Priya's life story is one of grief and tragedy yet also of incredible generosity and hope.
This is an old photo of Priya and her husband. They were well-off and had a stable income and healthy children. Then Priya's husband died from kidney disease, and she lost everything. Rejected by her family as a widow and deep in poverty because of medical bills, she tried to earn her living as a maid. Then an accident crippled her and damaged the mental stability of her two grown children.
Priya spent nine years in her tiny hut, cooking whatever food she and her children managed to beg, buy or receive as gifts from kind neighbors. Isolated and helpless—yet still responsible for two mentally unstable children—she became bitter at life and the hardships she endured.
This crude stool was all Priya had to help her move around in her home.
Priya's daughter manages to help her mother with some daily tasks, such as fetching water in their slum neighborhood.
A team of Sisters of Compassion serve in the slums surrounding Priya's home. They minister to families daily, listening to their troubles, praying for them, helping in any way they can and offering hope in Christ.
The children in these slums grow up with very little parental guidance, as fathers and mothers must work long hours to scrape together an income. The Sisters of Compassion started a Sunday School to help children learn good morals and healthy habits.
During their time of ministry, two Sisters of Compassion met Priya in her home. The woman's sad plight touched their hearts, and they began visiting her regularly and bringing her groceries when they were able.
The sisters helped Priya and her children understand how much God loves them. They helped clean her home and provided buckets, mats and other necessities for the family. They also introduced her to a local GFA-supported pastor, who began visiting Priya's home.
Joy entered Priya's home again. Priya and her children welcomed their new friends and felt peace from their words. After feeling abandoned by society, Priya began talking to Jesus, asking Him for help in her daily life and learning more about His ways.
When Priya received a tricycle through a GFA-supported gift distribution, she could finally escape the tiny hut she was trapped in for so many years. With the help of her daughter, she can now visit friends and go to church to worship with her new church family.
Although her financial problems are still great, Priya longs to be able to give back to the Lord through her tithe, in gratitude for the many blessings He has given her.
When Priya visits her pastor or attends church, he and other believers gently help her inside.
Priya's new church family demonstrates their love—and God's love—for Priya in many practical ways. Besides providing her with a tricycle and regular gifts of groceries, they have given her a warm blanket, clothing, mosquito nets and plastic roofing for her leaky home.
Although Priya has endured much suffering, she now carries a hope within her and the knowledge of a God who loves her eternally. Every time she uses her tricycle, she remembers that Jesus cares and is worthy of trust and love.