International Widows’ Day: June 23, 2015

Would you want a “bad omen” in your house? “When my husband died, my entire family rejected me; they did not love me,” Netramani said. Sadly, this is the case for many widows throughout South Asia. They are considered a curse, so no one wants to have them around. Cast out of their homes and left to fend for themselves, these desperate women usually end up on the streets with nothing.

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“I was completely alone. … No one would give me work so I had to beg. … I had nothing to eat, nothing to wear. I was completely senseless and didn’t know anything. . .” – Netramani

Many of these widows will travel to what is called the “island of widows” in West Bengal. Thousands of women live here simply because they were abandoned when their husbands died. Their agony is plain to see, and often they commit suicide because there is nothing they want to live for. They have no hope.

Bringing Hope and Dignity to Widows

Gospel for Asia is reaching out and giving dignity to these beautiful women by teaching them how to provide for themselves with sewing machines, placing their children in schools, and sharing with them that Jesus loves and cherishes them.

“In the midst of such injustice and poverty, there is yet hope. Through the hands-on ministries of women missionaries, widows are regaining human dignity and understanding that there is a God who loves them.” –K.P. Yohannan

Hundreds of millions of widows worldwide face discrimination, oppression and lack access to essential resources. However, last year, on International Widows’ Day, Gospel for Asia provided many with free meals, medical check-ups, new clothing and even income-producing animals.

“As Christians, we read about God’s love for widows and the vulnerable throughout Scripture. What better way to demonstrate that love than by stepping into their lives and giving them hope – hope for tomorrow, hope for their children and hope that their lives will get better.”- K.P. Yohannan

Would you encourage your readers to step into the lives of the widows in Asia in honor of International Widows’ Day this year?

You can find out more information about the plight of widows in Asia here: http://www.gfa.org/women/widows/

Please include this link in your post so that your readers can take action to help these women. Thank you for being a voice for the voiceless in Asia!

“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” James 1:27

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