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Moment of Compassion Reveals Eternal Hope

Rani’s life had withered under the shadow of pain and hardship, but one day light penetrated that shadow when three women simply noticed Rani and the sadness lining her face—a sadness …

July 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 …

July 2020

The Helping Hand for Her Future

Amita swept the floor, scrubbed the dishes and washed clothes, as she did most days. The girl’s faithful labor aided her mother, who struggled to provide for three …

July 2020

Widow Journeys from Depression, Pain to Healing

Loneliness. Financial hardship. Snakes. Sahima’s life was full of burdens, but now her hands were full of hope. A shred of joy lit within Sahima’s heart as she took a sack of …

June 2020

When Hope Met Their Hardships and Hard Work

Daya’s life turned upside down the day her husband, a laborer, fell off a roof and died. Daya, a stay-at-home mom, had to find work to feed her …

May 2020

Words of Comfort in the Aftermath of Tragedy

Delani’s past holds more tragedy than most people ever encounter. As a child, she and her four siblings became orphans. Their subsequent poverty forced Delani to abandon her dream of literacy …

April 2020

Wounds of Leprosy Healed

Leprosy. The very word carries a certain stigma and arouses apprehension in Asia, as if merely uttering it could expose you to the disease. Those affected by …

February 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. …

January 2020

Lifting a Widow’s Burden

Today, there are around 284 million widows globally.1 Some face prejudice and are blamed for their husband’s death. Others face extreme poverty. Najma, a mother of three, joined the millions of …

June 2019

Building a House of Hope

Sabeena’s primary concern was keeping her girls safe. At ages 6 and 11, they were vulnerable without a father’s protection. The death of Sabeena’s husband reduced the family to poverty, forcing …

May 2019

Walking Together Through the Valley of Darkness

Selvan stood before the other Bridge of Hope children holding a heavy induction cooker beneath his bright face. His mother was going to love this high-efficiency cook top, a vast improvement …

January 2019

Debt and Death Leave a Wake of Despair

Debt crippled Navita’s husband. As drought destroyed their harvest, all hope of paying off their loan vanished with the crops. Collection notices mounted, and Navita’s husband could only see one way …

September 2018

The One Who Knew a Widow’s Pain

Saci’s life was not easy. As a girl, she forwent an education in order to work alongside her parents as a laborer in the tea gardens. With the …

August 2018

An Abandoned Mother’s Choice

Hansini looked incredulously at her husband. How could he want to kill their infant son? She refused to support his decision, which only caused more tension in the house and in their …

August 2018

Unlocking the Door

Two of her children were gone. Missing. Where were they? What had happened? Where had they gone? It was her husband. He had taken them. Taken them and left again without telling …

June 2018

‘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 …

December 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; …

June 2017

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 …

September 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 …

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 …

June 2016

Widow Receives Aid After Tropical Storm

As a widow, Tanuja found it difficult to provide for her four children even before Cyclone Phailin hit in 2013. Though casualties were few, the severe tropical storm ravaged much of …

January 2016

A Widow’s Journey from Dirtiness to Dignity

With her usual messy hair and dirty clothes, Tulasi approached her neighbour’s home to ask a favour. The widow’s poor hygiene and unkempt appearance repulsed most of her fellow villagers, but Tulasi …

June 2015

Woman Insults Missionary, Then Ponders His Words

Mita lashed Pastor Jameson with her words, but he simply smiled. Her reaction wasn’t surprising—most of the people in Pastor Jameson’s community didn’t listen to him, convinced he worshipped a foreign …

October 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 …

June 2014

A Piglet Brings Dignity to a Family of Eight

Apurva and her seven children shared a small house consisting of a common room, a kitchen and one bedroom. The family of eight lived in poverty because Apurva, a widow, earned …

January 2014

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 …

June 2013

Off the Streets and Out of Bed

Usually Nabanipa, 65, spent her days begging. But when she didn’t leave her small hut for three days, her neighbours didn’t bother to find out why. After the death of Nabanipa’s husband, …

June 2013

A New Roof and an Eternal Shelter

Sahasra’s life as a single mother and sole breadwinner for three sons was difficult enough. Now that her tiny, one-room house had collapsed, she didn’t know what to do. When a week-long …

April 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 …

February 2013


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