Prevent a family from falling into poverty

WILL POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA World) founded by KP Yohannanwhose heart of loving and helping the poor has inspired many charities like Gospel for Asia Canadato serve the needy and depressed around the world, discussing Nelia, a widow, her family in poverty, and the alleviation provided by the distribution of income-generating GFA World gifts.

Nelia was stunned; Her husband had died without warning. He had been taken to the hospital, where Nelia and their children learned the terrible news: he had blood cancer. A few days later, Nelia was widowed.

Widow fears for her children’s future

A small shop like this has allowed Nelia (not pictured) to support her family after her husband passed away.

Nelia’s husband was the sole breadwinner in the family, going out every day to work. After his death, Nelia took on the responsibility of providing for her children. Fortunately, relatives helped for a while, providing what they could, but there was not much they could do.

When his relatives were no longer able to help him, Nelia’s eldest son started working in a motorcycle shop. But the money he earned barely fed them; their house fell into disrepair and Nelia’s daughter had to stop going to school because the school fees were too high. Nelia wondered if her youngest son would be able to finish his studies; it didn’t seem likely.

The looming threat of abject poverty has grown ever greater. What became of them? Would they even have a future? Nelia’s fears for herself and her children’s future intensified, but they did not last.

The intervention of a pastor

A few years after the death of her husband, Nelia received an invitation from Gospel for Asia (GFA) Pastor Vaclav at a distribution of gifts. Pastor Vaclav had visited the family in the past; after the death of Nelia’s husband, he had consoled and comforted them.

Now Pastor Vaclav aimed to bless widows and their families in the community with income generating gifts, and Nelia was on the list of recipients. She and the other widows carried the same burden of being solely responsible for their families; all feared the poverty that could consume them and their loved ones.

Much to her delight, Nelia received supplies to start a small shop. She could now sell groceries that would otherwise be difficult for other Nelia villagers to buy – a beneficial gift for all. On the first day the shop opened, Nelia earned enough money to buy more items than she could sell, a sign that things were looking up.

A year later, Nelia’s business had grown to the point where she could earn a stable income that allowed her to repair her house, send her youngest son to school and feed all her children. The shadow of poverty that had darkened his home had lifted, thanks to the timely intervention of Pastor Vaclav.

“We will never forget the help given to us,” the family said. “We are grateful to the church.”


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