This article was originally published in the August 2020 edition of ITMI Monthly.
For a go-getter like Taru Kumar, whose feet grass wouldn’t dare grow under, being forced to close their ministry center in Modi Road Muslim slum by the government due to concerns of COVID-19 was not ideal.
She doesn’t like to sit still, particularly when she knows so many people who are suffering and in need. But stay at home she must, so she’s made the best of it.
After she and David planned and carried out five food distributions in the slum, Taru is not wasting any time worrying about what she can’t do.
Slum resident with food from one of David and Taru's Project Joseph food distributions.
Kids from the slum whose families came to receive provision of food and the Gospel through Project Joseph.
Instead, she’s discovered she can have quite an impact right from her couch, with the help of her telephone. She spends most of her days reaching out to those she knows in the slums, encouraging them, and sharing Jesus.
She conducts regular one-on-one discipleship meetings over the phone. She’s leading a Bible study with a group of women she grew up with.
All this is possible because of her previous investment in these relationships. So she’s also using this time to sow the seeds of relationships that she can grow into redemptive encounters by teaching a group of women over the internet how to make handmade crafts.
So, her ministry continues.
It doesn’t look the same as it used to, but it's still driven by Taru’s love for those she ministers to and bursting with her bold and unique faith in Christ.
ITMI's Taru Kumar, India
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