In India, Ministry Outreach Helps Widows Study the Bible

“I am discovering joy and peace in God’s Word,” says Vijaya.

Vijaya was just a young woman when her husband died, leaving her a widow in a country that can be cruel to women who lose their husbands.

Many people in India consider widows bad luck for the family. Some families neglect their widowed relatives. Others disown them. For Vijaya, who had no children, life was lonely.

With the generous support of our financial partners, the Bible Society began ministering to widows in 2008. Each of the women they work with in the program receives a Bible in her heart language. As the leaders help the women learn to study their Bibles, the ministry also teaches God’s compassion. The women begin to discover hope and regain their dignity.

When Vijaya received her Bible and began digging into it, her heart began to change.

“As I was listening to the stories, I realized the power of God's Word,” Vijaya says. She gave her life to Christ and started attending a Bible study regularly. With each lesson, her leader asked her to ponder three questions:

  • What does this Bible passage tell us about God and people?
  • What problems am I facing in my life now?
  • What should I do now?

“When we shared the answers with one another, we started pouring out our hearts,” Vijaya says. “We wept and wept, we laughed and we laughed. Then we realized that we have been delivered from worries, stress, and strain.”

As the women continued to meet, they kept studying the Bible and praying for each other. “We were truly empowered by God's Word through the Holy Spirit,” Vijaya says. “Now, I am discovering joy and peace in God's Word.”

We are so grateful for the willingness of American Bible Society’s financial partners to reach people like Vijaya … who desperately need God’s Word to bring them healing and peace.

Thanks to the support of our faithful financial partners, American Bible Society has been engaging people with the life-changing message of God’s Word for more than 200 years.

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