daily incomes average cents, gleaned chiely fromsubsistence farming. Two and a half years ago, locustswreaked havoc on this arid region. Last year, faminestruck, affecting , people.
Most people live in small bamboo or tin huts. Theyhave no indoor plumbing. “When it rains,”Todd says,“you’ll see people out on the streets collecting water and
bathing right there at the side of the road. At the same
time, they are sponging water into their mouths.”
Living next door to Todd and Patsy for four yearswas an African Traditionalist shaman and priest, whose
daughter, Nolavy, accepted Christ and studied the Biblewith Patsy. Nolavy eventually became an evangelist and isnow a student at a theological school in Kenya. When she
graduates, she could become the irst clergywoman in her
province. “It’s an amazing story,” Patsy says, “and it’s by
the grace of God.”Nolavy’s path to faith is illustrative of Todd and Patsy’s
approach to evangelism. “We indigenously live among thepeople, just being present and saying ‘hello’ every day,”Patsy explains. Over time, she built a relationship withNolavy, discipling her through Bible study and prayer. Andthen two more girls wanted to pray with Patsy, and she
would invite them to do things together with her family.
“We’d say, ‘We’re going to the market. Do you want tocome along, maybe even watch me play tennis sometime?’We’d take a walk, or I’d get my hair braided. I got my hairbraided a lot just to be rubbing shoulders with the people!”