Many communities in Asia have toiled hard for generations simply to survive. Some men and women haven’t had the privilege of pursuing an education themselves, and they are helpless to give one to their children.
But God loves these children deeply, and He is working in part through GFA’s Bridge of Hope Program to give them a chance for a better future.
Bridge of Hope child sponsorship helps more than 70,000 children. When you sponsor a child they receive a daily meal and regular medical checkups for their physical health and development. The program helps the children with their education so they can one day get a good job and afford sufficient food, decent clothing, medical supplies and other necessities of life for themselves and for their families. Beyond this, Bridge of Hope provides the children with opportunities to pursue and even excel in their God-given skills and interests.
From tutoring the children to providing them with a delicious meal, get a look behind-the-scenes and see what a day at a Bridge of Hope centre is like. GFA World founder, Dr. KP Yohannan, invites you to join him on his tour of a centre in Mumbai (formerly Bombay)
A beggar woman stood with a child in her arms, asking for something to eat.
"Why are you exploiting this girl?!" the man in front of her charged.
He, a cook for a GFA-supported Bridge of Hope centre, knew many beggars carry small children to entice larger handouts. They use this tactic only to pocket most of the money for themselves.
But to his surprise, the elderly woman broke down in tears and began pouring out her heart.
The child in her arms was her granddaughter, Daya. The little girl was once happy, but strife tore her family apart.
Daya's father began to beat her mother badly. He had no love for his wife, and neither parent had any love for Daya.
It wasn't long before he abandoned the family and married another woman. Sadly, even Daya's mother deserted her, so her grandmother was the only one left to care for the abandoned girl.
I remember going into the slums of Mumbai and being devastated.
- Dr. K.P. Yohannan, Founder of GFA World
With no income, they began begging at bus stops, train stations and shops. Now, they stood eye to eye with a cook who was hesitant to give a handout to another adult he thought was exploiting a helpless child.
The cook was moved with compassion when he saw truth welling up in the eyes of the grandmother. He invited her to enroll Daya in the Bridge of Hope centre, where he could cook the young girl meals for many years to come.
GFA-supported Bridge of Hope centres bless entire communities, not just students. The care given to the children and their families helps ease financial and emotional burdens, enabling families to gain greater stability and peace.
And so, Daya's grandmother also experienced God’s love through the kindness shown to her granddaughter.
Thousands of children like Daya have the opportunity to gain a bright future through Bridge of Hope centres, but millions of others still live in despair. Would you prayerfully consider sponsoring a child today? You too can bring hope to a family and help break the cycle of poverty!
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