From the Director
It was 117 degrees at 3:30pm, as a well dressed and excited group baked in the afternoon sun. We were outside. It's Phoenix, Arizona on August 27th. Faces were red. The sweat meter was pegged.
As we rehearsed the day before my daughter’s wedding, both families and the wedding party stood in the sun and the heat gallantly trying to keep from passing out. I was acutely sensitive to the discomfort of the others dealing with the stifling temperature.
My daughter's new in-laws, being from St. Louis, had never experienced such breath stealing heat. They were red faced, but not whimpering a single bit.
We all know that we could not change the record high-for-that-day temperature ourselves. Ah, but we have a God that controls all things, even the weather. Darlene, my daughter, Sarah, and Ben, our then future son-in-law, had been praying for a cool spell to hit the desert for their special day.
On the day of the wedding, it was almost as hot as the previous day. After a lot of prayer from many kind and caring friends and family, something very special happened. Five minutes before I was to walk Sarah out of the air conditioned building and down the aisle, a storm blew in across the adjoining lake, picking up the moisture.
It didn't blow enough to mess with the long flowing dresses or the nicely fixed hair, but it did lower the temperature more than ten degrees and add movement to the oppressive air. The overcast cloud cover and blowing wind that saved a very special ceremony lasted just long enough for the pastor to pronounce them husband and wife.
Then the clouds left, the wind stopped and the heat returned. We who know how capable and loving our God is, know that He, in this instance, chose to give all of us a most appreciated wedding gift. Thank you for your prayers and for your continued intercession for this enthusiastic couple who is committed to the Lord.
Riots in Zambia
Just as we go to press, I called our Zambian partner, John Jere (pictured left) in his home town of Lusaka, Zambia. John's voice was genuinely dripping with fear when he answered his phone.
I had never heard John like this before.
"I am in an internet café trying to send you some pictures, and the owner has just shut the place down. There are riots everywhere. There are many police and sirens everywhere. We are being told to leave town."
John fearfully told me that he couldn't talk and that he was going to try and get home somehow.
He didn't know if he would run into an angry mob looking for their next innocent and weaker victim. John was fleeing and concerned for his own life, but imagining the terror of the thousands and thousands of street children who live on the now riotous streets and cannot escape the violence.
They are the definition of innocent and weak. The very small and young children are most assuredly impacted with fear that will change their lives forever.
Pray with us as we seek God's intervention in this Zambian mess that can only destroy lives. We are asking Him to redirect them to the positive direction this once socialist/communist country has taken since declaring its "Christian Nation" status.
Please keep myself, Chad Kritenbrink and ITMI partner, Paul [whose last name we don’t disclose in print for his security] in your prayers as we travel to India on the 9th of this month to train and equip hundreds of local Indian pastors, as well as visit and serve in Paul’s other ministries.
If God puts it on your heart to impact the Indian church in a big way, there are still some unmet needs with regard to this great opportunity.
In His Service,
Steve Evers has advocated for and served the ITMI partners as ITMI Director since 2001. Approximately once a year, Steve visits with ITMI partners in their countries and brings stories back to encourage supporters. Steve enjoys photography and mechanics, (both hobbies that have greatly benefited ITMI partners!) Prior to becoming ITMI's Director, Steve served on the Board of Directors for 12 years. Steve lives in Arizona with his wife, Darlene.