Features & News Archive


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2019

July

22nd - Ordinary People, Extraordinary Impact

It’s Monday morning at GFA’s U.S. headquarters in Wills Point, Texas, and dozens of men and women—behind-the-scenes missionaries—make their way to their desks after spending time together in prayer. Some are bursting with energy, while others are blearily drinking their coffee. Whether their day will be spent answering phones, fixing computers or printing missionary profiles, they each know the importance of their work: They are bringing the knowledge of Jesus to communities in Asia.

June

24th - Social Media Led Her to the Truth

Starting at a young age, Lochani saw her father beat her mother, Ayomi, for going to church or not doing exactly what he said. Now, after the fire, he angrily beat 5-year-old Lochani whenever he saw her, believing she was the cause of their devastation.

13th - Drugs, Cancer Took His Parents but Not His Hope

Tears rushed down Sam's cheeks. His mother had succumbed to cancer, leaving the 6-year-old alone in the world. Soon, Sam’s father sent a message from prison—would someone please help his son?

May

31st - More than Just Tears in Her Eyes

Waves of memories flooded Minosha’s mind as she recounted her life story to a GFA-supported field correspondent. Sorrowful memories about her husband, whom she never got to say goodbye to; about giving birth to their son alone, wondering where her husband was; about the day she learned she was a widow. The endless tears. Yet by the end of their conversation, a smile shone in her eyes—she also remembered the day she met Jesus.

24th - Dusting Off Her Potential

Jinsy stood in her home, contemplating once again the financial struggles of her family. What can I do to help? Her husband's source of income wasn't enough to provide for their family's basic needs. Their financial hardships led Jinsy to her knees in prayer, asking God to provide a way for her to earn additional income. Soon, they saw His answer.

April

23rd - Simple Medicines, Practical Kindness

If you had a stomachache or a headache, what would you do? Probably take some pain relievers or go see your doctor. But what if you didn’t have those available? What if you didn’t have medicine and couldn’t afford to go to the doctor, and the nearest health care center was located miles away? This is a struggle thousands of people in Asia face every day.

8th - Doctors at the Doorstep

“I see lots of people suffer and die because of various kinds of sicknesses,” says GFA-supported pastor Ganesh. “Most of the people where I work are from very poor families.”

1st - Villages in Danger

Abhijun, 21, and his fellow villagers lived in near-perfect harmony. But underneath the beauty, the fertile lands hid a dangerous secret.

February

18th - Treasure Unearthed in a Slum

Madin finally had to leave. Being from the lowest class, he had suffered exploitation and mistreatment at the hands of his upper-class neighbors all his life. He couldn’t handle the abuse anymore. Seeking peace for his family, he knew they could no longer live in their village.

January

29th - The Curse of Leprosy Cured

Prina sat in her room all alone, waiting for her food to be delivered—the best and worst part of her day. Leprosy had locked her away, isolated from her family. She longed for the human interaction that occurred when a family member carried food to her room.

7th - Water Buffalo Provides Security for Family

Kalinda’s husband, Anton, stood in the night air, just outside the house. It was the end of a long day at work, capped by a family dinner. The children were in bed, and Anton and Kalinda prepared for their nightly respite. Enjoying one last moment under the starry sky, Anton suddenly felt faint. He crumpled to the ground, his life extinguished by cardiac arrest.

2018

December

11th - Rickshaw Unlocks a New Path

Alcohol was Tanul's constant companion ever since he was a child—just like the poverty he was born into. When Tanul married, he did not lay aside his drinking. As the burden of caring for a family increased, so did his time with the bottle. Children came, and Tanul was unable to provide adequate food for his family or cover school fees—making a hopeful future for them nearly impossible.

4th - From Death to Life at the Hands of a Good Samaritan

Marut's heart raced as his feet tore down the dark road in front of him. It had been a weary day of labor, and now his lean body strained as he flew from the wild dogs closing the gap between them.

November

20th - Moving Poverty Out of the Picture

Tavish’s father died when he was just a small boy. His death not only created a hole in their family unit, but it plunged them into a state of financial crisis. Young Tavish and his mother cultivated the land they owned, leaving the boy with no opportunity to go to school.

13th - Waiting for the Sun to Rise

Pastor Babar shivered under his thin jacket. He walked up to a group of villagers huddled around a blazing fire in the early morning hours. Warming his hands, the GFA-supported pastor shared a story about Jesus to the chilled figures gathered around the heat of the flames. This joyful story constantly burned in his heart, no matter how cold the weather was outside.

October

23rd - Hope in the Unknown

Sibirah's husband Jairus left home before he even saw his newborn son's face. His addiction to alcohol left him hardened to the needs of his family, even after much pleading from his pregnant wife. Tensions eventually exploded in one final argument. Sibirah was now a single mother, left with hospital bills to pay and nothing to support herself and her new baby, Rajdev. But these weren’t the only troubles she faced.

