Pakistani Christian Widows Need YOUR Help
The Barnabas Fund is collecting funds to aid Pakistani Christian widows and children. What follows is the story of a woman named Riffat. Their website: www.barnabasfund.org has details on how to aid and pray.
Riffat’s husband was killed when a suicide bomber attacked a church in Youhanabad, Lahore, on a Sunday morning in March 2015. Her sons Joshua (now 12) and Almitiya (now 8) still miss their dad, especially when they see other children with their fathers. Without her husband’s earnings, Riffat struggled even to feed the family. The local shop refused to give her food on credit, knowing her financial situation. But Riffat says the monthly food parcels she now gets from Barnabas make her feel like the widow whose oil and flour never ran out after she fed Elijah (1 Kings 17:8-16).
“My heart cries when I see my young children working alongside me,” says Samina, a Christian widow who works in a brick-kiln. The family have suffered much sickness, and her husband died of a heart attack. A daughter also died. One of the sons has seizures and Samina finds it increasingly difficult to handle him when this happens. When she herself is ill, she has to keep making bricks or the family would be evicted from the room they live in at the brick-kiln. “The monthly food package is a big blessing for us,” says Samina, “May God bless you. Amen!”