Widows & Abandoned Women Ministry

01Mar

Widows & Abandoned Women Ministry

Ann Alugunat is a widow who lives in Teso Village, Kenya. Since 2002 she had lived with an ever-growing tumor on her jaw that had made it increasingly difficult for her to eat—a problem that led to malnutrition. The people in her village—even her own family—had come to accept that Ann would soon die.

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28Feb

Orphan Love…and Loss

Growing up together in an orphanage in Myanmar, Mary and Win eventually fell in love and married as adults. Win became a missionary to people in his own country, and God blessed them with three children—Reuben, Nancy and Macy. Life was difficult without an extended family to lean upon, but they managed to get along.

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28Dec

A Double Blessing

Have you seen the movie The Good Lie? It's a sad glimpse into what some Sudanese people have gone through due to warring in their country. Some women have lost their husbands and all of their children. Others go through devastating traumas that can either take them down a path of despair or one of courage.

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23Nov

Widows Warmed for the Winter

In August of 2014, we traveled to Mexico to meet Jason and Nicole Fitzpatrick and to see the amazing work God has led them to do. Since then, we've kept in touch with their ministry through emails and social media, but since we became directors of the Widows & Abandoned Women Ministry earlier this year, we've been even more watchful of their efforts. Having met firsthand many of the widows and abandoned women they love and encourage, we looked for an opportunity to come alongside them.

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01Sep

Grinding Corn Ends Grinding Poverty

No pensions, no government assistance, and in most cases, no family support. When a woman's husband dies in many parts of Africa, not only does she lose any income he previously earned, but her deceased husband's family confiscates most, or even all, of her property, leaving her and her children destitute. Grinding poverty becomes a daily reality.

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28Aug

Here to Serve Them, and You

Widows are made when husbands die prematurely. In their absence, women and children in poor nations are often left with nothing—no money for rent, medicine or even food. No government assistance ever comes. Other "widows," such as Miriam in the photo above, are made when husbands leave their families for other women, or to pursue lives of crime or drugs—or all of the above.

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01Mar

Widows & Abandoned Women Fund

In 2014, I discovered a large group of women who were hidden all over the world. Traveling in poor nations as director of Heaven's Family's Christian Widows Fund, I found myself often meeting women who were not widows, but whose husbands had abandoned them. That usually meant that they, along with their children, were left with nothing. And I observed that such women shared the same sufferings as widows. They couldn't meet their family's most basic needs. Because they were not widows, however, Christian organizations were ignoring them. Heaven's Family was one of them.

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01Jul

A Business and a Bible

"You come with a Bible in one hand, but what do you bring in the other?" That was a question posed long ago to the first missionaries to Kenya. "Our people need food for their souls—and for their empty stomachs!" At Heaven's Family we do our best to remember the Apostle James' words, "Faith without works is dead," and focus on the needs of the whole person. Meeting pressing needs is particularly relevant when you are serving, as we are, in some of the poorest places on earth, where so many struggle to survive from one day to the next. As one missionary succinctly summed up the importance of meeting both spiritual and physical needs: "Dead people can't hear the gospel."

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