September

18th - A Building Worth Waiting For

Pastor Mahon looked at the beautiful blue and white structure. It stood so strong—and pointed to God’s glory. Within its walls, reverent believers gathered in celebration, praising the Lord. The saints who gathered there had an anchor of hope living inside them. As GFA-supported pastor Mahon gazed at the building, all the struggles and opposition he had faced faded away. God had done what once would have seemed unthinkable.

August

10th - Discovering Stability Under Tin Sheets

Kata labored alongside her father on the farm, her hard-earned knowledge going unused yet again. She had all the requirements she needed to run her own business and even had a piece of land to start a beauty salon, but she labored on the farm instead.

July

23rd - 'More of a Lifestyle, Less of a Job'

Meet Jonathan, Erica and their four daughters, who are behind-the-scenes missionaries with Gospel for Asia—and see what motivates their service.

3rd - 2017: A Year in Review

2017: A Year in Review

June

25th - He Gave More Than a Handful of Rice

GFA-supported pastor Biru loved the people around him. You could almost see his compassion as he passed by paddy fields after a day of ministry. No one could have guessed that Biru, with his selfless, observant nature, was once a nuisance in his home village.

22nd - 100 Boats for 1,000 Fishermen who Survived Cylcone Ocki

100 Boats for 1,000 Fishermen who Survived Cylcone Ocki

May

15th - Breaking Generational Poverty with a Needle and Thread

Nalah pulled fabric away from his machine to show his customer the finished product. He had just finished telling his client, one of his neighbors, the story of Jesus—the God who saved his life. When the customer left, Nalah started up his machine once more to fill another order. As the sewing needle bobbed up and down and the hum of the machine filled the air, Nalah was grateful for his new life in Christ.

April

17th - Life-changing Doctor Visits

Ahmed clutched his abdomen as the constant discomfort intensified. He wished for a doctor, but he knew the impossibility of such a costly appointment. See what happened.

March

29th - What My Faith Had Seen All Along

My 12-year-old heart felt it. It was real, yet so distant and vast. I was swept away by the incredible love God held for precious people in Asia, and I was heartbroken. There was nothing else I could do but kneel on my bedroom floor and weep and pray for those who didn't know the love I knew.

20th - Digging a Well: Uprooting Discouragement

When Laul got sick with typhoid fever he lost his livelihood and couldn’t provide for his five kids. No doctors or treatments could help him. But when his village received a Jesus Well—Laul's life changed in more ways than one.

February

26th - What Leprosy Couldn’t Steal

Leora stretched out her arms towards the light. She thought the white spots would have disappeared by now—and it worried her. But Parthiv, Leora’s husband, brushed off his wife’s fears; he assumed they were probably nothing. But when the spots grew numb and oozed puss, a fearsome word haunted Leora’s mind: leprosy.

2017

December

15th - 125-Year-Old Woman Receives Blanket

White, uncombed hair crowned 125-year-old Rayna’s head. There on the floor, the widow sat unable to walk without a helping hand. Her wrinkled and swollen face showed years of discouragement. The torn and shabby clothes she wore testified of the poverty and hardship she had endured in her long life.

11th - Yards of Mesh to Shield and Unite

It wasn’t much to look at—Shara could see right through it, in fact. But the simple threads that interlaced together in a tight mesh wove significantly into Shara’s life. Without it, her family would not be what it is today—someone might have even died.

November

21st - A Church Without a Home

The believers inside the tea estate wanted to worship the Lord in safety and peace, but it seemed nature and their neighbors were against them .

20th - My Life for His Glory

Young adults are giving up one year of their lives to intentionally pursue the Lord and ending up radically changed.

20th - Failing Kidneys, Opposition and Answered Prayer

Rajasi’s relatives blamed her for the death of her husband. “All these [problems] happened in your life only because of your faith in Jesus,” they said.

13th - Flushing out Disease, Building Dignity

Anesh and his family rubbed the sleepiness from their eyes as they assembled to make their morning trek into a thick, green forest. Tall trees surrounded them with hopeful privacy, but still, there was no telling what they would encounter that morning. Wild animals and lurking men made the daily morning journey a dreaded one, especially for women. But they had to relieve themselves, and the outdoors was their only option.

7th - Life on a Tea Estate

A GFA-supported pastor acquainted with the struggles of tea estate laborers works to bring change and dignity in their lives.

7th - A Safe Place for Tea Estate Children

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October

31st - Stashed Papers and a Dream

Manish’s wife closed the door and scanned the pamphlets in her hand. Quickly recognizing their topic, she lost interest—why would she want to learn about the God worshiped by people her community looked down on? Even so, she didn’t throw away the religious papers. Instead, she stashed them away in her home, completely unaware of the significance of that tiny decision.

24th - Jesus: Faithful in Sickness and Health

Bahaj was too weak to work. The encompassing stomach pain he suddenly contracted while laboring in the fields looked like it had ruined him forever. Hearing footsteps near his door, Bahaj soon saw a figure of a young man who introduced himself as Pastor Tukal. Bahaj didn’t know it then, but this unplanned visit was about to change his life forever.

