A widow in Asia

Finding What Floodwaters Can’t Steal

Reena will likely never forget the day the terrible news came. Her second child, still growing within her womb, would never meet his father. “Daddy” would become a distant memory in the mind of her 5-year-old firstborn. The rains that normally brought nourishment to Reena’s community had instead brought devastation. Flooding swept the young mother’s house away, along with all […] Read more »

Believers helped this poor widow

Finding Her Value

Lajja once lived alone in unrest. She looked for any value in her life, instead finding only bleakness and misery. But if you talked to Lajja today, she would tell you she is a precious child of God and is loved both in heaven and on earth. Her eyes might even sparkle! Widow Struggles Alone Lajja’s four children were in […] Read more »

Sisters of Compassion serve widows in Asia

Showing Love Through Scissors, Soap and Mud Floors

When Anhithi and Yuktha, two Gospel for Asia-supported Sisters of Compassion, felt burdened to minister to the needy people in their nation, they determined to show love through any opportunity that came their way. One day, it meant helping 101-year-old Unami tidy her appearance and clean her time-worn body, and helping Rakhi, another elderly widow, level the uneven floor of […] Read more »

Woman finds new hope

‘I Will Never Leave My Jesus’

One woman named Saparna shares how God healed her from a life-threatening disease when the gods her family adored couldn’t bring her relief. I am Saparna. I am 35 years old. … I have a husband and four children. … I and my husband take care of the family through farming. Since I grew up in a [religious] family, I […] Read more »

Gospel for Asia-supported women missionaries get chances to share Christ's love with hurting women who wouldn't be able to open up to men.

Something Better than Escape

Madina cursed life. She wanted an escape—she wanted to die. The thought of leaving behind her younger brother, Makul, was the only thing that kept her from suicide. Madina, who had never married, and Makul, who had an intellectual handicap, lived with their older brother and his wife. Though it should have been a refuge for them, this home was […] Read more »

Hope Amidst Agonizing Headaches

After two years, it seemed Keya could no longer bear the pain these severe headaches inflicted. She had given up expectation of ever getting better, and she was continually discouraged about her condition. In agony, Keya’s husband watched his bride suffer. As a daily wage laborer, he didn’t make enough money for sufficient treatments, and he had already spent much […] Read more »

When a Baby Couldn’t Bring Lasting Joy

Two problems robbed Gunita of happiness: For 14 years, she hadn’t been able to have a baby, and for many of those years, she also suffered from constant bleeding that weakened her body. Gunita started worshiping idols zealously and trying out witch doctors’ remedies. After several months, she gave birth to a daughter. She finally felt happy—for a time. Gunita’s […] Read more »

Quenching the Thirst to Learn

Marmi rushed through her chores, excited for an afternoon meeting. With five children and a house to take care of, she didn’t have much spare time, but to Marmi, the meeting was well worth the sacrifice. Never a Chance to Learn The firstborn of 10 children, Marmi never had an opportunity to learn how to read. Instead of going to […] Read more »

What Treatments Couldn’t Do

Sahaj couldn’t walk properly. Her joints were giving her trouble, and she was in constant pain. She held out for hope of relief, so she traveled a few villages away, to her mother’s home, to receive treatment. But the treatments proved to be of no help; in fact, she became worse. Genuine Care and Healing Sahaj’s mother, Banht, was a […] Read more »

Alone No More

When Durjaya left for work one morning more than 20 years ago, Sahoj never expected it would be the last time she’d see her husband alive. Along with his regular job, Durjaya often trekked into the forest to collect firewood to support his family. It was one of these times, as he and two men were loading the wood onto […] Read more »

How a Young Woman Unlocked the Greatest Treasure

Below is the story of how a GFA-supported literacy class impacted the life of Soorat, 22. I have a father, mother, one sister and two younger brothers. My father is a laborer, and my mother is a housewife. Due to financial difficulty, I was not able to go to school. I was involved in household chores. My father was a […] Read more »


Eyes Open to the Lord

Daha couldn’t work. Blind since birth, he was used to certain restrictions, but he tried to make the most of his life. He had taught himself how to play multiple instruments and how to sing, and through his talent, he earned enough to provide the basic needs for his family. But a strong sense of misery still hung over him. […] Read more »

man encouraged to pray

Wayward Man Returns to Faith

Mandin and his family worshiped the village gods—at least, that is what they had resorted to. When several believers visited his home one day, they asked him about his knowledge of Jesus. His demeanor suddenly changed, and a shadow of defeat crossed his face. “Four years ago, I was a Christian,” Mandin said, “but because of opposition from our villagers, […] Read more »

Counting Her Days

Kalpana just could not understand why her skin felt as though it were burning. It was unbearable. The only time relief came was when she was sitting in a water tank, yet she often suffered from a cold because of being in the water so often. Kalpana’s husband and children witnessed her suffering. They could remember enjoying an easy life […] Read more »


Woman’s Worries Are Prayed Away

Jyoti spent her time caring for her two children and trying to ensure her family was run well, while her husband labored in short-term jobs to provide for them. But when the summer came and her husband did not get any jobs, the worries of each day became nearly unbearable. Jyoti worried relentlessly about how her family would survive. Eventually, […] Read more »