There are more than 500 million children of widowed mothers, many of whom have inherited poverty that has led to them no longer being able to attend school, like Subira’s children (not pictured).
One day, Subira fell sick with a severe stomachache; then her body started to swell. She couldn’t spend the little money she earned by cleaning houses on pursuing medical treatment, nor could she afford to take a day or two off to recuperate, so she trudged on, working through whatever illness was coursing through her body.
Perhaps remembering the prayers she had heard or the peace she often felt when she was near the GFA church, Subira attended a worship service. She sat watching, listening, hopeful. When the service ended, Subira approached Pastor Lachlan.
Could he please pray for her, she asked, sharing with him about her health struggles.
Like every GFA pastor, Lachlan welcomed the opportunity to share Christ’s love with others. He knew the power in Jesus’ name and freely prayed for Subira. Thereafter, with her permission, he visited her home to pray for and encourage her and her children in the Lord.
Visiting Subira’s family, Pastor Lachlan saw their poverty. He also learned more about Subira’s struggles, of her being a widow and of having to leave two of her children behind. The grief and hardships she and her children experienced gripped Pastor Lachlan’s heart. He prayed for her often.
Two weeks later, Subira’s stomachache vanished, and her body quit swelling. She and her children knew it was through prayers to Jesus that she had been healed—and they devoted their lives to worshiping Him.
Now part of the body of believers, Subira didn’t live as an outcast widow or as someone to be feared because of the bad luck she might bring. Pastor Lachlan and the people in his church loved Subira and her children. They prayed for them and embraced them into their family.