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In Malagasy, typewriters rule

Arlen and Lois Stensland, who were missionaries to Madagascar for 22 years and now live in LaPorte, Minn., have made collecting and shipping manual typewriters their mission. Thanks to them, more than 100 typewriters wrapped in quilts have traveled to Madagascar. They're used for church bulletins, for pastors to correspond with parishioners, and in at least one case, for a seminary thesis. The Stenslands, who have collected the typewriters for three years, conceived of the idea when a Malagasy friend visited them and noticed the used machines in storage in nearby Park Rapids. The need among Malagasy pastors is great. "They live and work in places ordinarily that don't have electricity," Arlen Stensland told the Bemidji Pioneer Press.


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