A Toilet Gives Widow Dignity

Pastor Jaiwant saw the struggles Mayil went through to provide for her family. She needed help and support, but society shunned her instead. Pastor Jaiwant knew how difficult everyday life was, especially because Mayil’s family lacked a proper toilet facility. Too poor to build a toilet, they resorted to using the open tea fields where they lived, often awaking early […] Read more »

Discovering the God Who Cares About Bug Bites

Flies and mosquitoes buzzed around sleeping bodies. The stagnant water near Lavenia’s communal hut provided a prime breeding ground for insects. In the morning the sleepers awoke to find their hair and clothes askew from the night’s rest and new, irritating bug bites forming on their unwashed skin. Poverty-stricken Widow Lavenia was a widow. After her husband died, she and […] Read more »

Rabbits Provide Groceries

Around 50 families gathered. Tattered clothes and the effects of a hard life marred their appearances. For most, poverty was all they knew and all they imagined their lives would look like. But today would mark a change, a new beginning. The means to ease the sting of want and hunger of each family came as a gift in the […] Read more »

Sanitation, Safety and the Savior

  As the cement walls of the small frame came up, excitement swirled among the neighbors. With enthusiasm and joy, Mae told those who gathered about their new toilet. Seeing the Need and Meeting it GFA-supported pastor Vikranta was Mae’s pastor. He had the joy of nurturing and watching her and her husband, Reuel, grow in the Lord and learn […] Read more »

Stomachs Growl While Father is Sick

Jalsa lay unable to move. The pain in her hands and legs, pain she previously thought little of, now proved to be a bigger deal than she imagined. Paralyzed, helpless and unable to work, Jalsa needed some encouragement. Her loving neighbor stopped by for a visit. She prayed for Jalsa and invited her to come to church with her one […] Read more »

Two Goats Provide Great Revenue

Sweating in the open fields every day wasn’t helping to get Ujala’s family out of poverty. It looked as though his five sons would have to follow the continuous cycle of harsh life and struggle. But Ujala had hope, and he prayed God would provide. Ujala didn’t let their circumstance shake his devotion and love for Jesus. He firmly believed […] Read more »

Building Each Other Up

Pastor Tanan tried his best, but he couldn’t do it alone. There were so many needy families in his church, and he didn’t have the resources to provide for everyone. Then he remembered he wasn’t alone—he was part of the Body of Christ. Gathering together his congregation, GFA-supported pastor Tanan shared the pressing need of Kamsa, a sister in Christ. […] Read more »

Stitching Together a New Life with Jesus

Kavana, a 22-year-old in Asia, shares her story of God’s faithfulness in her life. “When I was 16 years old, suddenly my father passed away. After that, my mother and I became helpless. We had no work to earn money and meet our needs. “As the days went by, the condition at home went from bad to worse. My mother […] Read more »

Mosquito net and blanket help poor widow

Now She’s Double-Covered

Poverty and other hopeless situations are painfully common in many villages all over Asia. These pains were all too real for Saachi and her family. Although her husband held down a job serving tea at a local shop, his earnings were little and provided just enough for the two of them and their 9-year-old son to survive. Life was difficult […] Read more »

sweater and winter clothing for missionaries

Praying for a Warm Sweater

When we think of tools for telling people about God’s gift of His Son, sweaters, jackets and scarves are not normally the first items that come to mind. But those who serve in frigid mountain regions or chilly plains know firsthand how valuable and necessary winter clothing is for their ministry. When one area of Asia experienced an unusually cold […] Read more »

Rickshaws help break the cycle of poverty

Wheels that Broke the Cycle of Poverty

Prabhal’s bicycle rickshaw will probably never be called “sporty.” There’s nothing exotic about it—no shiny chrome, no eye-catching leather interior. But this functional vehicle means the world to Prabhal because he no longer worries about how to feed his family. Hardworking Father Struggles to Provide Prabhal loved the Lord and strove to care for the family God entrusted to him, […] Read more »

Widow earns an income through sewing machine.

After Five Years of Watching

Vasanti has been a witness to many things over her 70 years of life, especially in regard to her daughter, Rupashi. She listened as Rupashi spoke her first words. She watched Rupashi grow into a young woman, and she watched her enter into a new life with a husband. She watched her grandson, Manesh, grow into a little man. But […] Read more »

Recipe for Masala Chai

Tea has been an important part of Asian culture for thousands of years. We love seeing photos of people from so many different regions enjoying a cup of tea! Here is one of our favorite recipes for Masala Chai, a type of tea that millions of people in Asia consume every day. Masala Chai Recipe 3 cups water 2 cinnamon […] Read more »

Unexpected Gifts Come . . . Squawking

When Anhithi, Yuktha, Aadita and Risha visited the homes of widows in the area where they were ministering as Sisters of Compassion, they had opportunities to help the widows with chores and comfort them with words of Scripture. But the four Gospel for Asia-supported missionaries wanted to help the women in another practical way: by providing them with a source […] Read more »

Yaswar could finally relieve his weary body by carrying the heavy water pots on his bicycle as he rode the long distance.

Water Is No Longer a Burden to Him

Yaswar carried the heavy water pots on his shoulders. The long walk to the nearest water source wearied the 51-year-old’s body, but his main job was to make sure the workers at the tea garden had water to drink when they needed it. If he was ever late in bringing water, his co-workers grumbled and scolded him. Yaswar never said […] Read more »