The help and care brought by the centre and its staff radically transformed the village and its inhabitants. Hopelessness gave way to optimism and anticipation for the future.
“The Bridge of Hope centre has brought a great impact in the families and community and in the lives of their children,” Jakki says. “All the community people like our work and appreciate us.”
Jakki has served at the Bridge of Hope centre since it opened. As its coordinator, Jakki has seen hundreds of children helped through the program and the blessing it brings to the community.
“Through Bridge of Hope, communities know that we have to live together in peace and help people in need,” Jakki says. “That’s what the community people see and feel about Bridge of Hope.”
That’s how Maachah’s entire family feels about Bridge of Hope as well. Maachah isn’t the only one in her family experiencing the blessing Bridge of Hope brings. As her father is ill, he has trouble working. Most of the time, they have very little money and struggle economically.
“My family is benefited through [the centre] because my family condition is poor,” the young girl says.
The centre provides “bags, clothes and other utensils to us,” Maachah explains. “It helps to save a lot of money.”
Currently, 70,000 children like Maachah attend Bridge of Hope centres across Asia, receiving care and hope for their futures. And it started with a dream.
In his book No Longer a Slumdog, Dr. Yohannan details a dream given to him by the Lord. He stood across from a field filled with countless people who desperately needed the love of God. A wide river separated him from the masses.
“Was I only going to look at these needy and suffering people but not be able to help them?” he writes.
Then a bridge appeared, spanning the river. Thousands of children, from all across Asia, filled the bridge.
“I woke from my dream and realized the Lord spoke to me about something incredibly significant,” Dr. Yohannan explains. “If we follow His instructions, our care for these children in need will be a bridge for so many people to find the hope and relief they have been looking for.”
This heaven-sent dream inspired what is now known as Bridge of Hope.
Through the hundreds of centres all across Asia, children are coming to realize they have a future. Jakki has seen dozens of graduates go on to higher education, pursuing their dreams.
For the 123 students currently enrolled in the centre, their future is already beginning to take shape.
“My ultimate goal and purpose in my life is to become a leader for society,” says Maachah, “I want to help many people, like how Bridge of Hope does. … To become an able leader is my ultimate goal.”
Maachah isn’t alone in wanting to change the world around her.
Many children have already graduated through this Bridge of Hope center and many others across Asia. They’ve gone on to become doctors, engineers and teachers and are transforming the world around them.
“My dream is to add many more children to the centre,” says Jakki. “My wish is to sharpen and shape the lives of these poor children.”
In 2004, GFA established a new program to help the children of Asia: Bridge of Hope. That year, nearly 18,000 children from the lowest rung of society were enrolled in the program and received free schooling, medical care and meals while also experiencing Christ’s love through Bridge of Hope staff.
For 15 years, Bridge of Hope has ministered to thousands of children, offering them hope when there was none. It continues to transform the lives of its students, their families and even their communities.
Today, many Bridge of Hope graduates who once lived entrenched in poverty and despair are now pursuing higher education to extend the hope they discovered to others.
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