The Need

Feature, Muslim boy, David and Taru, IndiaDavid and Taru have been called to 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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One "street" in David and Taru's Muslim slum.

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A temple in Bangalore.

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Bangalore's commercial district.

Description

David and Taru have been ministering in this context for years. They have loved the community so well, that they are welcomed and respected in this "closed" community. 

They have a small ministry facility in the slum, which they use to help and bless the community.

Sewing Ministry for Women

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. This makes all the difference for their family's well-being. 

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Muslim women learning to sew.

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David and Taru, India, sewing

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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.

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 a letter and count. Just participating in organized activities is immensely beneficial. Their parents are thrilled to see how they learn and grow.

David and Taru have purchased uniforms for the children, which they wear proudly. 

The children have been known to suggest their family pray before a meal, since they were taught to do so at school.

Children's Ministry

Taru provides activities for the youth, such as crafts and stories. They are often demonstrations of the Gospel, helping the children learn a truth about God. 

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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. 

Evangelism Training

Many are scared and unprepared for how to talk to their Muslim neighbors and community members.

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. 

 

History

David 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.

Goals

  • Demonstrate the love of Christ to as many people from the Muslim slum as possible.
  • Declare and demonstrate the Good News in a marginalized area.

Needs

  • Transportation for the children who complete their school to a school outside the slum that will take them.
  • Support for David and Taru.
  • Prayer warriors lifting up David, Taru, their helpers and those they minister to.  

Latest News

Sometimes We Wait on God for 400 Years. But this Time…

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Sometimes we are asked to wait on God’s timing longer than we’d like. Israel waited on God to rescue them from slavery in Egypt for 400 years. This time, God did something different.

Dear Team: Greetings from Bangalore, India

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Taru called one girl up front and asked her if she loved the clay pot she’d just painted beautifully. The girl gushed. “Do you think it is beautiful?” Thru asked. The girl glowed. Then Taru did something unexpected.