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the transforming power of Jesus
"Religion that God our Father accepts
as pure and faultless is this: to look after
orphans and widows in their distress and
to keep oneself from being polluted by the
world." - James 1:17
We have a beautiful piece of
to us to build a widow’s home.
Now we need
to start building. We need foundations,
doors, and windows, but first
of all bricks.
Are you willing to help us see
WEBSITE: Widows Home (please click)
ABOUT the widow’s home:
In 1997 God spoke to us about
of Varanasi. He told us to build
a home for
them where they can live in dignity
others can come and earn a living
income generating projects like
and jam making.
Varanasi is one of India’s most
Thousands of pilgrims come to
this city to
bathe in the river Ganges, to
wash away their
sins. The belief is that if you
die in this
city, you will go straight to
is one of the reasons why so
Another reason is that many of
come here on pilgrimage leave
behind, so that they don’t have
to take care
of them anymore. Because of this
is filled with widows living
on the streets,
having no one to care for them.
an estimated 10,000 of them.
They earn a
living by begging, working as
by prostitution. Some have lost
due to the desperate situation
they are in.
Consequently, the city is defiling
because it is not doing the will
He wants us to take care of the
they can lead peaceful lives.
Our vision is to help these widows. In the
next 10 years we want to employ
We want to house 50 widows who
are in desperate
circumstances, and provide for
them and their
children often accompany them.
We will equip
them with skills so that they
can earn a
decent income and experience
the hope that
they never had. This will take
time. We need
a lot of staff, finances and
begin with, we want to run seminars
training courses alongside our
in the home, until it is ‘full’
and our vision is completed
In response to God’s call to
care for widows,
(James 1:27, Isaiah 1:17) we
plan to establish
a home for widows with various
such as children’s ministry,
micro enterprises running along
side to compliment
* The objective is to see a complete change
in society where widows are respected
are considered valuable. In order
to happen there needs to be a
of the whole “man” - physically,
and spiritually (the full gospel).
transformation can only come
through a saving
knowledge of Christ.
Not only is caring for widows
very much on
God’s heart, but we believe that
widows is an effective weapon
warfare to break the power of
Varanasi and this nation where
been oppressed and placed in
specifically comes against the
of selfishness and pride that
is so prevalent
in our society.
* This home is to be a place of discipling
and training where different
skills can be
imparted to help people to be
and to give them a sense of value.
also to be a place where widows
or mental needs can reside and
time in peace and dignity. Biblical
and counseling will be given
to help people
grow in the knowledge of Christ.
* Many of the widows have small children
accompanying them so we believe
ministry needs to be an important
this home. Many children are
growing up without
any godly imput. The foundations
are developed in the early years
so we feel
responsible to ensure that children
a chance to develop strong foundations.
* Apart from being a place for widows, it
is also to be a place where various
and seminars will be run for
workers to grow
spiritually and learn skills
needed for their
As widows are very much on God’s
are committed to show God’s love
the 2 handed gospel - by discipling
and in a practical way, by providing
with skills that will help them
to fit back
into society. We see the widows
precious in the eyes of God and
treat them with that same respect,
mere numbers in an institution.
* We plan to have widows living in the home
as well as widows coming in daily
and earn through various micro
i.e. pickle, peanut butter and
baking, tailoring, etc. These
be sold in a shop, which will
on the same property and in other
* As well as being a place to cater for the
needs of widows it will also
be used to run
various training schools and
DTS, SOFM, IPHC and others.
* Children’s ministry will be a part of this
home especially as some widows
with small children.
* It is to be a place where staff can live
comfortably with the students
to enable them to minister more
* There will also be apartments where our
staff can come and stay for a
to get refreshed.
Initially we will build only
the first floor
as time and finance permit. We
for a 3-4 story building. In
the upper floors will be used
for other training
programs, but the first priority
for the widows. When the widows
entire building, we will move
programs to another building.
We have been able to buy a piece of land
of approx. 5500 square feet.
Our most pressing
need at this time is finance
to begin laying
the foundations for home. We
to proceed with this in October
at the end
of the monsoon, finances permitting.
Presently we have about US$ 8,700.
We are planning to start with
as this will accommodate this
3 to 4 years. Then in the fourth
can build another floor, depending
need and financial situation.
The price for
the footings, foundations and
of the boundary wall will be
16,000. -. The price for each
be approx. US$ 42,000. -. This
electricity connections, lights,
Besides the building, we need
widows who will be living in
the house as
residents and for staff. Monthly
a widow is approximately US$
25.- and for
a staff US$ 50.-
We are anxious to see this proceed,
with each delay more and more
dying unnecessarily on the streets
city. In addition to that, at
have a professional contractor
from the States
here in Varanasi to help us see
materialize. This is an incredible
and we would not want to see
it pass us by.
He has spent the last few months
the different materials and methods
in India and feels confident
that we can
do a high quality job.
After the completion of the widow’s
our objectives are as follows:
* In the first year, we will target a maximum
of 10 widows.
* The second year we want to accept up to
* The fifth year, we want to target 500 widows.
* The tenth year, we want to expand to 1,550
(For both employment and residence.)
The initial widows will play
a key role in
the foundation of the home. These
be capable, older widows (preferably
who we can train as staff. Because
age and own experiences they
will have better
insight into the women’s needs
and be able
to act as role models. At present
some widows we are in contact
we are hoping can be trained
up, into a leadership
In the early stages we will employ professionals
to be involved with our income
program, to ensure that the products
of good quality. They will equip
with skills in tailoring, the
making of preserves,
peanut butter etc. We will then
for the women in these areas.
They will be
employed as full time workers,
and paid a
respectable income. This gives
and self - respect.
As the number of widow’s involved
so will our employment opportunities.
present, we have staff in training
more specialised in our target
areas. We are also in the process
connections with shops throughout
where we hope to market our products,
well as in our own shop on the
property. We feel this will give
us a greater
coverage and therefore better
is a non-profit organisation.
made from the sales will be reinvested
the work, primarily to pay the