Clenched in poverty’s tight grip, Mahavir struggled to provide for his wife and three children. Mahavir, who only got to attend school for a brief period of time, was illiterate. With limited job possibilities, he earned income primarily by working as a daily wage laborer. Sometimes he traveled far distances for work and sent money home.
Still, many days he didn’t find work. He desperately wanted his children to receive the quality education he never got, but he couldn’t afford the fees required for a good school. Worse, the family went some days without food in their tiny, dilapidated home.
Mahavir knew Jesus, and he asked the Lord to help him provide for his family. He prayed not to become rich but for God to meet his family’s basic needs.
When Mahavir was invited to a GFA-supported Christmas gift distribution, he came in desperate need of tin sheets, which would provide proper shelter. But after receiving the gift, Mahavir realized he faced another problem: He couldn’t afford transportation to haul them home. Thankfully, when Mahavir asked to exchange gifts with a friend, the man traded his pair of pigs for the tin sheets.
Mahavir realized God had answered his prayers for provision in a way he never expected. Delighted with their gifts and feeling a responsibility to take care of them, Mahavir and his wife diligently provided the pigs with nutritious food. With a diet that included wild plants and cooked pumpkin, the pigs grew large and soon gave birth to piglets.
Mahavir sold some piglets to purchase what he once couldn’t bring home: tin sheets. In addition to completing needed home improvements, Mahavir and his wife were able to pay for school fees and supplies for their school-aged son, and they have also been able to purchase new clothes.
“After getting these piglets, I really have seen the works of prayer and what faith can really do,” Mahavir says. “My faith is growing day by day.”
Seeing God’s compassion and care toward his family, Mahavir looks forward to what He will do in his children’s lives. He prays that one day, whether they become pastors or engineers, his children will serve Jesus and share His love with others. Through the gift of a pair of pigs, God has shown Mahavir and his wife that He provides for His children—more abundantly than they could imagine.
Many more people like Mahavir are gaining the opportunity to provide for their families in ways they never thought possible. You can provide income-generating gifts through GFA’s Christmas Gift Catalog to share hope with more families.