Learn to do right.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the case of the fatherless;
Plead the case of the widow.
It is estimated that over 258 million women across the globe are widowed. Most of them live in extreme poverty. Many of them were married as children to much older men. Some of them will live the remainder of their days under the stigma and shame of their widowhood.
In most cultures, widows are invisible and voiceless, forced to beg, denied inheritance, degraded and even abused. The children of widows beg for bread and as a result do not attend school. Daughters of widows fair much worse and are subject to unspeakable abuses.
Hidden beneath these staggering statistics are strong, courageous women. Women that the world (and, at times, the church) has overlooked and forgotten.
In 2010, the United Nations formally adopted June 23rd as International Widows Day to address the “poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries.” Esther Movement's ministry partner in Kolkata, India, did not need a UN declaration to do what the Bible calls “true religion” because they have been caring for widows and their children for years with only the Holy Spirit’s prompting.
It is our prayer that the same Spirit will prompt many of us to come alongside Dorcas House and help provide monthly rations for widows in the slums of Kolkata. Just $30 a month provides food to fill their bellies and the Gospel to bless their spirits.
Join us as we not only see but celebrate these amazing women!!!
Click here to sponsor a widow TODAY!