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Pray for South Asia's Widows:
many endure lives of poverty and utter hopelessness


Pray for South Asia's Widows: many endure lives of poverty and utter hopelessness

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.


Pray for Widows Who Feel Alone

Pray for Widows Who Feel Alone

Many widows are abandoned, left defenseless in a dangerous world. Young widows may be taken advantage of or become victims of human trafficking. Giving in to shame and despair, tens of thousands of widows in Asia each year decide to take their own lives.

Please ask God to protect struggling widows from the world and from self-harm.


Pray for Widows with Young Children

Pray for Widows with Young Children

Widows carry the burden of caring for their children alone. In addition, women living in rural areas of Asia are often illiterate, which severely limits their ability to find good jobs. Simply providing shelter and just one meal a day for their children may be extremely difficult, and education is often no more than a distant dream.

Please pray mothers of young children will find the means to care for their families and give their children an education.


Pray for Widows' Livelihoods

Pray for Widows' Livelihoods

Few jobs that preserve dignity are available to widows. Many women finally turn to begging or prostitution as a last resort for survival. Widows who receive a gift through Gospel for Asia's Christmas Gift Catalogue receive a source of income that not only protects their dignity, but also paves the way for them to realize how much God values them.

Please pray more widows will receive income-producing gifts and be rescued from the dangers of poverty.


Pray for the Elderly

Pray for the Elderly

Forgotten and abandoned in their old age, many elderly widows have little strength left to provide for themselves. Gospel for Asia-supported workers minister to these precious women by meeting their practical needs and by honoring them as precious and valuable in God's eyes.

Please pray elderly widows will be cared for and loved in their frail years.


Pray for Those Ministering to Widows

Pray for Those Ministering to Widows

Gospel for Asia-supported national missionaries and Sisters of Compassion carry Christ's love to the widows of Asia. Whether they serve widows by helping with needs around the house, by giving them a source of income, or by encouraging them with truths about a loving Savior, they demonstrate God's heart for women.

Ask God to provide for more opportunities to meet widows' needs and to demonstrate God's priceless love.


Pray for Supportive Communities

Pray for Supportive Communities

In thousands of communities across Asia, men and women are discovering that God values widows and wants His children to care for them. "Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble" (James 1:27a).

Please ask God to raise up local congregations and communities to welcome widows into their families and cherish them as their own mothers.


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