During this season of giving, we asked ITMI partners to share their heartfelt answers to several questions. May their answers bless and encourage you!
Most people would have panicked. It wasn’t good news…
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!
“I’m sorry. We’re closed,” said Dr. Kuhn as he locked the doors to the Medical Clinic. The man who had approached him as he was leaving had said his son had a headache. It had been a long day for Dr. Kuhn, and he was ready to get home. He turned to walk away. But the story doesn’t end there.
Sunlight falling from the wide, blue sky above the hills of Zulu Natal, South Africa glinted from the water as it tumbled from the small spigot into the black plastic 5-gallon bucket. The community water source is atop one of the many steep hills that envelope this Zulu settlement. From the high vantage point, the surrounding bubbly terrain stretches to the horizon. Traversing the hills is tough, even for the young.But for the elderly to do it while carrying full buckets of water is…
When 11th grader, Rea, handed in his report, the teacher blurted, “This is not your project! You’ve never done anything like this before!” Rea hadn’t cheated, but his spirits weren’t dampened…
The trip began with an airplane fire over the ocean and a vehicle robbery. Not exactly how you’d choose to begin a 4 week trek through South Africa and Zambia.
“When I pass away, I want Mr. Smith to bury me.” It took a great deal of courage for Mrs. Khawula to share this with just one member of her family. Mrs. Khawula’s health was failing. She had HIV. The elderly Zulu woman contracted the deadly virus bathing her daughter each day without gloves.
Gerhard and Elmane le Roux have 10 children in their care. You read that right. 10. They have as many adopted and fostered children as biological children. Most recently, they added an orphaned set of twins – a boy and a girl – to their brood of 8. Being joyfully willing to accept responsibility for a life is always an extension of God’s love and provision, and an exercise of faith.
I had to stop short when I read it. “If God can turn night into day, He can turn your burden into a blessing.”