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“I don’t understand. this is amazing!” Gary’s doctor kept repeating. 

On Tuesday, May 25, the doctors of ITMI’s Gary Howell confirmed that he did indeed have a cancerous tumor. …

Pastor and counselor, Gary Howell, has been on the ITMI team since 2011, quietly serving in the background. It’s likely you haven’t heard his story. Because the majority of Gary’s ministry is counseling, Gary can’t share too many specific stories from his ministry. But Gary’s own story is something we don’t want you to miss.

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“I don’t understand. this is amazing!” Gary’s doctor kept repeating. 

Update from Gary Howell: Your Prayer and Support Have Meant So Much!

On Tuesday, May 25, the doctors of ITMI’s Gary Howell confirmed that he did indeed have a cancerous tumor. …

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The Untold Story of a Behind-the-Scenes Partner

Pastor and counselor, Gary Howell, has been on the ITMI team since 2011, quietly serving in the background. It’s likely you haven’t heard his story. Because the majority of Gary’s ministry is counseling, Gary can’t share too many specific stories from his ministry. But Gary’s own story is something we don’t want you to miss.

THE CONTEXT

The church is a community of people whom God has set aside for Himself and called to be with Him his mission to redeem and restore His creation.

Whether in America, Africa, Europe or India, God's people, while redeemed and justified by God, are still not yet fully restored to a sinless state.

Any time God's people get serious about God's mission, God's enemy gets serious about creating distractions, challenges, and persecution. This means that pastoring and ministering is challenging.

Gary has a passion to restore, equip and train Christian workers and leaders to effectively minister in a way that protects their hearts while still opening them to those they serve, as Jesus models for us.

Gary's goal is to use his experience as a pastor and counselor to help God's people heal from whatever trauma and pain living in a sinful world has brought them so they can serve Jesus most effectively.

WHAT YOUR SUPPORT DOES

Reaches the Hurting with the Gospel

Enables Gary to serve God's people who might not be able to afford therapy or counseling fees, providing Gospel-centered counseling that leads to true healing.

Provides Gospel-Centered Counseling

Provides a counselor for those in need, including pastors, ITMI partners and supporters.

Provides Evangelistic Opportunities

Helps Gary reach people with the Good News through counseling and prayer.

HISTORY

Gary and his wife, Candy, lost two young daughters to a condition that ended up taking both their lives before they were 3 years old. 

Years later, these painful experiences have shaped Gary’s compassionate heart and his drive to help the hurting.

“When you bury two daughters, you know what it’s like to hurt. When I see people hurt, I can’t stand it. I’m obsessive about getting them out of pain. If I hear of a marriage breaking up, I won’t be able to sleep,” Gary says. 

“God is the ‘Wonderful Counselor,’” Gary says, “He is honing me to understand that counseling is what I have to offer. Counseling is restoration. I love that part.”

Gary served as a college pastor, a pastor of student ministries, and a teaching pastor before becoming a counseling pastor.