Bridge of Hope: The Difference Love Can Make

Bridge of Hope: The Difference Love Can Make November 1, 2018

Wills Point, Texas – GFA (Gospel for Asia) – Discussing the transformative, life-changing impact a Bridge of Hope center can make in the lives of children through the power of God’s love.

One class session was all it took to convince me not to be a teacher. Going in, I had been undecided. But that one class solidified that I have neither the patience nor the motivation to be the guiding light children need. But Aayush, a Bridge of Hope student, has these qualities. Aayush knows that children need love, encouragement, and place to thrive; he himself did not have these growing up at first.

A Broken and Terrified Family

Aayush grew up in a broken home. His father was an alcoholic, often abusing his wife both verbally and physically. Aayush and his brothers could only watch, terrified into silence. His home was an unsafe haven, and there was nowhere else to go. Aayush’s father spent all their money on alcohol, leaving barely enough for the family to survive. Any form of education was simply out of the question for the young Aayush.

A Broken and Terrified Family - KP Yohannan - Gospel for Asiai
This is Aayush. As a little boy, he was troubled by his family situation, but when he enrolled in Bridge of Hope, his life began to change.

A Bridge of Hope: Transformative Love in the Lives of Children

“Witnessing Aayush’s transformation sparked something inside his father; if his son could change, so could he.”
Fortunately for the distraught family, a Bridge of Hope center had been established near them. A relative was among the students, and he spoke of the many wondrous activities he got to participate in. Much to Aayush’s surprise, he and two of his brothers were given the chance to enroll in the center. It was then a change began to take place.

The teachers heaped love and compassion onto each child, including the timid Aayush. Little by little, the shy boy began to transform into an outgoing, happy child. The center staff visited Aayush’s family, taking the time to encourage them. Seeing the change in his son, Aayush’s father eventually quit drinking. Witnessing Aayush’s transformation sparked something inside his father; if his son could change, so could he. Now Aayush’s future was no longer in jeopardy.

Following in Their Footsteps

“Many children’s lives will be touched by God’s love through these wonderful brothers and sisters.”
As Aayush grew older, a desire began to grow in his heart: He wished to be like his teachers. Now graduated from the center, Aayush is currently pursuing this goal, continuing in his higher education. Aayush wanted to spread the same love he was shown, to be a guiding light for children like himself.

Following in Their Footsteps - KP Yohannan - Gospel for Asia
Now a Bridge of Hope graduate, Aayush desires to become a teacher. The GFA-supported Bridge of Hope center gave him the tools he needed to pursue higher education.

Aayush will one day encourage and lift up the children who need it most. I know for a fact that I do not have the kind of zeal they have; but I do know that Aayush, like his teachers, will make a difference for eternity. None of this would be possible without the powerful love and compassion Bridge of Hope staff possess. Many children’s lives will be touched by God’s love through these wonderful brothers and sisters.

Pray for our Bridge of Hope centers – for the continued life-changing power of God’s love through the staff in the lives of the children.

Ask the Lord how you can help to support this great work.

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