2 Ukrainian Pastors Baptize 610 in Madagascar

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Two Seventh-day Adventist pastors from Ukraine led an evangelistic series that resulted in 610 baptisms in Madagascar.

The pastors, Michael Demyan and Roshel, a Madagascar native who goes by only one name, have traveled to the large island nation off Africa’s southeast coast for the past eight years as part of an evangelical program sponsored by the Adventist Church’s Eastern Dnieper Conference in Ukraine.

But the latest series, held in three towns over six weeks, yielded incredible results.

Evangelist Demyan and Roshel, who pastors an Adventist church in the Ukrainian port of Berdyansk, baptized 353 people after the first series in Ambodiangezoka, the Ukrainian Union Conference said. A second series in Ambanja led to the baptism of 134 people, including 19 prison inmates. The third series, in Ampanifiana, had 123 baptisms.

“This is how 610 people committed themselves to the Lord over one and a half months,” said Roshel, according to a statement published on the Ukrainian Union Conference’s website. Full Story

Pastor Roshel, center, attending a baptism ceremony in Madagascar. (Ukrainian Union Conference)


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