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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.

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Cyclone and Flooding in South Asia

213 people have been killed and more than 683,000 people have been affected by the floods in Sri Lanka.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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