'The Source You Have Given to Us Is Never Finished'
first published: Nov. 29, 2011
Families all over South Asia didn't receive perfume or ties last Christmas. Instead, they received gifts that changed their lives.
Nothing Temporary Here
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.
As a day labourer, Pranjal barely made enough to feed his family. In desperation, he went to the local GFA World-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.
The local GFA-supported pastor also began visiting the family and prayed for Sukthi's healing.
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.
Pranjal and his wife knew it was the Lord Jesus working in their lives.
"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."
New Carpenter in Town
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.
They invited Mahir and his family to attend their Christmas gift distribution programme, and to Mahir's surprise, he was gifted with carpentry tools.
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.
"It is good to have such programmes 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."
Satisfying Their Thirst
Shikar and his family were constantly getting sick from the water sources in their village.
"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."
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.
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 GFA World Christmas Gift Catalogue. Now he, his family and even other people in his village don't have to worry about getting sick.
"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."
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