Widows, shunned by villagers, helped by ministry

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
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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.

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