This article was originally published in the March 2023 edition of ITMI Monthly.
"Our staff was in tears as he was sharing from the Word of God."
After his time in Pakistan, Steve trekked to Bangalore, India to visit our partners, David and Taru Kumar, and their ministry for women and children in Modi Road slum at Deepam Center.
Modi Road is known for its dense Muslim population. The women and children living there endure harsh, difficult conditions, and staggering poverty. Many live in shacks or lean-tos.
One mother mentioned in Steve’s hearing how grateful she is that Deepam provides breakfast and lunch because her children don’t eat at home. This may be a financial issue in some cases, but David and Taru say this is because the fathers typically require the food to be so spicy that children avoid eating it.
Steve interacts with the students as they sit down for their breakfast drink.
Deepam students enjoy a nutrition shake for breakfast during their school day at Deepam.
While visiting, Steve sat down with the preschool-aged students at Deepam Center and shared the story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den. They got to gather around and roar like lions as they learned from Daniel’s story to stand up for what is right, trust God more than fear man, and rest in God’s provision and protection.
Steve tells the story of Daniel and the Lion's Den.
David reports, “We are very happy to have Steve with us. …He enjoyed his time with the children at Deepam Center. He was welcomed with the placing of a shawl on his shoulders and a flower garland around his neck. This morning we had a time of devotion with our staff at our home.
Steve brought the Word of God, ‘God's strength can be trusted.’ Our staff was in tears as he was sharing from the Word of God. It has been a great time of fellowship.”
Please understand, as David does, that Steve is a representative of all ITMI supporters. The shawl of honor, he accepts it on your behalf. The garland of flowers is symbolically around Steve’s neck, embodying the thankfulness everyone at Deepam has for your partnership with them in sharing Jesus in Bangalore.
The students were very proud of their academic work.
ITMI's Taru Kumar shares a Bible story with the students.
More Stories from Steve's Visit to Asia
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Summer Kelley is a writer and follower of Jesus living in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband and three kids. She’s had the honor and privilege of telling ITMI’s stories since 2006. Summer loves reading, the outdoors, and Coca-Cola Classic.
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 […]
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