Travel with GHM for a unique opportunity to experience the magic of Madagascar, an island nation incredibly rich in bio-diversity, but also deeply challenged by crushing poverty.  Throughout our journey, we’ll see the impact of GHM’s work in Madagascar.  We’ll also share in our partners’ joy as we celebrate many years of Lutheran health ministry in their country.  This is a special opportunity to discover today’s Madagascar, whether you’re returning, or visiting for the first time.


Travel Itinerary

Specific dates to be confirmed, based on availability.


Wed-Thurs, Oct 16-17, 2019 : Travel days

Fri, Oct 18 : Refreshed after a good night’s rest, we’ll have the day to explore Antananarivo (Tana), the capital.

Sat, Oct 19 : Breakfast together before we join the Jubilee celebration marking 40 years of the Lutheran healthcare system in Madagascar. Our hosts have planned a cultural program for us in the afternoon.

Sun, Oct 20 : After worship, we’ll enjoy a special Jubilee lunch. The rest of the afternoon will be for exploring.

Mon, Oct 21 : Experience rural Madagascar as we drive south to Antsirabe in the central highlands. Antsirabe’s wide boulevards and slower pace will remind us of its colonial past. While in Antsirabe we’ll tour the Lutheran School of Nursing and a toby, with its focus on spiritual healing. Antsirabe is known for handicrafts and colorful pousse-pousses (rickshaws).

Tues, Oct 22 : Morning in Antsirabe, afternoon driveback to Tana


Wed, Oct 23 : Morning flight to Tolagnaro (Ft.
Dauphin), afternoon to explore

Thurs - Fri, Oct 24-25 : While in Ft Dauphin, we’ll tour Manambaro Hospital, a mission hospital supported by GHM since our founding and an important center for healing.  We’ll also enjoy Madagascar’s natural wonders with a visit to Namhampoana Reserve, hoping for a glimpse of “dancing” lemurs, and the beautiful Indian Ocean.

Sat - Sun, Oct 26-27 : Our hosts are planning activities to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Manambaro Hospital.

Mon, Oct 28 : Return flight to Tana.

Tues, Oct 29 : Last day in Madagascar. We’ll take this opportunity to relax together and reflect on our experiences and our roles in GHM’s work. How can we continue to make a difference in Madagascar? Final dinner and latenight

flight home, arriving Oct 30

Cost is estimated to be $5,000 per person, which includes international airfare, in-country airfare, double accommodations, local transportation, gratuities, most meals, park entrance fees.Cost estimate does not include incidentals, souvenirs, passport/visa and a visit to a travel clinic before departure for recommended shots or vaccines.  A passport with an expiration date at least six months beyond your travel dates and with at least 3 blank pages is required. A visa can be obtained when you arrive in Madagascar – a tourist visa costs approximately $30 USD.

In order to secure the best possible fares, a nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required by April 1.  Another payment will be requested when international airfare is purchased (timing dependent on best possible price).

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An additional, optional excursion to Tulear and Ejeda Hospital may be possible.  GHM is actively working to revive Ejeda, located in the arid southwest of Madagascar, an area of the country that is not easy to reach.  Cost and feasibility will depend on interest and flight availability.  Please let Kim know if you would like to explore this possibility : (, or 763.586.9590).



Today the Health Department of the Malagasy Lutheran Church (SALFA) is one of the largest Lutheran healthcare systems in the world. SALFA includes nine hospitals, 40 rural clinics, one of the country’s top nursing schools, and  medical support for spiritual healing centers across the island nation. GHM has partnered with SALFA for over 30 years, and today it is stronger than ever and expanding its impact on the health of Malagasy people across the island.


The “Awakening” or “Fifohazana” is an indigenous Christian movement central to Lutheran identity in Madagascar. The name comes from a belief that as we wake up to the power of God, miracles and true wholeness are possible. Spiritual healings, exorcisms, personal service to the poor and sick, cleanliness, prayer, Bible study, and witnessing are all important themes in this movement. In this context, Lutherans in Madagascar have spiritual healing camps called a “toby.” We will visit a toby and learn more about how western medicine and spiritual healing are interwoven here.



Manambaro Hospital turns 65 this year! For many years this Lutheran mission hospital was a model of excellence in southern Madagascar. But due to a variety of factors, including profound poverty, the hospital fell into serious disrepair. Partners including GHM have rallied around Dr. Heuric, a strong leader, and renovations at Manambaro are underway. Much has been accomplished! Yet, Dr. Heuric continues to perform surgery with a headlamp for a light, because the overhead surgical lights are broken. Clean water is not always accessible, and electricity is often a problem. GHM shipments of medical supplies and equipment and ongoing support are vital to Manambaro’s healing ministry. We’ll visit Manambaro to celebrate its anniversary and witness this hospital in action today.


Rick Steves once said Madagascar is a place you could step on a beetle that hasn’t even been discovered yet! The natural wonders of Madagascar are vast and beautiful. Even in our short trip we’ll see lemurs and crocodiles, terraced rice fields, stunning beaches, forests of palm trees and rolling hills formed by volcanoes silenced centuries ago. Prepare for breathtaking beauty as we travel by road, air and foot to discover this tropical island.

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