Gospel for Asia-supported women missionaries get chances to share Christ's love with hurting women who wouldn't be able to open up to men.

Something Better than Escape

Madina cursed life. She wanted an escape—she wanted to die. The thought of leaving behind her younger brother, Makul, was the only thing that kept her from suicide. Madina, who had never married, and Makul, who had an intellectual handicap, lived with their older brother and his wife. Though it should have been a refuge for them, this home was […] Read more »

Hope Amidst Agonizing Headaches

After two years, it seemed Keya could no longer bear the pain these severe headaches inflicted. She had given up expectation of ever getting better, and she was continually discouraged about her condition. In agony, Keya’s husband watched his bride suffer. As a daily wage laborer, he didn’t make enough money for sufficient treatments, and he had already spent much […] Read more »

When a Baby Couldn’t Bring Lasting Joy

Two problems robbed Gunita of happiness: For 14 years, she hadn’t been able to have a baby, and for many of those years, she also suffered from constant bleeding that weakened her body. Gunita started worshiping idols zealously and trying out witch doctors’ remedies. After several months, she gave birth to a daughter. She finally felt happy—for a time. Gunita’s […] Read more »

Quenching the Thirst to Learn

Marmi rushed through her chores, excited for an afternoon meeting. With five children and a house to take care of, she didn’t have much spare time, but to Marmi, the meeting was well worth the sacrifice. Never a Chance to Learn The firstborn of 10 children, Marmi never had an opportunity to learn how to read. Instead of going to […] Read more »

What Treatments Couldn’t Do

Sahaj couldn’t walk properly. Her joints were giving her trouble, and she was in constant pain. She held out for hope of relief, so she traveled a few villages away, to her mother’s home, to receive treatment. But the treatments proved to be of no help; in fact, she became worse. Genuine Care and Healing Sahaj’s mother, Banht, was a […] Read more »

Alone No More

When Durjaya left for work one morning more than 20 years ago, Sahoj never expected it would be the last time she’d see her husband alive. Along with his regular job, Durjaya often trekked into the forest to collect firewood to support his family. It was one of these times, as he and two men were loading the wood onto […] Read more »

How a Young Woman Unlocked the Greatest Treasure

Below is the story of how a GFA-supported literacy class impacted the life of Soorat, 22. I have a father, mother, one sister and two younger brothers. My father is a laborer, and my mother is a housewife. Due to financial difficulty, I was not able to go to school. I was involved in household chores. My father was a […] Read more »

Healed

Eyes Open to the Lord

Daha couldn’t work. Blind since birth, he was used to certain restrictions, but he tried to make the most of his life. He had taught himself how to play multiple instruments and how to sing, and through his talent, he earned enough to provide the basic needs for his family. But a strong sense of misery still hung over him. […] Read more »

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Wayward Man Returns to Faith

Mandin and his family worshiped the village gods—at least, that is what they had resorted to. When several believers visited his home one day, they asked him about his knowledge of Jesus. His demeanor suddenly changed, and a shadow of defeat crossed his face. “Four years ago, I was a Christian,” Mandin said, “but because of opposition from our villagers, […] Read more »

Counting Her Days

Kalpana just could not understand why her skin felt as though it were burning. It was unbearable. The only time relief came was when she was sitting in a water tank, yet she often suffered from a cold because of being in the water so often. Kalpana’s husband and children witnessed her suffering. They could remember enjoying an easy life […] Read more »

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Woman’s Worries Are Prayed Away

Jyoti spent her time caring for her two children and trying to ensure her family was run well, while her husband labored in short-term jobs to provide for them. But when the summer came and her husband did not get any jobs, the worries of each day became nearly unbearable. Jyoti worried relentlessly about how her family would survive. Eventually, […] Read more »

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A Haunted Widow

Even the local missionaries knew the rumors about Tanuka: Her house was haunted and even she was under the control of an evil spirit. The rumors weren’t entirely wrong. At 70 years old, the only help widowed Tanuka received from her four grown and married children was a monthly stipend and occasional visits from her daughter. It was more than […] Read more »

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The True God and Other ‘Unnecessary Thoughts’

Life is complicated, Chameli told herself again. Why should I entertain unnecessary thoughts? But ever since the 16-year-old had heard about Jesus at the Bridge of Hope center she attended, she couldn’t stop thinking about her neighbors’ religious practices. If there are many gods, which one is the true God? Why do some members of the community forsake their own […] Read more »

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From Nighttime Terror to Sweet Rest

The house looked like it had been deserted long ago; cobwebs filled the rooms, but Maalai, Safia and Tannishtha ventured inside anyway, pressing toward the mysterious moaning they had heard from outside. The three women were Sisters of Compassion: national women missionaries specially trained to offer care in some of the most desperate communities. Whatever waited for them, they were […] Read more »

National Missionary

The Gospel Gave Her Hope

Ruchira, along with her husband, Jayin, came from a deeply religious background. She prayed and practiced rituals regularly to receive blessings for her life. However, there came a time when her life was anything but blessed. Ruchira started behaving strangely toward her husband and children, acting roughly and saying hurtful things for no apparent reason. She did not take care […] Read more »