Tens of millions of people in Asia live in slums.
Many of them live in one-room shanties. They work long hours for insufficient wages. If there is no work available, some resort to begging, scavenging or prostitution to be able to earn enough to eat. Toilets are scarce, so the stench of human waste pollutes the air. Garbage is strewn across the alleyways. Everyone is vulnerable to disease.
For those living in slums, there is little hope of improving their lives, and some look to suicide as an escape.
"They don't have money, they don't have clothes, food. Their houses are just...shacks. It made my heart feel sad." —Benjamin, a behind-the-scenes missionary for Gospel for Asia
Millions in South Asia claim this destitution as their home. Breaking the chain of poverty is almost impossible without the compassionate hand of another outside of these poverty-stricken communities.
GFA began supporting ministry in the slums in 1999. Through this work, many people have found hope and strength in God.
When slum dwellers experience Christ’s transformation in their hearts, that transformation overflows into their environment. Soon, their streets and homes are kept cleaner; they show respect and kindness toward others; and hope gleams in their eyes. Jesus makes all the difference.
Encouragement for the sick and desperate.
Instruction about health and hygiene.
Tutoring classes for children.
Protection for those without proper insulation.
Teaching sewing and other valuable skills.
Equipping men and women who never learned to read and write.
Protecting families from waterborne illnesses.
Restoring the health and dignity of slum dwellers.
Empowering the poor to earn an income.
News of God's love and mercy.
Catch a glimpse of slum ministry through the true story of a man who dreamed about a shack by the sewer—then moved into one. He says, "I want to work here ... because no one else cares."
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