It was a text you wouldn’t want to receive. The photos that came with it provided visual confirmation of the news.
He was just five when tragedy struck his family. They lived in rural Romania, where many work their fingers to the bone to eek out a living for their families. When Marius’ mother passed away, his father, an alcoholic, couldn’t care for Marius and his two sisters.
At the end of March, a young couple from Arizona did something many wouldn’t. Especially not with four school-aged kids. Jonny and Carrie Dekkers sold most of their possessions, rented out their home in Arizona and traveled to Zambia, where they plan to stay in a rustic abode, hours from any real grocery stores for six months. Last weekend, Jonny shared this story that demonstrates some of the challenges of working in this area and what the Lord taught him and his family.
The kids were lining up in the narrow dusty “streets” of Modi Road slum in Bangalore, India in anticipation. The sweltering heat didn’t deter them, though there wasn’t much shade. Why? They were waiting for…
This month, I felt led to share with you this need for teach-ability. God can use anyone and anything to get our attention and grow us to a level that only He knows we are intended for.
He was still a practicing Hindu when he passed away earlier this year. His wife and children follow Jesus and regularly attend the church pastored by ITMI’s Paul in southern India. His wake was a sad affair. Paul’s wife, Molly, described it this way, “all the guests and family came to ridicule the widow and blame the death [of her husband] on her faith as they do here.”
There’s a lot of reasons ITMI’s Daria and Viorel Pop shouldn’t have devoted the last couple decades to caring for disabled elderly widows. The Pops appear to be an ordinary Romanian couple living in Arad, Romania. …
“We spent this past weekend officiating a funeral, which is normal for our ministry team to do once – sometimes twice each month. It has even happened, a few times, where there’s two in one weekend.”
The decision to leave their home in Ukraine was a tough one. Vladamir was a lawyer. He and his wife, Julia, were raising three sons. Starting a new life somewhere else meant their sons would leave their school and their friends, for a new school in a new language. It meant Vladamir would be starting over with the career he’d worked to build. It meant they wouldn’t live in their home, the country they’d lived in all their lives. They’d be away from their people. Their family. Their friends.
After narrowly escaping arrest in South Sudan, many might decide not to go back. But a return mission trip to Uganda and South Sudan is currently in the works for ITMI’s Steve Evers and Kent Reisenauer. Why risk entering a corrupt third world country where you can get arrested for recording a video interview with a friend at her house? Simply stated, the benefits are far-reaching and numerous.