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Bishop Roger in the village of Fanambana
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The Bishop knocks on the door of the church with his staff
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The Bishop with the newly confirmed candidates in front of the smart church building
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The Bishop meets with some members of the congregation outside the church
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Inauguration of the Church of Nazareth in Fanambana
By Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza
July 9, 2007

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza recently inaugurated a new mission church, the Church of Nazareth, in the village of Fanambana in the Vohemar region.

The Deacon of the parish, the Revd Jaovola, has been actively engaging in a proactive evangelisation work with the assistance of Evangelist pastor Zazah Jean Marie. After two years of work in the area, his ministry has borne fruit which has brought great joy to the Fanambana village. The Rector of the area parish is none other than the Deacon's own father, Canon Paul Bert Jaozandry.

The congregation of the village church of Analovana, the neighbouring village, joined the new church for the inauguration service, which included a celebration of baptism and confirmation. Eight people were baptised and 25 were confirmed at this first service.

The new church, with its metal roof, is a fine-looking building in the village of Fanambana. It is planned that the building of the new church will give rise to a school as well.

Meanwhile, the village of Analovana has received a rice mill from CNECPI of Australia. This will help to empower the women of the village and to develop self-reliance in the parish. Such projects make a valuable contribution to the alleviation of poverty among the people of northern Madagascar.