4th - Twins Find What the World Can’t Give

The twin brothers were certain: If they followed Jesus, they would miss out on the pleasures of life. If they obeyed Christ’s teachings, life would be too occupied with Christian laws and regulations. The teenagers decided they would spend their youth doing whatever made them happy—they didn’t want to miss out on what the world had to offer.

September

19th - The Redemption of a Dying Man

Kaling’s father gathered his five sons. Taking five oval eggs in his hands, he cracked one in front of them all. It was a sign they all understood: Kaling, the rebellious and disobedient one of the bunch, was now no longer a son.

12th - 80-year-old Man Hears of Jesus for the First Time

Naitik was 80 years old before he ever heard the name of Jesus. And he is not alone—this is the story of millions of others who live in remote places in Asia, where, so far, there’s been no mention of Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God.

5th - Literacy: Something to be Treasured

Mandeepa grabbed her treasure and veiled it under her arm with her scarf. It was treasure many women in Asia never have the chance to own themselves. Mandeepa kept the precious tool out of sight from the villager’s prying eyes while on her journey. When she reached the church, Mandeepa took the precious workbook from its hiding place and gathered with other eager women there. Mandeepa’s long-awaited dream was being fulfilled.

August

22nd - Peace Through the Airwaves

Maitra’s fingers suddenly stopped on the radio dial. Words of truth resounded into the mountain air, words that said she was loved and could have eternal hope and peace. This message on the radio would change Maitra’s life forever.

8th - A Promise to Keep

Tanaya’s husband had already died of HIV; now it was killing her. Stricken with the life-arresting virus that was ruining her immune system, Tanaya had to do something. She didn’t have the strength to watch over her little ones, Sachiv and Rukma, anymore, so the young widow packed up their things and moved in with her mother.

July

31st - Jesus' Love vs. Animal Sacrifice

It was a Sunday morning in August when Teesha and her husband headed out on a bicycle. They wheeled through a village that had a church building, and as they rode by, Teesha glanced inside. What she saw caught her eye. Believers clapped their hands and worshiped the Lord with joy. It was here that Teesha’s tiresome journey came to an end.

18th - Reviving Health and Blooming Faith

In the midst of Asian farmland, villagers toiled under the sweltering heat of the sun. After a long, tiring day in the fields cultivating potatoes and green chilies, the diligent farmers refreshed themselves with a glass of murky water. Their drinking water often led to sickness, but there was no other choice.

11th - Rebuilding a House, Building Trust

Wind and rain swooshed across the Asian landscape, as a fierce cyclone raged through the village. A small bamboo hut collapsed. Now the poor and despised elderly widow, Bidya, and her unmarried daughter had less than they ever had before. Just as their dignity left them years before, now their shelter disappeared, too.

June

27th - The Desperate Search

Sadgati trudged down the road. She stopped in front of a building. She was tired—tired of having constant turmoil in her heart, tired of her endless search for answers. Sadgati had exhausted every option she knew, yet her gods and goddesses seemed silent to her tears. But as Sadgati stepped inside this building, she was surprised. Maybe her 20-year quest for peace had finally come to an end.

23rd - Netramani: A Widow's Story

Would you want a "bad omen" in your house? "When my husband died, my entire family rejected me; they did not love me," she said. Sadly, this is the case for many widows throughout South Asia. They are considered a curse, so no one wants to have them around. Cast out of their homes and left to fend for themselves, these desperate women usually end up on the streets with nothing.

6th - Love-hungry Athlete Finds True Love

Sweat rolled down Safal’s skin. He ran after the ball again, aiming for a goal. From the outside, Safal looked like an outstanding and accomplished young soccer player, but inside he felt alone and without peace.

6th - Young Child Laborer Finds New Life

It burned. Ashmita hurled her exhausted young body into the kitchen. Her eyes stung as she cried out in agony. Chili powder washed off her small cheeks in a red stream as she anxiously tried to recover from the new form of abuse. But the pain in her eyes couldn’t compare to the pain and confusion found in her young, tender heart.

May

30th - A Helpful Thief

It’s difficult to know how Pastor Patakin had the idea to put a thief in charge of caring for the Sunday School and the students. Fourteen-year-old Bhoj already had a terrible reputation among his classmates, and even he wasn’t thrilled with the idea. Bhoj knew it would force him to mend his ways, and he wasn’t excited for the change.

16th - Uncovering a Treasure After 16 Years

Madira lay bedridden and hopeless. The witch doctors had given up. The medical treatments didn’t work. And now, six years of pain marked her life. Her thoughts yearned and searched for some ray of hope—something that would bring her healing. Then her thoughts turned to an event that happened 16 years ago. She called her son over. “Now listen to me clearly,” she told him, “and do what I say.”

8th - Anxiety in the Delivery Room

Sanjita gazed over at her husband, Chatur. He sat alone and silent on a bench, cupping his head in his hands. Anxiety wracked both Sanjita’s and Chatur’s minds. Why did the doctors rush their baby from the delivery room? Sanjita worried and wondered what kind of child she had given birth to for her husband. Soon, the doctors returned with disparaging news of their firstborn.

