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As Daughter Reads, Father Finds Deliverance

It was a national holiday, so Siro had the day off from his job as a painter. When a strange man approached his door, he wasn’t yet ready to hear the message of hope the …

July 2022

The Missing Peace

Odis had built a comfortable life for himself and his family. He owned a bit of land where he raised vegetables to sell in the local market. To supplement his income, Odis often caught fish …

April 2022

GFA Workers Help Children, Supply Food in Africa

God is amazingly opening doors for GFA World to expand ministry into Africa. Last year, leaders at a ministry base in Asia prayerfully sent the first missionaries to Africa. Not only have many groups of …

April 2022

A Solution for Stomachaches

Sabin looked at the muddy water. Perhaps he hesitated before taking a gulp. It was the only water he had, and he needed water to survive. What option did he have? A contaminated open well …

March 2022

A Balm of Love for Her Eyes and Soul

Pain shot through Mahina’s eye. A piece of the wood she was cutting had splintered, flying into her eye. Though the wound did not bleed, the pain lingered, as did the effects. In the days …

March 2022

Church Brings Aid to the People of Myanmar

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March 2022

Family Grasps God’s Love Through Pastor’s Prayers

Another year came and went; another animal was purchased and sacrificed. Seamore and Seida thought they needed this sacrifice to ensure blessings on their family. The husband and wife, residents of a rural village, cultivated …

December 2021

A Skeptic Finds Hope

Sabin accepted another morsel from his wife’s hand. He had been bedridden for five months, with no explanation as to the cause of his sickness. Miserable and helpless, Sabin couldn’t even eat or drink without …

November 2021

Bringing Hope by Boat

In 2006, GFA workers started a ministry to bring God’s love to a group of jungle islands, 54 of which are inhabited, where people live in poverty and hardship. The remoteness of the islands made …

November 2021

Boat Brings Hope to Hard-pressed Couple

Nightmares. Unexplained health problems. Marital conflict. For months, these burdens had piled onto Basea (pictured), robbing the young mother of sleep. To top it off, a haze of unspoken words and suspicious thoughts had clouded …

June 2021

Love Washes Away Stigma of Scorned Woman

Shame seared Kailea’s heart. The shopkeeper’s mistrust was clear, as well as his message: Kailea could no longer buy groceries on credit, even though she had always been faithful to pay her bill. Kailea’s life …

June 2021

Providential Meeting Helps Family Survive During Lockdown

The lockdown had been going for some days when Radinka heard a knock at her door. When she opened it, there stood a masked man and woman, holding a package of food to help keep …

June 2021

A Young Alcoholic’s Desire for Change

Saer, a GFA pastor, was walking in his village when he met a short, wiry young man. Pastor Saer quickly observed something was not right with him. Maybe the pastor noticed the young man’s eyes …

February 2021

The Gift of Education

Poverty surrounded GFA pastor Vasek. One day, the pastor happened to meet two young boys—two young boys who should have been in school. When the pastor asked them how they were doing, the boys shared …

February 2021

Missionary Prays for Warm Coat

After graduating from Bible college, Kagen served the Lord where harsh cold fronts rush across the winter landscape. Sudden cold snaps threatened the poor, who were not able to afford adequate shelter, warm clothes or …

January 2021

Pastor’s Grocery Run Turns into Food Distribution

When the lockdown in Asia first began, GFA pastor Iannel rushed to the store to buy provisions and was stopped by a huge crowd gathered in front of the store. Because of the lockdown, residents …

January 2021

Abandoned Mother Showered with Pastoral Love

Laya raised seven children who grew up and forgot their mother, leaving her behind as they moved to far-flung places. Her husband had died during a war, so Laya was completely alone. Only her one …

December 2020

Homemade Quilts Insufficient for Family of Seven

Rachana sat in the room that served as kitchen, living room and bedroom for her family of seven. She picked up an old garment from a small pile. Her mind organized the garment’s shape into …

