Author Rob Slane wrote,
"Through his words, character, and behavior, each and every father is constantly speaking to his children about the Father. And he will either be speaking the truth or telling a lie to his children about the Father." - Samaritan Ministries, February 2016
I’m excited to share that in the coming months, we will highlight how the influence of the “fathers” of ITMI, while serving faithfully in their mission fields, is being shown by the next generation of ministry family…their kids!
We will share how the kids we’ve all watched grow up, are launching off in ministries themselves.
Our Piotr Zaremba has again proven how much he is committed to caring for fathers and families. K5N Church had its annual Family Camp and the teachers came all the way from Tempe, Arizona to teach on Communication and Conflict Resolution.
ITMI's Dr. Piotr Zaremba
Phil and Sue Thurston are lay family counselors who have waded into the middle of the lives and challenges of young marrieds, old marrieds and families for over 20 years.
Both Phil and Sue are some of the most gracious and kind people you ever would want to sit with. Sue reminds you of that aunt that is the sweetest person you know. Phil’s quiet, gracious and analytical ways belay the fact that he was a lead negotiator for 30+ years in a power company’s union staffed team.
Phil and Sue were so warmly received that their scheduled 1.5 hour conference sessions on family issues, were extended by impromptu requests for help with specific family consultations.
Pray for Piotr, his church leaders and the Thurstons as they minister to families with emotional, psychological and spiritual issues.
Paul our partner in India, is seeking to be a faithful father in the growth and development of the lives of his …23 children.
Nineteen of those children are girls that were loved and rescued from homes that were unable to care for them at birth. Paul and Molly have just rescued these girls again.
The state-religion-drenched schools system is a system built on a foundation of intense, militant proselytizing. The state school system wants to brain wash each student to mindlessly follow the state religion.
Paul and Molly's girls a few years ago in their school uniforms.
Paul and Molly's girls required to wear uniforms honoring Hindu gods.
The girls’ school just went to 7 days a week, including hours of after school homework. Paul and Molly have prayed for years for a godly solution to this unwanted indoctrination.
God has provided.
This last month, Paul and Molly broke ground for what they are calling a School Hall right on the girls property. The girls walk to school will be less than 2 minutes, instead of an hour round trip previously.
Construction on the new "school hall" begins!
Paul and Molly's girls dedicate this building to the Lord.
They will be taught by overjoyed, trained teachers who many are children of evangelical pastors.
The girls will be freed to concentrate on the truths of God’s Word and not on how they are going to survive another day without being bullied and persecuted by both students, teachers and staff alike.
Pray for Paul and Molly as they build this education system to grow these precious girls into the champions that will definitely impact southern India for Christ.
As Rob Slane said, "Through his words, character, and behavior, each and every father is constantly speaking to his children about the Father - which version are we communicating, truth or lies?
May God find us all faithful as in our own families, and may we be mindful of the needs of the fathers that minister to their cultures. They still need us to pray for and support them as they seek to show the Father’s love and truth to all they touch.
In His Service,
About the Author
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 4 years. Steve lives in Arizona with his wife, Darlene.