Friday’s Prayers for Prisoners (7/18/2014)

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I was raised in a farming community in rural Northern Illinois where farmers helped their neighbors. If a farmer became ill, his neighbors helped take care of his livestock, planted or harvested his crops, fixed equipment, or whatever had to be done until the farmer was back on his feet again.

If the husband died, the neighbors helped the widow transition through her grief to her new life. Whatever needed to be done, the farmers helped her out. All of this was a part of being a good neighbor.

This has been a part of my cultural mindset since my childhood.

Let’s look at India:

For over 40 million widows in India, life is a desperate struggle for survival. They’re blamed for their husbands’ deaths, they’re forsaken by their families, shunned by their friends, and despised by their communities.

  • One in four homes in India is home to a widow.
  • 92 percent of India’s women age 70 and older are widows.
  • Street begging or prostitution often becomes a way of life.
  • Many are left caring for their children with little help from relatives.

In order to provide for themselves and their children, many resort to gathering food from the trash. Some gain income only from selling their bodies on the streets. For those who cannot bear the shame, suicide is their only escape. (Gospel For Asia)

The cultural mindset of India is so unlike mine, but do the differences allow me to ignore them?

Today I prayed:

Lord, help us American believers return to a pure and genuine religion in Your sight that cares and helps orphans and widows in India and other nations in the 10/40 Window. (Based on James 1:27)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?

Join with me on Fridays to fast and pray for prisoners, according to Hebrews 13:3.

(If you are interested in helping the widows in Asia, check out Gospel For Asia.

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5 responses to “Friday’s Prayers for Prisoners (7/18/2014)

  1. Larry, on a mission trip to India after the tsunamit in 2004, we are working with a headmaster of a school to help orphans. While in his home, a young child came in asking for help. The story, the headmaster told us was that the woman’s husband died and, according to the customs of the village, the woman has to shave her head and not leave her home for one year. It really struck me. The woman is helpless. She can’t work or leave her home or shop or anything. Really tough. I appreciate these prayers for India and I’m going to reblog this blog on mine.

  2. I am praying and crying as I read this tonight, Mr. Larry. Thank you and God bless your heart for the orphans and widows.

  3. Reblogged this on Holly Michael's Writing Straight and commented:
    I stopped by Larry’s Blog and found this wonderful post about praying for widows in India. My novel, CROOKED LINES, to be released August 3rd has half of the novel’s setting in India. Having traveled to India many times, I understand the plight of widows. While in India, just ten days after the tsunami, we were in the home of a school headmaster and a small barefoot little girl wearing ragged clothing came in asking for help. After the child left, we asked about her situation. The headmaster told us that the girl’s father died a few months back, and according to village traditions, the mother had to shave her head (so no man would look at her) and stay inside the house, in mourning, for one full year. The woman could not go out and work to support her children, or even go out to shop. Yes, widow’s in India need your prayers. Thanks for the post, Larry.

  4. Holly Michael,

    Thank you. Thank you. I so appreciate your comments and your reflagging this post. It’s so great meeting a person who loves India.

  5. Debbie,

    Thanks. You have one of the greatest hearts. Don’t change. God bless you.

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