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.”
These are not families who have pantries full of supplies from Costco. These are people who leave their homes each morning in hopes that they will earn a few cents to purchase food for that day. Not being able to leave means not being able to eat.
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.
“It shouldn’t hurt this bad,” read the text message from India. The text came almost three weeks after Mark Burritt and I accompanied ITMI’s David and Taru Kumar to the funeral of Taru’s “mother.” Taru shared that she is deeply hurting and struggling to sleep. Taru’s “mom” came to rural India as a 30+ year old Australian missionary. She spent the last 60+ years loving on and raising up homeless, orphaned Indian girls. Margaret Williams was 94 years old when she was called to her real home.
During this season of giving, we asked ITMI partners to share their heartfelt answers to several questions. May their answers bless and encourage you!
Divyashree’s dark eyes were turned slightly upward toward the middle-aged man who sat facing her. They were missing the sparkle you’d expect for her tender age…