The Antesaka people live along a remote stretch of the eastern coast of Madagascar. They originated from Indonesia and intermarried with others from the Middle East, South and East Asia, and Europe. Antesaka villages lay beyond the reach of Madagascar’s broken roads and riverbanks — travel by water or foot is required.
Although many among the Antesaka attend church regularly and consider themselves Christians, they are deeply influenced by traditional African religions and animism, as well as neo-Pentecostalism and the prosperity gospel. Most of them are living in darkness and under pressure to remain in ancestral worship.
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’” (John 8:12 NIV)