Chosen Servant Ministries



    This is a question I have asked myself – and have been asked – countless times as a volunteer with Chosen Servant Ministries to Madagascar.

    I wonder if it is the kids, under the age of ten, begging unsupervised in the capital city of Antananarivo. They walk around in ragged clothes, many carrying their younger siblings, with a look of hunger and desperation that is hard to ignore. While some of their counter parts are in school, a large part of the Malagasy children are out doing some sort of work to supplement their families’ incomes – which is sometimes done at the markets by scraping food that falls and breaks on the floor and is then swept onto a dustpan and thrown into a plastic bag.

    I considered that it could be the families that are so destitute that they have made homes out of various plastic bags held up by sticks, adjacent buildings or against large, metal trash canisters. As I walked past one of these homes one night I heard a baby crying inside. I was nearing the dwelling when a host of rats scurried into the warm spaces between the plastic walls while some just ran into the ‘home’ itself. These homes, especially those against or around the trash areas, are so placed so that whenever new trash arrives the home owners will be the first to sift through and find items to be sold or simply eaten.

    I also thought it could be the army of Malagasy people who are past living and are just surviving and yet wake up before the crack of dawn to do whatever they need to do in order to ensure their survival and that of their families. One day as we were coming back from the airport at three in the morning I was surprised to see the number of people already out and about – digging through the trash in search of items I deem less than valuable – things like empty cans, a single broken shoe, empty bottles, etc – to sell at the markets that cater exclusively for such items.

    The list is exhaustive and people then ask: are there no Malagasy people to look after their own poor? I always respond by pointing out that we have poor people in my country (South Africa) too and we have more than half the our population in a good position to help but only a negligible percentage even acknowledges the need. How much more help does Madagascar need with only about 10% being truly in position to effect help and about 76% desperately needing assistance?

    What truly inspires me is the way that a majority of the Malagasy realize that if they do not get up and at least make a desperate attempt at making a living – no matter how despised the attempt is perceived – no one will help them. I hate the fact that children have to suffer and have adult responsibilities alongside their parents instead of being at school and playing around carefree, but in spite and because of the deplorable circumstances they find themselves in they grow up to be go getter and solution finders. It is a far too higher price to pay for such a lesson but it makes helping them that much more attractive as they get excited, involved and are grateful even as adults.

    The people of Madagascar nestled in my heart from the first day – it is now impossible to remove them without killing a large part of me. I love that they acknowledge their needs but love even more that they do what they can and have to do in order to reduce their need and to sustain themselves. Isolated as an island from the rest of Africa and the world, the Malagasy have learnt to make do yet still remain hospitable, friendly and welcoming.

    When I think of Madagascar I think of the triumph of the human soul and spirit. I see hands that are not just reaching out for help but are already busy doing what they can even as they call out for help. I see a lot of extreme poverty braved through by strong people who persevere regardless the multitudes of limitations and challenges.

    When I think of Madagascar I feel deep love and hard respect. When I think of Madagascar I think: WHY EVER NOT MADAGASCAR?

    By Amiel Mathebula for CSM ©2015

    23 Apr 2015

    A mother of one of the families whose children are being fed at The Living Centre was unable to feed her kids, not lunch nor dinner, part of the previous week!!! This is a bomb Nina dropped on me as we walked to the market to buy the next week’s food for  The Living  Centre.  To say I  was  taken  aback would be understatement of  the millennium thus far!! The fact is I have been to most of the kids’ homes and seen the deplorable conditions under which they live. I have been to their homes where a three quarter bed occupies most of the space that is available in the crude wooden hut that  these  wonderful  folks  have  managed  to  secure  for  the  family.  I  know  that,  for  most  of  the  children, a  bed  to sleep on is too  much of a luxury when there are 9 individuals living in a space less than 4 meters squared. Fidy has told  me  about  the  kids’  initial  surprise  when  they received  sufficient  quantities  of  food  individual  plates:  many  of these young residents of Manirotsoa are used to sharing a plate, of whatever is available – when it is available, with other siblings. I have been told about school marks that were low because the children were too faint from hunger in the heat and could therefore not focus on school work.  I am aware of all this and more and yet the fact that a family that I now know had no food to supply the little ones still  shocks  me.  I  believe  that  is  because  with  the  care,  love  and  prayer  put  into  each  breakfast  plate  meal  at  The Living Centre the children look healthy that it is easy to delude one’s self into forgetting – albeit for a bit – the reality of the children’s lives. 

