This article was originally published in the May 2019 edition of ITMI Monthly.
My father, over his almost 88 years, has made collecting concise, insightful and wise sayings and quotes an art form. He shares them with me almost every time we talk on the phone or sit together in his small, yet comfortable home in Cannon Beach, Oregon.
As he gleefully shares the next memorized quote, it's clear how much he enjoys and appreciates the gifting or skill of those who construct these jewels using as few as words as possible, but communicating volumes with their statements.
He seems to savor these nuggets of wisdom as most of us would savor a sizzling filet mignon from Outback Steakhouse.
Those who know my father know that he is always observing and considering what is the best next step. He did this in his business life, owning his own industrial consulting business that carried him to jobs all over the world.
I worked for him for a period of time and can tell you that I have not seen a better communicator in all my travels and in all my education. My dad practiced his trade of helping, educating, and consulting entry-level employees with observed insight into how to be more effective and actually have less stress and fatigue.
Minutes later, he was in the boardrooms with CEO of these same national and international corporations communicating the very things they needed to hear to enable them to deal with a particularly bothersome business and even personal challenge.
God’s Word and the truth contained within are our go-to for finding all that we need to navigate life and its obstacles. God has a way of putting people into our lives that share His truth from His word and through the wisdom He has given others. Are we teachable enough to stop and listen? Stop and consider? Stop and apply?
Try this quote I found from Pastor John Piper,
“One of the great uses of …Facebook…will be to prove at the last day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”
That does make one stop and think as we observe all the noses planted into phones around the world.
“In a world where everything revolves around yourself – protect yourself, promote yourself, comfort yourself, and take care of yourself – Jesus says, “Crucify yourself.” - David Platt.
Sure is easy to get this one backwards.
This month, I felt led to share with you this need for teach-ability.
God can use anyone and anything to get our attention and grow us to a level that only He knows we are intended for.
No matter how young or how old, God wants us to keep moving. Not doing the same old thing, not being the same old person that we were, not settling for and seeking to be…comfortable. God wants us to be discipled and to disciple others.
This is what ITMI and our partners are about in the reaches of Poland, Romania, India and Africa. We want to see people not just fed, not just given water, not just educated, not just humanly helped, but eternally introduced to the King of Kings and discipled in the life and example of Christ.
By the time you read this, if no major challenges hinder it, Piotr Zaremba will have sent his first ever Polish Study Bible with over 1900 pages, 78000+ cross references, almost 20,000 footnotes, to the printer to be published.
He has done this with a small budget and equally small but qualified staff. Imagine 40 million+ Polish speakers, and there has never been a study Bible they could own at any cost.
Piotr listened to wisdom from Bill Bathman over twenty years ago, and acted on it. It went something like, “…if you don’t start translating now, in 30 years, you still won’t have a [Polish] Bible.” Piotr was teachable.
ITMI's Piotr Zaremba, Bible Translator and Pastor
Paul and Molly have been listening to God lead them in a direction that they, in their own words, have resisted. The leading of God is really too big for them to even imagine.
God wants them to build an…ARK in the middle of the rural Indian countryside that they have been ministering in. This ark will be in the form of a Christian K-12 boarding school.
This ark will be a place of refuge for many Hindu, Muslim and “Untouchable” children, and even their families will hear and see what God’s truth can do when fed to children 6+ hours a day. Paul and Molly are listening.
They are willing to trust God if He will lead all of us to help make this happen. When we get a bit farther along, we will give you a chance to put your piece of “gofer wood” in this new modern day ark that I am sure will be built in southern India.
ITMI's Paul and Molly, India
The ARK will be in the form of a K-12 Christian boarding school.
By the way, here are a couple of my father’s latest nuggets of wisdom.
"No persons are more wrong than those who cannot bear to be.” - Duke La Rochefaucauld
“The greatest of Faults…I should say, is to be conscious of none.” -Thomas Carlyle
May we be teachable!
May we together be willing to be moved to a new place of faith and trusting in God’s desire and willingness to use us to accomplish His great and impossible plans.
Let’s lock arms and sacrifice as do all those that serve in these most needy places. Blessings on you all.
In His Service,
About Steve Evers
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.