This article was originally published in the October 2020 edition of ITMI Monthly.
We have not yet seen the end of 2020, but most can agree that 2020 is a year like no other.
Is it possible to cram one more “event” into what we call 2020? Can we agree that a pandemic, a world-wide lockdown, demonstrations, riots, contentious national elections, mandatory in-person church closures, pastors being threatened with jail time, and the loss of financial stability is enough for this year?
We in the Phoenix area have also experienced some firsts. Imagine 50+ days of searing 110+ degree days. Well into October, we are forecasted to still experience 105 degree days.
Everything seems to be turned upside down. Many seem to be wringing their hands, verbally, or at least mentally and emotionally. Challenges are not really an unusual situation. Sin and its master continue to “…steal, kill and destroy.”
Max Lucado writes in his new book, You are Never Alone, about what it must have been like for the Apostle John in his waning years. He had seen and experienced much in his life. John was at one time “the youngest of the twelve that toured the countryside with Jesus.”
John surely remembered in his old age the “sinking feeling he felt when…he learned his brother [Jesus] has been put to death. ...The others in the band had soon followed. Peter. Andrew. Thomas. Philip. Matthew. Even the apostle Paul was gone. They had all left this earth and entered into their eternal reward. Only he remained. John . . . the last of the twelve. Perhaps you can relate to this feeling of being alone.”
Yet, all is not lost. God was with John and God is with us.
God is showing and has shown that He is not limited by fears and concerns of this world. He is still in control. ITMI was led into Project Joseph, feeding the needy, at the beginning of this pandemic. Through our partners like you, God’s provision has allowed us to feed thousands if not tens of thousands, in Eastern Europe, Africa and India.
Our national partners have “store-housed” food and distributed it in Jesus’ name, with government approval, and even government help, during the pandemic.
Even with all this hands-on ministry during this difficult time, only one ITMI partner contracted the COVID-19 virus and he was on furlough in the U.S., and has since recovered.
God is so good and He is still in control.
God's provision through partners like you has allowed us to feed thousands if not tens of thousands!
ITMI’s Casa Dorca Children’s Home in Romania was down to half a month’s needed funds and they still had to pay the previous month’s electric bill. God provided through two generous donors financial help to carry this wonderful loving home for another couple of months.
When he heard the fantastic news, Ionel Iovescu, Casa Dorca’s Director, shared with great emotion in his voice, “…I knew it, but God really is real!”
Max Lucado gently warns us, “…we need to be careful to see them [the miracles chronicled in the Book of John] as John intended—not as entries in a history book but as samples from God’s playbook. John wrote down these miracles not to impress us but to urge us to believe in the presence of Christ.
As he stated, ‘These [stories] are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.’”
The Apostle Paul wrote,
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” When we do this, we stand the test of faith, we don’t buckle, we don’t blame God before His plan is half through. Paul wanted to be named with the faithful Old Testament champions when he said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith…”
We have mentally known that for “those who love God…and who are called according to His purpose”, all things work together for their good. We are seeing this daily during these trying times.
We thank you for your willingness to be used by God and your faithfulness in helping us help our national partners help the afraid, hungry and hopeless know that there is a Savior who loves them and who proved it by giving the greatest gift that overshadows all of the past, present and future consequences of a fallen world.
May we be known with the champions of old!
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.
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