April

24th - Trading Plastic Bottles for a Brighter Future

Ever since she was a little girl, Asha picked through garbage to find things to sell. It was the only way she could help provide for the family. People saw her family as "Untouchable," and Asha faced rejection at school because of it. But then she heard about Bridge of Hope, and the impact it had on little Asha changed her life completely.

4th - ‘I Must Do the Work’: When Cancer Tries to Take Over

Munay served God for many years, but when cancer ravaged her body, she was bedridden. She sobbed and pleaded with God not to take her life. Then God began healing Munay, and with the little strength she had, Munay went to church and encouraged the believers there. The message she shared with them is one we all need to hear.

March

21st - Rejected Couple Forced to Drink Dirty Water

Desperate for water, Madhura and Jaival pushed the handle up and down on the old, abandoned hand pump. A brown substance spilled from the dirty pipe. It was not fit to drink or cook with in any other circumstance, yet it is what they were forced to use. They had no other choice. If they didn’t drink water, they would die; if they drank it, maybe they would die from waterborne diseases. This is what Madhura and Jaival faced every single day for five years.

17th - See how this BioSand filter brought Nirmala’s family JOY!

Nirmala’s family experienced constant pain and sickness because they drank pond water. But since they received a BioSand filter from the pastor, they are now free from sickness!

7th - The Stranger at the Bazaar

The clamor of bargaining could be heard above the bustling crowds. Stalls displayed beautiful fabrics of bright colors and patterns, while the aroma of food wafted in the air. In the midst of all this excitement, a mysterious woman strolled aimlessly down the street of the bazaar.

2nd - Walking Four Miles Every Day for Water

What would you do if the people in your community forbid you from using the local water to drink, take showers or wash your clothes? You would have to immediately find another water source for your family and livestock to survive.

1st - Love on Fire

Love on Fire

1st - A Legacy that Will Touch Generations

A Legacy that Will Touch Generations

1st - Hope in a Bucket of Water

Morning came early for the villagers. They trudged down a dusty path as the heat began to rise with the sun, dawning a new day. The morning light exposed strange yellow and red stains inside the pots they carried by hand, or had lifted above their shoulders or they placed atop their heads. Those stains revealed an immense struggle in the villagers' daily lives.

1st - ‘We Want to Sacrifice’

‘We Want to Sacrifice’

February

28th - Too Poor for Suicide

Suicide. The thought pulsed in Chamudi's mind as relentlessly as the hunger that gnawed in her stomach. Completely broken at the thought of her children's suffering, Chamudi decided today was the day to end it all—for herself and for her children.

21st - The Church that Ended the Gossip

Could a church without a building really be trusted? People were talking. Not just any people: fellow Christians. They saw the place where Naisha, Sahaj and other believers met to worship the Lord and they started to gossip.

17th - A Jesus Well Transforms Salil’s Family

In one northeastern region of South Asia, just beneath the Himalaya Mountains, a river flows, and heavy monsoon rains often cause flooding. It’s difficult to imagine that the residents of this lush land would lack clean drinking water. But it’s true.

January

31st - ‘I Will Be Their Daughter’

“Don’t open my bandage!” the leprosy patient cried out. For years the patient believed it was because of their sin that the destructive disease controlled their body. Now, they thought they must suffer and settle with bearing it alone.

26th - Mina’s Story: Joy in the Face of Suffering

Audrey, a sponsor from Texas, shares about a woman she met in a leprosy colony in Asia: "When I was on a vision tour in Asia a few years ago, I met a woman named Mina, who was affected by leprosy. Mina told me her story."

16th - Drying the Tears Behind Her Smile

Madura smiled when she was in the company of others. From the outside she pretended everything was ok—but it wasn't. Loneliness and rejection filled her aching heart. Madura hadn't experienced what every child longs for: to be loved by a mom and dad.