    Each  breakfast  plate  (with  starch,  vegetable(s)  and  protein  and  the  occasional  fruit  and/or  other  treat)  sometimes represents  the  only  meal  for  the  day;  it  always  represents  the  most  nutritional  and  hygienic  plate  that  the  kids receive daily. It represents the energy required to face the mixture of childhood life with adult responsibilities that is many of  these children’s lives. On the  mornings when  some  might  think the breakfast falls short of expectations it still represents  much  more  than we, in our pampered lives, can  imagine because at times the plate represents the meal that is keeping a kid from complete starvation.  Each plate is possible because of people who care and see and see value in doing that which is needed to change the world  one  life  at  a  time.  Thank  you  to  everyone  who  has  gotten  involved  as  they  are  able:  the  donors  –  without whom  there  would  be  no  fuel  for  CSM  engine  to  run, the  directors  –  who  coordinate  the  entire  machine  so  the pieces fit accordingly and the staff – without whom the entire machine would stand still. Chosen Servant Ministries in Soavinadriana and Antananarivo is giving hope, stability, love and so much more to each child being fed and cared for.  By the way I forgot: Nina dropped her bomb as we were walking past a teenager in canal water – water so filthy it begs  not  to  be  described  –  fishing  for  the  stunted fish  that  manage  to  survive  there.  These  fish  from the contaminated water are some children’s meal. 
    You can never underestimate the value of each plate (to each person receiving it). 
    Amiel Mathebula for Chosen Servant Ministries ©2015 

    27 Mar 2015
  3. Teaching Self Defence in Madagascar

    For most people, Madagascar conjures up the amusing animated film. In reality, it is one of the poorest countries in the world, where thousands of children are orphaned and live on the street. Predators come around in vans and abduct those children for sex and organs trafficking.

    I have been given the rewarding career of teaching people how to protect themselves from aggression and assault. So when I read about these people at risk in Madagascar, I really hoped I would be able to help them.

    I had the privilege of travelling to Madagascar in September with a group including doctors, nurses, accountants and teachers to work with CSM.

    Imagine taking your professional skills to a completely new environment and adapting them to the local conditions – exciting and challenging!

    Brendan from CSM drew up a schedule matching the skills of each person, and my task was to run five self defence classes, as well as teaching English and assisting in the garden.

    When I teach corporate clients in Australia, we have luxury and comfort - carpeted rooms, AV equipment, air conditioning, catering. In Madagascar, although the teaching venues were nothing like this, the learning environment and outcomes were exceptional.

    The first groups of students in Tana were mothers of the children who are sponsored into school by CSM and given breakfast at The Living Centre. On the first day, a group of approximately 20 young women with innumerable toddlers in tow, streamed into The Living Centre ready to learn.

    They deserved a professional presentation, so I was wearing my uniform, and had a whiteboard, charts, laptop and trained assistant to create an effective learning atmosphere. Thank God for our enthusiastic translator, Vonjy, otherwise our body language and mime skills would have been stretched to the limit!

    I was so impressed with their willingness to learn, and intelligent questions, about complex topics like the legal guidelines of self defence!

    The afternoon group were again very eager, and took in the skills so readily. I was heartened by the universal language of learning, giving and sharing that we can access simply by being available.

    The most interesting and challenging environment to teach in was a dusty outdoor place only accessible by foot, in a tiny rural village. I still took all the equipment to make it look real and professional.

    One of the most touching moments was when at the end of a session we invited questions, and one of the students said: ‘With such important skills as these, repetition is really necessary. Is it possible that we can have another class?’ So another class was organised, and everyone plus more turned up.

    We sincerely tried to adapt our skills to local needs. When we found out that alcohol-related domestic violence is a big problem, we put the skills into scenarios like: your husband comes home drunk, and here are the defusing gestures and safe positions you can use. Another common risk was having valuable items stolen on market days, so we showed how to apply the skills in these locations.

    The whole experience was a wonderful opportunity to show God’s love in a practical, effective way. I look forward to returning to teach new students, and run refresher training for the 100+ eager students we met.


