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Nadish was just like any other 9-year-old boy who didn’t take his schoolwork seriously. After his father died from cancer, Nadish was enrolled in a Gospel for Asia-supported Bridge of Hope center where the staff loved him, and he was given an opportunity for an education. One day, however, his mother scolded him for not devoting enough effort to school.
Not sure what else to do, Nadish ran away from home and found himself living in a large railway station. There he met an elderly man who befriended him and took Nadish to his home village.
But Nadish didn't find a loving home
Forced into slavery, Nadish spent the next two years living as a prisoner and cleaning up animal waste all day. Every day after finishing his work, Nadish was locked in a room near the animals he cleaned up after and was given very little food to eat.
His mother grieved deeply
She had already lost her husband to cancer, and now she had lost one of her sons. Praise God the Bridge of Hope center staff prayed diligently for little Nadish.
Nadish found hope in possible escape
Two years after Nadish was captured, a new boy was placed in the same room, and the landlord forgot to lock the door. Thirteen days after Nadish’s 12th birthday, he and his roommate escaped. Running to the nearest police station, the boys testified against their captor.
Back home and healing
Nadish is now back home with his family and participating in Bridge of Hope again. Please pray for Nadish. He is struggling mentally as a result of his lengthy captivity and ill treatment. Pray he will be able to concentrate on his studies and catch up from what he missed.
Nadish, before his abduction, in his official Bridge of Hope profile photo from 2007.
There are many more like Nadish
Nadish is not the only one who has experienced this kind of treatment. There are estimated 80 million children in Asia and the Pacific involved in child labor; some are helping to provide for their families, while others are abducted, like Nadish, or even trafficked and exploited in the sex trade.
How can we stop this?
Gospel for Asia is working among Asia's most endangered children.
Gospel for Asia's Bridge of Hope Program
You can sponsor a child in Asia and provide an education, the love of Christ, clean clothes, food and medical care.
Originally published February 2013
*Names of people and places may have been changed for privacy and security reasons. Images are GFA stock photos used for representation purposes and are not the actual person/location, unless otherwise noted.