“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.
Allow me to share with you a testimony from Muhindo Kawede, our partner in Uganda. I hope you can read between the lines and experience some of the challenges he had and the unfairness directed at him by church leaders in the Congo when he “spoke the truth in love” to them.
It has been a challenging couple of months. Not so much for what has happened to me personally, but what has been placed in the lap of those that I love and care for.
What struck me in this particular slum – where at least 30% of the residents are refugees from Kawede’s homeland – was that the people live in such filthy conditions, it’s hard to describe.
It was a short video, and was a tad grainy, but it showed clearly what challenges the people of rural India, and as a matter of fact, the rest of the world live under.The video was sent to me by our partner Paul in India. If we could show you the video it would show…
The call took almost an hour. Fifty-six minutes to be exact. Taru had headed to the bank for the fairly normal task of withdrawing the funds graciously given to help them live and care for women and children of the local Muslim slum. But she was met with something unexpected when she arrived.
ITMI’s Adi and Ema Ban just completed a long weekend marriage and family conference, not in their home country of Romania, but in a Romanian community in Spain. Adi tells me that there are many thousands of Romanians in Spain. He chuckled as he told me that the neighborhood that he and Ema ministered in felt like a part of Romania as everyone, even those casual bystanders walking down the street, conversed in his mother tongue. What surprised Adi and Ema…
On Piotr Zaremba’s recent trip to visit the Polish residents of Chicago and New York City, he noticed something interesting. More than once, he heard people muse out loud, “…it really says that…that’s what that meant?” Many more flashed facial expressions that seemed to be communicating a similar sentiment.
On my last two trips to South Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and South Africa, and in my discussions with our Indian partners, I was told numerous times that…
Author Rob Slane wrote,”Through his words, character, and behavior, each and every father is constantly speaking to his children about the Father. And he will either be speaking the truth or telling a lie to his children about the Father.” I’m excited to share that in the coming months, we will highlight how the influence of the “fathers” of ITMI, while serving faithfully in their mission fields, is being shown by the next generation of ministry family…their kids! We will share how the kids we’ve all watched grow up, are launching off in ministries themselves.