    13 Dec 2014
  4. Love on a Plate

     It is 5:30am and the city of Antananarivo is waking up. Fidy and his wife Nina have been up much earlier already and they have been bustling around The Living Centre getting breakfast ready for 30 children who eat every work day there. Most of these kids come arguably the poorest families from the poorest part of the city; no sanitation, live in shacks and most have only one parent who does menial work to support the family.

    Fidy and Nina have faces full of pride and joy as they see to the last details of the up coming breakfast and then wait expectantly for the first of the kids to arrive. They have soap and nail-clippers ready along with huge welcoming smiles and are greeted by even larger smiles from the kids in return. The kids are organized so they can see to their personal hygiene and deal with natural calls as facilities for these do not exist in most of their homes – this is par for the cause for many of the poor in this city.

    The kids are excited as they anticipate the day’s breakfast; it is not so much a question of what the food will be but the fact that there is food to be had. Many of the parents search and collect from garbage to resell the salvaged items for a measly income. Fidy tells me that some of the kids used to be so hungry that they would sleep through school and obtained bad marks as a result. For many, food is not guaranteed and when received it has little nutritional value and sometimes is the left over from what was discarded at the market.

    Nina is a great cook so the kids have more than just food to look forward to. An ample amount of rice is served to keep the kids full for longer and supply the much needed energy to fulfill whatever other roles they have before or after school. The rice is served with various vegetables to provide much needed nutrients, especially as they come from one of the least hygienic areas to be found, and also a protein to balance their diet. Every meal a treat is given – be it a fruit, milk or even Nina’s own homemade yogurt.

    Brushing their teeth with their own toothbrushes at The Living Centre is just the last physical step in keeping those smiles going.

    ©Amiel Mathebula for CSM 2014

    Chosen Servant Ministries is currently feeding 30 kids in Antananarivo and another 30 in Ambodenerana near Soavinadrina daily. You can become a regular donor to sustain and increase the number of those we are able to help. The point is to feed, educate and support the kids today so that they will have a better tomorrow and also help reduce the strain of the finances at home as these parents work tirelessly for next to nothing to support their families.

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    14 Nov 2014
  5. Oh To Be a Child!!!

    Aged 14, Olga is the ‘big sister’ to The Children of the Light (The Lights) whose ages, currently, vary between 14 and 6. She is healthy, bright eyed and when she says that she enjoys her life at Chosen Servant Ministries’ (CSM) orphanage near Soavinandrina, one cannot help but believe that this shy young woman, whose confidence bursts through when she is excited, speaking her heart.

    Being the eldest Light comes with responsibilities as she assists with the cooking, cleaning and keeping an eye on her new found younger siblings. The CSM staff does the majority of the work but just like in most families chores and tasks are shared with the kids to start teaching them responsibility and also impart life skills.

    Looking at Olga, it is hard to reconcile this youth with the picture she shared of her previous life – her life before she came to CSM in November 2013 consisted mainly of manual labour and looking out for herself. Thankfully she did go to school but when she was not at school she would work at the rice fields to feed herself and already it was questionable if she would get the chance to finish her studies. Olga also added that she does not believe that her dream of becoming a doctor would have been realized had she not become one of The Lights.

    Most of us would not see Olga’s new situation – at the orphanage – as ideal but she says that it is the best life she has had thus far; when she lights her torch to study at night she has ‘parents’ on whom she can call for assistance and has no concerns about what she will eat or face the following day. She is supplied 3 balanced meals a day as opposed to her previous erratic diet of rice with little else to supplement it. Right now Olga is free to reclaim childhood even as she is becoming a woman and concern herself with teenage issues instead of adult matters.

    This change in a young woman’s life has been made possible by sponsors and donors who support the work of Chosen Servant Ministries. Some of the sponsors have never met the kids to see the true result of their offering and generous giving but those of us who see what your seed is doing can only give praise and thanks for all that is being achieved.

