WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA) – Discussing the reality of millions of children in Asia, a life strangled by their circumstances of poverty, denied also of a better future, the opportunity for education.
I want you to close your eyes for a minute. Picture your childhood, where you grew up and where you went to school. Remember the experiences and adventures you went on as a child. Now take all of those cozy memories and change where they took place.
Playing with your favorite toy in your bedroom? Now you’re playing with it in a dirty alleyway. Doing your homework at the kitchen table? Replace the kitchen table with a dirt floor. Helping your dad or mom with a project around the house? Now you’re working alongside your parents under the hot sun, doing any labor job you can find to help the family earn money.
For millions of children in Asia, that is their reality: playing in the dirt, struggling in school and laboring alongside their parents. Some don’t even possess the opportunity to go to school, let alone the ability to afford it. For others, like Bir, their circumstances strangle their education.
At 6 years old, almost all of what Bir knew was poverty. He scavenged for plastic bags his parents could sell while they labored in the fields. It was a struggle to make ends meet. What little money they had left over sent Bir to school—but learning did not come easy for the young boy.
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