1st - Healing for a Broken Home

Healing for a Broken Home

2016

December

20th - Altering Their Income

Altering Their Income

6th - How Goats Fixed a Leaky Roof

How Goats Fixed a Leaky Roof

November

29th - A Gift that Won’t Ever Wear Out

A Gift that Won’t Ever Wear Out

21st - An Unearthly Courage

An Unearthly Courage

18th - Adhira: Living Her Life for Others

Adhira: Living Her Life for Others

15th - Learning How to Save Her Baby

Learning How to Save Her Baby

15th - The Return

The Return

15th - Kantilal: Man of Prayer

Kantilal: Man of Prayer

15th - Leprosy Patient to Lioness: The 100-Year Journey

Leprosy Patient to Lioness: The 100-Year Journey

8th - Blessings Beyond Full Tummies

Blessings Beyond Full Tummies

1st - Saved from the Edge of Insanity

Saved from the Edge of Insanity

October

18th - When Hard Work Wasn’t Enough

When Hard Work Wasn’t Enough

3rd - When the Alcoholic’s Son Prayed

When the Alcoholic’s Son Prayed

September

26th - A Dream: Turned Away at Heaven's Door

A Dream: Turned Away at Heaven's Door

2nd - Unlocking the Door of Literacy

Unlocking the Door of Literacy

August

30th - A Future for Children Orphaned by HIV

A Future for Children Orphaned by HIV

16th - Touched by the Blessing Others Received

Touched by the Blessing Others Received

4th - Monsoon Rains Cause Floods, Landslides in Five Nations

Monsoon Rains Cause Floods, Landslides in Five Nations

2nd - Dreaming of Food and Schoolbooks

Dreaming of Food and Schoolbooks

July

19th - Seeking Death but Finding Life

Seeking Death but Finding Life

4th - Child Lost in a Sea of Faces

Child Lost in a Sea of Faces

June

20th - Treasure Hunters, Mental Illness and Hope

Treasure Hunters, Mental Illness and Hope

14th - Finding Jesus in a Grocery Store

Finding Jesus in a Grocery Store

May

31st - Four Days to Live

Four Days to Live

3rd - An Education They Never Dreamed Of

An Education They Never Dreamed Of

April

25th - Courage When the Ground Shakes

Courage When the Ground Shakes

21st - Drought Develops into Severe Water Crisis, Affects Millions

Drought Develops into Severe Water Crisis, Affects Millions

19th - When a Mother Comes Home

When a Mother Comes Home

12th - Widow Shares Hope with a Fellow Widow

Widow Shares Hope with a Fellow Widow

March

31st - Where They Sowed Their Dreams and Sorrows

Where They Sowed Their Dreams and Sorrows

22nd - Where Pure Water Flows

Where Pure Water Flows

3rd - A Slum Child's Return

A Slum Child's Return

3rd - Love that Casts Out Fear

Love that Casts Out Fear

3rd - Fulfilling a Last Wish

Fulfilling a Last Wish

3rd - The Expectation That Was Met

The Expectation That Was Met

1st - Four New Wells Bring Clean Water to 5,300 People

1st - Toilet Provides Families with Privacy and Safety

1st - Water Filters Are Making an Incredible Difference

1st - Jesus Well Displays Christ’s Compassion

1st - Clean Water for an Entire Village

1st - Ten Jesus Wells Inaugurated in One Region for World Water Day 2016

1st - Enjoying the Gift They Didn’t Want

Enjoying the Gift They Didn’t Want

February

23rd - When They Uncovered the Student’s Secret

16th - Mother’s Faith Follows in Daughter’s Footsteps

Mother’s Faith Follows in Daughter’s Footsteps

January

26th - He Found Jesus at Just the Right Time

He Found Jesus at Just the Right Time

5th - A Bicycle Prepares the Way

A Bicycle Prepares the Way

2015

December

15th - How Piglets Supplied an Education

How Piglets Supplied an Education

8th - When the Vegetable Vendor Couldn’t Buy Vegetables

When the Vegetable Vendor Couldn’t Buy Vegetables

November

25th - Burdened to Serve

Burdened to Serve

25th - Burdened to Serve

Burdened to Serve

23rd - Sewing Machine and Widow’s Dignity

Sewing Machine and Widow’s Dignity

10th - Compassion Fills Bare Home with Joy

Compassion Fills Bare Home with Joy

2nd - A Deeper Sacrifice

A Deeper Sacrifice

2nd - A Cold Cross to Carry

A Cold Cross to Carry

2nd - Love, Shame and Drunken Fury

Love, Shame and Drunken Fury

2nd - Saving the Baby in the Dumpster

Saving the Baby in the Dumpster

October

27th - Once Addicted, Now Transformed

Once Addicted, Now Transformed

14th - Tin Sheets Help Teen Go to Church

Tin Sheets Help Teen Go to Church

September

29th - Temptation and Redemption

Temptation and Redemption

23rd - Not Unnoticed

Not Unnoticed

16th - What Friends, Alcohol and Smoking Couldn’t Do

What Friends, Alcohol and Smoking Couldn’t Do

August

19th - Booklet Leads Rejected Wife to Hope

Booklet Leads Rejected Wife to Hope

4th - Bounty Found Through Brokenness

Bounty Found Through Brokenness

July

14th - Finding Life After 65 Years

Finding Life After 65 Years

June

22nd - Through a Widow’s Tears

Through a Widow’s Tears

11th - VBS in South Asia

VBS in South Asia

9th - Far-Fallen Man Finds Faithful Friend

Far-Fallen Man Finds Faithful Friend

May

28th - Prayers and Mud Puddles

Prayers and Mud Puddles

20th - Pastor Marty

Pastor Marty

13th - When Fathers Die and Hunger Hurts

When Fathers Die and Hunger Hurts

6th - Desperate Mother Receives a Gift She Couldn’t Give

Desperate Mother Receives a Gift She Couldn’t Give

April

15th - An Unexpected Chain of Films

An Unexpected Chain of Films

1st - Freed From Death to Walk in Life

Freed From Death to Walk in Life

March

