This article was originally published in the February 2024 edition of ITMI Monthly.
ITMI’s Mark Parris is the pastor of Durbanville Community Church (DCC) and an ITMI partner.
We are constantly amazed at how God is building His church where we serve. We thank God for adding 20 new members last month. Many of them have come to faith recently. Maryke told how she grew up being dropped off at Sunday School when she was a little girl.
She knew the stories of the Bible and that Christians were to live differently, but as hard as she tried to be good, she kept failing. She eventually gave up and just followed the crowd.
Years later, she was invited to DCC (Durbanville Community Church) and she was surprised at how normal the people were. She kept hearing that she didn’t have to earn God’s approval and that God’s grace was greater than her sin. She said that she felt the welcome of God in the way the church welcomed her.
She understood grace for the first time and now she is living daily with faith in Jesus Christ.
Maryke was baptized as we celebrated God’s kindness to her and many others. The church enjoyed a braai (barbecue) and the children had a blast with the water slide and jumping castles. We encourage as many opportunities as possible for the church to gather and celebrate God’s faithfulness.
Thank you for partnering with godly nationals like Mark, so that well-equipped, godly leaders like him can devote their time to shepherding God’s people in a Biblical way. This kind of leadership is wildly valuable for the growth and discipleship of God’s people.
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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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