As bags of food were handed to them, they couldn’t hide the gratitude in their eyes. And though they were masked, the masks couldn’t hide the smiles of relief that came from knowing they’d be alright for the weeks ahead. Or the joy triggered by being remembered and cared for.
Encouraging Words and Verses from ITMI Partners
Our partners have been reaching out and sharing some truly encouraging verses and thoughts with regard to the Coronavirus pandemic. Their unique perspectives and experiences plus a variety of cultural backgrounds means they’ve shared encouragement we may not have thought to remind ourselves of.
On the Spot in Zambia featuring Kent Reisenauer (Podcast Episode)
In this episode, Kent Reisenauer is telling us all about his last trip to South Africa and Zambia.
He’s talking about visiting Johan and Lesley not long after their home burned down, delivering pillowcase dresses and knitted hats from some US churches to remote villages across the Zambezi River, the progress and impact of Eugene Kalunga’s village school, what happened when Eugene put him on the spot to share something with the students at Excellence Christian Academy, and the baptisms of new Zulu believers he got to witness in South Africa.
Eugene’s Dream is Closer to Reality! (and 3 reasons that’s a big deal.)
The kids who live in Lumbemba, a remote village in Zambia, are getting very excited. Soon, they’ll be able to go to school right inside their own village! But, most likely, they don’t even know some of the most exciting things about this future village school.
“The Teachers at ECA are So Encouraging…”
In 2015, the CIA estimated that 54.4% of Zambians live below the poverty line. Children living in poverty are more likely to experience illness due to unsafe water and poor sanitation and malnutrition. They are also more likely to be unable to attend school and finish their education.
Dear Team: Beneath the Runaround, God is in Control.
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.
Photos: Visiting our Zambian Partners
We wanted to share a few snapshots of our time in Zambia. Thanks for praying us there and back! -Steve and Kent
Too Giddy to Discipline
“I am too happy and I cannot discipline you!” she told the students. What made normally very restrained and professional teachers too giddy to discipline their students? Find out more…
Just in Time
After three long days of labor, Laizah was experiencing complications and still had not given birth. The doctor ordered a C-section procedure. “If you don’t have money, they usually use student doctors or nurses to do the operation,” her husband, Cozmore, explains.
A Thrilling New Project Takes Shape Before Your Eyes!
Seeing new things being constructed is thrilling. The formation of something new holds a myriad of possibilities to ignite our imaginations. But the construction of this building is scintillating because of the hope it represents.