This article was originally published in the June 2020 edition of ITMI Monthly.
But it has.
Online teaching only reaches about half of this body of believers shepherded by ITMI partner, Paul, whose last name we don’t disclose for his security. The other half don’t have access to the internet.
Putting the weekly teaching together and getting it uploaded from his village home with internet that would lose a race with a computer from 1981, hasn’t been easy.
But in the midst of the dark cloud, the Lord has revealed not a silver lining, but a golden one.
Most months, Paul meets with a group of rural pastors and provides training and equipping, something most of them haven’t had access to. These pastors sacrifice from their own meager budgets, their survival money, to pay for transport to come to Paul’s church - some up to 90+ miles away - because they so greatly value the training.
Paul has been fielding an endless stream of communication from this group. They have been reaching out to him for wisdom as their own flocks panic and languish in hunger under the strictly enforced lockdown.
Being forced to minister via the internet while everyone was stuck at home gave Paul and his brother, Xavier, another idea.
They created a live, online training group for a whole new group of Indian pastors. These pastors are located all over India, far beyond Paul’s normal ministry reach. They generally have larger congregations and wider influence.
Though many of them do have more education than his group of rural pastors, they are excited to learn and grow in Paul’s new group! Paul and Molly are well-positioned to be a light during this time, and they’re in place because you’ve supported them faithfully.
About the Authors
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.