A Church Forced to Keep Quiet

Kitchen pots and utensils clatter as hurried hands shove them under the bed. Scurrying here and there, GFA-supported pastor Bandoni and his wife rearrange their home to prepare for Sunday morning service. After everyone fills the chairs set out along their room, Pastor Bandoni offers his bed as a place to sit. Some late comers peek in and turn around […] Read more »

Village Doctor Meets the Healer

Being the closest thing to a doctor that his village had, Aarav traveled from place to place giving medicine to his patients. There were always people in need of some remedy to cure their ailing health. But when Aarav began to have pain in his right hand, he had no medicine that could ease the discomfort. Aarav sought treatment from […] Read more »

Falling in Love and Gaining Christ

Tuhinsurra listened intently to the woman he loved. Her words soothed his peace-lacking heart and gave him much to think about. He learned Jesus died for him, even though he was living in sin. These beautiful, hope-filled words touched Tuhinsurra deeply as he looked into her dark eyes. Tuhinsurra was brought up in a very religious family. He attended the […] Read more »

A Longsuffering Friendship

Prayers saturated the hospital room. Fear fled at the sound of Latha’s voice, filled with strength and confident faith. Latha encouraged the young couple as she reminded them again to trust in God. Aarushi continued in labor; Latha’s words, words she once avoided and dreaded, seemed now to comfort her heart. Somehow, Latha’s prayers and steadfast faith gave Aarushi strength. […] Read more »

A Father’s Heart Trapped in a Bottle

Giri’s life was a picture of demolition. Day after day, from sun up to sun down, his life centered around buying and consuming alcohol. Giri’s cravings bound his working hands, causing him to neglect all of his responsibilities in the attempt to satisfy his addiction. His family’s basic needs like food, clothing and even schooling for his young sons, were […] Read more »

Mans mental illness healed through prayer to Jesus

Compassion Meets a Troubled Mind

Adway, a husband and father of three, was burdened with a disease of the mind, which resulted in his agony, suffering and uncontrollable physical outbursts. When the disease first took hold of Adway, he sought medical help and eventually recovered after various treatments. But within five years, the disease and all of its symptoms returned to wreak havoc on Adway […] Read more »

Alcoholic man learns about Jesus

‘What Difference Will Jesus Make?’

“My father is an alcoholic. Whenever he drinks alcohol, he becomes an angry and hateful person. He beats my mother almost every day. My family is going through a terrible time. He never loves or cares about us.” This was the hopeless situation of a 10-year-old girl named Lalasa. She lived with her parents and four siblings in heartache and […] Read more »

Peace replaces hatred after hearing from missionary

Freedom from Hatred and Suspicion

Hatred and distrust had been Dipendra’s regular companions for years. He and his family vehemently opposed anyone who followed Jesus, launching insults at Christians and refusing to allow any believer to enter their house. But then Dipendra found himself on the receiving end of hatred and suspicion. A rumor spread across Dipendra’s village and enraged his community: They suspected he […] Read more »

Impact of Sunday school in Asia

Finding Hope Through the Neighbor Girl

Chamudi looked into her daughter’s questioning brown eyes. How could she resist? Giving her consent, she watched 10-year-old Rashmi trot off to Sunday School with her best friend, a little girl living next door. That day was the start of a new life for Chamudi and her three children. A Family Without a Father Chamudi’s husband, Lakmal, earned a living […] Read more »

Train ride brings man peace

Beacon of Peace Draws Man from Train

As the train pulled to a stop, Arvinda made his decision: He was getting off. Deciding to Get Off All his life, Arvinda had devoutly followed all the teachings and observed all the rituals of his religion, but problems in his family left him without hope or joy. Then he lost his job and remained unemployed for more than a […] Read more »

God healed Hammad of depression through a pastor's prayer.

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

This story, originally published in Gospel for Asia’s September 2013 issue of Harvest Newsletter, demonstrates God’s power to lead national missionaries to minister to specific individuals at just the right time. Although Hammad now rejoices in heaven, his legacy continues to inspire believers to minister while there is yet opportunity. Married to a woman he loved and blessed with two […] Read more »

A Modern-day Hannah seen as cursed

A Modern-day Hannah

Laksha sat with her friend in the shade of a large tree, sharing about the past 40 years of her journey. When Laksha was 23 years old, she married Gulzar. They worked hard in the tea gardens where they lived and made enough to meet their needs. But for years, their hearts ached with longing for a child. In many […] Read more »

No need for a second amputation

When She Faced a Second Amputation

Saloni’s heart filled with dismay at the doctor’s words. Another amputation? The operation could save her life, but Saloni and her husband had no money to pay for the expense it would bring. What could she do? Saloni wondered if her gods were angry at her. Maybe if she offered them more sacrifices things would get better. Unbearable Pain Four […] Read more »

From Being Worshiped to Worshiping the True God

From Being Worshiped to Worshiping the True God

Htin Khin was 5 years old when his parents sent him to a religious institution to live. He quickly learned and followed the daily rituals and various activities of his new home and tried his best to do good things. By the time Htin Khin was 20, he was a spiritual leader over a village of about 500 families. Because […] Read more »

During the Christmas season, Gospel for Asia-supported missionaries like Pastor Shreyas often have many opportunities to share Christ's love.

Soldier’s Life Impacted by New Testament and Christmas Carols

Rochan credited his gods with getting him a good job, but when he went home for the Christmas holiday last year, he encountered a familiar face and heard about the love of Jesus, who could give him more than a job. This God could give him genuine peace and security. Soldier Encouraged by Old Acquaintance Rochan grew up with a […] Read more »