Welcome to my blog!
This blog is all about a year of life that I will be living in Madagascar.
The blog name, “Salama tompoko,” is a formal (and very common) greeting in the local Madagascar language of Malagasy. It would be translated literally as “Shalom m’Lord” or more colloquially as “Peace to you sir/madam” but among people who speak the language it most commonly means “Hello!” It is pronounced “saLAm TOOMpook” (most final syllables of words are not pronounced in Malagasy)
My name is Jane and here’s a little more about my upcoming experience:
Having been born in Canada and raised as a Lutheran, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is the denomination of which I am a member and the British Columbia Synod is the region in Canada where my home congregation of Ascension Lutheran Church in Nelson, B.C. is located:
For the last four years I have been studying at Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon towards a Master’s of Divinity and I graduated in May 2012.
In April 2012 I was offered an international placement with this year’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in America‘s Young Adults in Global Mission program as a missionary to Madagascar for one year (August 2012-Summer 2013) and ever since then I have been trying to learn all that I can about Madagascar, Malagasy language, local Malagasy news and culture!
While I am in Madagascar for the year, I look forward to being led on this journey by the YAGM country coordinators, Austin and Tanya Propst. There are six of us in the Madagascar program group and we all will be on this exciting journey together! Around the world there are also another 51 young adults serving in mission placements. The 57 of us are serving in Madagascar, South Africa, Malaysia, Jerusalem/West Bank, Hungary, United Kingdom, Mexico, and Argentina/Uruguay.
So far, in my 29 years of life, I have enjoyed opportunities of education, travel, and meaningful relationships. Over the next year I anticipate that I will have further opportunities for these incredible experiences in life. By the grace of God, this program has already given me hope and inspiration. As the year continues, I look forward to sharing further with you!
Blogs from other participants in this year’s program:
Jessie is going to Malaysia
Grayvey is going to Israel
Amanda is going to the United Kingdom