The family is one of God’s most beautiful designs; it is a symbol of Christ’s love for the Church. God Himself relates to us in terms of Father, calls believers Christ’s Bride and receives us as children of God. The family is to be a place of safety and respect, but that is not the reality for everyone.
Through either death or abandonment, an estimated 115 million women globally find themselves alone and in abject poverty.1 Especially in Asia, many women can be found caring for themselves and their children without the help of their husbands or in-laws. Beyond keenly feeling the brokenness of their family, many widows also carry the burden of guilt their society and other family members place upon them—they often believe it was their sin that caused their husbands to die or forsake them.
The young children of these widows suffer too. Tragically, 1.5 million of them will die before age 5.2 For many who survive, begging will take the place of studying, which establishes poverty in their lives all the more. Those who have neither a father nor a mother in their lives are even more vulnerable to abuse, trafficking and a host of health problems due to extreme neglect and malnutrition.
These mothers and children need help; they need love; they need Jesus. They need to find new family in the family of God. Thank you for praying this month for the widows and abandoned children of Asia.