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From Sorrow to a New Life She was gone. The woman who nursed him as a babe, who cared for him when he was sick, who fed him and clothed him and—he thought—loved him . . . gone. Satya’s mother had run off with another man, leaving her three young children to fend for themselves while her husband wallowed in grief. The revelation stunned Satya. S truggle and hardship filled the days that followed. There wasn’t enough money for food, for clothing, for survival. Like many other Gypsy children, Satya and his siblings started living on the street. Shame settled over his life like a dark blanket. When Satya’s grandmother heard about the plight of her grandchildren, she came to help. At about the same time, Gospel for Asia pastor Vismay visited her and told her about a unique opportunity available for Satya and his siblings: a special boarding school for Gypsy children. At this school, Satya could get a good education, free of cost—something nearly unheard of for children with the nomadic lifestyle of Gypsies. Wide-eyed and uncertain, Satya and his younger sister, Bijali, found themselves entering the new world of kindergarten—and it wasn’t easy. They didn’t want to attend corporate prayer in the morning. They couldn’t focus during class. Their minds drifted. Satya and Bilaji missed their family, especially the mother who had left them. Over time, their teachers taught them how to read, write and do mathematics. They also learned more fundamental skills, like discipline and hygiene. Satya and Bijali’s enthusiasm grew with the passing weeks. They even started attending prayer in the mornings and on Sundays. The children changed. They grew. They studied hard and even began to pray. When Satya and Bijali went back to visit their grandmother over the summer, everyone was amazed at the transformation taking place. “The [teachers] treated us with love,” Satya recounts. “They comforted and encouraged us. … All the students shared their love with us. [My sister and I] started thinking about all the good things they did. It was amazing to us. Our hearts were transformed from sorrow to a new life.” Through the love of the teachers in the Gypsy school, a little boy without a permanent home found his eternal home in Christ. Think About It Gypsy children follow the nomadic lifestyles of their parents, traveling from place to place and learning to beg while they cling to their mother’s skirt. How will they receive an education if they rarely stay anywhere long enough to finish the school year? Gospel for Asia’s Gypsy School provides these precious children with free room and board, while providing a quality education and the love of Christ. 14 | Gospel for Asia | gfa.org GFA stock photo Ministry Focus { C OM PA S SION SE RV IC E S }