Throughout the Scriptures, God gives special protection for widows. Psalm 68:5 declares, “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in His holy habitation.” Or again in Psalm 146:9, “The Lord watches over the sojourners; He upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked He brings to ruin” (ESV).
St. Paul encourages Timothy to care for widows, enrolling those who “truly widows” into a program that provided for their needs. Throughout church history, the church has cared for and provided for widows.
Today, the church continues that work.
Beneath the fields of Kolar India once rested significant gold deposits. For more than one hundred years, the Kolar Gold Fields yielded those metals to miners. By some estimates, the population of the area topped 300,000 people. The population included gold miners, support workers, families of the workers, and more.
In 2000, due to increasing cost of mining, the Kolar Gold Fields were closed. The population has decreased significantly. Many children have become child laborers, and many widows cannot afford to send children to school or provide for families. While the possibility of opening the mines has become an open question in recent times, the widows in the community remain in need of help.
To help widows in the community, Our Saviour Lutheran Church applied to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod for a “Cows for Widows” grant. With the grant money that LCMS approved, the congregation provided cows or goats to twenty-four widows.
With this livestock, the widows can provide food for themselves. Any extra milk or dairy products they can sell to supplement the family’s needs.
Rev. S. Stanley Joseph and Our Saviour Lutheran Church thanked the LCMS “immensely for your kind support and prayers.” Rev. Stanley concluded his letter saying, “We, once again, thank you sirs for your kind help to the poor widows and hope and pray that these helps and support would continue always.”