These stories of families rescued from poverty are just a tiny sample of the many lives GFA World partners like you are impacting. As you read or watch their stories, we hope you are encouraged to see a glimpse of what God can do through your Christmas gifts!
“I always used to think about my children, about what will happen to their future when my life is not yet settled.” —Taden
After her husband’s sudden death, Kailea faced extreme financial crisis. Then a “savings account on four legs” walked into her life.
“We never knew the real taste of water,” Akim said. “When our relatives come to visit us from the city, looking at the color of the water, they did not want to drink.” But now he can say, “It is nice and tasty. … These days we also do not face any problems like sickness.”
Wrapped in her new sweater, shielding herself from the biting cold, Penni pressed on. And prayed. She knew how important her ministry was and how one film show could change people’s lives.
Laird’s eyes filled with tears when he received his rickshaw. It meant he would finally be empowered to work as hard as he could to care for his family. There would be no more rental fees and no more limited work hours.
“It was my desire to do something for my family,” Jadia remembers. She knew if she could just learn to sew, she could help increase their tiny income. Now after vocational training class, she says, “Now I am able to do it.”
“As I was very poor before... I used to worry a lot. I used to think, How will I feed my family? … But now, since I have been given piglets, all the worries and everything has been taken away.”
How does a widow with five children survive? Like countless other widows in Asia or Africa, Neela struggled to provide for her children. Then she received free tailoring classes and a sewing machine. Now she can meet the needs of her children!
Sabel toiled as the sole breadwinner for her family, even though she was beginning to suffer from various ailments. Because her husband was too ill to work, Sabel labored as a domestic worker to pay for their mounting medical expenses.
Sitara’s husband fell mentally ill and could not work; then both her sons died. Sitara grieved and was left alone—until she met a GFA pastor who stepped in during her crisis and handed her a bleating goat.
“When I see all these problems that these people [are] going through, I not only pray for them, but I also try to help them.”
“With the pull cart, I can travel around and sell onions and potatoes,” Berit shares. “Wherever I find a suitable place, I stand and sell. My earnings have also increased. I can go to different places for the sale.”
“This pig has financially helped us in many ways. [By selling piglets], we have bought a goat and chickens, which are also going to be another source of income for our family. We do not have any problems now to pay the school fees for our children and to meet all their needs in school. ... We also have purchased roofing sheets to construct our house. ... I thank God for all the blessings.”
"Now, no more struggle!" she said. "Having a BioSand Water filter was beyond our imagination. But the Lord provided our need. Really, God is so good."
“I was really longing for a machine,” Raissa recalls. “I have no words to express my feelings and thanks to the church.”
Every day, Saverio trekked to the river to collect his water supply. Unfortunately, the water was not safe for consumption. Saverio often fell sick and his overall health suffered.
“Who can give us mosquito nets without money?” Boruch wondered. “This shows [the believers’] love towards us. I have never seen such kind of love among our society people.”
“Pastor Ansh came to visit our home and prayed for us. Seeing the situation of our family, he provided us a blanket. I really felt that God had sent His angel to visit our family, and it impacted my life deeply.”