The other night Daniel and I were talking about Madagascar–the island off of the east coast of Africa where we believe God has called us to serve as foreign missionaries. I told him, “I think I think about Madagascar every day.” He replied quietly, “Keren, I think I think about Madagascar every hour.”
I hope to share some more detailed info on Madagascar in the weeks to come, but here are a couple of videos that may allow a small glimpse into life on this interesting island:
Route from Tana to Majunga
This first video is of the road from the capitol city, Antananarivo (Tana), to the northwestern coastal city of Mahajunga. When I was 15, I traveled this same road, and it took 14 hours. Since there is only one road from Tana to Majunga, it brought back wonderful memories of the trip–some things looked EXACTLY the same. This gives a good picture of the diverse landscape of the country and how it changes quickly over just a couple hundred miles.
The National Anthem
The music of the national anthem was composed by Norbert Raharisoa, a music teacher and professor. The words were written by Pasteur Rahajason, a priest. It was first performed in the public when Madagascar was declared an autonomous republic within the Union Francaise. The parliament officially adopted the anthem on April 27,1959. Therefore Madagascar already had a national anthem when it achieved full independence on 26th June 1960. ~ quoted from this site
And in case you didn’t catch the words, you can read them here. You can also listen to the anthem here, sung before a fight by boxer Zach Walters, who incidentally, I traveled to Madagascar with.