Drunk again, Bastien spouted hate; his wife cringed at his raised hand. With agriculture being Bastien’s livelihood, another drought meant he couldn’t work. How long had it been this time? How would they survive? There wasn’t enough money for the family, but he needed another drink. Some cards and nicotine might also distract him from his woes.
Bastien’s life was in disarray. Depression hung over his entire family.
Without purpose or hope, Bastien continued his reckless rambling, hurting those closest to him along the way. Would his life’s crash course end in anything other than destruction?
A Shift in Trajectory
A glimmer of hope appeared in the form of work when Bastien heard of a new construction site nearby in need of laborers. Inquiring at the site, where a new place of worship was being constructed, Bastien found himself with steady work for a few months. His life’s trajectory began to shift—and not just because of the stable job.
Bastien’s employer was a Gospel for Asia (GFA World) national worker, Pastor Aaric, who took the time to talk to workers and develop relationships with them. A benefit of being a national worker, Pastor Aaric was already familiar with the challenges many of the locals faced, and he sought to help, instinctively knowing how to best communicate God’s love to his neighbors. Perhaps surprised by the man’s caring ways, Bastien shared with Pastor Aaric his story, his struggles, his vices.
After patiently listening, Pastor Aaric told Bastien about Jesus, who could give him peace that surpasses all understanding and help him lead a peaceful life. Bastien was fascinated. Was it possible? Could Bastien’s life of turmoil somehow be transformed? The pastor prayed, and peace took root in Bastien’s heart.
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