This article was originally published in the February 2013 edition of ITMI Monthly. It had taken him years of studying and hard work, an international move from America to Poznan, Poland and many sacrifices, but he was finally about to taste the reward. Bruno was in his last weeks of medical school at Poznan University in […]
We had a long drive coming back from a full day, my eyes were closed and I was resting my head on the back of the back seat as we bobbed and weaved through the Indian bedlam called traffic. The Holy Spirit nudged me to not waste this “contained” time with this driver.I was tired, and under the effects of some supposedly “non-drowsy” cough syrup. A tad bit numb if you know what I mean. Not on my “A” game.
Trying everything he can think of to build relationships with the locals of Onseepkans, South Africa where his family and mission are located, ITMI’s Gerhard le Roux takes food and supplies to a goat herders’ outpost about 2 miles away from the remote Onseepkans Mission. Two goat herders, Johanes and Jokobus..
“Good news!” was all the young boy could manage between breaths. The women, most balancing heavy jugs of water on their heads while carrying one in each hand, kept walking toward their village just a few steps ahead. They moved only their eyes toward the boy, who again heralded breathlessly, “Good news!”
The meager change landed next to her with a short clang. Twenty-two-year-old Magashwari had just finished washing the clothes of an upper caste family in Southern India in exchange for a few coins they tossed her way. Because of her blindness, she’d been told and treated like she didn’t matter by her family and society for so long that she believed it. And then one day there was a knock at her door.
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. …