“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…
For most of the women living in the Modi Road area of Bangalore, India, a slum many call “Little Pakistan” because its population is 95% Muslim, life is a struggle to put food on the table. The women and children are, in a way, trapped. As women, they aren’t permitted to leave the slum to work. So they are forced to depend on their husbands.
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.
“Perhaps it’s hard to believe, (or understand) but the misuse and wrong interpretation of the Bible often leads to domestic neglect and abuse in India,” writes our partner, Molly. Molly continues…”
“Lord, I know you are telling us to share you with the people in my village. But they are Muslims. I don’t know how to talk to them. We want to obey, please help us!” This was the prayer of a small, simple village church in rural India. They knew the Lord was telling them to share the Good News with their friends and neighbors. They really wanted to obey. But they were overwhelmed and afraid.
It was a text you wouldn’t want to receive. The photos that came with it provided visual confirmation of the news.
The kids were lining up in the narrow dusty “streets” of Modi Road slum in Bangalore, India in anticipation. The sweltering heat didn’t deter them, though there wasn’t much shade. Why? They were waiting for…
This month, I felt led to share with you this need for teach-ability. God can use anyone and anything to get our attention and grow us to a level that only He knows we are intended for.