Give Us Today Our Daily Bread

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“Give us today our daily bread” was the title used to promote the SGA Widows Project Leaflet in 2001.

In it reference was made to the many widows in parts of Central and Eastern Europe, who ‘do not give thanks to God for their food but instead, plead with Him to supply it!’  Sixteen years on, many widows continue to plead with God for their daily bread.  

  A combination of poor living conditions, low state pensions, and freezing winter temperatures make life very challenging for widows trying to survive in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.  Through the support of faithful partners, SGA has provided financial assistance to thousands of needy widows, helping with basic needs, even their daily bread.

As some young women are converted to Christ from Islam they are abandoned by their husbands and disowned by their families.  It is for this reason that such ‘widows’ are included in our Widows’ Project.

Olga, a widow from Serbia, who received help through the SGA Widows’ Project expresses her deep appreciation:

“I am an old lady, with little income from the social welfare, and pretty ill to do anything to earn any other income. Your money (50 pounds) helped in providing two cubic meters of wood and one-month’s electricity expenses covered. That means a lot to me, and I praise the Lord for His goodness, and bless you for your generosity.”

Widow Helped

We are pleased to report that many have benefited from help offered through the widows’ project.  Larissa has many serious health problems including curvature of the spine.  She was born and raised in an unbelieving family. Shortly after her marriage her husband died and she became a widow.  She had nowhere to live, no money, and many needs.  One day Larissa heard about God and turned to Him for help.  She now lives with and is cared for by a believing sister. 

Elena, another widow and mother, is raising two children on her own, and also cares for her mother who is very ill.  Her financial situation is critical.  Every winter her twin daughters need new shoes for the snow as well as other clothes, bedding, and towels.  Despite all her responsibilities she is a very positive person. 

The church leaders who distribute the monetary gifts use this ministry as a Gospel opportunity as they visit both unbelievers in their communities and believing widows in their churches. 

In Central Asia, the term widow can take on a different meaning.  As some young women are converted to Christ from Islam they are abandoned by their husbands and disowned by their families.  It is for this reason that such ‘widows’ are included in our Widows’ Project. 

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When a pastor in Serbia was asked to share a widow’s story he commented, “It is not easy to get from our widows something we could call “a story”, but one prevailing story which is applicable to all of them, is that, as the years are passing, and as their incomes (pensions) are decreasing every year, SGA support is more and more precious.”

As we approach Christmas with family and friends and all the provisions that we enjoy, may we be ready to consider and share with those who are much less fortunate.  One widow wrote, “Christmas time is a really joyful season. In those days, we remember our old friends, but this time I have got a surprise from friends I even do not know. Thank you very much for that.  It is wonderful to know that somebody thinks about the needs that older people might have.” 

We thank the Lord that through this project, widows will have a more comfortable and enjoyable Christmas, as loving, caring people in the UK and Ireland share their blessings.  Many of them are our sisters in the Lord, part of our ‘family’ in Christ, and you have been supplying their needs (daily bread), and so ‘caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy’ [Job 13:29].