In 2008, a simple rickshaw was ordered from Gospel for Asia’s Christmas Gift Catalog with the hope of providing one individual or family with much-needed income and demonstrating God’s love. But in the six years since, thousands have heard the Good News through that gift. It all began with a lonely woodcutter who chose to use what he was given for God.
Pastor Ministers to Lonely Woodcutter
Idhant had only been married a few years when his wife left him. He earned less than a dollar a day chopping wood, and scraped by into his mid-40s with little to cheer him or look forward to—until he met GFA pastor Matthew.
When Pastor Matthew came to Idhant’s village and heard the man’s story, he was so deeply moved that he invited Idhant to live with his family. Pastor Matthew’s wife and children took him in as one of their own, and as they demonstrated God’s love each day, Idhant began to want what they had.
Once Idhant decided to embrace Christ, he couldn’t keep the Good News to himself. He began traveling with Pastor Matthew to share with others how Jesus could work in their lives. But even as he shared his new joy and delighted in his surrogate family, Idhant continued to struggle financially.
Pastor Matthew began looking for an opportunity to help his friend further, so he requested that a rickshaw be given to Idhant during an upcoming Christmas gift distribution program. The next Sunday, an elated Idhant committed his new rickshaw to the Lord’s service.
Man Uses New Rickshaw to Share Jesus
Idhant’s daily income tripled with the rickshaw, but he didn’t forget his Provider. Every morning, he set out with stacks of Gospel literature to share with his passengers and people around town.
Tanseem and her husband, Quasim, were on the way to the hospital when they hired Idhant’s rickshaw. Tanseem’s doctors had been unable to cure her of an illness, but Idhant told them about Jesus’ power to heal and gave them literature to take home.