This article originally appeared in the January 2012 edition of ITMI Monthly.
ITMI partners in southern India, Paul and Molly, live by faith.
They don’t have quite enough support to make ends meet for their little family. But without hesitation, they accepted responsibility for 19 orphaned girls in another city. They have had a relationship with these girls and loved them since they were babies rescued from female infanticide and brought to the orphanage.
Since they accepted the responsibility last January, God has literally gone ahead of them to provide for the girls over and over again.
Paul with his 19 "Ashraya Daughters."
There were numerous hurdles to trust God through, from the uncomfortably challenging 15-hour jam-packed bus ride over topsy-turvy, stop-and-hurl-over-the-edge-roads to get to the orphanage, creating a legal paper trail for the girls’ existence, obtaining property and building a facility to move the girls to Paul and Molly’s city, to providing for the girls basic needs and medical expenses.
The latest need God provided for was for one of the little girls, Sonia. She was born with a hole in her heart and needed $4,000 surgery to fix it.
The surgery was scheduled, but by the time they could get the money and get her down the four hour windy road trip to the doctor, the cost had doubled.
Sonia was born with a hole in heart and needed surgery.
Paul and Molly didn’t know what to do.
They were going to send Sonia back to the orphanage without her surgery when Paul felt the Spirit telling him to go ahead with the surgery. It would be provided for.
So Paul trusted God and told the doctor to schedule another surgery.
Meanwhile, ITMI’s Director, Steve Evers, having recently returned from seeing Paul and Molly’s ministry in India, was meeting with a faithful supporter who had recently given a generous donation toward Paul and Molly’s ministry.
At the end of the meeting, the donor asked Steve what Paul and Molly needed.
Steve Evers with Paul and Molly's girls.
Steve felt the Spirit telling him to mention Sonia’s surgery.
Even though he was tempted to say they didn’t need anything because that individual had already done so much, he told Sonia’s story. As it turned out, God wanted to bless this giver even more by allowing him to provide for Sonia’s surgery.
Sonia has had her surgery and so far, the report is good. God is GOOD!
Please keep Sonia’s recovery in your prayers.
Summer Kelley is a writer living in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and three kids. She’s had the honor and privilege of telling ITMI’s stories since 2006. She’s a homeschooling mom and a T-shirt and jeans aficionado who likes all things simple. When she’s not writing or homeschooling, you can find her honing her skills as what some might call a "suburban survivalist" as she learns to thrive in the suburbs with 3 kids. As a productivity and organizing enthusiast, she may or may not spend hours attempting to use technology to "save time.” Summer loves reading, the outdoors and Coca-Cola Classic from the fountain.
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.