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February 2016

The staff of the Gospel for Asia Bridge of Hope center watched Ayaan blossom. He attended the Bridge of Hope center faithfully and punctually. His behavior toward other students and his excellence in his studies often earned him applause and appreciation. And as Ayaan experienced Christ’s love, he developed the confidence to ask for the Lord’s grace, praying to Jesus before he studied, ate a meal, went to school or took a test.

When They Uncovered the Student’s Secret

Ayaan was excelling at Bridge of Hope, but the young boy had a painful secret.

But a shadow of sorrow hovered over Ayaan’s life. His parents both suffered from physical impairments. His mother struggled with a speech impediment, and his father had a lame leg. Then, only about a year after Ayaan joined Bridge of Hope, the young boy himself became afflicted with a physical hardship.

February 2016

When They Uncovered the Student’s Secret

Ayaan was excelling at Bridge of Hope, but the young boy had a painful secret.

Boy Suffers in Silence

The Bridge of Hope staff saw Ayaan’s sadness over his parents’ physical struggles, as Ayaan often prayed to Jesus for his parents when he was at the center.

But Ayaan didn’t tell the Bridge of Hope staff about his own problem, even though the project coordinator, Vidyadhar, and one of the social workers regularly visited Ayaan’s home. They, like other Bridge of Hope coordinators and social workers, make it a priority to visit students’ homes so they can build positive relationships with students’ families and find out how they can best pray for and support them.

When They Uncovered the Student’s Secret

The Bridge of Hope staff knew Ayaan was burdened by his parents’ physical struggles; he often prayed for them at Bridge of Hope. But Ayaan never told the staff about his own problem.

Mother’s Request Reveals Boy’s Secret

Then one day, Ayaan’s mother asked the Bridge of Hope staff if Ayaan could have two days off from Bridge of Hope so he could go for a medical check-up. Her son, she told them, had been suffering from kidney stones for some time.

As she spoke with Vidyadhar, she broke down, weeping bitterly. Vidyadhar encouraged her and prayed for Ayaan’s healing. It is not uncommon for Bridge of Hope project coordinators like Vidyadhar to hear concerns like the one Ayaan’s mother shared, especially after developing caring relationships with the children and their families.

The Bridge of Hope staff knew Ayaan was burdened by his parents’ physical struggles; he often prayed for them at Bridge of Hope. But Ayaan never told the staff about his own problem.

When They Uncovered the Student’s Secret

Ayaan suffered from kidney stones for three years, but the Bridge of Hope staff didn’t know. When Ayaan’s mother told Vidyadhar, the project coordinator, about her son’s health struggle, Vidyadhar and all the students prayed for Ayaan’s healing.

When They Uncovered the Student’s Secret

Not only did Vidyadhar pray, but he also shared the request with all the other children at the Bridge of Hope center, and they prayed together for Ayaan’s healing.

Boy Experiences Healing, Family Finds Hope

That same day, Ayaan underwent several different tests, and the doctors discovered that his kidney stones were gone! The doctors said Ayaan had passed them already, much to Ayaan’s and his mother’s surprise. The boy knew Jesus had healed him.

The next day, Ayaan went to the Bridge of Hope center to thank Vidyadhar and all the children for praying for him. Hearing the exciting news, everyone praised God.

Ayaan suffered from kidney stones for three years, but the Bridge of Hope staff didn’t know. When Ayaan’s mother told Vidyadhar, the project coordinator, about her son’s health struggle, Vidyadhar and all the students prayed for Ayaan’s healing.

When They Uncovered the Student’s Secret

When Ayaan went for a medical check-up, the doctors discovered his kidney stones were gone. Ayaan went to the Bridge of Hope center the next day to tell the students and staff what God had done.

When They Uncovered the Student’s Secret

This answer to prayer helped Ayaan and his parents experience Jesus’ power and goodness. With a new joy and without the hindrance of kidney stones, Ayaan continued excelling in his studies at the Bridge of Hope center. Ayaan’s parents are beginning to believe in Jesus, and they support their son’s involvement in Bridge of Hope.

Ayaan is grateful to everyone who has played a part in helping him to thrive at Bridge of Hope. Meanwhile, he continues to pray for his parents.

Working Together for Changed Lives

The compassionate concern of Bridge of Hope staff members like Vidyadhar and the supportive environment they foster at Bridge of Hope centers help many children and their families find hope, healing and restoration in Christ.

When Ayaan went for a medical check-up, the doctors discovered his kidney stones were gone. Ayaan went to the Bridge of Hope center the next day to tell the students and staff what God had done.

When They Uncovered the Student’s Secret

Ayaan and more than 70,000 other children enrolled in Bridge of Hope are able to experience Christ’s love through a quality education, a daily nutritious meal and the compassion of caring staff.

Ayaan and more than 70,000 other children enrolled in Bridge of Hope are able to enjoy a quality education, a daily nutritious meal, the compassion of caring staff and Christ’s love. Sponsors around the world are helping to make this possible, and you can join them.

Ayaan and more than 70,000 other children enrolled in Bridge of Hope are able to experience Christ’s love through a quality education, a daily nutritious meal and the compassion of caring staff.


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