In Kathmandu, Nepal, HOPE worldwide runs the Asha Vidhyashram school where children from impoverished families can receive something that can change their lives and future – an education. Begun in 1996, the school has graduated more than 550 students. Currently, 150 students are enrolled.
Here is a story of one such changed life.
Seeking a better life
It started out as a typical “farmer seeking a better life for his children.” Tulasi Jirel and her family came from a remote village of the Dolakha district in Nepal. Her father barely made a living selling food in public places. He couldn’t even dream of sending his two children to school.
A crucial decision
Luckily, the parents heard about the HOPE school. In 1999, they made the crucial decision to send five year-old Tulasi to the kindergarten section of the school.
A changed life
Making the most of the opportunity, Tulasi was disciplined, obedient, and diligent. After graduating from the HOPE school, she then received a scholarship to study at the Nava Indra Dhanus English Boarding School. She graduated from there and went on to enroll at the Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Memorial College where she is currently studying business management.
A perfect circle
Over the past few years Tulasi would often visit the school, volunteer to fill for teachers when they had to go on maternity leave, and generally be a support to the young students. Recently Tulasi was hired as one of the full time teachers. She is now teaching children where she was once a student. Tulasi is very grateful to the school for giving her a very different life through education. She continues to pursue her university studies part time while working at the school.
The HOPE school is very proud to have her back as one of their teachers. Incidentally her brother Tika, also a former students, also works at the HOPE school as a teacher.
The best news of all
The icing on the cake is that Tulasi's whole family have become disciples. At our recent Women's Day Tulasi was one of the song leaders. Tulasi's life has changed in more ways than one!
(This story was originally posted by Elexa Liu on the HWW Hong Kong website)
The Christian life is a long journey and sometimes God uses us in spite of ourselves.
Suman became a disciple 21 years ago in New Delhi, India. Soon after that, her younger sister Renu was baptised. Suman was very bold in her evangelism. At the time she was a computer instructor. She reached out to one of the students at the computer center, Mukund, and he too became a disciple.
Lo and behold, Mukund went on to marry Renu, Suman’s younger sister. As the years went by Suman kept reaching out and helping others to know God. She was always very giving, selfless, and committed.
Suman and Renu’s family did not understand their engagement towards Christ. The two sisters underwent a lot of opposition but they stood strong.
Suman would bring her young niece to church with her. Neha thus grew up “in the church”. Eventually when she reached adulthood she too decided to follow Christ.
Unfortunately, as sometimes happens, Suman went through some difficult times in her relationships in the church. She got hurt, did not open up about it, did not seek enough help, and she decided to leave the fellowship. She knew, however, what the truth was, so she kept attending church for the next 15 years, never wanting to be restored.
All this while Suman saw God work many miracles in her family. Mukund and Renu had two beautiful children, Suman’s nice Neha got married to a wonderful young man in the church, and many blessings came their way.
As Mukund and Renu’s first child, Nitin, became a teenager he decided to start studying the Bible. This was a turning point for Suman. She saw this young man make a decision for Christ and at his baptism she finally decided to give her heart back to Christ. It was a real joy to see Suman restored to the fellowship 21 years after she first got baptised. She is back in the fray, reaching out, helping, serving, and generally being a great disciple of Christ!
Where will you be in the year 2020? What will you be doing? While we can’t predict the future in order to answer this question, we can be sure we are striving toward our goal as described in Philippians 3:12-16.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers (sisters), I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
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