18th - The Gift That Stopped the Fighting

The Gift That Stopped the Fighting

11th - Water From the Rocks

Water From the Rocks

4th - From Funeral Wood to a Pencil

From Funeral Wood to a Pencil

4th - Searching for Jesus Through the Radio

Searching for Jesus Through the Radio

4th - A Place to Call Home

A Place to Call Home

4th - The Cost of Sharing Christ

The Cost of Sharing Christ

February

17th - Pastor’s Question Saves Daughter’s Life

Pastor’s Question Saves Daughter’s Life

January

20th - Healing for the Sores on Her Soul

Healing for the Sores on Her Soul

7th - 'Morally Loose' Women Change a Wife's Character

2014

December

22nd - Welcome to Their Toilet

Welcome to Their Toilet

16th - Sheltered by God's Love

Sheltered by God's Love

9th - Vegetables on Wheels Save Kids’ Futures

Vegetables on Wheels Save Kids’ Futures

4th - Happiness and a Hand Tricycle

Happiness and a Hand Tricycle

November

18th - Be A Light

Lights in the Darkest Places

18th - Faith Through the Fire

Faith Through the Fire

10th - God Broke Through

God Broke Through

6th - Now Entering Filth and Fertile Ground

Now Entering Filth and Fertile Ground

October

29th - They Placed Their Hopes in the Prayers of a Stranger

They Placed Their Hopes in the Prayers of a Stranger

2nd - When My Tumor Disappeared

That particular evening, I started to think about my past behavior and how I had not worshiped any gods for the last year. I thought to myself, That could be the reason I got ill, and now I am going to die. I had no hope for my life. I felt heavy darkness surrounding me, and death was following me.

September

24th - The Man Who Didn't Want a Jesus Well

The Man Who Didn't Want a Jesus Well

August

12th - Rebel Faces Daughter’s Defiance

Rebel Faces Daughter’s Defiance

July

22nd - She Met God on the Rooftop

She Met God on the Rooftop

10th - A Bomb Saved His Life

A Bomb Saved His Life

8th - Demanding a Refill

Demanding a Refill

June

25th - Forced to Build Their Church Five Times

Forced to Build Their Church Five Times

May

27th - Seven Years to Build a Church

Seven Years to Build a Church

5th - Drinking Lessons with Mom

Some mothers prepare their teenagers for adulthood by helping them in their studies, feeding them healthy meals and teaching them how to treat others well. Sahdev’s mother, Vahini, spent time drinking with her son.

April

28th - Waiting for Her Husband to Disappear

Waiting for Her Husband to Disappear

15th - Boy Tormented by Evil

Boy Tormented by Evil

1st - No Better than His Father

No Better than His Father

March

18th - A Village Starving for Water

A Village Starving for Water

11th - Her Husband Kidnapped Their Son

Her Husband Kidnapped Their Son

February

18th - A Baby Girl is Nothing to Celebrate

A Baby Girl is Nothing to Celebrate

5th - Their Mother's Hidden Legacy

Their Mother's Hidden Legacy

January

28th - World Leprosy Day: A Love They Can See

World Leprosy Day: A Love They Can See

28th - Compelled by Love

Compelled by Love

21st - Torment in the Land of Kings

Torment in the Land of Kings

6th - Abandoned by the god's She defended

Abandoned by the Gods She Defended

2013

November

18th - The Prisoner's Weapon

The Prisoner's Weapon

6th - Family Faces Annual Flood Inside Home

Family Faces Annual Flood Inside Home

October

28th - In the Heart of South Asian Slums

In the Heart of South Asian Slums

8th - Living to Die

Living to Die

September

24th - A Mother Fights Her Daughter's Prayers

A Mother Fights Her Daughter's Prayers

10th - A Life Dedicated to Sorcery

A Life Dedicated to Sorcery

August

27th - Not by the Blood of Goats

Not by the Blood of Goats

13th - Neighbor Healed and Nobody Cared

Neighbor Cured and Nobody Cared

July

30th - No Time to Rest

No Time to Rest

23rd - Desperately Searching for Survival

Desperately Searching for Survival

16th - She Just Wanted to be Like Other Children

She Just Wanted to be Like Other Children

2nd - Famous Shaman Battles New Power

Famous Shaman Battles New Power

June

25th - Broken Lives Now Mended

Broken Lives Now Mended

18th - Desperate for More Than Clean Water

Desperate for More Than Clean Water

11th - Watch Kavisan's Life

Watch Kavisan's Life - From Tsunami to Hope

4th - Christian Daughter Forced to Marry Unbeliever

Christian Daughter Forced to Marry Unbeliever

May

28th - Church Under a Tree

Church Under a Tree

21st - One Dream Not Worth Following

One Dream Not Worth Following

13th - She Sacrificed Her Son

She Sacrificed Her Son

6th - A Request They Were Eager to Grant

6th - Thirty Children Embrace Christ at VBS

6th - She Wants to be Like Jesus

3rd - She Sold Her Daughter

She Sold Her Daughter

3rd - A Mother Again

A Mother Again

3rd - The Dream

The Dream

April

30th - A Missionary's Past Leads to New Life

A Missionary's Past Leads to New Life

23rd - Two Sisters Build Their Family a House

Two Sisters Build Their Family a House

16th - Mula: A Widow's Story

Mula: A Widow's Story

9th - Early Morning Prayers Build Church

Bhadra knelt down on the ground with his wrinkled hands clasped together tightly. He didn’t know what else to do but pray. His family was growing quickly, but his small hut wouldn’t be able to hold them much longer. Some of them already had to stay outside, and what would they do during the rainy season?

