Compassion Services

Medical care is hard to come by in a lot of areas of South Asia. By providing medical checkups, and care for leprosy patients through Gospel for Asia’s compassion services, the love of Christ is shared in a very practical way.

Beauty from the Ashes of an AIDS Diagnosis

Shame engulfed Hanin the moment she heard the devastating news: She had AIDS. She sank into an ocean of despair. She wanted to end her life but held back for the sake of her children. All her life’s happy plans with her husband and children were dashed to pieces before her tear-filled eyes. By the time Hanin was diagnosed, her […] Read more »

Celebrating Clean Hands

Soapy water spilled on the dirt ground as little hands rubbed together with enthusiasm. Village children were performing the technique they had just learned. Smiles strung across the faces of young and old alike as they washed their hands, participating in Global Hand Washing Day activities. A Day Worth Celebrating Last year GFA-supported workers across Asia joined together in spreading […] Read more »

The Enormity of a Single Insect

Half the population of the world, or 3.2 billion people, live where malaria is easily transmitted. Malaria killed 438,000 in 2015 alone, and according to the World Health Organization, 7 percent of those deaths were in the South-East Asia Region Malaria is highly prevalent in tropical and subtropical regions. One of the major reasons it transmits so quickly is because […] Read more »

Women Missionaries Teach Menstrual Hygiene in Gypsy Colony

As the women missionaries entered the gypsy colony, they could see garbage and waste strewn around and children playing in the filth. As they walked through the colony, their hearts were saddened to see the poor living conditions of the people. The sisters could see a few homes within the colony, but the majority of the people lived in makeshift […] Read more »

A GFA-supported pastor gives a box of medicines to the director of the children’s home.

GFA Helps Provide Medicine for Children’s Home

Before coming to stay at a children’s home in Sri Lanka, many of the children were alone, with no one to properly care for them and give them the love they needed. But at this privately-run children’s home, the children found a place where they belonged, a place where they knew they were loved and cared for. Then, through extenuating […] Read more »

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When Love Intersects Shame and Pain

Tapan’s community is remarkably diverse for being so unified. Some people were born in lush farm country, others in desert lands. Some may have been carpenters or teachers, others were farmers. They likely grew up speaking a different language than their neighbors. Yet despite their differences, they understand each other more than most people might. They all ended up in […] Read more »

How Handwashing Can Save Lives

Global Handwashing Day is observed every year on October 15. Last year in 2016, GFA-supported workers held events throughout Asia to teach the importance of washing hands and how it can help prevent many fatal illnesses. Inexpensive Disease Prevention According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), “About 1.8 million children under the age of 5 die each year […] Read more »

Medical Camps – Love in Action

Eighty percent of diseases in Asia are preventable and curable. Unfortunately, many people do not have money to afford medical treatment for these various ailments. But GFA-supported medical ministry is making a difference in thousands of lives. Without Help Many people in Asia go without medical treatment because they cannot afford the cost, while others are not aware of basic […] Read more »

Finding Life in the Aftershocks

Barun’s life was in ruins long before the earthquake ever struck his country of Nepal on April 25, 2015. When he was younger, his mother died and his father got remarried to a woman who treated him harshly. Because of the ill treatment, he never finished his studies. When Barun married, he and his wife moved away to avoid the […] Read more »

Hated by Society, Loved by God

Society hated Miny. No one, not even her relatives, dared touch her. People saw her as cursed, sinful and unclean. She lived alone in a small house, shunned and despised. It wasn’t Miny’s fault, but for 17 years she suffered because of a disease her body held. The disease stole away more than her nerves and dignity—it stole away her […] Read more »

A New Kind of New Year

  On New Year’s Day in Asia, much like in the United States, many people celebrate by throwing parties, watching fireworks, singing, dancing and enjoying one another’s company. But not all people are able to celebrate the new year. Women who are widows may be rejected and alone, and extra gifts and treats are out of reach for many impoverished […] Read more »

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An Uncle’s Life-saving Love

Dhiraj tried to hush his upset wife, concerned her harsh words would reach his nephew’s ears, but she would not be hushed. She urged him to dump their nephew, 8-year-old Mani, at some faraway place so they would not need to care for him anymore. But Mani was weak and frail; missing just one day of his medication affected his […] Read more »

Bridge of Hope children on Global Handwashing Day

Soap and Good Health Go Hand in Hand

Dozens of boys and girls huddled in a group and looked at the water that collected as they rinsed the soap off their little hands. It was filthy! Their attention fully engaged, they watched medical doctors and GFA-supported Bridge of Hope staff demonstrate a life-saving skill: how to wash their hands. It was October 15, Global Handwashing Day. Their Bridge […] Read more »

Prayers heal man from leprosy

Rescued from Leprosy and Hopelessness

Leprosy racked Sundrit’s body for eight years. The medications, ointments and treatments he received at the hospital failed to produce healing, as did the traditional god he worshiped. As the years wore on, the young man’s hands and feet began bearing the telling marks of leprosy. After he lost his fingers and toes, Sundrit still managed to find ways to […] Read more »

A 65-year-old lady joyfully receives a winter blanket.

Earthquake Victims Receive Warm Blankets in Time for Winter

Gospel for Asia-supported pastor Utpal serves in a village in Nepal that was devastated by the earthquakes in April and May of 2015. Many homes were reduced to rubble, with precious belongings buried underneath the debris—including people’s winter clothes. Six months after the earthquakes, as winter approached, the people of this village struggled because they didn’t have the proper clothing […] Read more »