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We asked our partners to share some of the ways Jesus’ kingdom was advanced this year. We hope you are encouraged by their answers and the special messages they have for you!

“After many days, we slept well,” Sayida told ITMI’s Taru Kumar, mustering a gentle half-smile.

Taru Kumar thought Rahman* was crying because he did not want to come to school that day. …

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Merry Christmas From Your ITMI Partners!

We asked our partners to share some of the ways Jesus’ kingdom was advanced this year. We hope you are encouraged by their answers and the special messages they have for you!

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Your Gifts Shine Jesus’ Light into Darkness

“After many days, we slept well,” Sayida told ITMI’s Taru Kumar, mustering a gentle half-smile.

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The Dark Reality of Ministering in India

Taru Kumar thought Rahman* was crying because he did not want to come to school that day. …

It was only 9:30 in the morning, but beads of sweat formed on the forehead of ITMI’s Taru Kumar. She sat on a plastic chair in a small tin-roofed room, flanked on each side by a standing fan. In front of her…

In addition to holding outreaches for children in the Modi Road slum in Bangalore, India, ITMI’s David and Taru Kumar also have outreaches for the women. Here’s a testimony from one of the women who graduated from David and Taru’s Tailoring Program for women in Modi Road. She’s sharing what the program has meant to […]

They sat knee to knee with legs crossed on the thin brightly striped mat that covered the cement floor, all facing the front of the room in anticipation. Behind them, in one of the back corners, a white standing fan oscillated over the crowd of about 15-20 women.

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What it’s Like to Attend VBS at Deepam Center in Bangalore, India

It was only 9:30 in the morning, but beads of sweat formed on the forehead of ITMI’s Taru Kumar. She sat on a plastic chair in a small tin-roofed room, flanked on each side by a standing fan. In front of her…

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A Few Words from a Graduate of David and Taru’s Tailoring Training Program (Video)

In addition to holding outreaches for children in the Modi Road slum in Bangalore, India, ITMI’s David and Taru Kumar also have outreaches for the women. Here’s a testimony from one of the women who graduated from David and Taru’s Tailoring Program for women in Modi Road. She’s sharing what the program has meant to […]

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Futures Changed: Teaching Children to Call on Jesus

They sat knee to knee with legs crossed on the thin brightly striped mat that covered the cement floor, all facing the front of the room in anticipation. Behind them, in one of the back corners, a white standing fan oscillated over the crowd of about 15-20 women.

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

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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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.

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.

You Send. They Reach. Your support of our partners is an important part of each of these fun stories of giving and celebrating!

Have you heard of Ted Geisel?  I’m pretty sure that you have heard of him, just not by this name.

Ted was somewhat entrapped on a ship as it crossed the Atlantic on stormy seas in the fall of 1935. …

Not long ago, Taru was on the street when she happened to see one of the  police officers who belonged to the precinct where Taru and David did an outreach event at the end of 2020. …

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How Godly National Believers and ITMI Supporters Reach People for Christ

You Send. They Reach. Your support of our partners is an important part of each of these fun stories of giving and celebrating!

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DEAR TEAM: The Impact of Your Influence

Have you heard of Ted Geisel?  I’m pretty sure that you have heard of him, just not by this name.

Ted was somewhat entrapped on a ship as it crossed the Atlantic on stormy seas in the fall of 1935. …

David and Taru’s 2020 Police Precinct Outreach is Still Yielding Fruit!

Not long ago, Taru was on the street when she happened to see one of the  police officers who belonged to the precinct where Taru and David did an outreach event at the end of 2020. …

We asked our partners to share some of the ways Jesus’ kingdom was advanced this year. We hope you are encouraged by their answers and the special messages they have for you!

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.

merry christmas

Merry Christmas from Your ITMI Partners!

We asked our partners to share some of the ways Jesus’ kingdom was advanced this year. We hope you are encouraged by their answers and the special messages they have for you!

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.