November 2020

Cares of the World Choke Boy’s Heart

Once again, Aman walked out of the house, furious. He was tired of hearing the same response from his mother whenever he asked her for something. He just wanted what his friends had. When Aman …

July 2020

Three Pastors, One City, One Pandemic

Pastor Marut’s phone kept ringing. The prime minister had declared a lockdown over the whole nation, and a chorus of voices echoed from Pastor Marut’s phone, one-by-one, each with a similar concern: “I can’t get …

June 2020

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Pastor Sachin’s heart broke for the many people in his village who lacked education and lived in poverty. Worse, most didn’t know Jesus, even though they came from families that professed faith in Him. Pastor …

June 2020

Letting Love Do the Talking

Ask almost any villager about Pastor Trupal, and the first thing they will mention is his politeness. Positively amiable, upstanding and friendly, Pastor Trupal holds a reputation of good-nature and kindness in the village where …

June 2020

A New Kind of Rebellion

As a teenager, Sual lived a reckless life and refused to listen to his parents. His friends were addicted to alcohol and drugs, and eventually he abused alcohol too. Sual even stopped attending school. His …

May 2020

Market Friend Breaks the Silence

Torun ignored his wife, Foolan, as he walked out of their home in silence. It had been four months since their last big fight—and since their last real conversation together. Refusing to speak to each …

April 2020

How a Piglet Transformed a Family

Exhaustion hung over Aamaal like a dark cloud. The 35-year-old woman felt nothing but fatigue, frustration and disappointment in herself and her beliefs. Aamaal’s husband, Rajkumar, regularly fell sick. As he was unable to work …

January 2020

The Words She Couldn’t Forget

Who was the real God? The question gnawed at Phyu Myaing’s mind. She had worshiped her god faithfully, but tragedy threw her life into a state of confusion. In 2009 her husband …

January 2020

Giving Them What He Never Had

Imagine growing up without a father and being belittled and jeered at for it. Imagine growing up knowing nothing but hard, backbreaking work just to eat. Imagine never escaping the choking cycle of poverty from …

December 2019

When God Uses Goats to Answer Prayer

Sometimes, God decides to answer prayer supernaturally. Other times, He uses a natural solution, such as a goat. For Nand and his family, the gift of a pair of goats was …

November 2019

Chills of Winter Give Way to Warmth

Sinhal’s childhood was marred by poverty and trauma. He and his family struggled to survive, staving off hunger and illness any way they could. Yet, above all else, there was one problem that never seemed …

November 2019

Woman Leaves Hatred for Love

When Pastor Luhit first started visiting Shalini’s village, he faced a skeptical environment. Many people didn’t trust him because they didn’t like Christians. But Pastor Luhit’s heart of compassion didn’t waver. He knew that many …

November 2019

Mission Support Team Carries Vision Between Supporters and National Workers

When Grace first visited GFA’s U.S. headquarters in Texas, something caught her eye: a box filled with hundreds of sheets of purple, pink, green and white papers waiting to be processed. Grace herself had waited …

June 2019

Woman Remembers Her Promise

Through God’s anointing, Mala, a GFA-supported worker, has been instrumental in seeing one church and three smaller fellowships established in an area where following Jesus has a steep cost. As Mala talks to people about …

June 2019

Pastoral Advice Leads to Needed Medical Attention

Ajay, weak and helpless, could no longer tend his rice field. His health had been deteriorating for a year. Apala, concerned for her husband and the future of their family, sacrificed many animals for his …

May 2019

Daughter Healed, Family Comforted

A woman and her daughter walked into the medical camp. Stress and anxiety lined the mother’s face, while pain lingered in the daughter’s. Beulah hoped that her daughter would finally be cured of her constant …

April 2019

Father Finds Himself Blessed, Not Burdened

It was a day that for most parents would have been joyful: Sushil’s wife, Rajika, was ready to deliver their baby. But when she gave birth to a daughter, disappointment filled Sushil’s heart. Sushil and …

April 2019

A Home of Their Own

Pastor Braiden and his wife, Phebe, have been serving the Lord for more than 10 years in the same place. Ministry was difficult at first, but God was faithful. Within a short amount of time, …