    Right now the main concern at the orphanage about Olga’s future is how they will manage to send to Soavinandrina so that she can complete her schooling there. It is not a question of whether or not she will complete her studies but rather how this will be achieved.  The question is not a question for Olga to answer but for her adopted parents and the rest of us who can help them as they bring The Children of the Light up. (There is no high school in Ambodinerana and this year she is able to go to school locally because CSM previously built new school rooms at an already existing school little knowing that this would in turn be of benefit to their own Children of the Light). Right now is free to continue being a child – fully aware of the situation but trusting to God and the adults to have the situation in hand.

    When one sees a burdened youth become a carefree child and a rice field worker’s dream of becoming a doctor become a possibility then one’s faith in humanity is restored and faith in God deepens. 

    You can affect Olgas life and that of the other Children of the Light directly by donating your time and/or money to CSM. We are registered as a charitable organization in Madagascar and Australia but we welcome help and support from all the corners of the world.

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    03 Nov 2014
  6. Something Brand New For The Youth

    What are the youth of Ambodanerana to do for recreation and educational support? Dental and medical facilities are also lacking among other short falls in this far flung village as well as those around it. This village is situated about 7km from the town of Soavinandrina and features a single tarred road that runs through it, a couple of ox-cart tracks and ample foot paths. It is fortunate to have 2 schools, churches and various convenience stores but there is little else to recommend it aside from the people and the scenery. It is a village based on rice – its main produce – tobacco and to a lesser degree other vegetable farming.

    In this entire village of about 7 000 there are 2 fusel tables, 1 soccer field and plenty of alcohol for entertainment and alcohol wins out in most cases. The youth generally go to school until primary school has been completed (if family demands do not intervene before this), drink, get married early then start the same cycle for the next generation: they become the drinking parents whose parents need their kids to supplement the family income or look after younger siblings while the parents work. 

    In a stroke of pure inspiration Chosen Servant Ministries (CSM) has started building a Youth Centre at the edge of their property in Ambodanerana. CSM realized that alcohol and lack of education are crippling the youth and sought a way to combat the social ills while giving alternatives and thus the birth of the Youth Centre. The building is being carried out with and under the supervision of Lovanirina (Lova) who received building training and is the current manager of CSM Soavinandrina. Lova has the support of the chief and most of the community and they pitched in to help dig the foundation as they saw value in this undertaking.

    The Youth Centre – which has been mainly/partly funded by the Australian government and Northside Community Church in Sydney. Will provide a venue for various sporting activities and other recreational activity options as the alternative to alcohol abuse. The basketball court is finished, and ready for use as a court for games and also for parking. The centre will also boast the first library in the area for much needed educational support and general information centre. Marked out on the building’s foundation is also a dental/medical facility to help get those proud smiles shining and the bodies in great working order. All these will be situated at the back of a fair sized auditorium where educational workshops for the youth and the community as well as other light presentations will be hosted.

    Thanks to Brendan (CSM founder) and the hard working staff supporting him, not just the community of Ambodanerana is excited about this uplifting project but other’s hearts have been stirred and they have opened up and offered donation. Without the donors the work would not have commenced and without donors the work will stop. So as CSM and the community of Ambodanerana give praise and thanks for all the outside help and support, there is also a request for more help to sustain future projects. Already sewing machines and some sporting equipment are waiting for the opening of the Youth Centre. 

    The Youth Centre should be operational in November 2014 – from there on it will be a matter of watching as the wise young take full advantage and rewrite their futures to the better.

    The Chosen Servant Ministries’ Youth Centre program is well underway and is set to change the lives of an entire village’s youth and adult. You can contribute to initiating and sustaining projects by giving of your time as a volunteer and/or donating funds and items.  

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    08 Oct 2014
  7. Lights Off;

    Everyone Is Home
    The road meanders as it follows the undulating terrain that leads from the cramped capital city of Antananarivo – in Madagascar – to a small town of Soavinadrina and from there to a small village of Ambodanerana. Our destination is here, in this village of about 7 000, on the side of the only tarred road cutting the village in half is the plot that has been allotted to Chosen Servant Ministries (CSM) for their orphanage (home of The Children of the Light – The Lights) by the community.

