In developing nations, losing a husband can be a guarantee of lifetime poverty. Christian widows in rural areas of India find themselves laboring 10 to 12 hours a day in fields owned by others just to earn a meager income—and only during seedtime and harvest. Younger Christian widows with children at home find life even more difficult.
Many of the widows we support have been cast out of their communities and families because of their decision to follow Christ. Their own grown children even ignore them. Fellow Christians in their churches and villages share what little they have, but it’s difficult for impoverished people to help impoverished people. These women are among the poorest of the poor in the world. Many live in huts with mud walls, dirt floors and thatched roofs, and may need to sacrifice food for themselves so that their children can eat. These Christian widows have no one to help them; they need our help.