ITMI’s Mark and Cindi Parris and Durbanville Community Church have identified breaking the negative cycle of poor education as a key opportunity to effect significant change in underdeveloped communities in the Western Cape, South Africa. Starting in Stone Hill, this initiative would set up a tutoring center where South African youth from two impoverished settlements can access an entire curriculum for grades 1-12, individualized for them delivered via videos on tablets. In other communities where this system has been used, the students’ grades have improved dramatically, allowing them to pass their respective year levels and eventually be able to study after school.
David and Taru Kumar minister in a Muslim slum in Bangalore, India. They declare and demonstrate the gospel and God’s love and value for its people through children’s programs, enabling women to sew and provide for their families and equipping village pastors to share Christ with their Muslim neighbors.
Stone Hill is a squatter’s camp outside Durbanville, South Africa, where daily life includes violence and hardship. A group of believers, including ITMI’s Charl van Wyk and Mark Parris, are prayerfully and actively seeking to change that. They have set up facilities where they can hold weekly outreach actives, build relationships with the youth through which they are declaring and demonstrating the gospel.
Leszek Wakula is the pastor the only Baptist church in Lodz, Poland. He and his wife, Anna, lead their congregation in building relationships that reach people for Christ. This includes a youth ministry, an education center and care for the elderly, earning their church a reputation for their depth of care and willingness to go where no one else is willing in the name of Jesus.