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Hope After Heartache

Ken Hulme


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Grandma Aon has been raising her grandkids alone ever since their parents abandoned them. Granddaughter, Maleelak, 6, is Grandma’s little helper.

“Grandma loves me and my brother,” said Maleelak. “She takes care of us. I love Grandma. I obey her and help her clean our house.”

Grandma Aon provided for her grandkids by raising chickens until a flood washed away her poultry farm. “I was very stressed,” she said. “I have nothing to invest to buy more chickens and I wondered, ‘Who would hire me?’ I did not know what to do.”

Soon, Grandma ran out of money to buy food. All she could feed her grandkids was a little boiled rice. “Grandma put salt on the rice for me because we had no money,” said Maleelak. “She told me to eat first and she would eat what was left. When I saw Grandma cry, I would wipe her tears and said, ‘Don’t cry, God will be with us. He loves Grandma.'”

Grandma and Maleelak are Christians and prayed to God for help. “I prayed and asked Him to provide money so I could raise chickens again,” said Grandma. “One night I had a dream about some people from Bangkok who would teach me about raising something.” 

A few days later, their pastor shared that Operation Blessing—from Bangkok—had offered to  help! 

First we provided her with the training she needed to run a business. Then we gave her 300 chickens, along with feed and other items needed to raise them. Finally, to help until they were ready to sell, we gave the family some food.   

“I’m glad Grandma now has work to do and has income,” said Maleelak. “I clean and fill the water buckets for the chickens and I also feed them. I am glad that I can help her!”

Grandma’s chicken farm is doing well. She has been able to raise and sell nearly 700 chickens since the business started. And she said that Maleelak and Grandson, Korn, no longer go hungry. “God answered my prayer. God has brought His people to care for me. I have peace and joy now. Thank you!”

Maleelak joyfully added, "Thanks for helping us!"


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About The Author

Ken Hulme

CBN International Managing Director for The 700 Club | Ken's been telling stories as a producer and writer for nearly 40 years. Currently, he manages and mentors media teams based in countries worldwide that provide stories about the work of CBN, Operation Blessing, and Orphan’s Promise for The 700 Club and other media platforms. He is married with four adult children and nine grandchildren.