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.
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.
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.
"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
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