by Summer Kelley
It's been a season of trial for ITMI partners, Paul and Molly, as well as for their entire church and city.
In December, a cyclone caused flooding and water as deep as 7 feet in some areas. Many faced great loss. Power lines were down across the entire city. Paul and Molly's church was facing opposition and persecution after moving their meeting place to a new neighborhood and opening up a small corner store to help provide employment for widows in their church.
And their family faced trials as well, including health challenges, debilitating pain and the everyday challenges of raising and discipling 22 children.
But God has proven once again that He is capable of taking something evil and destructive - like flooding, death and loss - and using it to accomplish His good plan of restoration for His beloved world.
Bridge washed away in the flooding.
Enjoy Paul and Molly's list of 3 gifts they can already see emerging from these trials!
1. The Lord's voice was clearly calling in the dark.
Many of our girls heart's received freedom in giving their lives to Christ, followed by Paul's aunt who works for us on our land and then two of our sons. What a joy to witness your beloved ones asking for His salvation and witness His radiance upon their faces.
Molly with a few of their girls.
2. Enemies of the Gospel were washed away and our church was able to worship in peace.
Because of the flood, our neighborhood hostility cooled off allowing our American family to worship with us at Christmas time in the new Harvest Bible Chapel building! That was a gift we never anticipated.
Harvest Bible Chapel Sunday worship.
3. We showed Christ's love in action to a harsh and unbelieving community by meeting tangible needs.
The church Paul pastors, Harvest Bible Chapel (India) provided shelter and relief packages to over 400 families who lost their homes and all they had.
Harvest Bible Chapel continues to give packages monthly to over 50 widows and those still in transition and needing to rebuild.
God is Also Using Faithful Workers to Reach Many
In addition to these 3 gifts emerging from the times of trial, God is working in other ways, too! He's using the faithful labor of His people to reach many with the Good News!
Paul's faithful and tireless work pastoring the young church is yielding so much fruit for the kingdom!
These young men of Harvest Bible Chapel and hungry for God's Word. They gather with Paul to pray and study, though some are rejected by their families and persecuted for their faith.
The sports ministry that Paul's family has been doing for years continues to be a powerful bridge-builder, reaching many young men for Christ.
Xavier and Melci work tirelessly coaching and developing teams who then hear the Word of God and join shepherd groups where they study together and learn about body life before coming to our church.
One More Word from Paul and Molly
Thank you dear ones who prayed for us, sent messages of hope and support during our time of testing as a family and a body here-your gifts are now a part of our journey of faith, another beautiful chapter in this book He is writing for His glory and the furtherance of His Gospel.
Thank you for impacting eternity and joining your faith along with ours, for investing in the treasure that is eternal.