    There is no fence around the plot – just a sense that the CSM area is the space that is well kept. The main building is a rectangular building, where there are spacious rooms for The Lights, with a path leading to the single shower and separate toilet. The path then continues to the kitchen and large dining area with simple yet practical concrete eating and food preparation counter along the inside of this circular building. There is a vegetable garden with staff quarters and storage on the one edge of the plot. To the back is a tarred basketball court with the construction of the new Youth Centre coming up behind it. It is all proof of what can be achieved when people from different walks of life work together – it is beautiful.
    The view of the village around is breathtaking but it also reveals that there is not a single electrical pole to be seen in any direction. The village and the The Children of the Light wake up with the sun and go to sleep not too long after it sets. Charcoal is the main source of fuel and is used for cooking and heating bath water. For safety at The Lights’ home candles are not used by the children but rather handheld, battery operated torches are used for light during devotion, studies and in the rooms.
    Solar powered panels would be an ideal solution as they use a natural resource, are green friendly and will cut future operating costs. The long term effects of using torch light to study are only better compared to using candle light. A good sized solar panel is about 1 000 000 Ariary (USD500), a small some for some but a life changing amount for the kids and staff in Ambodanerana. More than one solar panel is required to keep The Lights in the light but one is a good start.
    The Lights however live up to their name as they continue to smile, study, eat, do their homework and those too slow even shower in the dark with torchlight without complaint. This is just another hurdle in their short lives thus far and the care, love and support they receive compensates for the lack of electricity.
    As the sun descends the activity at The Children Of Light’s home increases as everyone tries to get as much done without additional light to help preserve battery life and also to be able to achieve as much as possible with ease. As they rush to and fro they joke and laugh like only kids who have found a place where their inner lights can be supported can.
    You can bring light to The Children of the Light’s home, their lives as well as help change the lives of other children and youth from the Ambodanerana area: you can pray for us, volunteer on a short or long term basis and/or donate to help sustain the various projects aimed at bringing light into lives, minds and hearts.

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    14 Sep 2014
  8. Better Not Embittered

    Solange – or rather Mama as I prefer to call her – always smiles and laughs. She is full of energy, life, as she bustles around in the kitchen, mans the Chosen Servant Ministries’ (CSM) mini stall, helps the children or simply takes a walk during her free time. She is kind, considerate, courteous but fun – it is hard to tell her past by just looking at her.

    She first met Brendan – CSM’s founder – when he was doing his internship with Teen Missions at the school her kids were attending. Solange was destitute having finally split from her abusive husband and taking care of her 4 boys and 2 girls. Brendan was drawn to this prayer warrior and had compassion for her and her little ones and therefore brought them food and clothing.
    You see, Solange had been married to her husband for years and withstood a lot of abuse from him especially when he was drunk. His drinking was excessive and he did not like his wife and children going to church – these among others issues made things very difficult for Solange to bear but she held on. In all this she says that she did her best to remain humble and submissive all the while praying that GOD intervenes somehow. Her husband eventually left her but he left her destitute and without any support for their children. The only relatives she could call upon for help were his family and they refused her help or to intervene.

    Solange’s prayers were finally answered in the form of a young Australian with the heart like Christ’s. Not only did Brendan offer her a hand when she needed it most but, when the time and opportunity were ripe and the orphanage opened, he also offered her a job that seems tailor made for her. Solange is now the cook for The Children of the Light and gathers all the children around her like a proud mother hen. The love and care she lavishes on the children – her own and all others – is something that seems to pour naturally out of her.

    As Solange speaks of her distressing past a trace of sadness crosses her eyes but oddly bitterness is lacking; this looks like a woman who has put her past behind her – she has not been tainted by it but rather took her lessons and moved on from there!

    There are many ladies who find themselves in Solange’s former situation and you can help You Chosen Servant Ministries change their lives one at a time by donating, volunteering and sharing your experiences and/or sponsoring our upliftment programs.
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    03 Aug 2014
  9. Hello! Can you hear me? 

    Toky is a fresh-faced 12 year old whose friendly smile and calm yet energetic manner do not reveal that both his parents died about a year apart. Their deaths resulted in Toky being looked after by his financially battling sister. His life involved school then hanging around with friends before going home to a poor meal in the capital city of Madagascar, Antananarivo.

    In the latter part of 2013 Toky found himself being shipped off to a little village 7 kilometers from the town of Soavinandrina to become one of The Children of the Light (The Lights) – this is the name of Chosen Servant Ministries’ (CSM) orphanage there. Toky is currently the second oldest of all the kids there and the oldest boy and this gives him some responsibilities that he seems to be enjoying.