September 2018

The Sickness that Seemed to Never End

Aahan read the promise from God’s Word, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). These words went deep …

August 2018

Tools to Equip Workers

Following are a couple of stories highlighting various tools given to GFA-supported workers, which equip them for ministry where God has called them to serve. Tools like winter clothing and film equipment are crucial for …

June 2018

Opposition at Wedding Leads to Jesus Well

Before Jesus Wells are drilled, people in many communities gather water from ponds and rivers because they have no access to a clean, safe water source. For Christians in Muralee’s village, their water sources were …

April 2018

The Building by Grandma’s House

They had heard singing and laughter from young souls. The noises came from the building where GFA-supported pastor Taruntapan hosted Sunday school for local children. Bali and …

April 2018

Film Ministry Stories

God is using GFA-supported film ministry to show thousands of people His love and sacrifice for them. Over the years, many have come to embrace Christ as Lord after watching a film on Jesus’ life. …

April 2018

Sleeping Under a Surprise

"We do not have mosquito nets, and during the night, many mosquitoes would bite us,” shares 22-year-old Babita, the eldest daughter in a family of six. But worse than the itch of the bites were …

April 2018

Restless Wanderer Points the Way

“Soon after the birth of my sister, family problems started between my parents,” Jaiman, a GFA-supported pastor, recalls. “My father had affairs with other women.” Because of the escalating problems in …

April 2018

A Place for Prayer

It was 10:00 on Sunday morning. A crowd stood outside Htay Pyi’s house—fathers, mothers and bored-looking children, all wearing their Sunday best. They were waiting for Htay Pyi and his family to finish rearranging their …

February 2018

Why Was He Different?

Janvijay lived a pretty pampered and relaxed life. As the youngest of his siblings, he was well taken care of, even though his father died when he was a young boy. His mother loved him. …

February 2018

What the Doctors Couldn’t Do

“You try to please your god, but he is angry with you,” Sahasya’s community mocked. These words cut deep into Sahasya’s heart. He had been trying all he could with his meager …

January 2018

Short Stories about the Impact of Christmas Gifts

Many people throughout the world have the skills they need to provide for themselves, but they lack the means to purchase required tools. Without these necessary resources, many become daily laborers, depending …

January 2018

A Bike for a Pastor ...

GFA-supported pastor Bhupad had a long way to go. He wanted to meet the people in his village, and that meant walking. He wanted to pray with them and encourage the believers he knew, and …

January 2018

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Nishat struggled to provide for his family. He worked hard every day he could, but as a day laborer, he struggled to find consistent work. That meant he often wasted precious time …

January 2018

Rickshaw Driver Shares About His Life

Tragedy, poverty and hardship plagued Bakool and his family for years. In the following account, Bakool relates how God intervened in his life and brought peace and practical aid to combat the poverty he faced. …

December 2017

‘How Is She Still Alive?’

Her doctors couldn’t understand. Harsika should have been dead. Her kidneys were diseased. They failed to function. Yet the widow was still alive ... barely. As disease ravaged Harsika’s body, worries plagued her mind. She …

December 2017

Fifty Years to Find Peace

Fifty-year-old Jagrav stood before the silent crowd. “I do not know how many people here believe in what they have heard or seen,” he said. “But I believe in God ...” His words were clear, …

December 2017

He Didn’t Need to Say a Word

Tilak and his wife were happy again; no one could deny that. But some people in the village were anything but happy about the transformation in their lives. Villagers blamed the GFA-supported pastor for the …

October 2017

From Gossip to Godly

Akhila’s mouth had uttered lies and half-truths. It had passed on things her ears heard, things that weren’t meant to be shared with others. It had spoken with manipulative intent, poking, prodding and provoking others. …

August 2017

No Ordinary Building

Sweat dripped down Ekansh’s body as he dug a shovel into the ground. Earth begrudgingly gave way to his labors. But despite the difficulty, Ekansh and several others labored …

