The Fifohazana: Madagascar’s Indigenous Christian Movement

by Cynthia Holder Rich

About Cynthia Holder Rich

Dr. Cynthia Holder Rich is associate professor of Continuing Theological Education and director of the Certificate in Urban Pastoral Ministry program at the Western Theological Seminary.

About the contributors:

Kjetil Aano serves as general secretary of the Norwegian Mission Society and assistant professor, School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway. Previously, he served in mission in Madagascar from 1979-1988, in ministries of evangelism and theological education, and has published many articles on the Fifohazana.

Andrianasolo Jaona and Randriamanantena Yvonne have been consecrated mpiandry (shepherds) for over two decades. They were both consecrated at Tobilehibe Ankaramalaza, and are a married couple. Andrianasolo is a civil engineer, and also serves as deputy general secretary of the Ankaramalaza Revival Movement. Randriamanantena is a physician in Antananarivo, and currently serves with a women’s project supporting ministries at Ankaramalaza.

Hans Austnaberg holds a PhD from the School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway, where he now serves as associate professor of practical theology. Previously, he served in ministries of evangelism and theological education from 1983 to1994 for the NMS in Madagascar.

Leoni Bouwer works currently with the Malagasy Lutheran Church on a translation project called the Fiaraha-miasa Lioka, which is an initiative of Wycliffe Bible Translators through The Seed Company. She is an international consultant in language assessment for the Summer Institute of Linguistics, and a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria. She received her PhD from UNISA in sociolinguistics.

Kevin A. Ogilvie serves as the president of Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the ELCA and previously served as an ELCA missionary in Madagacar (1991–2005). He is a PhD candidate in the School of Religion and Theology at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Rafanomezantsoa Roger is an ordained pastor in the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar. He is a doctoral candidate at the Faculté Libre de Théoligique Evangélique, Vaux sur Seine, France, and currently serves as pastor of the FPMA-FIHOBIANA PARIS (Malagasy Protestant Church Overseas). He was consecrated a mpiandry in 1986 at Tobilehibe Ankaramalaza.

Rakotojoelinandrasana Daniel is a medical doctor, an ordained Lutheran pastor, and a consecrated mpiandry (shepherd) in the Fifohazana movement. Holding both an MD and a DMin degree, he currently serves on the staff of Vision of Glory Lutheran Church in Plymouth, MN, in healing and addiction ministries.

Mark H. Rich is pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Holland, MI. He served as a missionary for the ELCA from 1998 to 2003 in Madagascar, in theological education. He holds a PhD in theology and ethics from Northwestern University.

 

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