Malagasy in France

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People Name: Malagasy
Country: France
10/40 Window: No
Population: 65,000
World Population: 84,800
Primary Language: Malagasy, Merina
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 69.00 %
Evangelicals: 1.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Malagasy
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
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Introduction / History

Malagasy refers to any number of ethnic groups from Madagascar. They have diaspora populations in nearby Reunion, Mauritius and Mayotte. Some are in Canada or the United States. Surprisingly, the largest number live in France. The Malagasy people came to France in a number of waves. Many came after serving in the French military after the world wars. Others came more recently to find work or to join their families.

What Are Their Lives Like?

No matter where they live, the Malagasy people love Malagasy kabary. This is a form of public speaking which involves poetry and proverbs. Usually, it involves two prominent men speaking in a dialogue format. They use it not only for entertainment, but also for public announcements and for funerals. They can last hours or for only 10 minutes. They bring the Malagasy community together emotionally and socially.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though there is a Roman Catholic element to Malagasy spirituality, most also worship their ancestral spirits like they have for generations.

What Are Their Needs?

The Malagasy people need to put all their faith in Jesus Christ rather than religious institutions and ancestral spirits.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to move mightily in churches attended by Malagasy people, drawing them to the cross.
Pray for Malagasy people who love the Lord to disciple others and send them out as Christ’s ambassadors.
Pray for the Lord to provide for their needs according to his abundant love.

Text Source:   Joshua Project