A leaky roof, no water, no gas for heat or cooking---only a wood-fire stove and three rooms with walls darkened from smoke. This is the house where 15-year-old Zhanna in Armenia lives with 14 of her relatives, including her parents, grandmother, aunt and uncle, and cousins. Gloom filled her life many days. She recalls, "I felt sadness in my heart because of my family's living conditions, and I was very unhappy. I couldn't see any hope for the future."
But things recently changed for Zhanna when she was invited to an afterschool program where believers from a local church help children from underprivileged families. While there, she heard about a Project Philip Bible study and wanted to join. She says, "I wanted to be part of it because some of my friends told me how much they liked that Bible study group. I felt in my heart that I might find some hope there, and maybe, I thought, God can help me."
Christ Alone Gives Hope
When Zhanna went, she liked it right away. She says with a smile, "The leader was very kind to us, and he patiently and lovingly answered all my questions. Also, the booklets they use are great. There are games, nice pictures, and questions. I found the booklets very helpful and clear. I wanted to stay with the Bible study group! I even started to visit the church's Sunday school."
Zhanna continues, "Now I can see that I have a great desire to know many more things about God. I thank God for the opportunity to participate in this Project Philip Bible study. I want to give my life to Christ because I understand He alone can give us hope for the future. I am sure He can help my siblings and me to have a very good future."