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ITMI’s David Kumar leads evangelism training for rural believers and pastors, equipping them to have redemptive conversations with people of other faiths in their towns and villages. Pastor Powen attended one of these trainings. In this video, he tells about what the training did for him and others.

As the lockdowns in India lifted slightly over the last two weeks, ITMI partners, Paul and Molly, have

His red checked uniform shirt with blue stripes caught the eye of ITMI’s Taru Kumar as she walked one of the narrow alleys of the slum in Bangalore. It was the shirt all her students wear to attend her school, Deepam primary school.

The six-year-old and his even smaller brother stood behind a low metal pedestal where six very old and rather battered-looking cellular phone cases were laid out.

Pastor Powen Attended David’s Training. Here’s What He Has To Say (Video)

ITMI’s David Kumar leads evangelism training for rural believers and pastors, equipping them to have redemptive conversations with people of other faiths in their towns and villages. Pastor Powen attended one of these trainings. In this video, he tells about what the training did for him and others.

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Our Partners Respond to the Crisis in India with Your Support

As the lockdowns in India lifted slightly over the last two weeks, ITMI partners, Paul and Molly, have

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Hungry Six-Year-Old Sells Scavenged Cell Phone Cases, Hoping to Eat Breakfast

His red checked uniform shirt with blue stripes caught the eye of ITMI’s Taru Kumar as she walked one of the narrow alleys of the slum in Bangalore. It was the shirt all her students wear to attend her school, Deepam primary school.

The six-year-old and his even smaller brother stood behind a low metal pedestal where six very old and rather battered-looking cellular phone cases were laid out.

The pastors Paul meets with regularly to disciple and train via Zoom have been hit hard. Most have no income right now. Their families are hungry.

When word of pandemic-related lockdowns first reached us, it seemed for a moment that many of our partners’ ministries would grind to a halt. Schools that were the main point of contact with needy families would be closed. Churches wouldn’t be able to gather. But quickly, ITMI’s role became clear: help our partners make the most of these God-orchestrated opportunities. Project Joseph was born. 

“They never before had such training and graduation.”   On February 8, ITMI’s David and Taru Kumar left their home in Bangalore, India heading north. They were traveling to the the towns of Ujjini and Ballari as a part of their training program that equips believers to share Jesus with their Muslim friends and neighbors. […]

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Crisis in India

The pastors Paul meets with regularly to disciple and train via Zoom have been hit hard. Most have no income right now. Their families are hungry.

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How the Fleeting Has Led to Lasting Impact

When word of pandemic-related lockdowns first reached us, it seemed for a moment that many of our partners’ ministries would grind to a halt. Schools that were the main point of contact with needy families would be closed. Churches wouldn’t be able to gather. But quickly, ITMI’s role became clear: help our partners make the most of these God-orchestrated opportunities. Project Joseph was born. 

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What David’s Evangelism Trainings in Rural Areas are Like

“They never before had such training and graduation.”   On February 8, ITMI’s David and Taru Kumar left their home in Bangalore, India heading north. They were traveling to the the towns of Ujjini and Ballari as a part of their training program that equips believers to share Jesus with their Muslim friends and neighbors. […]

THE CONTEXT

David and Taru have been called to minister in a Muslim slum in Bangalore, India.

Impoverished and forced out, this group of people have set up an informal settlement next to a dump, where no one else wants to be.

Many of the men squander their meager income, leaving their wives and children with little to nothing.

It's not uncommon for the little that is left - if there is any - to be split between a husband's multiple households that are home to children numbering the double digits.

School is not provided for these children, so their future is not likely to include anything brighter.

Most of the women are forbidden by their husbands to obtain work outside the slum, and there's little industry within it.

 


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A narrow passageway in the slum where David and Taru work.

 

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David and Taru minister to women and children, for whom life in this Indian slum can be unspeakably harsh and oppressive.

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Considered property, many are forbidden to leave the slum or sometimes even their tiny, drab homes.

WHAT YOUR SUPPORT DOES

Reach Muslim Families for Christ

Your support of David and Taru Kumar allows them to continue the ministries of Deepam Center, reaching Muslim families for Christ.

Equip Rural Pastors to Share Jesus with Muslims

Partnership with David and Taru provides for David to travel to rural villages and train pastors and believers how to talk to their Muslim friends and family about Jesus.

Reach a "Closed" Community with the Gospel

David and Taru have been offering hope and love to families in this slum for years, and they have been given unique respect and access to this community that not just anyone has.

