Living in Death’s Shadow
Tavleen had lived a difficult life in a small, unfinished house with her husband, Bhavin, and two young children. Bhavin was the sole breadwinner for the family, and although money was scarce, they managed to provide scanty meals for their children.
Then one day, Bhavin had a heart attack and collapsed. He was gone. The family’s financial situation was already precarious, and the death of Tavleen’s husband brought further devastation.
Tavleen, 55 years old, quickly stepped into the role of provider, but the cleaning jobs she found couldn’t fully support her family. Her seventh-grade son realized their desperate situation and decided to drop out of school to work as a daily laborer, hoping to help his mother. Soon, his younger sister followed his example and began taking care of the home instead of going to school.
For two years, Tavleen’s family struggled alone. They sought their many gods and goddesses, but no help came—until the God they did not know brought a stranger to Tavleen’s doorstep.
An Opportunity to Show Love
Pastor Chintan, a Gospel for Asia-supported pastor in Tavleen’s village, happened to visit her home while he was meeting families in the community. Although many people in Asia believe widows carry a curse that caused their husbands’ deaths, Pastor Chintan understood how much God loves widows. Pastor Chintan couldn’t solve Tavleen’s financial problems, but he gave her what he did have to give: the knowledge of Someone who could carry her burdens and give her hope.