Jigyansh shivered. Rain gushed down as lightning shot across the darkened sky. The miserable storm heightened Jigyansh’s longings and fears as tears slid down his young cheeks. He was lost and alone. As Jigyansh sat on the seat of the parked rickshaw, his silent tears turned into sobs for help. But in the storm, who would hear him? Who would care?
Lost Boy Is Found
Jigyansh had a family—the trouble was he lost them. He had been wandering around, hunting for his parents and begging in order to survive. Jigyansh’s only shelter was the backseat of an auto rickshaw he had found parked by the roadside.
After one month of searching, as Jigyansh sat in the rickshaw while the storm raged outside, he broke down. His cries and tears mingled with the all-encompassing sound of the storm, but they didn’t go unnoticed.
A woman named Shamani heard Jigyansh’s frightened cries and rescued him off the streets. From that day on, she became the young boy’s guardian. She looked after him for six months, providing shelter, food and love. Then Shamani found out about GFA World’s Bridge of Hope and enrolled him in the programme. When the staff heard Jigyansh’s story, they readily took on the responsibility to educate him, and they began praying he would be reunited with his family.
For three months, the staff faithfully prayed for Jigyansh. It had almost been a full year since he had last seen his family, but they didn’t give up hope.
Reunited with His Mother
One day after school, as Jigyansh made his way to the home he shared with Shamani, a woman came walking toward him. He knew her face; it was one he had been longing to see again. The woman was his mother. Jigyansh’s mom took him in her arms and brought Jigyansh home—while Shamani waited for him to walk through her own door.
When Jigyansh didn’t turn up at Shamani’s home or the Bridge of Hope centre, everyone became alarmed. Shamani and the Bridge of Hope staff started searching for the young boy. They even went to the police station to file a missing person report. For three days they searched and waited anxiously to hear what had happened to Jigyansh.
Hundreds of children like Jigyansh struggle daily for food and provision. A solid education is often merely a dream. But through God’s mercy, there is a chance for this generation.
Men and women like you have been linking arms with these children by providing education, a daily meal and love. Would you consider sponsoring a Bridge of Hope child to release another precious child from the bonds of poverty, bringing the hope that is freely given in Christ? Sponsor a child today!
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