During the darkest hour of 21-year-old Konika's life, God sent a friend to give her hope. She had grown up in a poor Hindu family in southwestern Bangladesh where her father worked from dawn till dusk as a day laborer. Still, the family could barely make ends meet let alone afford to send Konika to school. She says sadly, "My dream was to give my parents a bright future. Poverty was everywhere, and I wanted to get rid of it."
But like many women who grow up like Konika, she was left with few options and pressured by her family to marry at the age of 17. "That spelled doom for me," Konika notes. Soon, she learned that not only was her new husband lying about his age, but that he loved someone else.
"I'm grateful to you for helping me rebuild my broken life. You are the reason for my hope because my hope is now in Jesus."
Fed up with her marriage, she packed her bags and headed back to her parents' home. Eventually, she made the painful decision to divorce. Konika recalls, "I wanted to start a new life, but I couldn't find a way out of this mess."
It was during this time that she met a believer who shared with her about Jesus. "She assured me that Jesus is the solution to all life's problems and encouraged me to go to her house for a Bible study." When Konika went to the Project Philip Bible study, she found comfort and felt inspired to trust in God.
But it was difficult for her to read the Bible and booklets since she had never attended school. One of the women suggested she join a Bible-based Literacy class. She beams, "I can now read the Bible with the assistance of my teacher. The women who come to the class are the best people I have ever known."
Today, Konika's life has changed dramatically. Though her heart is still broken, she prays that Jesus will heal her past scars. She says, "I know that Jesus loves me and that He has a better plan for my life. I'm grateful to you for helping me rebuild my broken life. You are the reason for my hope because my hope is now in Jesus."