When ITMI’s Paul opened a small corner market in India, his original vision was to provide jobs for young widows in his church who were looked upon as a burden by their family. When they started bringing home income, everything changed for them. But the impact of the small corner store has grown far bigger than we could’ve imagined.
It’s 3:30am again here at home. This is a time that I have come to know very well the last 11 days.There are some really great benefits from being wide awake at 3:30am.
ITMI partners, Paul and Molly are serving in India alongside Paul’s family of national Christian workers. Together the family operates a sports ministry for impoverished youth from the slums, after-school tutoring centers as well as training local pastors and shepherding a total of 3 churches – a mother and two daughter church plants.
Life marches on. We are all swept away by this journey that God has purposed for us. New things begin and old things fade away. We recently saw a couple precious new additions to the ITMI family.
Dr. Nick was a brilliant doctor serving the medical community in a vital position and well known internationally. The communist authorities had grudgingly tolerated his Christian activity, but when he resigned his practice to pastor a Baptist Church, serious problems began.
“We give you 30 days. You must choose between your Christ and your career.” His response: “I don’t need 30 days, or 30 hours or 30 seconds. …”
It was difficult to think clearly with the blaring of recorded Hindu prayers from the room-sized sound system situated amid the ornate white trimmings and sculptures of the three story lime green Hindu temple that is directly across the narrow lane from Paul’s home church. This sound system had but one mission, and that was to cause God’s people in Paul’s church to suffer as much as possible.