His response was so unexpected that ITMI’s Director, Steve Evers, re-stated the question. “Would you like to be an ITMI partner?”Most people jump at such an offer. But not Lazarus.
“Catch a flight out of South Sudan as soon as possible.” I was looking at a few-day-old communique from the US Government containing that warning for any Americans who might find themselves in South Sudan. There was even an offer to US citizens who “are unable to get a flight out, contact us and we will assist.” I was scheduled to be on a flight to South Sudan that very week.
It seems like someone who had “seen absolutely everything” as a daily taxi conductor, absolutely didn’t know what to do. He had probably never seen this done before – especially from a “white” stranger. The other passengers watched the “white guy” anyway, but now they turned their eyes to my exchange with the conductor with intensity and interest.
As 2016 begins, a theme in the stories I’m getting from the field of late is that God knows and sees everything…He is important, He is listening and He is ahead of us. As John Piper says, “God is always doing 10,000 things and usually we are aware of only 3-4 of them.”
What is the Seven Areas of Life Training (SALT) material, why is it so great, and why translate it into Arabic? Find the answers here.
ITMI’s Jahim Buli shares the following with us as he continues to see God’s hand of leading and provision as the new church ministers in the stressed and overwhelmed country.
This article first appeared in the March 2015 edition of ITMI Monthly. Why do we feed the poor? They stink. Why do we care for widows and orphans? They have diseases and miseries of every kind. Why do we go to dangerous and semi-closed countries to evangelize and disciple the persecuted? We could get a […]
It was difficult to think clearly with the blaring of recorded Hindu prayers from the room-sized sound system situated amid the ornate white trimmings and sculptures of the three story lime green Hindu temple that is directly across the narrow lane from Paul’s home church. This sound system had but one mission, and that was to cause God’s people in Paul’s church to suffer as much as possible.