When a woman in Asia is widowed, she loses more than just her husband. Her husband's death may also mean the loss of her self-respect, her security, her dignity and even her hope.
A widow in Asia is often blamed for the death of her husband and is seen as cursed. The glass bangles she once wore as a symbol of her marital status are shattered. A plain white sari may replace the colorful ones she used to wear, serving as a visual reminder of her widowhood. She might be expelled from her home—even by her adult children—and forced to fend for herself on the streets. The lives of many widows are marked by hopelessness and poverty, plagued by thoughts of suicide to end the perpetual shame.
As Gospel for Asia-supported workers minister among these widows, providing them with food, clothing, education for their children and sources of livelihood in Jesus' name, these precious women discover that love and hope did not die with their husbands after all.
Please join us in praying for the millions of widows in Asia.