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April 2016

Samita gazed at her children amazed at how much they had grown in more than a year's time. Yet more than the children's height impressed her. Their character, especially Marya's, had greatly matured—even without their mother's example to guide them. In Samita's absence, her children had flourished. The young mother knew she had the staff at Bridge of Hope to thank for it.

When a Mother Comes Home

Mother Leaves Children Behind

Marya and her younger brothers joined Gospel for Asia-supported Bridge of Hope when Marya was 7 years old. Daily life was a struggle for the children, who came from a poor family. Their father drank alcohol often and beat his wife, Samita. When Samita decided she couldn't take it any longer, she left home and went to live with her own relatives, leaving her three children behind in the care of their paternal grandmother, Kajjali. Marya was in second grade.

In her old age, Kajjali struggled to take care of her grandchildren on her own. She found it difficult to prepare food, wash the children's clothes and send them to school and Bridge of Hope, even though Marya helped her accomplish many of the household chores. Often Kajjali's heart sank at the thought of her grandchildren growing up without the love and care of their mother.

April 2016

When a Mother Comes Home
When a Mother Comes Home

Kajjali struggled to accomplish daily chores and take care of her three grandchildren by herself when their mother left them in her care.

Bridge of Hope Staff Prays for Family

During this time, Bridge of Hope helped sharpen Marya's talents and abilities. She learned Bible verses and spiritual songs and participated in the many activities the program offered, including sports, coloring competitions and cultural programs.

Marya's studying habits changed as well. She paid little attention to her studies and scored poorly on her school exams before enrolling in the program. Yet with the help of the staff at Bridge of Hope, Marya realized her need for education and learned how to study on her own. Soon, her grades improved.

Kajjali struggled to accomplish daily chores and take care of her three grandchildren by herself when their mother left them in her care.

When a Mother Comes Home

Bridge of Hope staff members prayed for Marya and her brothers, who struggled without the care of their mother.

Beyond helping Marya with her education, the Bridge of Hope staff members often visited Marya's home to encourage her grandmother. They prayed for the family in the midst of their daily struggles, and through the staff members' acts of compassion, Kajjali and her grandchildren found themselves loved and strengthened to face their future.

"Through Bridge of Hope . . . my burden was reduced," Kajjali says.

Prayer Results in Miracles

Over time, as God responded to the prayers of the Bridge of Hope staff, Marya's father started to change his ways. He drank less, began taking care of his children, went to work regularly and earned money to meet his family's needs.

Bridge of Hope staff members prayed for Marya and her brothers, who struggled without the care of their mother.

When a Mother Comes Home

As the Bridge of Hope staff prayed for the broken family, Marya's father began drinking less and started working regularly. Then Marya's mother returned home after a year and a half.

Meanwhile, Samita missed her children greatly and was unhappy being away from home. When she heard about the difference that had occurred in her husband's life, she decided to return. After nearly a year and a half, Marya's family was reunited again. Her mother was finally home!

In Good Hands

It wasn't long before Samita noticed a distinct improvement in her daughter's behavior. Through the examples of Bridge of Hope staff, Marya had learned to be obedient and to respect and honor those around her. She exhibited compassion and spoke kindly to her younger brothers. Samita saw that the people at Bridge of Hope had taken care of and taught her children just as she would have done.

As the Bridge of Hope staff prayed for the broken family, Marya's father began drinking less and started working regularly. Then Marya's mother returned home after a year and a half.

When a Mother Comes Home

Marya's mother saw and appreciated the difference the Bridge of Hope staff members had made in her daughter's life through their prayers and compassion.

"Bridge of Hope took my place," Samita says. "If there had been no Bridge of Hope, my children would have been on the road."

Now Kajjali, Samita, Marya and her brothers all attend prayer meetings with other believers in the area. Through the love of Christ displayed in the lives of the Bridge of Hope staff, Marya's once-broken family now knows what it means to be restored and adopted into the family of God.

Compassion for the Least of These

Marya's mother saw and appreciated the difference the Bridge of Hope staff members had made in her daughter's life through their prayers and compassion.

When a Mother Comes Home

Marya's mother, siblings and grandmother now know the love of Jesus and gather regularly with other believers to worship Him.

Marya's family is just one of thousands that have been touched by the love and kindness of Christ through a Bridge of Hope center. Countless more are waiting to experience this same love in their lives—and you can help bring it to them.

Marya's mother, siblings and grandmother now know the love of Jesus and gather regularly with other believers to worship Him.


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