Living in a Hindu community with an alcoholic father and a family struggling in poverty, Priyadar grew up quiet, reserved, and scared. But after hearing about Christ’s love for her in the Book of Hope, she was free to become the joyful, hopeful girl she is today!
Ronak couldn’t hold his tears back any longer…earlier in the day, his grandmother had beaten him. It had become quite the routine. Each beating reminded him of his worthlessness. Sitting outside in a large South Asian city, he was surrounded by people, but he had never felt so alone in his life. He was here because his own parents couldn’t handle his behavior. Ronak was constantly rebelling and disobeying his parents, and they sent him away to live with his grandmother. He had hoped things would change when he moved, but now he was quickly discovering this grandmother didn’t want him either. He couldn’t help but wonder if his life would ever change. His school situation wasn’t any better. He was only 13, but already he had dropped out. Every day he was involved in some type of fight or disruption in the classroom. Ronak’s behavioral issues had become too much for the teachers to handle. He didn’t know if there was a way to turn back now—he had already burned so many bridges.
But then one day, Ronak’s life trajectory began to change...a group of young people gave him a priceless gift: the Book of Hope. As he thumbed through the pages, he began to uncover God’s story and plan for his life. After finishing the book, Ronak knew he wanted to learn more about the person of Jesus. He connected with a local church and chose to dedicate his life to Jesus Christ. The church welcomed him with open arms.
Today Ronak is working with the local church Pastor to overcome his issues through God’s strength. He has been readmitted to school. And best of all, Ronak’s parents have forgiven him, and together they are working on restoring their relationship. “My parents are happy with me,” he says.
The love of Jesus has changed Ronak’s life. He now has a purpose and hope for the future.
Mariela lives in a remote village of Nicaragua that’s only accessible on foot or by horseback. Remarkably, her village has a school — and she was amazed when a team from another town managed to make it to her village — bringing a gift for all the schoolchildren: the Book of Hope. Mariela and her brother Juan were excited to receive their books and learn about Jesus. Mariela read her book quickly and came to understand she has great value as a child of God.
Today, Mariela and Juan are following Jesus Christ as their Savior. Mariela believes God has a plan for her country — and for her, too. She wants to become a pastor and preach about Jesus so others can be transformed as she was!
Every person matters to God. We wouldn't be telling our story of transformation if it wasn't for the truth found in God's Word - the seed, the bold actions of others, and most importantly, God's power.
That is why we are so passionate about reaching one child at a time with God's life-changing Word. God's Word transforms lives from the inside out. A transformed life is one of the greatest testimonies to God's power.