August 2017

A Timely Visit

Neeharika doubled over, retched, sputtered and watched in horror as blood came out. Over the next several days, the pain and the stress of her illness made it difficult for her to think straight. Her …

August 2017

A Day for the Widows

One hundred and ten women gathered together, invited by the local GFA-supported pastor and workers. Some were young; some were old. Some were Christians; others were not. Some had young children; others were bereft. Each …

June 2017

The Onion that Changed Her Life

Fruit and vegetable vendors littered the sides of the road. GFA-supported pastor Varin approached a woman whose pile of root vegetables looked promising. The papery skin of an onion crinkled as he picked it up, …

June 2017

‘I Can’t Live Without Drinking’

Jaihayal heard that his uncle, Kulvir, had fallen into a bad way. His uncle formerly held a good reputation as a humble and gentle man, but now a steadily growing bondage to alcohol was sapping …

June 2017

When God Healed the Witch Doctor’s Son

People in the village could hear the sounds of a man’s screams as the rickshaw passed. It stopped near the building where the Christians met, and a desperate and haggard-looking family stepped out. They brought …

April 2017

Short Stories About Jesus Wells

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April 2017

A Crowd of Christians

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April 2017

Prison, Praise, Persistent Love

When Taral’s first child became seriously ill, Taral didn’t call upon the gods of his wife’s religion—he immediately called Pastor Havish and asked him to pray. Pastor Havish hung up the phone. Taral’s baby, only …

February 2017

His New Bicycle

It was hot. Summers always were. Sweat beaded on Hasan’s brow and mingled with the dust from the street. The smells of human feces, unwashed bodies and rotting garbage filled the air, blending into a …

February 2017

Faith Stands Firm Despite Illness

Four siblings crowded together over their mother’s sick bed, crying out to Jesus on her behalf. She could hardly move, and she couldn’t speak. No one knew what was wrong, but their father had a …

January 2017

A Jacket Can Change a Life

Parmeet once struggled to provide for his family because he couldn’t work in the extremely harsh weather. Now, because of his new jacket, he can work even when it is very cold! “I have many …

December 2016

The Quest

While many impoverished people in Asia seek provision for their physical needs, their hunger for spiritual answers is often even greater. Manal (not pictured) searched for years before finding answers in God’s Word. Who was …

December 2016

A Jesus Well Was the Ticket!

Even when no one wants to listen to them, pastors like Kundan are eager to help their communities with their daily problems, such as the lack of clean water. This well, like the one in …

December 2016

God’s Word in the Hands of His Servant

Congregations like Pastor Lomash’s, and like this one pictured, engage in corporate prayer and intercession for the needs of people in their community. “Come to me, all you who labor and are …

December 2016

No Room for Worship in the Bamboo Hut

Many congregations, such as the one pictured, suffer for lack of a church building. This one has to meet under a large tree. Pastor Syon clapped his hands and kept on singing. The room he …

October 2016

Tin Sheets Provide Peaceful Sleep

Ohas and his family are so thankful for a waterproof home, made possible by a gift of tin sheets. Ohas had taken on extra work in the coal mines to take care of his family. …

October 2016

The Days of Small Beginnings

Even with young children, Gospel For Asia-supported pastors, such as Chetan and the one pictured here, are willing to go wherever the Lord leads them in order to share His love where no one else …

October 2016

Good Shepherd Takes Care of Goat Herder

Ujendra rounded up the goats and cows after they had grazed, leading them back to their homes with a wooden stick. Villagers hired him to care for their livestock, even though he didn’t have any …

October 2016

Forsaken Mother Loved by the Church

Receiving a blanket once seemed impossible for women like Nidhyana, or this woman pictured who suffers from leprosy. Nidhyana couldn’t stop shivering. With no blanket to retain her body heat, the 65-year-old woman found it …

September 2016

Short Stories about National Missionaries

Every day, our brothers and sisters in Asia are crying out to God on behalf of needy people around them. Interceding for those who have various physical ailments is just one of their prayers. We …

