Real-life Hero

Originally published
June 2012

Originally published
June 2012

Would you sacrifice everything you knew and loved to live in the slums?

By definition, a slum is a densely populated urban area marked by extreme poverty, filth, and social tension. Scavenging, begging, bonded labor, prostitution and hopelessness are just a way of life.

This is the true story of a man named Nitya, a missionary who dreamed of a shack by the sewer and then moved into one. Motivated by Jesus’ love, Pastor Nitya dedicated his live to serve those in the slums—starting with the children.

Pastor Nitya started a school for these little ones; offering compassion, acceptance and hope to the children. Through his care for them, the children and their families felt valued for the first time in their lives. The message of hope spread throughout the slum and now a fellowship meets together for prayer and worship.

Up to 25% of the population of Asia’s major cities live in slums, and hope for a way out is almost nonexistent. But through Gospel for Asia supported-missionaries like Pastor Nitya, the news of Jesus’ love is transforming lives.

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*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.