Widows, shunned by villagers, helped by ministry

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
 | 
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Indian women gathering waterA ministry that aids the poor in poverty-stricken, Third World countries is providing special care for widows who are shunned by society.

In some cultures, a widow is considered cursed and is blamed for her late husband’s death, which means they are shunned by other villagers.  

Danny Yohannan of Gospel for Asia tells OneNewsNow such a widow faces “no future” and “no hope,” and expects to live alone in poverty.

“Nothing goes right for you. Everything is taken away from you,” he says of their plight. “Your property is taken away, your rights, your honor – everything.”

In the West Bengal Islands, Gospel for Asia is ministering to widows who are living on the so-called Widow’s Island. The number of widows stretches into the thousands, Yohannan tells OneNewsNow. 

Gospel For Asia points out the challenging existence for a struggling widow directly contradicts the Bible’s instructions for the Church to care for them.

Many of those women become beggars or turn to prostitution but GFA is sponsoring 40 all-female teams to provide counseling and vocational training.

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWS BRIEF

FEATURED PODCAST

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Has the federal gov't 'crossed the line' when imposing COVID-related restrictions?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Nursing home to workers: Get vaccine or lose your job
Microsoft joins company demands for employee vaccinations
Over half NY Assembly wants to oust Cuomo if he doesn't quit
Wisconsin election officials cancel 205K voter registrations
Judge blocks Texas troopers from stopping illegals
California spending billions to house homeless in hotels

LATEST FROM THE WEB

When does the COVID-19 panic end?
Mask-wearing: Not polite, not considerate
Tucker Carlson: Rochelle Walensky now makes the laws, and she's taking your private property
Pardoning the McCloskeys is what real racial justice looks like
Clown Town: COVID experts get buckshot to the face over latest advice about wearing masks at home

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
'Waves' of volunteers responding this hurricane season

Hurricane Laura in Lake CharlesWhile rescue and recovery efforts are underway in storm-damaged areas along the Gulf Coast, a disaster relief ministry has stayed busy in the region.