Lakshmi lives in Palakonda, India. When her husband was alive, she depended on his income as a tailor, but now he has passed away she lives with her daughter, son-in-law, two granddaughters and mother-in-law. Many women in India like Lakshmi depend financially on their husbands, but on the death of their husbands they face rejection and destitution as they are discarded by his family and community.
Our partners, Jehovah Jireh Ministries, seek to transform the lives of marginalised widows by providing them with a pension, offering the sense of family that they have lost and helping them to become active members of their communities.
This support has been a huge help to Lakshmi and our partners have helped her find a community in her church. She came to faith through her uncle many years ago and describes Jesus as “my Saviour and my God”, relishing the opportunity to tell others about Him—a bold and important task in this Hindu-majority area. Through her, God moved in the hearts of her four brothers, their families and other relatives and all of them gave their lives to the Lord! They got baptised and now attend churches in Visakhapatnam.
This year we want to bless as many elderly widows as we can with the gift of a beautiful sari.