    With The Children of the Light Toky now continues his schooling but with the necessary parental support. Sure he still has time to hang around but he also has chores and is given responsibilities. He is now guaranteed 3 meals a day, clothing, love, care and daily devotions in this well simulated family unit.  When asked about the transition Toky responded by saying that he enjoys his new home and therefore did not battle to fit in – he also said that he enjoyed his life now with The Lights in rural Soavinandrina better than he did his old life in the city.

    With all the above Toky also receives much needed medical care which resulted in an unexpected discovery. All his life Toky has been hard of hearing but no-one had bothered or could not afford to have him tested. His studies and general communication have suffered greatly as a result of this oversight. The staff at CSM, however, picked up on the problem and had Toky sent for an ear examination where it was found that this future policeman – with incredible dance moves, yes you need to see him dance – needs to get a hearing aid. With all the care and love that Chosen Servant Ministries can give Toky and the other Lights, the 1,000, 000 (USD $500) required to purchase a hearing aid is above our means. 

    Toky believes that his future is better served at CSM and CSM believes that too and that is why we are doing all we can to help Toky acquire that hearing aid. General medical care and expenses are usually seen to by Chosen servant ministries as it is part of looking after the kids overall well being but Toky’s need is far greater than what could have been anticipated. There is no amount one can place on their hearing and if Toky’s hearing is not seen to soon his schooling will suffer even more resulting in him having difficulty furthering his education and becoming employed. All these chain reactions can be averted with a hearing aid.

    If you feel you want to help Toky get a hearing aid, sponsor a child at The Children of the Light orphanage or be part of feeding children from very impoverished families please think and pray about then get in touch with us. 

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    21 Jul 2014
  10. Led By Love

    The first time I met her I sensed an energy and humour that were kept in check by propriety. She was the one waiting for us together with some of her children when we arrived in Ambodanerana – I say children because she is mother to all The Children of the Light (The Lights) even though she only bore 2 sons. She welcomes us with pride countered by hope that we will find their home adequate. She is Nicole, wife to Chosen Servant Ministries’ (CSM) manager at Ambodenerana near Soavinadrina and mother to The Lights.
    When I asked why she is working for CSM, she simply smiled a kind of ‘you know nothing’ smile, shook her head slightly and stated what she sees as obvious: ‘I follow my husband.’ The reason I had asked this now obviously foolish question is that she is so dedicated, so involved – passionate – and very personal about The Lights and the work CSM is doing in Soavy that I thought that she and her husband had met while working on one mission or another.
    At times it is hard to tell which two are biological kids but at the same time she realizes the import of giving them their own attention so that they grow up balanced. She is the first one out and the last in as she makes sure that all the kids’ needs – physical, emotional, spiritual and safety – have been seen to and satisfied. She doesn’t work alone as her husband and another staff member help but she is the mother and that responsibility very seriously.
    As I get to know her the humour behind the eyes starts dripping out as laughter and the energy is released but under relaxed control. She and the kids banter gently as they do chores together, she joins as we play on the court, puts her energy to use as she helps when there is planting to be done or rice to be processed and also does the finances for the entire centre. The other day I saw a picture of Nicole helping her husband with building The Youth Centre behind the home of The Children of the Light.
    When I asked what drives her to do her work with all the passion she answered simply, ‘Love,’ – this time I did not have to ask her what she meant as it was all around her.

    ©Amiel Mathebula for CSM 2014

    You do not have to leave everything to be part of the Chosen Servant Ministries team but you can support Nicole and the children through finances and/or donations.

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    11 Jul 2014
  11. Our Mission and Vision

    Madagascar is one of the world’s poorest countries. Since a coup in 2009, the country has been in political turmoil. The majority of foreign aid has been suspended and budget cuts to investment in infrastructure have caused the deterioration of roads, power, water supplies and health facilities. Poverty has increased dramatically and approximately 70% of the population lives in absolute poverty.

