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.
He was still a practicing Hindu when he passed away earlier this year. His wife and children follow Jesus and regularly attend the church pastored by ITMI’s Paul in southern India. His wake was a sad affair. Paul’s wife, Molly, described it this way, “all the guests and family came to ridicule the widow and blame the death [of her husband] on her faith as they do here.”
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…
Unfortunately, we can’t tell you what ITMI’s Director, Steve Evers, saw when he visited the Indian village inhabited by people stripped of all value and called “untouchable” by the rest of their countrymen, because many parts of it are too graphic. This is a family-friendly publication. But we can tell you…
“Now, where would you send your splendid choir? To a big concert hall maybe? Or a palace, perhaps? God sent his to a little hillside, outside a little town, in the middle of the night.” The words of the Christmas story as written by Sally Lloyd-Jones in The Jesus Storybook Bible grabbed most of my attention. (The rest, I necessarily allowed to remain on the task of driving.) Through my driver’s side window, I caught a fleeting glimpse of…
“Today was really an eye opener,” Steve wrote from India. “I have never – even in all my travels in Africa, seen anything like what I saw today. I thought to myself, ‘…what has Paul gotten me into?’ “
During this season of giving, we asked ITMI partners to share their heartfelt answers to several questions. May their answers bless and encourage you!
Several of our partners’ kids are grown and choosing to become involved in ministries of their own. Others are choosing to minister alongside their parents! It’s exciting to see a new generation of national workers equipped and ready for ministry!
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.