This article was originally published in the July 2021 edition of ITMI Monthly.
A disheveled man that probably was not as old as the years he carried on his body and face, holding a cardboard sign that simply stated, “Ever feel invisible?”
It has been very hot in Arizona the last couple of weeks. How does 118 degrees sound to you?
If you are having a challenge really understanding what 118 degrees is like, we have a solution for you. In the event that you want to share in our current environmental oven, turn your oven on, let it warm up and then open the door and put your face as close as you dare to the escaping heat.
My vehicle’s outside temperature gauge displayed 133 degrees after being parked in the sun for a couple of hours.
Just this morning as I exited the freeway that leads to our ITMI office, there stood at the intersection a disheveled man that probably was not as old as the years he carried on his body and face, holding a cardboard sign that simply stated, “Ever feel invisible?”
These three simple words, “Ever feel invisible?” together shout far more than they could ever communicate separately.
Maybe the desolation of the heat, the political debauchery, hunger, hopelessness, or just confusion with life, leads one to feel invisible and uncared for.
ITMI’s Project Joseph has been a great vehicle to shine a light on those that are in need of the basic necessity of food.
Not only physical, but emotional food that allows one to then serve a good portion of spiritual food. People who might never hear about the hope-inducing person of Jesus, are now connecting physical care with Jesus’ desire to provide spiritual care.
Please continue to pray for each of our projects that are actively involved in Project Joseph. We ask that God would lead them to just the very people that HE wants His love and truth to be given to.
Charl van Wyk in South Africa is such a visionary. He strives to follow all the opportunities presented to him and his team. South Africa is being locked down again and even being isolated and ostracized by airlines and other countries due to South Africa’s inability to control the current virus issues.
Charl and his team continue to minister through these roadblocks and meet the needs of those who are looking…to not be invisible. Charl is trying to use any and every opportunity to show the lost that they don’t have to be, because to our God, no one is invisible.
Charl's project leader, Cozmore, during a Project Joseph outreach in Zimbabwe.
Charl needs our prayers as South Africa’s health, politics and culture continue to decline.
Charl tells us that his financial bookkeeper prodded him to be careful leaving any funds in his bank account as there is a real concern that the government could come in and confiscate any financial reserves. This level of interference is not unheard of. These real possibilities make life more complicated for our South African partners.
They are committed to using donated funds just as intended by the donor, yet, in Africa, sometimes the wheels of progress move very slowly requiring wisdom and willingness to intentionally delay a project until it is ready to be completed.
Pray for us as we seek to help Charl with these specific and unique challenges.
In closing, we hope you know that your help and sacrifice for ITMI and our many faithful partners has done more to reverse the plight of invisible-ness than we could ever fully communicate.
People are seeing that God sees them and that they are not invisible. Together, we are the conduit, the hands and feet of God’s wonderful and always sufficient comfort and care.
Blessings and much love from faraway places.
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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