by Summer Kelley
ITMI partners, Paul and Molly are serving in India alongside Paul's family of national Christian workers. Together the family operates a sports ministry for impoverished youth from the slums, after-school tutoring centers as well as training local pastors and shepherding a total of 3 churches - a mother and two daughter church plants.
And then there's Paul and Molly's 19 girls, who they are raising as their own - alongside their three "sons of thunder," as Molly affectionately calls them, Isaiah, Maciah and Hudson.
Paul is Daddy to 19 girls. Let that sink in for a minute!
The girls live in a home specially constructed for them with Paul's Aunt and Uncle. Paul's Aunt has a "Grandma's heart" for the girls.
Paul's Aunt prays with them all the time. Molly says they have thousands of verses memorized thanks to her.
They are growing in their knowledge of the Lord.
Recently, some of them responded spiritually to Christ after Molly and some of the girls were on a bridge just before it was washed away in the flooding after the area was battered by a cyclone.
Molly and some of the girls were on a bridge just before it was washed away in the flooding.
The way Molly put it was, "He is calling out the faith in them," which of course Paul and Molly are deeply thankful for.
Since December, seven of them have given their lives to Jesus!
Prayer Need #1: Pray for Paul and Molly's girls as they are asking tough questions and seeking spiritual answers. Pray all 19 become followers of Jesus, and for strengthening and growth of the ones who already have!
Paul, Molly and their boys recently moved to a new home, which happens to be near a mosque. Finding snakes and frogs in the pipes haven't been the hardest part about living in the new place.
Finding snakes and frogs in the pipes haven't been the hardest part about living in the new place.
It's been a challenge for the family to adjust to the daily, round-the-clock shouting of the Koran. The boys are having nightmares. Between that and fireworks being set off at 2am, Paul and Molly are quite sleep-deprived.
It's in this sleep-deprived state that they are called upon to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of 22 children, which would be a formidable challenge in any state!
But they are constantly leaning on Jesus to meet the demands of their life, and He is constantly faithful.
Paul and Molly's boys enjoyed a holiday visit from Molly's family. The boys love to chase the - get this - water buffalo, cows and bulls near their street when Paul and Molly take them for a walk.
The two oldest, Isaiah (6) and Maciah(5), are in school.
Molly says, "Mac needs a lot of pryer to make it to first grade this June. He's starting to do better emotionally and enjoy his teacher and friends."
Paul and Molly's youngest, Hudson, recently turned 3. They celebrated with a cake after church.
Paul with his 3 sons.
Prayer Need #2: Pray for Paul and Molly's family life, including the parenting of 22 children. All of the school aged kids are attending local Hindu schools, so pray for their hearts to be guarded until a better situation can be worked out.
Not long ago, Molly's 10 year visa expired. They were at immigration services every day for a week. Apparently, they were refusing to recognize Paul and Molly's wedding because it took place in a church.
Paul going to Immigration office.
Thankfully, a one-year visa was granted, so the issue is resolved. For now.
There were throngs of Hindus who opposed the relocation of church plant Paul pastors - Harvest Bible Chapel India - last summer. They still cannot advertise any of the church's events or activities.
But God is demonstrating He doesn't depend on our advertisements to grow His church. Harvest Bible Chapel India has 400 gathering together each Sunday to be equipped to live as God's people among those who oppose Him. There are thriving prayer cells and outreaches.
A Harvest Bible Chapel prayer cell.
Prayer Need #3: Paul, Molly and the rest of God's people in India are facing persecution from all angles. Ask God to give them comfort, encouragement and strength. Ask God to continue to provide for Paul and Molly to remain serving in India.
Molly has wrestled with chronic pain for some time now. She had back surgery in the US in December of 2014. But she continues to face constant pain.
Prayer Need #4: Ask God to relieve Molly's painful symptoms and heal her.
Paul and Molly's church is made up of a high percentage of widows, mostly from lower castes.
A lower-caste widow is considered a burden in India's society. She’d be the last possible candidate in competition for any open positions - even if by some miracle she had the skills necessary. Her inability to add monetary value to the family translates into having no value as a person.
Not long ago, Paul and Molly opened up a small corner grocery store to create jobs for some of the many widows in their church. This not only builds their skills but allows them to contribute to their families.
For these women, Jesus' Kingdom - with its God-determined value system - has cast a brighter light into their lives than was ever present before or ever thought possible.
Molly with the staff of the market.
When a cyclone hit their area in December, many were blocked from grocery and bank services by up to 10 feet of flooding in some places. Paul and Molly's little store blessed even more people by providing food and necessity bags.
Water floods the streets after a recent cyclone.
Prayer Need #5: Lift up this new ministry, and ask God to bless its operations allowing it to bless many, many of India's outcast and down trodden.
Prayer Need #6: Pray for the many suffering as a result of the flooding, which hit the worst in the poorest areas with shoddily constructed homes.
ITMI partners, Paul and Molly
Prayer Need #7: Paul and Molly have a lot on their plates. They need help and support. Please ask God to raise up kingdom-minded servants to harvest the fields in India.
Is God leading you to partner with Paul and Molly to reach many with the freeing truth of the gospel in India?
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