This article was originally published in the September 2015 edition of ITMI Monthly.
Life marches on. We are all swept away by this journey that God has purposed for us. New things begin and old things fade away.
We recently saw a couple precious new additions to the ITMI family. Timothy and Ashley Keller welcomed little Ian into their family. Sarah and Ben Graham, mine and Darlene’s daughter and son-in-law, added little Lily Alexandra Graham to our family.
Lily Alexandra Graham, Darlene and Steve's newest granddaughter.
Darlene Evers - "Nana" - with Lily
It is great to be grandparents!
In the last couple of months we have shared about Dr. Nick Gheorghita life, character, passion and graduation to Glory. We want to remember his impact on this world, and especially Romania by help fund the next generation of Dr. Nicks in Romania through the recently created foundation “The Nick Gheorghita Scholarship Fund."
Jahim Buli in South Sudan, who is trying to birth a new Bible-based church in Juba, shared that peace talks between the South Sudanese President and the current rebel leader have dissolved. The threat of another tribe-against-tribe violent outbreak is so thick that you can feel it in the air.
He asks for our prayers and continued support as he remains in the Lion’s den because that is what a good and faithful shepherd does.
Jahim setting up for his newly planted church's gathering.
Speaking of the lion’s den, Paul and Molly are also staring down the sharp teeth of those who would tear them apart. Their local Hindu neighbors have rallied a mob of angry, aggressive antagonizers against the opening of Harvest Bible Chapel Chennai’s (HBCC) new, larger building.
HBCC's new, larger building.
One of the rumors being spread through the surrounding community is that “…the Christians will come and take your wives…”, in other words, “…they will come and brain wash your wives and take them away from you.”
As we go to press, Paul and Molly share,
Today's opposition rally from the community to close down the work of the Gospel was full of new threats against our church and family. Police officials and two members of the Indian FBI were present. The local opposition leaders are motivated by greed and filled with hate as they continue with their scare tactics, but we are compelled by a love far surpassing the darkness of the god of this world who's blinded them. Praying for the light of His Word to be shed abroad in the hearts of those who need it most.
This month at ITMI we experience the inevitable reality that sometimes people transition into new seasons of life. We have been honored and graced to have Debbie Henry with us for over the last 12 years.
If you have interacted with the ITMI office in that time, you have probably chatted with this faithful servant of God's work. We could tell many stories of how Debbie has obediently served God in varying ministries over her almost 30 years of service.
We will miss her greatly.
Danielle Cholly and Debbie Henry
Danielle Cholly is a seminary student seeking her master's degree in Leadership development at Phoenix Seminary. She hopes to end up as a missionary in Peru. Danielle is really grateful to be working and learning in a mission organization like ITMI.
We are excited to see how God is going to use Danielle now and in the future.
Lord willing, I will take a team to South Africa and Zambia at the end of next month. We will visit and report first-hand on the good work of our partners there, including the new borehole (well drilling) program in far Western Zambia.
Please do pray for our travels and our visits, that we would be sensitive to what God leads us to accomplish there.
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.