Tears of compassion rolled down Dayalu’s face. He saw her. The skinny, frail body of a little girl, no more than 2 years old, sitting alone near a thorny bush. Ants covered her. She cried out in pain as they bit her innocent, little face. Swooping her up in his fatherly arms, Dayalu took her home with him. She was safe now. Janvi would become part his family.
Parents Abandon Daughter
Little Janvi had a mom and dad, but they never loved her. Addicted to alcohol, Janvi’s parents let strong drink and loose living control their lives. They moved from place to place, pitching their tent wherever they wandered. When little Janvi was born, her mom did not feed her well, and she became sickly due to her parents’ neglect. After two years, they were tired of caring for her and felt burdened by her life. She was completely worthless in their eyes, and so were the two other daughters they had let die. They decided to leave Janvi and never return.
But God had a very different opinion of little Janvi and had a special plan for her precious life.
Bridge of Hope Eases Financial Strain
Janvi grew up in Dayalu’s home after the day he found her crying and being bitten by ants. Dayalu and his wife loved and cared for her as they did their own daughter and son.
Although Dayalu had a sympathetic heart, he was very poor. Providing three meals a day for his family was a constant struggle for him. It was difficult putting eager-to-learn Janvi through school. When Dayalu found out Janvi could join the nearby Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported Bridge of Hope center, he happily enrolled her.
Today, Janvi is able to go to school without it being a financial strain on the family. Bridge of Hope has been a huge blessing to Janvi and her family. She loves school and is at the top of her class, excelling in her studies.
Loved by Adopted Father, Loved by God
Dayalu and his family love the Lord and attend church as a family, worshiping Jesus together. Janvi is learning more about Jesus as she goes to Sunday School, and through the love of her adopted father, she has learned that she can be adopted into God’s family, too.
“I have been there for her countless times,” Dayalu said. “I have emotionally, mentally and spiritually supported her in anything she wanted to do in her life.”
Janvi, though once abandoned and thought worthless by her parents, was never abandoned by God. She knows she is precious in the eyes of the Lord, who is her Heavenly Father.
“‘For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise,’ says the LORD; ‘I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.’” —Psalm 12:5