It was pure chaos. On a warm summer night in southern India, ITMI’s Paul and his wife, Molly, were in the heart of one of the toughest slums in the city with their 23 children. Youth of all ages from the slum in southern India were shouting at the makeshift stage, their hands waving high in the air. There were thousands of them, packed into every crevice and cranny. On a previous occasion in this same slum, leaders from Paul’s church invited the locals to a similar outreach. It ended with a gang of youth threatening to throw stones at them! But this time…it was different.
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.
Each unit in these numbers represents a life. A life that is highly valued by his or her Creator. A combination of physical attributes, personality, convictions, thoughts, feelings and spirit that is delighted in by the One who lovingly orchestrated each part to create the masterpiece that is each person. If the number were ONE, that is worth celebrating joyfully! So, multiply that joy by each number as you read them and join us in celebrating the lives He is touching…
It was Christmas morning. The people of Paul and Molly’s church, Harvest Bible Chapel were together for a Christmas breakfast and service. The family of God called happy greetings to one another as they enjoyed breakfast together. Laughter filled the room. Smiles were everywhere.
During this season of giving, we asked ITMI partners to give you their heartfelt answers to several questions. These are from Paul and Molly in India. May their answers bless and encourage you!
“I have two different infections. One is pseudomonas and the other is MSSA”, Phil texted me after we returned from our India trip. Pastor Phil McKeown went to battle the spiritual blindness in India and Nepal and yet on a physical level, he realistically could have fought his last fight.
It was the morning 100 Indian pastors and their wives had looked forward to with anticipation for a long time. But things weren’t going as planned.
I want to be one of these boys. I don’t know their names, but I know their actions. They are probably like most any boy who lives in Zimbabwe today. Loves to play football (soccer), gets into mischief, wishes for a chance to go to school, and goes to bed hungry way more than they want and way more than we experience here in the States. I still want to be one of them.
Piotr gets some unexpected news, Charl has an exciting announcement, Paul and Molly celebrate summer outreaches, K5N is sending a team to Bulgaria this month, and now’s the time to schedule a meet-up with Timothy Keller for this fall!
If you wandered along the narrow corridors that serve as “streets” for foot-traffic only in a rough slum in a city on the other side of the world, you might see some shocking sights. If you were to traverse into the heart of this area, you’d see…