    The mission of CSM is to reach and work with the poorest people in Madagascar. Their mission is not just to feed the poor, but to teach them how to feed themselves, providing education and opportunities for people to succeed in life. In the process of providing opportunity, CSM affirms the love of Jesus Christ for all and actively promotes the Gospel. CSM works under the vision statement, ‘provide education, provide opportunity’, seeking to equip individuals and communities with resources such as education, employment, health care and material support that enable them to break the cycle of poverty.

    Chosen Servant Ministries projects aim to:

    1. Make the Good News known

    2. Partner with individuals and communities

    3. Provide sustainable sources of income for families and communities

    4. Provide opportunities for local Malagasy people to develop practical skills

    5. Increase access to education for children living in poverty

    6. Increase the accessibility of healthcare to communities

    With this vision and mission in mind, ‘CSM Environment’ aims to implement sustainable environmental protection programs to educate communities about protecting their environment, sustainable living and provide opportunities for income generation to Malagasy people.

    Please support CSM Environment. Donate to the below account!

    Thank you very much!

    Account Name: CSM ENVIRONMENT
    Bank: Westpac
    BSB: 032 524
    ACC: 219 229

    21 Nov 2013
  12. Volunteering in Madagascar with Chosen Servant Ministries

    Traveling to Madagascar for the first time I knew little about the country, what it’s people are like, or really what to expect at all. After a short visit in 2012, I returned to CSM for a longer period of time in 2013. I was not surprised or shocked by the levels of poverty in Madagascar in 2012 as I had seen that kind of thing many times in my travels elsewhere. But in 2013, as I gained a real understanding of the situation, my eyes were opened to the great lack that people had in that country. Many, as I learned lived on less than AU$1.00 per day. It was during my time this year that Madagascar was declared the poorest country in the world with 90% of the population living on less than US$2.00 per day. The situation is more than overwhelming. That’s why it has been such a blessing to not only make a small difference through CSM, but also to see the heart that Brendan, Diary and the team have to see the lives of the destitute changed. And I saw this time and again while I was in Madagascar. As a need was presented, that need was almost always met. The staff at CSM were an amazing blessing both times I was there. Not only are some of them escaping poverty through this work, but in turn they are helping to change the lives of their own people. CSM is not about some white people coming into the third world to do something for them. It’s about local Malagasy people having an opportunity to change their own back yard for the better of all. I can’t imagine not going back again!


    10 Nov 2013
  13. This girl’s name is Tantely, which means “honey.” If i remember correctly she is 22 years old. Tantely’s parents had just walked for around 6 hours from their home in the country into the city of Soavinandriana to the hospital and from there they stopped in at Chosen Servant Ministries. And after that, had another few hours to walk to get home. Tantely was sick with the flu, so the parents walked her into the city to get some medication. They carry Tantely on their back, as you can see she has mangled arms and legs. I cant remember whether she was born with this issue or not. But it was heart wrenching to see her life and situation. Tantely’s parents heard that CSM may be able to help them, so they stopped by to ask. They told their story, that they were getting old and worried about having to carry Tantely in the future. They asked if we could help find a wheelchair for Tantely. We said we would. Please help us buy her one ASAP. We told her parents to come by again in 2 weeks from now. We have heard its around $300-$400 for a good wheelchair. My wife Diary Singhdeo is looking for one now. Thank you very much! God bless. Email: Please donate to below and reference “Tantely” Account name: Emergency Relief Fund Bank: Westpac BSB: 032524 ACC: 216693

    14 Aug 2013
  14. How Cool! To be on TV making a difference! We are giving 800 children school packs in this video. 6 exercise books, a pencil case full of pens, pencils, an eraser, a sharpener, and a set of rulers. This will help to take pressure off their families to provide these things. We cant do everything! But we can do something! Which will bless someone else’s life!  

    09 Mar 2013
  15. We are on TV!! Check us out! We are growing Australia! Doing more and more to help the people of Madagascar.

    09 Mar 2013
  16. This video is CSM on TV in Madagascar! Telling them about what we are doing there!

    09 Mar 2013
  17. Meet Tolotra, he is 14 and lives near @Chosen Servant Ministries base in Tana. He had a brother and a sister who were killed with their mother. About a month ago it was bed time and Tolotra’s step father came home and was very angry at his mother about something, and so he poured petrol over her and the bunk bed with the brother and sister still in it. He locked the door of the tiny little house made of wood and tin, then lit it on fire. Then he ran away.

