In a village where the only lifestyle children knew of was laboring for their daily needs, the children never thought of going to school. Two thousand families live here on barren land owned by the government and struggle to make ends meet, while alcoholism consumes the people.
“Nobody cares about the children of this village,” said a local Gospel for Asia correspondent. “They are poor and destitute.”
But for about five years, Gospel for Asia-supported pastor Ramra has visited this village to share the Good News and recognized their dire condition.
“I have a great burden for this village,” Ramra said. “It was my prayer for a long time to educate the unschooled children of this village.”
When a new Gospel for Asia-supported Bridge of Hope center opened in this village Pastor Ramra praised God.
“Now, my dream came true,” he said, “and I am really thankful to God.”
Since opening, the center has begun to transform families.
Father ‘Never Thought Such Goodness Would Come’
Nirupam, a father of one child enrolled in Bridge of Hope, said, “I am greatly thankful to the work of Christians. My village is remote and distant from developed areas. The name ‘Bridge of Hope’ itself is reminding me to hope for my village. I am sure the poverty will vanish away very soon from my village.”
Another father, Shiwal, used to spend his money on alcohol and left the needs of his five children entirely on his wife’s shoulders.
“I want my children to grow well,” Shiwal said. “I wasted my best time in life, and now I am helpless. But this center gave me a new hope for my children.”
Over 300 people came with their children to the inauguration ceremony of the Bridge of Hope center.
“The social activity of Gospel for Asia is highly appreciated,” said a municipal board member for the village. “There hasn’t been anyone who is concerned about this slum area so far, but Gospel for Asia is able to reach this remote area with the Bridge of Hope program. It is a real hope for the children in this village.”
Additionally, a local political leader shared her thanks.
“I have never seen the women of this village encourage their children to go to school, rather they try to earn money by sending them to work,” she said. “I am really happy to see a social network coming up to this level of taking care of the future of children. I want to see 80 percent of the girls going to school through the center.”
Through this new Bridge of Hope center, Abhik, father of one child enrolled in the center, said, “I am 100 percent sure of better lives for our children. I have never thought such goodness would come to our village. This only can be possible through Christians. The love of Christians is great. My children are also going to become well prepared for their future. I am overwhelmed with their concern for us.”
Now, the center has 83 children enrolled and continues to serve as a beacon of hope for the village.