Specialized Ministry — November 2006
We Are Helping Our Widows
By Betty Coghill, Clarksville, Tennessee
From Moments, Fall, 2006, p.3. Used by permission.
The Lord speaks to His children today as surely as He did to the biblical prophets. For example, I vividly recall the Lord speaking to my heart one night about beginning a ministry to widows in our local church in Clarksville, Tennessee. Our pastor was leading a class each Wednesday evening emphasizing the believer’s responsibility to widows, orphans, the distressed and the poor, when the Lord moved in my heart about a widows’ ministry.
My husband and I began to pray together about God’s guidance, for we knew nothing about how to proceed, so we had to have His help. Then we learned of the program called Widows Ministry Leadership Training, sponsored by the Widows’ MinistryCenter in Sevierville, Tennessee.
After contacting Judith Moore, director of the Center and CarolMarie Smith, facilitator, we prayed about going to Sevierville for the training. We decided it was the thing to do. What a delightful and informative three days as we learned what God’s Word says about the widow and her place in the kingdom of God. We left revived, excited and informed about what God could do in our church for our widows.
Since then we have met with the widows on several occasions. One of the highlights was a Widows’ Enrichment Weekend which we conducted at the church. What a power-packed time that was! We felt a bond of fellowship developing as the Spirit of God brought our church and our widows together in unity.
Then the Lord gave my husband the idea to begin a widow’s adoption program where couples and individuals could find great satisfaction by adopting one of our widows. Now these loving people remember their adopted widow on special occasions, and by making occasional phone calls and personal visits. However, the most important thing they do is to pray for their widow on a daily basis.
We want to help our dear widows as we are taught by God’s Word, by remembering and blessing them. Conversely, we have already been doubly blessed by the love and friendship each widow has returned to us. We have had such good success that we want to tell other churches how important it is to help widows.
What about you? Have you caught the vision of helping widows of your church? The Word has already told us to do so. If we heed the Lord’s call and take care of our widows, our God will be pleased, and we will have the assurance that we are doing the Lord’s work.
For more information, visit www.widowsministry.org.