This article was originally published in the May 2021 edition of ITMI Monthly.
We see riots in the streets. We experience injustice and anti-Biblical rhetoric not monthly, but even hourly.
We see people being shot and killed. We see what society looks like when God gives man what they seemingly most want…a God-less society. (Romans 1:18-24)
Yet we know that there is no such thing as a God-less society.
Man will always elevate something that they can chase and worship. This is not new. It has been with us since Adam and Eve believed the serpent when he said, “you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Gen 3: 5)
Pastor Robert J. Morgan, in his book, On This Day in Christian History, shares this:
“Paul rightly warned of those who only pretend to be apostles of Christ.
Some of them, wrapped in religious robes, have been diabolical beyond belief. Take the Inquisitors, for example…[who were] authorized by the medieval church to uproot heresy.
In 1252, Pope Innocent IV allowed the use of torture, and the Inquisition soon became the most ‘terrible engine of oppression that the mind of man or devil ever conceived.’ ”
Those with “eyes to see and ears to hear” can grasp the wave that is now overtaking our own United States. We have pushed God out of our schools, our politics and unfortunately, many of our churches.
We are seeing displays of ungodliness and mental, emotional and spiritual blindness that is beyond profound into the realm of shocking.
Again, unfortunately, these debase and godless people and their evil actions have been lived and experienced for generations if not centuries in the places that ITMI has been called to work.
There is no “fairness”, no “mercy”, no grace and love in many of the daily lives lived out each and every day by the precious faces you see each month in our In Touch Mission International Monthly newsletter.
We choose not to show you all the faces and situations that ITMI and our partners see and experience far too frequently.
We can and will continue to share with you that we have, by God’s provision and grace, been brought into the lives of faraway national Christian brothers and sisters who love the Lord and who faithfully serve Him by reaching out to and meeting the needs of the hurting and most needy in their times of pain and want.
Last month we lost one of these precious servants: Pastor Samusole Kayombo Collins.
He was known by most as Pastor Colin. Pastor Colin was a faithful partner of Johan Leach out on the plains near the Zambezi river, ministering to the broken and isolated mud hut villages inhabited by the Luvale people.
Pastor Colin has dealt with and ministered in the midst of great poverty, great evil spiritism, great fear and even greater hopelessness. He did it all with a calmness and faithfulness that belied the challenges that he had, even in his own life and family.
Pastor Colin knew his Savior and he knew that God was the only way to peace and freedom and he desperately wanted his people to know his God.
Pastor Colin was working with the team that Johan Leach put together to translate the SALT material into Luvale one morning last month. Later that day they found Pastor Colin laying on the floor of his home mostly unresponsive and he stepped into Glory before they could get him to the local missionary hospital.
Colin leaves behind his dear wife Matilda, three children and one grandchild, as well as the much-loved church he pastored.
Pastor Colin with his wife, Matilda.
Pray for Pastor Colin’s family as they have lost the breadwinner of the family, for his church as they now need to find someone to step into this very large set of ministry shoes, and for Johan Leach as he has lost a very dear brother and much-poured-into partner in ministry.
We at ITMI would also ask that you stand with us in prayer, seeking God’s wisdom and guidance in all that we do, and if you are so led, partner with us in helping our nationals stand up against the godlessness that plagues their homelands as well as ours.
Thank you and blessings…
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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