Many years ago, I was given this well-worn bit of experiential wisdom by an old-timer, “…don’t discuss religion and politics….” I hope to follow that advice and to discuss neither in my musings this month. I am reminded, however, of…
“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.
In part 3, Charl and Steve Evers are chatting about a practicing witch’s observation of the power of the ministry in Stone Hill, what happened when one of the believing young men in Stone Hill was commanded by his fathers to make a sacrifice to his ancestors, the surprising response of youth in Stone Hill when invited out to lunch after their wrestling competition, and three things we can hold up in prayer for Charl and his ministry.
During this season of giving, we asked ITMI partners to share their heartfelt answers to several questions. May their answers bless and encourage you!
In Part 2 of Steve’s interview with ITMI’s Charl van Wyk, Charl tells some wonderful and uplifting stories about the observed difference the Gospel makes in the lives of African believers, plus one teacher’s interesting observation about her believing students that may (but really shouldn’t) surprise us, and where Charl was and what he was doing when an outreach almost started a riot – and how he escaped.
In this episode, ITMI Director, Steve Evers is interviewing our South African partner, Charl van Wyk. He’s not pulling punches or sugarcoating the truth, he’s telling it just like it is.
Charl shares some unbelievable stories of what life is like in South Africa right now, including…
Allow me to share with you a testimony from Muhindo Kawede, our partner in Uganda. I hope you can read between the lines and experience some of the challenges he had and the unfairness directed at him by church leaders in the Congo when he “spoke the truth in love” to them.
Kent and the team then loaded up into a four-wheel-drive vehicle and transported the vehicle on a barge across the massive Zambezi River so that the former architect and project manager could see first-hand the water well drilling in the extremely remote and equally needy villages.
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.
ITMI’s Steve Evers and Kent Reisenauer tell us all about their time in South Sudan, including: How they managed to get in and stay out of trouble, our partners’ “secret” of how they manage to stay spiritually healthy in the midst of trauma, how Steve met Vicky after being stranded in South Sudan years ago, a jaw-dropping story from Lazarus’ past, and three ways anyone can partner with Vicky and Lazarus to make a big difference for suffering victims of tribal violence.