I lost my husband but God is here to take care of me.
Geeta was married to an abusive man who was also a drunkard. He earned 200 rupies per day from a manual labor job but gave her only 20 rupies per day to buy and cook food. He spent most of his earnings on his drinking. The money he gave her from his earnings was not enough for her to cook the kinds of meals he expected. He beat her horribly every night with a cricket bat and Geeta asked herself why she was married to this man. One day he disappeared and never came back. She was left to raise two children. She got a job but most of the money went towards paying for the rent so that most times she and her children went with hungry. She managed to get a new job in a hotel which paid better but she still had to struggle.
As I listened to her story, I couldn’t believe the horrors this poor mother had to go through. She lived in the slums, on a hill near the forest and the hut was made of sticks and plastic tarps. She was terrified because tigers came out of the jungle at night and there was nothing to keep them from attacking her and her children.
One of her friends gave her a Gospel tract and told her about Jesus, the Saviour who could protect her from danger. Geeta didn’t waste any time reaching out to Him. She prayed and asked Him to protect her and her children from the roaming tigers and He did. After this Geeta went to her friend’s church and soon gave her life to Jesus. He began to work in her, transforming her and people noticed.
Geeta’s story shows us that becoming a Christian doesn’t mean that our problems will go away. In fact, Geeta reached a point where she had to make a terrible decision. Her boss owned the room she and her children were staying in. He wanted sexual favours from her. How could she do what he wanted? She was once married. She was a mother. She was a Christian. If she didn’t do what he wanted, she and her children would be thrown out of the room. With nowhere to go, she and her children would be out on the streets begging in order to survive.
During one of her darkest moments, Geeta thought it would be better to face death than face these horrible choices, but when she learned of a neighbour whose suicide left his wife and children begging in the streets, she realized that she could not do that to her children. And the prospect of her precious daughter becoming a sexual prey to evil men when she grew up filled her with horror. She had to protect her daughter.
When faced with these choices–become a prostitute, live on the streets or die, Geeta chose to pray. She trusted Jesus to rescue her from this hopeless situation and He did. The day before she was supposed to move out of the room, Gospel for Asia came to her rescue and helped her to stay another month while providing food for her and her children.
Thanks to God, Geeta and her children don’t have to beg in the streets in order to survive. She could stay in the room for a while longer until she could find something better. What a happy ending to this story. Geeta did the right thing. She obeyed God’s Word by choosing not to sin and God came through for her. She reached out to Him in prayer, trusting Him to deliver her and He did. Now she doesn’t have to choose between sin and death.
If you want to learn more about what Gospel for Asia is doing for women like Geeta who face extremely difficult situations, visit their website. Find out how you can help to improved the conditions for women who are shunned by their families and abandoned children who are forced to beg in the streets.
Geeta mentioned Bridge of Hope where her children received an education. Find out more about this program and what you can do to help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy. You can make a difference in the lives of women like Geeta and provide a future for abandoned children.