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.
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.
God has definitely given ITMI’s Paul and Molly more than they can handle! Paul and Molly are raising, educating and providing for 23 children. On a missionary pastor’s income. In the slums of India. Yeah, that’s more than they can handle. And God keeps using it to point to His goodness and tender care for these most treasured girls.
A gruff voice announced, “Surprise inspection!” as a government official pounded on the door of the home where Paul and Molly’s girls live in Southern India.
It’s been a season of trial for ITMI partners, Paul and Molly, as well as for their entire church and city. In December, a cyclone caused flooding and water as deep as 7 feet in some areas. Many faced great loss.
ITMI partners, Paul and Molly are serving in India alongside Paul’s family of national Christian workers. Together the family operates a sports ministry for impoverished youth from the slums, after-school tutoring centers as well as training local pastors and shepherding a total of 3 churches – a mother and two daughter church plants.
Thank you for carrying these burdens with us! Paul had a huddle with our oldest girls yesterday (9,10 and 11). They are asking many questions about their births now.
Visualize a place, an excessively hot, sticky, humid place with 1.3 billion people crammed together who are empowered by generations upon generations’ permissions to judge and even openly oppress those around you who don’t happen to be like you.
Frequent kidnappings. Drugs freely available to all. Sub-par academics. Untruths taught about the world. These are the educational guarantees of the Indian government schools in the part of India where ITMI partners, Paul and Molly live and minister. The private Hindu school is God’s provision for their 19 rescued and loved daughters, and Paul and Molly are incredibly thankful to be able to send their girls to a nearby school. In contrast with government schools, it’s the best thing available.
What is it like to be one of Paul and Molly’s girls? Where do they live? What do they like? Where do they go to school, and how do they get there?