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Help Starving Widows with Children in India


Vision: About a year and a half ago the Lord gave me a vision on how we can help young Christian widows with small children in India. India has millions of young widows, some are Christians.

Need: Indian widows live on less than $1.00 per day and usually have one meal per day and their children cannot attend school. Their meal consist of rice and split peas every day. They sweep streets, work at odd jobs leaning people home’s and make only enough to pay rent. They are often illiterate and destitute. Kicked out from their in-laws homes after the death of their husband or divorced and any jewelry they were given by their in-laws at their wedding are taken back. They often feel hopeless, the government is too poor to provide any social service. One church I know has over 800 widows. In most part of the country widows are not allowed to re-marry because of tradition. The local church is poor and cannot help with the physical needs of the people. They do all they can to help. With no social programs in India, the plight of widows with small children is pitiful and beyond description.

Results: We work through established churches in India such as Chennai AG church pastored by Pastor D. Mohan, the general superintendent of the Assemblies of India, and they have rented a room to train widows, and the project is working very well. We provide the machines and church provide the training and when the widows complete the training they are given a sewing machine.

One of the recipients of a sewing machine told us that after she received training and a sewing machine she was able to make 1000 rupees ($20.00) per month, and with it she was able to purchase food for the family and books for the children to attend school. They were very thankful for our help.

Here are some suggestions on what we can do to help:

  • You can pray for this ministry.
  • We can give a sewing machine for $100.
  • The women’s ministry in your church can take on the sewing machines as a project. One church in Canada that did this raised monies for 18 sewing machines at their Christmas banquet.
  • You can go to your mission’s board of your church and ask them to consider giving a few sewing machines.
  • A few friends can get together and give $20.00 each to make $100.00 to purchase a sewing machine.

 

Contact:

Agape Teaching Ministry
98 Aldgate Rd, Winnipeg, MB R2N 2Z5 Canada
Phone. 204-253-6826. Aldwin@mts.net www.atmc.ca

Tax receipt for Canadians and Americans: Agape Teaching Ministry

Video link for this project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iSs25byECI

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Category: Get Involved, Summer 2015

About the Author: Aldwin Ragoonath, Ph.D., is a trained homiletician with over twenty years of pastoral experience in the Caribbean and Canada. His ministry is devoted to helping pastors develop their preaching gift, teaching Pentecostal preaching courses and facilitating seminars around the world. He and his wife make their home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. www.atmc.ca

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