When many of you began supporting the Bans in their important contribution to Romanian society years ago, you probably wouldn’t have guessed what big things the Lord would do with your sincere sacrifices, placed in His hands.
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…
The day of the Project Christmas Blessing event dawned with dark clouds hanging low over the grassy hills of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, promising to live up to the ominous weather predicted by the local meteorologists. The government had even issued an announcement that schools must release students early, so they could traverse the dirt paths over the area’s steeply graded hills before the heavy rain and lightning made it too dangerous. But the event could not be rescheduled. It was today or never, so…
“There’s no life in gangsterism – what you see on the outside is not what you get on the inside, I gained nothing out of it except a criminal record, pain and regrets.” Vuyo Anta pounded the side of his hand into his other open, flat hand for emphasis.
Aaruchi is a widow. She keeps herself and her daughter alive by washing clothes for her neighbors. How had she managed to buy 19 dresses and accumulate around $100 in cash?
Many years ago, Maja* was invited to a Baptist Church in her city, Kalisz, Poland. She did not accept the invitation…at least not right away. Fast forward quite a few years. Jakub*, Maja’s son…
“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.
Hannah and Peter are optometrists in Poznan, Poland. But for the last 10 years, they’ve done more than serve their patients well through ordinary careers. Ten years ago, ITMI’s Richard and Brooke Nungesser helped Peter and Hannah go from “ordinary to extraordinary” through the ministry of the Bread of Life Foundation.
When Jim LaRose returned home after serving at a weeklong summer camp for youth, an email was waiting for him, and it meant big changes.
The kids who live in Lumbemba, a remote village in Zambia, are getting very excited. Soon, they’ll be able to go to school right inside their own village! But, most likely, they don’t even know some of the most exciting things about this future village school.