by Summer Kelley
During the dry season, ITMI's Timothy Keller travels to remote villages encouraging, preaching and delivering bibles and discipleship materials.
In November, the vehicle was further upgraded with a 4x4 kit, making the vehicle ready for service. God even provided some unexpected discounts!
Timothy says, "I was very, very pleased at how the field vehicle handled on the LONG road home through Namibia. We traveled up and down hill, through intense heat, and in some 4x4 conditions. It is well tested now and ready for some serious bundu-bashing when rainy season ends."
But for now, the Kellers are settling into some new ministry opportunities in Kabwe, their home.
Rainy Season Plans: a New Ministry Opportunity and a New Temporary Role
Recently, God has provided Timothy with favor from local police precincts. He has been invited to teach in multiple precincts. During the next few months Timothy is planning a discipleship and worldview outreach for some of the police precincts.
He is hopeful that this opportunity may expand to precincts in other areas as well!
Timothy Keller (right) with local police officer and ITMI Board member, Jon Dekkers.
Tim's New Temporary Role
The leadership of the Keller's church retired to the US, and Timothy offered to serve as interim pastor, coordinator and teacher for 3 months.
This is a role Tim isn't planning to extend beyond the rainy season because it would keep him in Kabwe and unable to get out to the villages. Since it's too rainy to reach most of the villages right now, anyway, the arrangement works out well for the time being.
You can read a more in-depth explanation of what happened with the Keller's newborn son in November on the Kellers' blog. The summary is that Ian wasn't gaining weight as he should. After tests and treatments in South Africa, they are now home and monitoring his weight in Zambia.
Last month, Timothy shares, "Ian has continued to grow this month [December] but rather a lot slower than we were hoping for. Please continue to pray for his growth and development."
Time will tell whether Ian will need to undergo testing for genetic issues that may be preventing normal growth.
Timothy and Ian just after Ian's birth.