This article was originally published in the August 2023 edition of ITMI Monthly.
“Most humans will suffer hyperthermia after 10 minutes in extremely humid, 140-degree-Fahrenheit (60-degrees-Celsius) heat.”
The little LED display on the dash of my 2004 Toyota Highlander confirmed the reality I already knew. The display was showing the current temperature inside my vehicle - 146 degrees Fahrenheit.
Natalie Wolchover, in her article “What are the limits of Human Survival?”, (August 09, 2012, Lifescience.com) shared this bit of heat-related information, “Most humans will suffer hyperthermia after 10 minutes in extremely humid, 140-degree-Fahrenheit (60-degrees-Celsius) heat.”
Thankfully, in less than 10 minutes with as many of the air conditioning vents pointed directly at me as possible, I was in a balmy 119-degree driving environment. Summertime in Phoenix is notoriously hot. The Valley of the Sun is now on its record-breaking 19th day of above 110 degrees.
The forecast is that we will see the record go to 30 days above 110 degrees. At the dinner table, Darlene and I genuinely give thanks for the air conditioning and its continued operation every day.
A sacrificial choice: baking in Onseepkans
ITMI’s Gerhard le Roux in the far northern Cape of South Africa, amongst the dry silty soil and massive heat-absorbing rock formations, regularly see 117-degree temperatures in their summer months. The thing is, they exist, as do most of the community, with little to no “air-con,” as they would call it.
The le Roux’s Daily Bread Bakery ovens combine with the outside heat in a recipe for daily heat challenges. The Daily Bread Bakery is one of the outreaches the le Rouxs have found effective in creating opportunities to interact with people from the community, pray with them, and interject Jesus into conversations about matters of the heart.
Although the heat creates significant challenges, the le Roux family models faithfulness over and over as they humbly serve the community with whatever tools or food God provides. Gerhard and his family choose to stay in this “oven” of a community in order to be obedient to where God has called them and where the need is great.
A new outreach launches!
Abid, our emerging partner in Pakistan, was beside himself this last week. His excitement was palpable. He couldn’t update me fast enough over the WhatsApp face-to-face video call. His excitement was for the following week when he was planning the official launch of the ITMI Goat Project in his area of Pakistan.
The project goals and processes were all laid out on paper. The potential goat recipients had been interviewed, vetted, and selected. The type of goat best for this project had been investigated and identified. The training, both in goat husbandry and in Biblical principles of finance, was sufficiently completed.
The only thing left to do was bring all the family leaders who would receive a goat together and have them place their “X” on an agreement, a contract to raise this pair of goats in a way that is honoring to the Lord and to bring glory to God for His provision of this gift.
For some, being a Christian in Pakistan can be a sentence of slavery, poverty, life-long abuse, and inability to feed your family adequately.
With an “asset” like a pair of goats, a family provider and their dependents can taste what hope feels like.
They can experience ownership and the sense of purpose that it brings. They can, maybe for the first time in generations, experience what it means to see a future. They can encounter God’s provision and blessing.
Choosing to stay
Abid, Gerhard, and their families choose to stay in environments that many would prefer to escape so that they can share the love of Jesus and the truth of the Gospel plan.
Both these men and all of the ITMI partners wish they could look you in the eye and possibly hug you as a means of sharing the gratitude that comes from being able to continue to share God’s truth and redemption story.
All of ITMI’s partners, including myself, relish opportunities to be welcomed into your homes, groups, Sunday schools, and churches to share behind-the-scenes details and God stories.
If you have an opening for one of us to meet and encourage, please contact me or our office, and we’ll schedule a time of sharing and rejoicing in what our Father can do and is doing within the faithfulness of His servants.
We couldn’t do what we do without each of you and your commitment to standing with us in prayer and support. Allow me to say a heartfelt and enthusiastic “Thank You!”
In His Service,
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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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