Widow in India Discovers “God’s Favor” in Her Bible

Poor women learn biblical truths and income-generating skills in workshops

Life in India can be unbearably harsh for widows like Jaya.* Some relatives shun them because they are seen as bad luck for the family. Others, like Jaya’s family, refuse to help them financially. Jaya must live on whatever she can earn as a housekeeper. Because of her poor health, Jaya was too weak to take on more than a couple of cleaning jobs each week.

But with the support of American Bible Society’s financial partners, Jaya’s life took a turn for the better when she was invited to attend a Bible Learning Workshop, sponsored by the Bible Society. The program is part of the Bible Society’s efforts to support poor women by teaching them God’s Word and training them in income-generating skills.

At the workshop, Jaya received a precious gift — a Bible of her own. She also learned how to engage with her Bible, how to hear from God in its pages, and how to pray to him in response.

“I prayed in the workshop a very simple prayer with faith: Oh, come to my heart, Lord Jesus!” she says. “I felt something good moving from my head to toe.”

Because our financial partners made sure Jaya had a Bible, she left the training a different woman! She was determined to find out God’s plan for her life. And in her search through God’s Word, she discovered his peace. In this calmer state of mind, Jaya also recovered her health.

“I received happiness and peace just by reading it,” says Jaya. She is also feeling stronger. “Now as I read the Bible and pray every day, I am feeling better. I am able to go for housekeeping work regularly, daily.”

She grew strong enough to take on two additional housekeeping jobs, giving her full-time work and a full-time salary.

“This is God's favor to me,” she says. “Thank you very much … for caring for poor widows like me.”

*Names changed to protect identity.

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