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February 2013

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.

Originally published February 2013

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.

From Praise to Slavery
From Praise to Slavery

Nadish and his mother Gopika, just a few days after his escape.

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.

Learn more about child labor in Asia.

How can we stop this?

Gospel for Asia is working among Asia's most endangered children.

Street Children's Homes

From Praise to Slavery

You can give toward rescuing children on the streets, teaching them about Jesus and His love and reuniting them with their families.

Help rescue a child from the streets of South Asia

Gospel for Asia's Bridge of Hope Program

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You can sponsor a child in Asia and provide an education, the love of Christ, clean clothes, food and medical care.

Sponsor a child in Asia


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.


*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.

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