Big numbers don’t always equal big value.
We don’t ask our partners to reach certain numbers to determine their value. God’s Kingdom doesn’t work like that, and neither do we.
But each unit in these numbers represents a life. A life that is highly valued by his or her Creator.
A combination of physical attributes, personality, convictions, thoughts, feelings and spirit that is delighted in by the One who lovingly orchestrated each part to create the masterpiece that is each person.
If the number were ONE, that is worth celebrating joyfully!
So, multiply that joy by each number as you read them and join us in celebrating the lives He is touching through your support of our partners, Paul and Molly, in India.
300-350. The number of children in 10 tutoring centers, some in slums and impoverished neighborhoods.
Fifteen precious teachers laboring daily in the heat and hard conditions to reach children whose parents can’t or don’t help them with their homework.
Each center has 30-35 wild-eyed little ones eager to soak up love and attention as they struggle to read and do homework.
One of Paul and Molly's tutoring center teachers.
One of Paul and Molly's tutoring centers.
Paul inside a tutoring center in one of the slums in Paul and Molly's city.
5100. The number of children in 12 Sunday schools running weekly.
The children love getting to come to an organized activity designed to provide them with a fun way to learn about the Lord.
200. The number of children in a government school reached once a week when the Harvest Bible Chapel staff go and share the Gospel and play games with the children.
200. The number of Indian believers doing outreach weekly in a few locations. Each week they reach out to non-believers, pray for families and share the Gospel.
Christians are a minority in India.
There are many needs to be prayed for in the streets of Paul and Molly's city.
175. The number of youth at 10 soccer coaching centers.
These groups train professionally and compete with government league teams, but they also get to learn the Good News.
Paul teaches the sports' ministry participants life lessons and the Good News.
160. The number of Indian believers from Harvest Bible Chapel, the church Paul and Molly planted, in 11 discipleship groups throughout the week seeking Christ and growing in their faith and knowledge of Him.
12. The number of Sports Cells running weekly.
These cells are groups of youth from slums in the city who come to learn Soccer. They also hear the Good News and Biblical principles.
The way these youth go from being considered unimportant due to their caste to having their value demonstrated by their leaders and counselors to understanding their value to their Creator is life-changing.
Paul with soccer ministry leader and participants.
150. The number of youth in 11 sports small groups.
These are groups where the youth saved through sports outreaches can be discipled.
50. The number of highly at-risk boys visited by Harvest Bible Chapel pastors visit to play with them, feed them and share the Word regularly.
49. The number of widows helped with provisions through Paul and Molly’s ministry and Harvest Bible Chapel.
600. The number of Indian pastors who were equipped to preach and disciple Biblically by ITMI’s Paul at a pastor’s conference this spring.
Paul equipping pastors at a training conference earlier this year. (2018)
700. (Estimate) The number of children who came to Harvest Bible Chapel’s VBS and whose parents attended the final day and heard the Good News.
VBS in a slum in Paul's city.
Children enjoy VBS at Harvest Bible Chapel.
Small groups of children learn truth from God's Word at VBS.
3. The number of wells now installed in a slum in Paul and Molly’s city, Otteri Slum.
There are no services provided in the slums, so residents must carry their water from somewhere else.
To date, with our help, Paul and Molly have catalyzed the installation of 3 pumps right inside the slum, providing its residents with clean, safe water and eliminating long and sometimes dangerous treks hauling water.
Women from the slum make long treks, crossing dangerous train tracks to haul water back to their homes.
Otteri Slum's newest water well!
This all adds up to Paul and Molly making a big impact in their city, where needs are great and where darkness and brokenness touch everything.
This is the lasting, meaningful impact ITMI supporters make as they give faithfully, partnering with quality nationals like Paul and Molly who God is using in powerful ways.