Ahsan’s parents abandoned him. His abusive, alcoholic father ran off with another woman, leaving Ahsan’s mother, Sanita, to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives.
Sanita was left alone to provide for and raise Ahsan and his older siblings. She started to work as a laborer in a paddy field, but Sanita often fell sick and couldn’t work. With hardly any money coming in, Ahsan and his family went hungry for many days at a time.
The pressure to feed and educate her children weighed on Sanita’s shoulders until she collapsed from its heaviness. The physical abuse she had received from her husband was easier to bear than seeing hunger in her children’s eyes. She decided Ahsan and his sisters would be better off living with their grandparents, so she left.
Abandoned by His Parents
Ahsan was only 9 years old when his mother sent him to live with his grandparents. But because of their old age, Ahsan’s grandparents had difficulty providing for their grandchildren. The hope of a better life faded with the realization that things were just like they were before, the only difference being that Ahsan’s parents weren’t around.
Ahsan lived with bitter discouragement. He lost his parents. He was still hungry. He had no one to share his thoughts and struggles with. So the young boy decided to commit suicide to end his suffering.
Ahsan didn’t know, however, that throughout his hardships, God was working behind the scenes to deliver him.
Finding New Hope
It was during this time that Gospel for Asia Bridge of Hope staff members learned about Ahsan’s pitiful situation. They went to visit him, and the boy poured out his heartbreaking tale of abandonment. The staff encouraged Ahsan and put a plan into action to get him enrolled in their Bridge of Hope center.
While attending the center, Ahsan committed his life to the Lord. Today, he rejoices in his Savior who saved him from a pit of despair. Although he still longs to be reunited with his parents, Ahsan is discovering the true love of his Heavenly Father.
“God has been leading his life, and he learned how to live,” said a GFA field correspondent. “He praises God for Bridge of Hope, which made his life more meaningful.”