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A Toilet Gives Widow Dignity

by Gospel for Asia

A Gospel for Asia (www.gfa.org) News Release – For Immediate Release

Toilet gfa smallerWILLS POINT, TX (ANS – June 22, 2017) — Pastor Jaiwant saw the struggles Mayil went through to provide for her family. She needed help and support, but society shunned her instead. Pastor Jaiwant knew how difficult everyday life was, especially because Mayil’s family lacked a proper toilet facility. Too poor to build a toilet, they resorted to using the open tea fields where they lived, often awaking early in the morning in hopes of a little privacy. Pastor Jaiwant cared about each member of his congregation, and he wanted to help her.

Meet an Impoverished Widow

Mayil was a widow. Before her husband died, he loyally provided for his family by selling firewood. He was also faithful to the Lord and brought his family to church every Sunday. Though they were never well off, Mayil’s husband had taken good care of them and loved them. But when he died, the full duty of providing fell upon Mayil. His passing left an immense void in their lives — it was too much for Mayil to bear alone.

Because Mayil was a widow, the people around her looked down on her living condition. They said she wasn’t a good house keeper and mocked her inability to take proper care of her family. But Mayil never let these words disparage her. She, like her husband had, clung to the Lord and relied on Him for strength. No matter what society thought, her church family was a there for her and accepted her with love.

Grateful for Her Toilet

Pastor and familyOnce Pastor Jaiwant saw how much Mayil would benefit from a toilet, he requested one from his leaders and set up a GFA-supported gift distribution (https://www.gfa.org/women/?cm_mmc=GFAReports-_–_–_-). When Mayil received the sanitation facility she was so grateful to the Lord and to her pastor. She knew she was loved and well looked after by God and His children.

With joy, Mayil said, “I was not able to construct any bathroom and toilet for my family. But my loving Lord is so gracious to me. He provided sanitation in my house premises. I am very grateful to Him.”

Mayil appreciates the love of God being poured out through Pastor Jaiwant.

“Our local church pastor has so much concern for his believers,” she said. “It is because of his great help that I may be able to receive sanitation. It became a great help for our family.”

The Lord’s heart of compassion and love for widows is displayed through His servants, like Pastor Jaiwant. Praise the Lord for Mayil’s new toilet and for people like you who have provided the funds to make testimonies like this possible!

Read how Rupashi, a widow, received a sewing machine and hope for her future (http://gospelforasia-reports.org/2016/06/five-years-watching/?motiv=WB21-RB00&cm_mmc=GFAReports-_–_–_-).

Note: GFA (Gospel for Asia) has — for more than 30 years — provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions across Asia, especially among those who have yet to hear the Good News. Last year, this included more than 75,000 sponsored children, free medical services for more than 180,000 people, 6,000 wells drilled, 11,000 water filters installed, Christmas presents for more than 400,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. For more information on Gospel for Asia, please go to: www.gfa.org.

Photo captions: 1) Toilets like this one impact the lives of many families in Asia. (GFA). 2) This is Pastor Jaiwant and his beautiful family. Because of the love of Jesus pouring through him, he is able to serve precious people like Mayil. He is the hands and feet of Christ! (GFA).

* Names of people and places may have been changed for privacy and security reasons. Images are GFA stock photos used for representation purposes and are not the actual person/location, unless otherwise noted.

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