The Gift of Literacy and God’s Word

With pencils in hand and a hunger for knowledge, a new world of possibility opened to the 13 women, including Parmila, who had gathered to learn. They listened and observed as their pastor— and now teacher—taught them the meaning and sounds behind symbols they had always seen but never understood. A Global Need Nearly two thirds of the world’s illiterate […] Read more »

A Cure for Loneliness

“There is nobody to help me,” Maina said. “I have no strength.” Ladies from a Women’s Fellowship listened intently as Maina shared her hardships of being ill. Left Alone to Suffer A year had gone by since doctors told Maina that she had a tumor in her stomach. She did what she could to survive amid her pain, but Maina […] Read more »

Words She Couldn’t Forget

Eshana’s hands grasped the small booklet and flipped through the pages. She read the content eagerly. As she made her way through each printed word, Eshana felt Someone speaking to her heart. But at that moment, she didn’t understand Who it was. Life in the Tea Fields Eshana’s parents were very religious and practiced their traditional worship devoutly. They even […] Read more »

Two-year-old Left to Die

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 […] Read more »

A Church Forced to Keep Quiet

Kitchen pots and utensils clatter as hurried hands shove them under the bed. Scurrying here and there, GFA-supported pastor Bandoni and his wife rearrange their home to prepare for Sunday morning service. After everyone fills the chairs set out along their room, Pastor Bandoni offers his bed as a place to sit. Some late comers peek in and turn around […] Read more »

Village Doctor Meets the Healer

Being the closest thing to a doctor that his village had, Aarav traveled from place to place giving medicine to his patients. There were always people in need of some remedy to cure their ailing health. But when Aarav began to have pain in his right hand, he had no medicine that could ease the discomfort. Aarav sought treatment from […] Read more »

Falling in Love and Gaining Christ

Tuhinsurra listened intently to the woman he loved. Her words soothed his peace-lacking heart and gave him much to think about. He learned Jesus died for him, even though he was living in sin. These beautiful, hope-filled words touched Tuhinsurra deeply as he looked into her dark eyes. Tuhinsurra was brought up in a very religious family. He attended the […] Read more »

A Longsuffering Friendship

Prayers saturated the hospital room. Fear fled at the sound of Latha’s voice, filled with strength and confident faith. Latha encouraged the young couple as she reminded them again to trust in God. Aarushi continued in labor; Latha’s words, words she once avoided and dreaded, seemed now to comfort her heart. Somehow, Latha’s prayers and steadfast faith gave Aarushi strength. […] Read more »

A Father’s Heart Trapped in a Bottle

Giri’s life was a picture of demolition. Day after day, from sun up to sun down, his life centered around buying and consuming alcohol. Giri’s cravings bound his working hands, causing him to neglect all of his responsibilities in the attempt to satisfy his addiction. His family’s basic needs like food, clothing and even schooling for his young sons, were […] Read more »

Mans mental illness healed through prayer to Jesus

Compassion Meets a Troubled Mind

Adway, a husband and father of three, was burdened with a disease of the mind, which resulted in his agony, suffering and uncontrollable physical outbursts. When the disease first took hold of Adway, he sought medical help and eventually recovered after various treatments. But within five years, the disease and all of its symptoms returned to wreak havoc on Adway […] Read more »

Alcoholic man learns about Jesus

‘What Difference Will Jesus Make?’

“My father is an alcoholic. Whenever he drinks alcohol, he becomes an angry and hateful person. He beats my mother almost every day. My family is going through a terrible time. He never loves or cares about us.” This was the hopeless situation of a 10-year-old girl named Lalasa. She lived with her parents and four siblings in heartache and […] Read more »

Peace replaces hatred after hearing from missionary

Freedom from Hatred and Suspicion

Hatred and distrust had been Dipendra’s regular companions for years. He and his family vehemently opposed anyone who followed Jesus, launching insults at Christians and refusing to allow any believer to enter their house. But then Dipendra found himself on the receiving end of hatred and suspicion. A rumor spread across Dipendra’s village and enraged his community: They suspected he […] Read more »

Impact of Sunday school in Asia

Finding Hope Through the Neighbor Girl

Chamudi looked into her daughter’s questioning brown eyes. How could she resist? Giving her consent, she watched 10-year-old Rashmi trot off to Sunday School with her best friend, a little girl living next door. That day was the start of a new life for Chamudi and her three children. A Family Without a Father Chamudi’s husband, Lakmal, earned a living […] Read more »

Train ride brings man peace

Beacon of Peace Draws Man from Train

As the train pulled to a stop, Arvinda made his decision: He was getting off. Deciding to Get Off All his life, Arvinda had devoutly followed all the teachings and observed all the rituals of his religion, but problems in his family left him without hope or joy. Then he lost his job and remained unemployed for more than a […] Read more »

God healed Hammad of depression through a pastor's prayer.

‘My Life Is in Christ’: One Man’s Journey from Depression to Hope

This story, originally published in Gospel for Asia’s September 2013 issue of Harvest Newsletter, demonstrates God’s power to lead national missionaries to minister to specific individuals at just the right time. Although Hammad now rejoices in heaven, his legacy continues to inspire believers to minister while there is yet opportunity. Married to a woman he loved and blessed with two […] Read more »