Hetavi lost her father when she was only 18 years old. Grief stung the young woman even more deeply because her paternal relatives barraged Hetavi, her younger siblings and their mother Toral, with abuse and harassment. In South Asia, a widow is often blamed for her husband’s death. Yet, throughout the threats, throughout the wishes of failure heaped upon Hetavi’s family, Hetavi saw her mother remain strong as a woman of prayer.
The Struggles of a Single Mother
Hetavi was 12 years old when her mother embraced Christ’s love. Three years later, Hetavi’s father did the same. But Hetavi never quite latched on to her parents’ newfound faith. Toral took her children to Sunday services as much as possible, but Hetavi didn’t understand the appeal.
After Hetavi’s father passed, Toral shouldered the burden of caring for Hetavi and her siblings alone. The villagers and relatives waited with bated breath for the family to fall apart, but Toral persevered. During the day, she worked hard to feed and send her children to school. At night, Toral prayed.
Learn more about the Widows Ministry, how you can help widows not only hear that Christ cares for them, but that they may also experience His love firsthand and see how He gives them dignity, peace and eternal life.
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