    Young Tolotra was so courageous to jump from the bed and kick the door open to get outside. His mother was trying to protect his brother and sister and got stuck inside and they were burnt to death. It was a massive fire and Tolotra was badly burnt. He suffered multiple burns on his face, arms, and back. They were so bad he couldn’t make it to the burial of his mum, brother and sister.

    @Chosen Servant Ministries has provided him with some medicines and medical (wound treatment) supplies. As well as, new clothes, shoes, a school kit, and some toys to hopefully bring him some joy.

    Tolotra came from a very poor family, and pretty much has no one left but his grandparents to care for him who are also very poor. He still needs medical care, and a mattress to sleep comfortably. And more.

    If you would like to help us help young Tolotra get surgery and basic necesseties. The bank details are below, and please put in the reference bar “Tolotra”. We will make sure he gets proper care. Chosen Servant Ministries

    Account name: Emergency Relief Fund 
    Bank: Westpac 
    BSB: 032524 
    ACC: 216693

    For overseas donations: 
    Swift code: wpacau2s032524216693

    Bank name: Westpac

    Bank Branch: Lake Haven

    Account name: Emergency Relief Fund

    Organisation: Chosen Servant Ministries

    Contact Person: 0421643676 Brendan Singhdeo

    31 Jan 2013
  18. Our last group of volunteers were so great! They worked so hard to bless Chosen Servant Ministries, and the people of Madagascar! They taught health and hygiene, and distributed hundreds of health care products, toothbrushes, vitamins, and 
    betadine etc to the most needy. They helped set up a garden at our Children’s home, and painted most of the internal rooms at the Childrens home. They sanded, varnished, and helped install the outer doors of the Children’s home. They painted educational and fun things on the walls of the school CSM built. They taught new sports and games to the local communities. They helped us give out almost 500 school supplies packs to poor children in Tana, before the new school term starts. They taught us to work on new programs on the computer, and helped us to write applications to receive aid from the Australian government etc. And we worked on preparing new development programs for the future, helping mothers living on the streets to learn new skills and succeed. We had such a great time with each one of these volunteers! Sarah AndersonSusan Hudson,Neridah MorrisJessie SkellyAbigail JohnstoneMike Gibson,Rachael Kearns

    Now on the 15th we have the lovely Marion Griffin arriving to volunteer and give out hundreds of handmade pencil cases and carry bags etc made by the wonderful residents at the Feros Byron Bay aged care facility!
    10 Sep 2012
  19. This little girl doesn’t have a big stomach because she eats a lot of food. She has a big stomach, because the food she eats is not enough and its not hygienic, neither is the water she drinks. She is malnourished and sick. Her mother doesn’t know any different, she has never been taught about health and hygiene, she doesn’t have money to buy medication or to provide a balanced diet of healthy food.  

    We can’t do everything, but we can do something! And the “Something” Chosen Servant Ministries is doing is teaching health and hygiene, and distributing healthcare products to those in need. We are treating the sick, providing healthcare by trained doctors, and emergency relief. We are distributing clothing to the cold. We are teaching new adaptable farming techniques. And we are providing jobs for programs we run to help CSM be more self sufficient.  

    We can all do something! That little girl only needed some vitamins and a few worming tablets which costed a couple of dollars, and she was better.

    Please support CSM to run. We need more continual support. Thank you

    28 Aug 2012
  20. This boy came to one of our free healthcare clinics in Vangaindrano, South Madagascar. He has no parents, and the local church had been caring for him for many years. He is 15 years old, and has been suffering for 12 years with a tooth infection. You can see in this picture that the infection is weeping from his jaw.  It’s so sad that the cost of the medicine and treatment to heal his cheek was less than $10. To suffer for such a long time is just mind blowing! This should not happen in this rich world! But it does! 

    For less than $10 we were able to be an answer to this boys prayers, and be a part of healing his tooth infection for good!  

    This is just one emergency case. Please remember to support CSM’s Emergency Relief Fund. So we can be an answer to more peoples prayers. Thank you. 

    Account name: Emergency Relief Fund 
    Bank: Westpac 
    BSB: 032524 
    ACC: 216693

    For overseas donations: 
    Swift code: wpacau2s032524216693

    23 Aug 2012