September 2016

That None Will Go Thirsty

In areas with short water supplies, people often have to choose between walking for miles to find clean water or settling for contaminated sources. The young father of four lowered his vessel deep into the …

August 2016

Water Filter Removes Stomach Pain

“I would take medicine for my stomach pain,” Bakul shares. “However, in spite of continuous treatment, I continued to struggle from unbearable pain in my stomach.” A Gospel for Asia-supported pastor …

August 2016

Finding Help in a Bucket of Milk

Just one year ago, life was different for the young woman. Gina could feel the daily ache in her muscles from her hard labor. Dust from the quarry where she worked mingled …

August 2016

Meeting the God Who Loves Widows

If there is a god, she thought, Why does he not care for me? Why did he let me face such a sorrowful life? The civil war changed everything for Gargi. …

June 2016

She Was 25 and Couldn’t Read

When the prayers of a GFA-supported pastor and the local congregation freed Mirgakshi’s father from his strange behavior and inexplicable health issues, Mirgakshi and her family fell in …

June 2016

‘What Difference Did It Make?’

Rujul grew up following the traditional religion of his ancestors. He believed that every village, tribe and community had their own personal gods, but they all led to the same destiny in the end. Christians …

June 2016

From Danger to Good Health

Ekanga was worried about his wife. Though Pallavini took local remedies for healing, nothing helped. Many of the so-called treatments only made her worse. For more than a year, her bleeding continued, leaving her weaker …

April 2016

A Pastor’s Intercession

Gospel for Asia-supported pastors pray for and encourage those who are sick. Many people like Mihirkiran are completely healed as a result! Pastor Babala was a family man who had nine children. So when he …

April 2016

Short Stories

New church buildings are inaugurated every year in South Asia through the prayers, support and generous donations of men and women like you. In this issue of Harvest, we want to share with you the …

April 2016

Arrested Prodigal Set Free

Satwik felt someone grab his arms and pull him away from the fight. It wasn’t the first time the authorities had arrested him, and it wouldn’t be the last. The drunken teenager struggled against the …

February 2016

When Pastor and Murderer Meet

Kyine Kyi had his first swig of alcohol when he was 14 years old. Drugs were added, and before long, these two substances dominated the mind of the young man. Eight years later, Kyine Kyi …

January 2016

Free for Life and for Eternity

No matter how hard he tried, Sundrit couldn’t free himself on his own. As an alcoholic and a drug addict, Sundrit experienced the effects of his habits on a daily basis. He tried to quit …

September 2015

New Life for a Madman

Flooded with anguish and grief after his father’s death, little Baucha dropped out of school and withdrew from society. From then on, whenever someone even glanced at him while laughing, he took offense and responded …

September 2015

Finding Peace After Death and Addiction

Ellis felt a strange sense of peace come over him. The pastor had only spoken a few words to him, but they were enough. He hadn’t experienced such peace in what seemed like an eternity. …

August 2015

Robbers’ Den Gains New Reputation

Shaurav walked into Pastor Jacob’s office and invited him to come minister in his village, Parinat Khera. For the Gospel for Asia district pastor, Shaurav’s request was an answer to prayer. But most people would …

August 2015

Light, Confidence in the Shadow of Death

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” The words of Psalm 23 …

June 2015

‘Will Your God Accept Me?’

Priyala, 7, lay bedridden, unable to open her eyes. Her motionless body looked dead. But her father, Ganesh, couldn’t—wouldn’t—help her. When he should have been there for his daughter the most, Ganesh kept leaving home …

June 2015

Saved Twice to Save Others

Peter tumbled through the river’s raging current, head and limbs cresting above the waters, while his friends frantically ran after him along the riverbank, seeking some way to rescue him. When Peter came near the …

June 2015

A Church Building for Those Who Don’t Come

As the believers arrived, they sat down and filled the small room. More families came, looked inside and realized there was no room for them, so they took their seats outside the entryway. Worship songs …

