Medicine failed. Witch doctors failed. And Addi’s body continued to fail. Fever and body aches put him in a perpetual state of decline. Subira, his wife, looked on helplessly as Addi became weaker and weaker.
Soon, the man who had taken such good care of their family of seven, who did everything he could to send their children to school, whom Subira had spent more than a decade of her life with was gone.
Subira, at 32 years old, was a widow.
The Misfortunes of Widows
There were few things in her society worse than becoming a widow. Though more than 258 million women around the world are widows, many have “historically been left unseen, unsupported and unmeasured in our societies.” Subira had most likely witnessed the ostracism widows—young and old—endured in her region. In the middle of their grief, they’re stripped of their dignity and seen as cursed. They’re forced to live a life devoid of happiness, deemed unworthy to partake in community celebrations where their presence could bring bad luck. Many widows are kicked out of their homes, denied their right to an inheritance or forced to endure hostility from their relatives or in-laws.
By providing income-generating gifts; vocational training; food, clothing and other basic essentials; and the assurance of God’s love, Gospel for Asia (GFA) workers are supplying means by which widows can rebuild their lives. You can join Gospel for Asia (GFA) workers in their ongoing, lifesaving ministry to widows and show widows like Subira that their lives matter.
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