When Kushad and his team tried again early in the morning, “Then we came to know that really these children need a project centre. Someone has to take care of their education, and someone has to take care of their basic needs. These children need some guidance regarding their future also.”
Not long ago, these alcoholic parents were children themselves. They didn’t get any guidance or opportunity to excel, they didn’t know the value of education. How could they pass on to their children what they had never learned? But now, through Bridge of Hope, the futures of many children are changing.
“Before coming to the Bridge of Hope, I was not able to study seriously because of the problem and inconvenience at home, and the financial problem that we are going through,” Ashima says.
Less than a year later, Ashima’s life had transformed.
“My future ambition is that I want to become a medical doctor,” she shares. “Especially I want to serve the poor from our society because … once we were very poor, and because we were poor, we were not able to buy so many things. It affected us very badly. And now, because Bridge of Hope is here, this is helping poor and the needy people like us; I also want to help and serve all the poor children and poor people who are suffering.”
Ashima is one of more than 70,000 children whose futures are changing or have changed through GFA-supported Bridge of Hope centres. She is getting practical supplies her family couldn’t afford, nutritious meals and special help every school day.
What God has done in Ashima’s life is truly remarkable, but Kushad knows there is still so much to do.
“My future ambition is that I want to become a medical doctor. Especially I want to serve the poor from our society because once we were very poor. . ."
“Our work is like a drop in the ocean,” Kushad says. “We tried lots of things from our side, but if we see their needs, their needs are so big. We need to do a lot of work among these people and other groups, also.”
Rushil, 55, sat at the marketplace, hoping his begging would earn enough to take care of his and his wife's needs. He'd stretch out his arms to passersby, showing them his hands and fingers that had been eaten away by leprosy. All that remained were the parts nearest to his palms.
Mahavir stared at his gift. Proper shelter for his family was just within his grasp, but something troubled him. He came to the GFA-supported Christmas gift distribution in desperate need of tin sheets, but now that he had them, he realized he faced another problem.
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.
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