April 2015

Man Receives Water Filter and Mercy

Each day, Kaamil’s family drank contaminated water because they didn’t have a pure water source. Then GFA pastor Padman invited them to an event where they would receive a BioSand water filter. There, Kaamil listened …

April 2015

A Terrifying Invitation From Their Persecutors

Like Prajin, many people in Asia who have never heard the Good News view believers with suspicion. Prajin was the last person Kambojand Bhupal expected to see on their doorstep. A visit from him could …

April 2015

‘I Was a Beggar; Now I Am a Believer’

Sarbani, 18, lived the life of a beggar. She’d watched her parents go door to door, begging for one meal a day, and now she followed in their footsteps. She didn’t think she would ever …

April 2015

‘Chance’ Meeting Fulfills TwoWomen’s Longings

Smita immediately recognized the booklet two women handed her. Did these ladies have answers to her questions?

February 2015

Saving a Child—and a Buffalo— With a Bicycle

When Gospel for Asia pastor Vikranta arrived in the small village, he knew where he was going and what to expect.

January 2015

An Alcoholic Man Finds Peace and Income

Maaran’s new lifestyle was tearing his family apart. He had fallen into a deep depression while struggling to earn enough income to provide for his wife and four children who still lived at home. He …

October 2014

‘I Don’t Have Extraordinary Power to Heal’

Pastor Payas lived in a region where most people, entrenched in their own religions, didn't want to hear about Jesus. Pastor Payas had been sharing the Good News for about six years before a handful …

October 2014

Just What They Needed: Goat Milk

Providing for a family can be hard enough on a normal salary, but on a daily wage labourer’s, it is nearly impossible. Add in the expenses of multiple families living together, and survival becomes a …

October 2014

Truth Finds Man at His Lowest Point

Manindra had lost all hope—hope his father would ever get better, hope he could find a wife and hope his family could ever have joy or peace again. Even though his family members faithfully followed …

September 2014

Young Girl’s Healing Leads to Jesus Well, Restores Village

Typhoid, jaundice and malaria ravaged first-grader Pranati’s little body all at once. She had become the victim of a harsh climate—and of drinking contaminated water. She was on the cusp of death when she was …

August 2014

11-Year-Old Believer Knows God Listens

As she grew closer to Him, she often told the Lord her most secret desires. Eleven-year-old Oja’s parents did everything they could to provide for her and her two brothers, but their finances still came …

August 2014

Miracles Shake City of Poverty, Hostility

As Gospel for Asia pastor Rajdeep ministers in a South Asian city, he is witnessing many remarkable events. Before Pastor Rajdeep and his wife moved to this city in November 2012, many pastors had been …

August 2014

Pastor’s Question Leaves Young Man Stunned

One Sunday, Dhruvesh went to church as usual, but after the service, Pastor Tarak pulled him aside. Dhruvesh fervently prayed for a bicycle. The young man had no hope of reaching his job on time …

August 2014

The Gift No One Else Ever Gave

After having three children, Tapti faced sudden tragedy: Her husband died, leaving the four of them alone. The young widow, a believer, couldn’t provide for her children. The family was destitute. Laalamani also became a …

June 2014

Tract Results in Life-Changing Phone Call

Seva, a wife and mother of four, shares the impact of one little piece of paper: “I had been suffering with typhoid for five years. For my treatment we had gone to doctors, but I …

June 2014

Being Left to Die Saved His Life

Nandi doesn’t remember why he left home as a young boy, but he can’t forget how much his life has changed since then. Several years ago, Nandi got on a train and ended up on …

June 2014

Infection, Rejection Overtake Man’s Life

The flesh in his legs began to decay, and although doctors said his leprosy was curable, he couldn’t afford the necessary treatment. Manpreet thought it was just a sting from a caterpillar, but the small, …

June 2014

Jesus Really Loves Me?

