Widows and Abandoned Children


Widows and Abandoned Children

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.

1https://globalfundforwidows.org/epidemic-of-widowhood/

2https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/21/international-widows-day-poverty-social-exclusion


Pray for Young Widows

Pray for Young Widows

Many young women whose husbands have died or deserted them face years of discrimination, and they must also bear the full burden of providing for any children they have. Women frequently lack the education necessary to get good jobs, which leaves them few options for work and opens the door for exploitation. Additionally, in some cultures, many women choose not to remarry because a new husband will not accept children from a previous marriage.

Pray for young widowed mothers, that Jesus will watch over them and their children and guard them from exploitation. Ask God to provide good jobs and to send faithful, caring men into these families to become strong husbands and fathers.


Pray for Elderly Widows

Pray for Elderly Widows

Many widows in Asia gain no more respect in their elderly years. They may be turned out of their home by their own children and forgotten by those whom they’ve known for decades. Weakened by age and poverty, many women have little choice but to spend the remainder of their days begging for food, with shame and grief as their only companions.

Ask God to provide a haven for elderly widows and to soften the hearts of any who would expel their widowed mother from their home. Pray also for more GFA-supported homes for elderly widows.


Pray for Children Who Are Alone

Pray for Children Who Are Alone

Millions of orphans and children of widows end up begging and wandering during the day or living alone on the streets. They are easy prey for the merciless and may be absorbed by gangs, forced into labor or trafficked. They lack positive role models and are exposed to a tremendous amount of misery at a young age.

Pray for GFA-supported workers who are ministering to abandoned children, that many children will be rescued from harm and reunited with relatives when possible. Pray also that God will preserve trust and tenderness in the hearts of children who have been mistreated.


Pray for Hospitality and Compassion

Pray for Hospitality and Compassion

There are millions of women and children who are fending for themselves, but there are even more people who have capacity to show them love. However, the social stigma of widows and orphans hinders many in Asia from extending a helping hand. GFA-supported workers and other Christ-followers are going against the tide by offering hospitality and compassion to those whom the world ignores, but there are still many who need help.

Ask God to transform the mindsets of communities toward widows and abandoned children. Pray for movements of hospitality and for tenderness to be displayed toward those who are alone.


Pray for More Ministry Opportunities

Pray for More Ministry Opportunities

GFA-supported pastors, Sisters of Compassion and groups of believers across Asia earnestly care about forsaken women and children. They are providing literacy classes, vocational training and income-generating gifts for tens of thousands of neglected women; supplying basic needs like food, shelter and clothing for elderly widows; and helping rescue children off the streets or giving them education through Bridge of Hope.

Thank God for the many women and children who have been helped so far, and please pray for more opportunities to uplift thousands more lives.


Pray for Eternal Families

Pray for Eternal Families

Scripture clearly reveals God’s acceptance of widows and orphans and declares that they are made in His image. But many women and children believe their lives have no value and that they are loved by none. GFA-supported workers are helping them discover their worth in Christ, and many women and children are finding new family within the Body of Christ.

Pray God will reveal His glory and mercy to women and children who don’t know Him. Ask Jesus to reassure them of His undying love and help them to walk in newness of life.


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