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Christian youths in Madagascar sing, rap and plead for their friend’s life


On the island of Madagascar, Christian youths want to tell the world about their friend Andry, who needs kidney dialysis to live.
The youths live at Betikara, a children’s home supported by the Church of Christ at Three Chopt Road in Richmond, Va.
Most of the youths, including Andry, were rescued from the streets of the island’s capital, Antananarivo.
 
Now in his early 20s, Andry speaks four languages and ministers to new generations of orphans at the children’s home and church. His kidneys failed a few years ago. Now he relies on dialysis that costs nearly $30,000 per year. The orphanage’s staff seeks funds to continue dialysis as they consider options for long-term treatment, said Barry Rosie, a missionary in Madagascar and co-director of Betikara.
In response, Andry’s friends composed a song in the Malagasy language about his struggle and posted it on YouTube.
“I personally thank God for placing me here at Betikara, for he is the one who ensures and takes care of me,” one of the youths “raps” as he tells Andry’s story in the video. “He always thinks of me in my need.
Even if I am far away, he still died on the cross for me.”
Though glamorized by the “Madagascar” animated movies, people on the island struggle with real-world problems of poverty and poor health, said Ryan Jones, a church member in Germany. Jones and his wife, Dorris, met Andry on a mission trip to the island.
The couple has provided funds for Andry’s dialysis and launched a “Please Help Andry Now” Facebook group. They have raised enough money to fund Andry’s dialysis through September.
On the island of Madagascar, Christian youths want to tell the world about their friend Andry, who needs kidney dialysis to live.
The youths live at Betikara, a children’s home supported by the Church of Christ at Three Chopt Road in Richmond, Va.
Most of the youths, including Andry, were rescued from the streets of the island’s capital, Antananarivo.
 
Now in his early 20s, Andry speaks four languages and ministers to new generations of orphans at the children’s home and church. His kidneys failed a few years ago. Now he relies on dialysis that costs nearly $30,000 per year. The orphanage’s staff seeks funds to continue dialysis as they consider options for long-term treatment, said Barry Rosie, a missionary in Madagascar and co-director of Betikara.
In response, Andry’s friends composed a song in the Malagasy language about his struggle and posted it on YouTube.
“I personally thank God for placing me here at Betikara, for he is the one who ensures and takes care of me,” one of the youths “raps” as he tells Andry’s story in the video. “He always thinks of me in my need.
Even if I am far away, he still died on the cross for me.”
Though glamorized by the “Madagascar” animated movies, people on the island struggle with real-world problems of poverty and poor health, said Ryan Jones, a church member in Germany. Jones and his wife, Dorris, met Andry on a mission trip to the island.
The couple has provided funds for Andry’s dialysis and launched a “Please Help Andry Now” Facebook group. They have raised enough money to fund Andry’s dialysis through September.

Filed under: International Staff Reports

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