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An unexpected visit



Early in the evening of Saturday the 24th of April 2004, I received a visit from a young Christian widow whose husband died at the age of 40.

Though this woman has been to school and would probably be able to find a job, she came to me for advice and said,

“I know from experience that it is difficult to be a widow, and I worry daily about not being able to get a paying job. My husband died, and I need to find something for the future of my children.”

Even though she may eventually find a job, she still felt insecure with the status of being widow.

As the widow talked over her fears with me I thought of the other widows. What about those who have not been to school and are not able to get a paying job because they have always been dependent on a husband for food and other needs?

When widowed they must suddenly find the means to look after themselves and meet the needs of their children; they are the ones who need help to generate income to support their families.

There are so many widows whose children are starving in the villages. ACTS provides food for children who attend ACTS schools.

ACTS is training women in raising chickens for eggs and meat and vegetables to provide them with food and income for their families.

We covet your prayers and need your gifts for this training to be successful.

 “If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord – and he will repay you!”   Proverbs 19:17




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ACTS Center in Saonré is dedicated to giving a hand up and not a handout to the forgotten ones of Burkina Faso...widows and orphans.

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