WILLS POINT, TX – Discover how GFA World national missionaries provide aid and hope to widows in need, transforming lives in the dense mangrove islands.
Each time he entered the jungle, Hashmat didn’t know if it would be his last trip there. Then one day his fears became reality when a tiger pounced on him.
Like many men before him, Hashmat became a casualty of the jungle’s predators. He left behind two wives, Mutholi and Hasna, and five children.
Ten years later, these twowidowsstill beg by the roadside to avoid starvation. Instead of going to school, their children work in tea shops to provide additional income.
Mutholi and Hasna are two of hundreds of struggling widows on the islands where they live. In this area, many people gain their livelihoods by fishing or gathering wood or honey from the dense mangrove forest that spans the islands. These occupations, however, pose the risks of drowning or being attacked by wild animals.
Despite their prayers to the forest goddess for their husbands’ safety, many women become widows. These women, usually illiterate, often resort to begging and can’t afford to send their children to school. Guilt and depression stifle their lives.
Learn more about how to help lift widows out of destitution with GFA World’s widows ministry. Your support enables national missionaries to offer hope and practical help. Discover the impact you can have on these precious lives.
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