We are so grateful to God that He has blessed our congregation with a very special group of ladies, who are very dear to our hearts. At this time there are 10 single mothers among our congregants who are raising their children by themselves. Some of these are widows in the literal sense of the word. However, when the Bible speaks about widows, does it only refer to women whose husbands have died? Not quite.
The biblical meaning of the word “widow” is a much broader term and referred to a woman left without a source of income and protection, as a result of the absence of a husband. We also see how the Bible groups them together with foreigners (those who are not natural inhabitants of the region) In Deuteronomy 10:18 we read: “He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.” In other words, God deeply cares about the vulnerable segments of the population.
These dear people need more care than others due to their special circumstances. As a community, we rejoice in supporting and helping widows in their time of need, wether it’s helping them with rent or bills, groceries, school supplies, etc. I sincerely thank God for each and every one of our friends like you, who has not remained indifferent to the plight of the widow, but who has supported this ministry faithfully. You are making a tremendous difference!
This month we organized a special tour for our group of widows with the aim of spending time in fellowship, sharing our hearts, supporting each other as peers, praying for each other, and just enjoying some quality time relaxing out in the beautiful and blossoming Israeli nature.
We also took some time to equip the ladies with practical knowledge and skills to help them through the difficult times in life, and how to manage fear and anxiety in one’s life. At the end of a lovely day together, we took the ladies to a nice restaurant in Ashkelon’s harbor where we enjoyed a lovely meal together.
The truth is that this is just a drop in the ocean of needs that exist among the children of God here in Israel. Many of these dear ladies have to work 2 to 3 jobs to make ends meet. If this crucial ministry of taking care of widows touches your heart and resonates with you, as it does with the heart of God, would you consider supporting this ministry on am monthly basis or with a one-time gift? You are most welcome to visit our donate page below and making a donation labelled “widows.”