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May 2015

The small boy realized something was wrong—his father was very sick and wasn’t getting any better.

Suddenly, he died.

The boy’s widowed mother wept as loneliness and devastation washed over her. With her husband’s death, an awful fear pressed in on her. The family was already poor. How would she find work? How would her boys have enough to eat? How would they survive? She didn’t know.

The boy watched as discouragement conquered his mother’s heart.

Then trauma struck again.

May 2015

When Fathers Die and Hunger Hurts

Taizeen watched helplessly as his father died, his mother succumbed to discouragement and paralysis, and his grandparents struggled to provide food for him.

When Fathers Die and Hunger Hurts

Paralysis Overtakes Boy’s Mother

The single mother lost feeling in her body—she was paralyzed. She kept weeping.

The little boy, Taizeen, and his brother looked on as his grandparents took his mother to hospitals, and she underwent treatment. Nothing helped her. For two years, Taizeen’s mother couldn’t move; his grandparents strained to put meager meals on the table; and he and his brother went hungry.

Unexpected Help

If you were to look into the homes in Taizeen’s town, you’d likely find many other boys and girls going hungry, many other sick parents, and even the elderly doing manual labor jobs, their worn bodies motivated by hunger. Taizeen was just one of the needy.

But because of the care of a believer on the other side of the world, something changed for Taizeen.

One evening, two Bridge of Hope staff members came by the family’s home. They greeted Taizeen’s grandparents, and then they noticed the woman on the bed.

Taizeen watched helplessly as his father died, his mother succumbed to discouragement and paralysis, and his grandparents struggled to provide food for him.

When Fathers Die and Hunger Hurts

One evening, staff members from a Bridge of Hope center approached Taizeen’s hut. The grandparents shared all the family had endured and asked if Taizeen could join Bridge of Hope.

When Fathers Die and Hunger Hurts

“What happened to her?” they asked.

The elderly couple poured out their hearts, telling them how their son-in-law had died and how their daughter was left with two small boys and no way to care for them. They shared how paralysis had taken over, how no treatments had worked and how their grandsons had gone hungry.

The staff encouraged the family with God’s promises and told them about Bridge of Hope. The grandparents listened intently.

Could Taizeen join Bridge of Hope?

The staff members readily agreed, and the eyes of the child lit up. He knew already that an education could help lift not only him but also his helpless grandparents, mother and younger brother out of their poverty.

Hope for His Future

Taizeen walked into the Bridge of Hope center for the first time, overjoyed. He sat down, knowing these classes would help him and his whole family in the years to come. Hours later, a plate was handed to him, and he watched as food was placed on it. Steam rose to warm the face of the boy who had often gone to bed hungry. Taizeen had known so much sorrow, but now a sense of hope began to set in. He would be okay.

Taizeen’s family, like many others, is now learning how much Jesus loves them, and they’re grateful.

One evening, staff members from a Bridge of Hope center approached Taizeen’s hut. The grandparents shared all the family had endured and asked if Taizeen could join Bridge of Hope.

When Fathers Die and Hunger Hurts

Taizeen is pursuing his education, eating good food and discovering a better life for himself and his family through Bridge of Hope.

When Fathers Die and Hunger Hurts

Through the love of Christ and His people around the world, more than 82,000 boys and girls from some of the most destitute families in South Asia are attending GFA’s Bridge of Hope and receiving an education, a daily meal and regular medical checkups. They’re being cared for and prayed for by their teachers.

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