Paramita’s friends whizzed past her on their bicycles as she trekked the long four-mile journey to school. She longed to have a bike of her own so she could arrive to school on time, but every weekday morning, Paramita had to walk.
She was often exposed to the harsher elements of weather. When it rained, her school books would get drenched. When the sun’s heat was intense, she would arrive to school and return home exhausted. Many of these issues rendered her unable to focus completely on schoolwork. Knowing her family’s financial state, Paramita thought it best not to ask her parents for a bicycle.
Determined to Succeed
In 2015, Paramita began the school year in the eighth grade, but due to travel difficulties and inconsistent attendance, she was demoted to seventh grade. In spite of the odds that were stacked against her, Paramita continued her pursuit of education.
Although she has parents who supported her educational endeavors, the financial state of Paramita’s family prevented her from being able to afford the things she needed to succeed. If she had a bicycle, like her friends, then she wouldn’t need to worry about the amount of time it took to get to and from school, and she could beat the heat.
New Hope for a Brighter Future
In November 2015, a Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported Christmas gift distribution took place, and many school-going children were given bicycles. Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported pastor Balaraj took notice of Paramita’s situation and gave her a bike.
Paramita said: “All my friends go to school by bicycle, and I wanted to have a bicycle like my friends. But I knew the difficulties that my parents have financially, and so I dared not ask them. But sometimes when I am alone, I used to feel discouraged and cry for my life. Now, my life is changed after getting the bicycle, because every day I go to school regularly, and I am not late, neither do I get tired. I am very happy.”
Receiving a bicycle made a huge impact on Paramita’s life. She could catch up and improve on her studies, which led to being promoted a grade level. She also started to travel to Pastor Balaraj’s church on Sunday mornings. Through the blessing of a bicycle, Paramita experienced the love and provision of her Heavenly Father and now delights to walk with Him.