In 2006, GFA workers started a ministry to bring God’s love to a group of jungle islands, 54 of which are inhabited, where people live in poverty and hardship. The remoteness of the islands made it very challenging for GFA workers to get to this area, but they were able to visit the communities using local boats.
The workers were gripped by the suffering of hundreds of women who had lost their husbands, many of whom had died after being attacked by Bengal tigers. The workers prayed with much passion and urgency, longing to touch the widows’ lives with a message of hope. To efficiently coordinate activities on these islands, the workers needed a boat of their own. In 2014, the Lord answered their long-awaited prayers, and the workers received a sturdy, sizable boat. By God’s mercy, GFA workers continue to care for widows and children in these once-neglected islands, even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and today there are churches on 34 of the islands.