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Raymond was born with a disability and has never been able to walk. He has experienced a lot of discrimination and never went to school. His former wife despised him for his disability, but the court awarded him custody of his sons. The missionaries visited him, invited him to church, and taught him to read. He felt accepted by the congregation and appreciates the thought that souls are precious to God. He has experienced some religious persecution, but continues to be a good example. As a folk artist, he has suffered at times from unemployment. He hopes for a temple someday in Madagascar, as well as a Malagasy apostle and seventy. He believes God’s Church is universal and insists God is no racist.
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Antananarivo (Antananarivo, Madagascar)
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