Get to Know the Kumars and Their Ministry

Tailoring and Crafting Courses

Taru and other Christian women provide machines and teach the women of the slum to sew. This allows them to earn income without leaving the slum, making a huge the difference for their family's well-being.

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Muslim women learning to sew.

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ITMI's Steve Evers and David share the story of the potter and the clay with the women after they've done their sewing.

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They come to earn income making crafts, but they LOVE the rare opportunity to connect with other women in a way that is acceptable to their husbands.

Deepam Primary School

David and Taru operate a small primary school that prepares children of the slum for future schooling.

They are taught how to hold a pencil, recognize letters and count, but they are also taught about Jesus and that they can call on him. Just participating in organized activities is immensely beneficial. Their parents are thrilled to see how they learn and grow.

Without these experiences, many would begin elementary school having never held a pencil.

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Children's Ministry

During the summer, Taru holds week-long VBS-type outreaches at the Deepam Educational Center. Attendance is highly sought-after by the children of the community and they often have to turn children away.

During the week, the students participate in crafts, stories and games that demonstrate the Biblical principles needed to understand God's plan of salvation.

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Taru with two young girls, proudly displaying their crafts.

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Taru demonstrates the love of Christ to the young children of the slum through VBS. 

A Glimpse Inside VBS With David and Taru

Evangelism Training

Many believers in rural villages are scared and unprepared for how to talk to their Muslim neighbors and community members, much less to discuss the truths of the Gospel.

David has a passion to equip Indian Christians for this. He travels to rural villages and equips pastors there to reach Muslims with the Good News. As a result, many have led their Muslim friends and neighbors to the Lord!

What a Rural Pastor in India Had to Say About David's Training

HISTORY

kumar, feature, indiaDavid and Taru both grew up in orphanages in India.

Taru doesn’t know why her family left her where she grew up when she was a baby.

David’s father worked at the orphanage where he was raised, but was so poor that the orphans were better off than his own children, so they were raised with the orphans.

David and Taru had been living across the dumping ground from a Muslim slum in Bangalore, India for some time.

They had been in a employee-like role with another ministry organization for quite a few years. But around 2015, when the organization wanted to relocate them to Northern India so David could manage something they were doing, David and Taru risked everything and said they couldn’t go.

They knew God had called them to demonstrate and declare the Good News in that Bangalore slum.

For Steve Evers and ITMI, and many of our ITMI nationals, 2020 will go down as an amazing demonstration of God’s power, God’s purpose, and God’s provision. I continue to hear from our nationals that God “really blessed” during the time of fear, hunger, lockdown, virus, uncertainty, over-reaction, under-reaction, and all around worldwide chaos.

David Raj Kumar turned to look at his wife, Taru, as the video call with ITMI Director, Steve Evers, concluded and his face disappeared from the screen of their phone. “Are we really going to do this?” her raised eyebrows said.

The incessant cacophony of vehicle horns and engines. Human voices striving to be heard over the noise of the crowded streets. This is the unsettling accompaniment to the lives of the citizens of the 24th most populous city in the world, Bangalore, or Bangalaru, India. Though this noisy background is life-as-usual for Bangalore’s 12.3 million residents, its effects on human life are considerable. Studies…

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Dear Team: Exciting News from the Kumars’ Second Visit to the Police Precinct!

For Steve Evers and ITMI, and many of our ITMI nationals, 2020 will go down as an amazing demonstration of God’s power, God’s purpose, and God’s provision. I continue to hear from our nationals that God “really blessed” during the time of fear, hunger, lockdown, virus, uncertainty, over-reaction, under-reaction, and all around worldwide chaos.

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Retired Arizona Couple Honors Riot Victims in India

David Raj Kumar turned to look at his wife, Taru, as the video call with ITMI Director, Steve Evers, concluded and his face disappeared from the screen of their phone. “Are we really going to do this?” her raised eyebrows said.

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Construction Complete: A Place of Peace in a Noisy City!

The incessant cacophony of vehicle horns and engines. Human voices striving to be heard over the noise of the crowded streets. This is the unsettling accompaniment to the lives of the citizens of the 24th most populous city in the world, Bangalore, or Bangalaru, India. Though this noisy background is life-as-usual for Bangalore’s 12.3 million residents, its effects on human life are considerable. Studies…

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Finding ways to reach people during lockdown

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For a go-getter like Taru Kumar, whose feet grass wouldn’t dare grow under, being forced to close their ministry center in Modi Road Muslim slum by the government due to concerns of COVID-19 was not ideal….