Kanak stood on the platform with a microphone to his lips, talking to a crowd of villagers sitting in red plastic chairs underneath the shade of a makeshift tent. They had been waiting for this day. These were men, women and their children who desperately needed help. Kanak closed his eyes and prayed into the mic for them. Today would mark the first day of their changed lives.
“When I see the condition of [these] people, their poverty, . . . it hurts me,” Kanak said. “It pains me to see them suffering. I wish I could bring changes in their lives.”
Slowly, Kanak has.
Gifts That Change Lives
Cow Alleviates Financial Strain
Madhul’s husband worked, but he wasted his income on alcohol. With children to feed and educate, Madhul had difficulties providing. In 2006, Pastor Kanak held a Christmas gift programme that helped Madhul buy a cow to stabilize her financial situation.
The cow produced milk, and it even gave birth to five calves. Through the milk and the money she earned selling the calves, Madhul was able to take care of her children. She used her earnings to help construct a new house for her family.
“The cow has been a great blessing to me and my family,” she says. “Today my financial condition is far better, and I am less stressed because of the profit I am making selling the milk and the cows.”
Receiving New Futures
As Pastor Kanak calls out names, he knows these people’s suffering and poverty will soon come to an end as they experience the sweetness of Jesus Christ, like many others in his village have.
“Rajbir,” he says into the microphone.
A middle-aged man wearing a long-sleeved plaid shirt and red flip flops walks toward the platform. His gap-toothed smile brings joy to those waiting to present him with his gift: a bicycle.
The lean-framed farmer will no longer have to carry vegetables on his back.
“The Lord has been so gracious to me and provided me this [gift] free of cost,” Rajbir says. “I am so happy. Now I can carry all my vegetables from my garden to the market on this bicycle. I will be able to carry more. … I also will be able to take my children to school on this bicycle.”
Kanak sees a new future with every person who receives a gift—and his ache for these villagers eases just a little bit more.
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