No matter the age of a child, most parents will stay up all night waiting for them to return home. This was definitely true for Himesh’s parents. They waited for 11-year-old Himesh when he stayed …

June 2014

Beacon of Peace Draws Man from Train

As the train pulled to a stop, Arvinda made his decision: He was getting off. All his life, Arvinda had devoutly followed all the teachings and observed all the rituals of his religion but problems …

May 2014

Single Mother Turned Prostitute Given New Life

With no one to turn to, Mayuri began selling her body, using the little she earned to feed her daughters. Mayuri’s father was a drunkard. Mayuri and her mother worked each day, and Mayuri’s father …

May 2014

Sewing in Due Time

Even though Minati was 45 years old, receiving a Christmas gift was still the highlight of her year. When Gospel for Asia presented her with a sewing machine, a very specific dream of hers finally …

May 2014

Baby Nears Death, Family Watches Helplessly

The doctors discharged Abhiraj from the medical facility, giving his mother, Bahula, little hope for his survival. Pastor Santua picked up the phone. The person on the other end of the line asked the pastor …

May 2014

Saved from the Fate of Her 14 Siblings

Although Navina had survived through her teen years, it seemed she would never recover. Would Navina’s story end the same way her older siblings’ had? All 14 of Navina’s older siblings had died prematurely. Her …

February 2014

‘I Have Reached Many with the Good News by Using the Bicycle’

Gospel for Asia pastor Pavan ministers in multiple villages in a mountainous region of South Asia.The only reason he can do what he does is because of his bicycle. One village he ministers in is …

January 2014

A Modern-Day Joseph Reaches Hardened Criminals

Gospel for Asia-supported pastor Samuel doesn't have a coat of many colors, but in many other ways he can identify with the Old Testament figure Joseph. Like Joseph, Samuel spent prime years …

January 2014

‘Thank You’ from a Christmas Gift Recipient

My name is Sadhri. I was born and brought up in a non-Christian family. My husband, Champak, farms to support my family. I have one son named Udit. As the days went by, my husband …

January 2014

How an Argument Led to Salvation

Emaan had been ready for a good argument when Pastor Kavith showed up. As planned, Emaan began barraging Kavith with questions. But Emaan’s motivations were different than he had originally intended. When Gospel for Asia-supported …

September 2013

Delivered from Darkness to Light

Harish didn’t know what to do anymore. His son, Abhay, had become ill so suddenly. It started when Abhay couldn’t sleep one night. It’s fairly common for people to have sleepless nights every now and …

September 2013

‘My Life Is in Christ’: One Man’s Journey from Depression to Hope

One minute he had possessed nearly everything he could want; the next he was undone by tragedy. Married to a woman he loved and blessed with two children, Hammad enjoyed his life. He faithfully worshipped …

September 2013

Fresh Water and a Miracle

They were running low on water again. Gaurav didn’t want to walk all the way to the hospital to get more, but that was the only option. Water was scarce, and it was a daily …

August 2013

Jesus Loves Snake-Catchers Too

As usual, people in the bustling city marketplace hustled past Pradip, trying to avoid him. A snake-catcher, Pradip was disdained by almost everyone. His people are a nomadic group at the bottom of the caste …

August 2013

How Can I Shine for Jesus?

Seventeen-year-old Parni did not need the ability to see into the future in order to guess what hers might soon look like. If her life turned out similar to the lives of the women in …

August 2013

Hope Rises over Tiger Country

Each time he entered the jungle, Hashmat didn’t know if it would be his last trip there. Then one day his fears became reality when a tiger pounced on him. Like many men before him, …

June 2013

Praising God through Pain

He returned home, unable to move from his bed, but his focus remained on God. Siraj’s life changed in an instant. As he travelled home from college to visit his family, a sudden accident caused …

June 2013

Saved from Her Nightmares

“Ramila is abnormal,” Malini, Ramila’s mother, told the staff. “She could be attacked by an evil spirit at any time.” It’s not uncommon for children to have nightmares when they are young. It is, however, …

June 2013

It's a Jungle out There

Rasul had such a burden to share the love of Christ with the people of that village, but obstacles stood in his way. It’s difficult when you feel a calling in your heart from the …