2nd - Christ's Call

Christ's Call

March

12th - The Team that Changed Everything

The Team that Changed Everything

6th - Ready to Suffer

Ready to Suffer

February

26th - Widow's Struggle to Survive

Widow's Struggle to Survive

January

1st - Half a Penny, the Price for Peace

Half a Penny, the Price for Peace

2012

December

25th - My Visit to a Leprosy Colony

12th - Ranjan Finds Hope After Tragedy

Ranjan Finds Hope After Tragedy

November

13th - Girl Brings Scandal to a Village

Girl Brings Scandal to a Village

July

3rd - Nominal Christian Transformed through Women's Fellowship

3rd - Women's Fellowship Burdened for Their Village

June

22nd - Real-life Hero

Real-Life Hero

1st - New Testament Lies Dormant for Years

May

8th - A Mom and Her kids

A Mom and Her kids

2011

November

29th - 'The Source You Have Given to Us Is Never Finished'

<table class="figure"> <tr> <td> <div><img src="//www.gfamedia.org/images/newsupdate/112911-eml11-01a.jpg"> <small>Pranjal was given a new cycle rickshaw. Now he can earn enough money to provide for his wife and four children.</small></div> <br> <div><img src="//www.gfamedia.org/images/newsupdate/112911-eml11-01b.jpg"> <small>This BioSand water filter helped keep Shikar and other villagers safe from waterborne diseases.</small></div> </td> </tr> </table> <p>Families all over South Asia didn't receive sweaters or ties last Christmas. Instead, they received gifts that changed their lives.</p> <p><strong>Nothing Temporary Here</strong><br> Pranjal had no way of providing medical treatment for his ailing wife, Sukthi. A witch doctor told them she should have surgery to fix her decaying rib, but the cost of the operation was more than Pranjal could afford.</p> <p>As a day laborer, Pranjal barely made enough to feed his family. In desperation, he went to the local Gospel for Asia-supported church and asked for financial help. But Pranjal received something even better than money. Instead of the church giving him money that could only temporarily fix what would be a prolonged problem, they gave him a cycle rickshaw so he could earn an income, provide for his family and get the medical treatments his wife needed.</p> <p>The local GFA-supported pastor also began visiting the family and prayed for Sukthi's healing. </p> <p>A few months after receiving the gift, Pranjal took his wife to the hospital for a check up. Miraculously, the doctors told them regular medicine could help cure Sukthi's sickness and no surgery was needed. </p> <p>Pranjal and his wife knew it was the Lord Jesus working in their lives.</p> <p>"If I had received financial help then that money would have been gone within a few days," Pranjal said. "But the source you have given to us is never finished. It still helps us exist. Now I am earning a good amount through the cycle rickshaw by carrying passengers. I am taking my wife also for treatment in my vehicle, and I'm able to buy medicines for my wife. I am happy with the help provided to me by the church."</p> <p><strong>New Carpenter in Town</strong><br> Surviving was tough for Mahir and his family. He was scarcely able to provide for his family's needs because he wasn't able to find a job. However, GFA-supported pastors in the area took notice of his great need. </p> <p>They invited Mahir and his family to attend their Christmas gift distribution program, and to Mahir's surprise, he was gifted with carpentry tools. </p> <p>Even though Mahir had no experience or knowledge in carpentry work, he began doing small repair jobs in his village. Slowly, his carpentry skills developed to the point where he was able to build furniture and even houses. Now, through this gift, Mahir is able to earn 1,500-2,000 rupees ($30-$40 US) a month, which is enough for him to take care of his family.</p> <p>"It is good to have such programs in our region for needy and poor people that will uplift their living standards," Mahir shared. "May God bless those who provided me with these carpentry tools."</p> <p><strong>Satisfying Their Thirst</strong><br> Shikar and his family were constantly getting sick from the water sources in their village.</p> <p>"There was hardly a week or month in which we did not have to visit a doctor and spend our hard-earned income on medicine," Shikar explained. "My family and I were often exposed to waterborne diseases because we had no choice but to use dirty and contaminated water from open wells for cooking and drinking."</p> <p>Shikar and his family suffered with stomach problems, jaundice, typhoid and diarrhea. And because necessity compelled them to use ponds, rivers and contaminated well water for bathing, they also suffered from skin infections. </p> <p>The doctors told them they needed to use a water filter, but Shikar couldn't afford to buy one. Fortunately, GFA-supported pastors provided for this need by giving Shikar a BioSand water filter from the <em>Gospel For Asia Christmas Gift Catalog</em>. Now he, his family and even other people in his village don't have to worry about getting sick.</p> <p>"Since the time the water filter was installed, no one has suffered from any waterborne diseases, and we are spared from unnecessary medical expenses," Shikar shared. "Through these BioSand water filters, not only our physical thirst has been quenched, but also our inner thirst for the love of the Lord and for one another was met very strongly."</p> <ul class="arrowed"> <li><a href="/gift/">Give gifts that keep giving</em></a>.</li> </ul>

