Meet our team
We rely wholly on God for building and sustaining our team. Those who are part of the team are individuals who have had – and continue to have – an inner passion to see the Gospel advance in Madagascar and an external confirmation of their calling for that ministry.
Faly accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at age 15 and God has since made him grow in his love for studying and teaching His Word. He is a trained merchant marine deck officer and marine engineer. He has worked in various management positions in the oil industry for 15 years. Faly and Lily got married in May 2004. They have two boys, Daniel (2004) and Samuel (2008), and 3 girls, Emmanuelle (2010), Gabrielle (2011), and Rachel (2012).
In 2007, The Lord took him and his wife to South Africa where they providentially found the church pastored by TMS graduate, Dr. Tim Cantrell, who mentored Faly, leading him to realize the desire he had for full-time ministry. Returning to Madagascar, he saw the profound need for training of faithful, servant-hearted men in order to raise a new generation of church leaders committed to the sound teaching of God’s Word. The Lord then amazingly opened doors for him to join TMS to follow the Master in Divinity program, moving with the whole family to California early January 2015. Stricken by poverty and spiritual darkness, Madagascar groans and suffers. Faithful churches, preaching and living out the gospel of Jesus Christ are the greatest needs of the moment as people are engulfed by sin and its effects. The Lord thus grew in the Ravoahangy family a burden to go back to Madagascar after graduation in May 2017, and be available as instruments in the hands of God, to identify, train and equip Malagasy pastors, and in the future, as the Lord sees fit, to reach other men of God from French-speaking African countries.
In July 2017, Faly successfully passed the ordination process and was ordained as a pastor by Grace Community Church. The Ravoahangy family landed in Madagascar on August 1st, 2017. Faly shortly after created Madagascar 3M as an independent structure with a vision to work intra and across denominations to mobilize and equip a new generation of servants of the Lord in Madagascar and beyond.
David Ellingson is first and foremost a Christian. David was brought to saving faith in 2007 after learning about the Lordship of Christ and the cost discipleship. The Lord has also richly blessed David with a loving wife (Ashley) and with four precious girls (Isabella, Lydia, Anna, and Clara). After working for 2 years in information technology and 7 years in the aerospace industry, David and his family moved to Los Angeles to be trained for fulltime ministry. David had the joy of working fulltime at Grace Community Church in the International Outreach department from 2014 until 2019. David graduated from the Master’s Seminary (M.Div., 2018) in order to be best equipped to preach, shepherd, and train other men to do the same.
Interns & volunteers
The “core” team is small, but we are blessed by so many who volunteer or intern with us. Their contribution is invaluable as they help with various projects and tasks making the Madagascar 3M ministry what it is today.