Something was wrong. Rasika couldn’t focus at school. She missed some of her classes, and she was too tired to study when she got home. Her parents watched their child deteriorate, not knowing what they could possibly do to help. Rasika’s condition only grew worse, leaving her weak and sickly, and hindering her ability to grow into a healthy member of society.
Child Helped by a Loving Staff
But things didn’t stay that way forever. Rasika enrolled in a local Gospel for Asia-supported Bridge of Hope center, and the staff were able to help her in her time of need. These men and women prayed for her specifically during their devotion times and gave her extra attention and help while she was at the center. Through Christ’s love, their encouragement and motivation had a tremendous effect on Rasika, as did the nutritious meals she received as part of the program.
What’s more, as the staff went to her home to speak with her parents, they helped her mom and dad understand some simple and practical changes they could make to help Rasika grow and develop properly.
As time passed, Rasika’s health improved, much to the delight of her parents. One day, they decided to go to the Bridge of Hope center with the specific purpose of thanking the staff for their involvement in their daughter’s life. This is what they shared:
“It is because of your great concern [that] today our daughter is in good condition. We cannot pay [you] back for all your contribution, but it is our desire that God would bless you and use you to help many more needy individuals in our society in the days to come.”
Encouraged by Stories of Gratitude
When parents come to thank the staff at Rasika’s Bridge of Hope center, as many do, it encourages the staff to keep pressing on to love, pray for and encourage the children they work with. We hope it is the same for you—that the stories you read in this and other issues of Harvest encourage you to love the Lord more and help you see that your life is truly making a difference!