When word of pandemic-related lockdowns first reached us, it seemed for a moment that many of our partners’ ministries would grind to a halt. Schools that were the main point of contact with needy families would be closed. Churches wouldn’t be able to gather. But quickly, ITMI’s role became clear: help our partners make the most of these God-orchestrated opportunities. Project Joseph was born.
“They never before had such training and graduation.” On February 8, ITMI’s David and Taru Kumar left their home in Bangalore, India heading north. They were traveling to the the towns of Ujjini and Ballari as a part of their training program that equips believers to share Jesus with their Muslim friends and neighbors. […]
For Steve Evers and ITMI, and many of our ITMI nationals, 2020 will go down as an amazing demonstration of God’s power, God’s purpose, and God’s provision. I continue to hear from our nationals that God “really blessed” during the time of fear, hunger, lockdown, virus, uncertainty, over-reaction, under-reaction, and all around worldwide chaos.
David Raj Kumar turned to look at his wife, Taru, as the video call with ITMI Director, Steve Evers, concluded and his face disappeared from the screen of their phone. “Are we really going to do this?” her raised eyebrows said.
The incessant cacophony of vehicle horns and engines. Human voices striving to be heard over the noise of the crowded streets. This is the unsettling accompaniment to the lives of the citizens of the 24th most populous city in the world, Bangalore, or Bangalaru, India. Though this noisy background is life-as-usual for Bangalore’s 12.3 million residents, its effects on human life are considerable. Studies…
Because of the overwhelming generosity and compassion of ITMI donors, we are gearing up for another round of provision-enabled Gospel delivery by our partners! Meanwhile, Charl van Wyk and his team are…
For a go-getter like Taru Kumar, whose feet grass wouldn’t dare grow under, being forced to close their ministry center in Modi Road Muslim slum by the government due to concerns of COVID-19 was not ideal….
His name was Frederick Antony Ravi Kumar Zacharias. We all knew him as Ravi Zacharias. A short portion from Ravi’s official obituary reads, “Zacharias’s great-great-great-grandmother shocked her Nambudiri family, the highest caste of the Hindu priesthood, by converting to Christianity. With conversion came a new surname, Zacharias, and a new path that started her descendants on a road to the Christian faith.”
In this episode, ITMI’s Mark Burritt and Steve Evers tell the story of Taru’s unusual bus ride. Our partner, Tara, was riding the bus to the slum where she ministers when she noticed a young woman looking at her strangely, and Steve reveals why. Plus, Steve and Mark reflect on their visit to the slum where David and Taru minister, and Steve reveals will never get to visit David’s ministry in remote villages.
In this episode, ITMI’s Mark Burritt and Steve Evers share about their last visit with our partners in India. Mark shares what he noticed as a first time visitor to India, and Steve shares something most people don’t know.