Watch as Geeta is faced with one of life’s most difficult decisions. Her story is echoed thousands of times by widows in South Asia.
In time, she lost one of her jobs and could no longer pay the rent. She faced the threat of being kicked out into the street. The thought caused despair.
She wanted to die in order to escape the grief, but she shuddered at the thought of what would happen to her children. When her neighbor's husband committed suicide, she saw the woman and her children on the street, ravaged and without protection.
Geeta knew her children would soon enter their teens and become sexual prey in the slums. In fact, in parts of South Asia over 50 percent of children are subject to sexual abuse.
But one day a woman gave her a Gospel tract. It spoke of a God who loved her and cared for her. She had never heard that before and began attending a local fellowship. Through this, her children were able to attend a Gospel for Asia Bridge of Hope center—made possible by sponsors in the West. This gave them education, a daily meal, and a healthy spiritual environment to grow in. Geeta no longer had to worry about her children as she was gone for the day. Through this time, Geeta grew in the Lord.
But her landlord began pressuring her for sexual favors and threatened to kick her out of her home if she didn't comply. Geeta struggled. If she refused and they were kicked out on the streets, her children would suffer the most. But she was a Christian now, and it would be sin. So she and her children prayed.
Through women in the church, her need became known to the local pastor. He himself struggled because Geeta was only one of many women in desperate need. But through the Hope for Suffering Women Fund, enough money was available to help Geeta. The pastor was able to negotiate with the landlord and provide Geeta with a large supply of food.
For Geeta it was only a few dollars that changed her fate. Millions of women are desperate for small amounts like that.
That is why we also focus on children in GFA's Bridge of Hope. For many women, no other way exists to see their children have an education, good health and a bright future.
Lalita lived each day in trepidation, not knowing if she'd be able to feed her two children.
Moreover, the future of her children was at stake. She no longer had money to pay for their tuition—a fee even required for elementary school. She herself was illiterate, never having had the opportunity to go to school.
She had the rare opportunity to remarry, but it would mean suffering for her children. In her culture children are treated poorly in remarriage. It was not a choice she was willing to make.
For a time she would sell whatever she could to bring in money, but it was rarely enough to take away the pain of hunger.
But one day, a GFA-suported woman missionary, a pastor's wife, became aware of her plea. Through the generous gifts of donors in the West, sewing machines had been made available to distribute to women in need. The woman missionary urged that Lalita be helped. As a result, the sewing machine soon arrived at her home.
Lalita was overcome with joy. For the first time since her husband's death she had a means to provide for her family. In a matter of weeks she had more work than she could accept. Her children went back to school and Lalita became a witness for the Lord. Unable to contain her joy, she began sharing the love of Christ with everyone who brought her sewing work.
This was all made possible through a woman missionary and an $85 sewing machine—a simple gift Lalita could never afford on her own.
Unable to feed her children, this widow cried out to God. See how her prayer was answered.
Most are like her—illiterate and uneducated. For many, their husbands have died. Others have been tragically abandoned.
For the mother this means prostitution. For their children it means child labor, sex trade, or early marriage.
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Many women in Asia, especially widows, struggle to feed their families. They face pressure to become prostitutes or sell their children into child labor. A few dollars can ultimately make the difference for many of these women.
A $50 donation can provide a woman in crisis with emergency food and supplies for up to a month.
Many mothers in Asia had no opportunity for education as children. This means they don't know how to read, train their children properly, or even perform basic hygiene practices. The cost of tuition also keeps their children from elementary school. Other times children must work to feed the family.
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