Missionaries share trip details with Rotarians
The Rotary Club of Baytown welcomed back Caleb and Whitney Wiley after helping them spend a year in Madagascar, where they helped produce music and taught English.
“It was exactly one year ago today, we were presenting to the Rotary Club of Baytown. We are just here to say thank you so much for your support,” Whitney Wiley said.
Members of the Rotary Club donated money for the couple to go to Madagascar and past-president Roger Elswick matched those funds, bringing the total to $7,500.
“That was a very significant part of the budget to do this project,” Whitney Wiley said. “We were there for one year, and praise God we were able to do even more than we set out to do in the first place.”
Caleb Wiley said their main goal was to join missionary projects already in progress. They stayed with a local woman named Rosina, and worked alongside a family from Texas that had been performing missionary work for the past six years.
“They have seen a lot of growth as they’ve sought to connect with people, and they have helped translate the Bible into a dialect of Malagasy (their native language),” Caleb Wiley said. “They previously did not have Scripture in its own language.”
The biggest success the Wiley’s had in Madagascar was through music. They were able to connect with a group of musicians called Groupe Tsinfitaka and helped produce their worship songs on a CD.
“They are new believers writing worship songs in their own language,” Caleb Wiley said. “These are the first songs they could sing in their own church in their own dialect.”
They produced a CD called Jeso Lalagna, which in English translates into “Jesus is the Way.”
Whitney Wiley spent time teaching missionary kids English classes. In addition, the couple also helped with organizations that assist young girls to work creating textile products as opposed to going into a life of prostitution, which is legal on the island.
“We want to tell people that we were blessed to be able to witness God working in a culture and environment that is so dramatically different from ours,” Caleb Wiley said. “We believe God calls people from every culture and nation. It is amazing to be a part of that, to connect with people with a completely different lifestyle.”