Bringing Christian values into politics
She’s a high-profile politician, defender of women, entrepreneur, and founder of Manja, the Madagascan fashion festival.
Abandoned and abused as a child, Elia Ravelomanantsoa had created an international export business before she turned 18. But she credits Haggai International with helping her to learn “a new humility in leadership, a reliance on the Holy Spirit, and a willingness to put God’s will at the center of my political decision making.”
When she returned from her International Training Session in 2008 to find Madagascar in the grip of a military coup, Elia joined the Transition Congress. From 2011 to 2014, she held the post of minister of culture and heritage in the new government of national unity.
As founder of the Republican Party and one of Madagascar’s few influential women, Elia is on a mission to bring Christian values into politics and to rebuild her divided country. She says, “I am convinced that God is using me as He used Esther, a woman in a period of political unrest, to help my people rediscover their real identity and heritage given by God.”
Along with more than sixty International-trained alumni in Madagascar, Elia has helped pass on the Haggai International training to thousands via National and Local Training Seminars.
She says, “Behind every human misery, every injury, and every tear, my understanding of others goes beyond compassion. I lived it. I feel what my people feel. I fight for my causes because I have been there myself.”
Founder Madagascar’s Republican Party
Attended Haggai: 2008
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