2010

December

29th - Sharing Christ at Christmas

<table class="figure"> <tr> <td> <div><img src="//www.gfamedia.org/images/newsupdate/122910-web10-01a.jpg"> <small>Many churches conducted special Christmas programs for the community. These dancers were part of one of the services.</small></div> <br> <div><img src="//www.gfamedia.org/images/newsupdate/122910-web10-01b.jpg"> <small>This congregation is just one of many who had a Christmas worship service.</small></div> <br> <div><img src="//www.gfamedia.org/images/newsupdate/122910-web10-01c.jpg"> <small>During a radio interview, this GFA-supported missionary shared about Christ and the spiritual significance of Christmas.</small></div> </td> </tr> </table> <p>How do you explain Christmas to someone who has never celebrated the holiday? Gospel for Asia-supported missionaries and staff start by sharing the story of Christ. Each year during the weeks leading up to Christmas, missionaries, Bridge of Hope workers and office staff fan out and share the Good News about the Savior who was born in a stable.</p> <p>Each group of GFA workers creates their own program and chooses their own venue for sharing the Christmas story.</p> <p><strong>Singing and Praying</strong><br> In one area, staff and missionaries visited a hospital and sang Christmas carols for the patients, doctors and nurses. </p> <p>"When you were singing, I felt heaven coming down and the presence of the Lord covering this place," one of the patients told the missionaries.</p> <p>They also took time to share the story of Jesus and to pray for the patients. One man, who had been bedridden for 10 years, was brought to tears by the prayers.</p> <p>"Now I have peace and joy in my life. I thought no one loves me, but now I understand that Jesus loves me," he said.</p> <p><strong>Seeing Answered Prayer</strong><br> This same group also sang carols and prayed for the people at a local military base, where they had sung and handed out Gospel tracts the year before. Many remembered them from their previous year's visit and warmly welcomed them back. Team members were blessed to hear about answers to their prayers from the previous year.</p> <p>They met a baby whom they had prayed for while he was still in his mother's womb. They had also prayed for the mother after discovering her husband had been paralyzed in an accident. The team rejoiced on this return visit when they saw the husband up walking around again. </p> <p>"I was waiting for you to come this year so that I could testify of God's miracle to you," the new mother told the team. </p> <p>Another family at the military base thanked the team for praying for their 10-year-old son the previous year. The boy had a mental problem that made it impossible for him to perform even the most basic functions, like standing up. The team praised the Lord after seeing the boy standing up and joyfully clapping along to their songs. </p> <p>After visiting the hospital and the military base, the team turned its attention to the marketplace. They went out to the bustling streets in their community and sang songs, which always attracts a crowd. The people who gathered to hear the concert received Gospel tracts and New Testaments. </p> <p>Another street party was held on December 23 in front of the GFA administrative office in that area. The GFA team worked with Christians from other organizations, and together, they led a candlelight Christmas worship service and shared the Gospel with those who gathered to participate.</p> <p>On Christmas Day, the believers gathered for worship, and after the service, the Women's Fellowship teams distributed food packets to beggars and homeless people in the busy railway station. They also handed out Gospel tracts and New Testaments to the people in the station.</p> <p><strong>The First Official Christmas in Nepal</strong><br> Gospel for Asia-supported missionaries had the unique opportunity to share the Gospel on the first-ever publicly recognized Christmas holiday in Nepal. That's because 2009 was the first year the Nepali government declared Christmas as an official holiday. </p> <p>Believers and the missionaries who serve as their pastors had worship services to mark the holiday and invited people from the local communities. The pastors clearly presented the Gospel and gave Bibles to visitors. In one area, 12 people chose to follow Christ after hearing about Him at church that day. </p> <p>GFA-supported workers joined with the local churches to produce a Christmas program that runs on Nepali television stations throughout the country. Missionary leaders were also guests on several radio programs during which they had the opportunity to share about Christ and His role in the Christmas celebration.</p> <p>While it is obvious that all of this reaching out in love during Christmas goes a long way toward showing the love of Jesus to those who have never heard, it serves another purpose as well, according to one GFA leader.</p> <p>"Christmas becomes real when we are truly able to express the love of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others," he said.</p> <ul class="arrowed"> <li><a href="/news/articles/showing-love-downtrodden/">See a photoshow about how Gospel for Asia-supported workers reached out to the people in a local hospital and a slum area</a>.</li> </ul>

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