June 2013

More than Any Other Deity

As Bahubali watched, he felt a strange sensation, as if Jesus were touching him and healing him, too. Intense pain gripped Bahubali’s stomach, but he was determined to stay for the entire film screening. A …

April 2013

Murderous Soldier Saved for a Purpose

Crime was an everyday event in the area where missionary couple Arun and Maina lived. Each week, the couple heard reports of women raped and thieves caught. Women faced a lot of discrimination, which made …

April 2013

Weapons Not of This World

“This is our weapon,” Sunil told the inspector. “By this we kill evil—not men.” The police gave no explanation as they took Sunil to the station. Another pastor, Tahir, had also been arrested, but neither …

February 2013

Inquiries in the Dark

Pavani Chopra, another missionary who was familiar with the area’s religion, spoke clearly to people’s hearts as he presented the Gospel and answered the many questions. By the end of the meeting, nearly half the …

February 2013

'Will Jesus Help Me Stop Using Alcohol?'

“Now they are talking to me and caring for me,” Shaunak says. “I thank the Lord Jesus for that.” Shaunak’s life revolved around working and drinking. Only 18 years old, the quiet young man had …

February 2013

Mother of Nine at the Brink of Death

When Sneha asked Rajeshri about her past life, Rajeshri’s face darkened. Sneha, a Gospel for Asia woman missionary, had reached out to Rajeshri at her lowest point, near death, but Rajeshri had faced many other …

February 2013

Fifteen Minutes, Changed Forever

Even when he was sober, it seemed he could never find a way for his family to be happy. One day, though, he heard something on the radio that changed everything. The year away from …

February 2013

Good Son Goes Mad

At 23, Talleen could hardly have been a better son: He helped support the household, was kind to his parents and faithfully prayed to his traditional deity. Yet for all that, Talleen’s family was struggling …

January 2013

Loving and Leading in the Slums

When Akshay Sharma moved away from home 14 years ago, he couldn’t imagine the impact he’d make on his new city. A Bridge of Hope project director, Akshay has a unique life story, but he …

January 2013

A Bicycle and Multiplication

Gospel for Asia pastor Dhumal Tambe is ready to do whatever it takes to shine the light of Christ among the unreached in his region. As he shares the Word of God and lives it …

January 2013

Forgotten No Longer

A hospital is welcomed in all parts of the world. As the inauguration of Gospel for Asia’s new medical centre took place, the hundreds of people gathered saw it as a beacon of hope. This …

January 2013

Where's Your Church Located?

Pastor Champak has a vision for his ministry. His mission field: a local prison. Champak has had this prison on his heart for many years. He prayed and fasted and then approached the authorities for …

January 2013

Hanged Twice, Saved Once

Slowly he realized there was truth to what the believers had been telling him. This Jesus really did love everyone enough to die for their sins. In a family of 12, there are bound to …

December 2012

Healed in an Instant!

Pastor Sachh waited patiently. The ministry in this village had progressed slowly, and he longed to see a breakthrough in people’s hearts. Sachh knew God would be faithful to bring it to pass, but he …

December 2012

Transformed by the Word

The proprietor of a successful business, Nandak gave all the credit to his gods. There used to be little hope in Nandak’s life: his father had died when he was in the 10th grade, leaving …

December 2012

No Longer Alone

Jaideep, 27, lived a lonely existence for nine years, toiling to provide for himself. He shares how God changed his life: “I was born and brought up in a poor family. . . Though I …

December 2012

The Good Samaritan

Pastor Birbal had no intention of stopping in this particular village. He was just passing through to minister in a different area that day. But when he saw a man lying in the road, bleeding …

August 2012

From a Beer Can to a Bible

Lankesh had a secure job as a bus conductor in the city. He was responsible for the safe transportation of hundreds of Sri Lankans every day. With the income from his job, Lankesh helped support …

August 2012

Grace in a Difficult Land

Gaura has grown up her entire life in a village that is aggressively hostile to Christianity. Her father works as a farmer and her mother is a housewife, but they do not earn much of …

August 2012


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