Jasmine squatted by the water buffalo while her fingers deftly milked the gentle beast, keeping a steady stream of milk filling the pail underneath. She smiled, thinking about this new gift and the future that it will provide.
Jasmine, 40, grew up in poverty. When she was a child, the opportunity for an education slipped through her fingers while she worked to provide a little extra income for her parents. When she was 17, she married, but poverty only followed her.
In the course of their marriage, she and her husband had four children, but sickness plagued their family. One after another, they each would fall ill. Jasmine and her husband visited hospitals, and when that did not bring healing, they turned to witch doctors. All the while, the little money Jasmine’s hardworking husband earned as a laborer depleted.
But there was one thing that gave Jasmine hope: Jesus. After meeting a GFA-supported worker, Jasmine discovered Christ’s love, and her heart beat with living peace. Healing, restoration and happiness entered her life despite the mounting financial difficulties.
One Devastation After Another
Then, one tragic day, she received life-changing news. After working an evening shift at a construction site, Jasmine’s husband was found dead the next morning with no known cause. Now Jasmine carried the family’s financial burdens entirely in her hands. But she had Jesus and the fellowship of believers around her to console and encourage her.
Four years passed, and Jasmine labored to take care of her growing children and to make sure they received the education she never did […]
Learn more about Gifts From the Stable, how Animals still play a crucial role in many people’s lives in South Asia. These animals provide sustenance and produce income when their milk or offspring are sold.