ITMI interviews Indian partner, Paul, discussing the sports ministry, after school tutoring centers, church life in India and his Ashraya Daughters and current needs.
In India, being known as a Christian means social estrangement. In India, being known as a Christian is likely to mean persecution. So why would 250 boys from the slums of southern India volunteer for this by giving their hearts and lives to Jesus?
Many pastors and evangelists in the Democratic Republic of Congo are deeply appreciative of the Bibles and bikes they have received. As a believer you know the unmistakable truth and strength of God’s Word, and the importance of putting it into the hands of as many people as possible.
“I come from a broken family. My parents- father addicted to alcohol and handicapped mother struggling with depression- couldn’t give me the love, care and safety I needed as a child. I wasn’t aware of the destruction that was going on in me- I was emotionally damaged, spiritually dead and physically suffering from epilepsy.
“Anyone here ever …stolen something?”
I was standing in front of 88 sweaty slum boys in Southern India who are crazy about soccer and participating in a soccer camp. Although not too many hands went up, I heard lots of uncomfortable giggles and snickers. …
I was involved in my parish activities, I sang and I played in various choirs and bands in my church. I went to church every JoannaSunday. It was me who encouraged my parents and my brothers to go to church but they didn’t want to. Even though we were a good family, we didn’t talk about God at home. My life was harmonious, people liked me, I always led many different groups. I had influence over many people. I controlled my life. Until one moment…
“It was in the year 2000 that I was convicted by the Holy Spirit, and I heard that the day of Judgment was coming. This led me to repent of my sins, and I trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ. I immediately started a church in Kampala, Uganda but because I was untrained, I failed to teach and disciple my members.”