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Ebadeta and Her Children

Ebadeta is a widow with five children. Her husband was electrocuted five years ago leaving her to raise their children all by herself. She has four daughters (ages 15, 13, 9, and 7) and one son (age 11). Her youngest daughter, Sylvia, should be attending preschool but Ebadeta doesn’t have the money to send her to school.

 

“When my husband was alive, I didn’t have to worry about how our family would survive,” she said. “I didn’t have to worry about food. But the past five years, I’ve been really struggling to feed my children.”

It’s difficult enough for those who have husbands. But those who do not, the widows, they are the ones who suffer the most. There is no one to protect them from being attacked or help them when they’re sick. There is no one to provide for them or help take care of the children.

 

In order to support her family, Ebadeta has to go and collect from the local garbage dumps. “I collect anything I’m able to salvage from the garbage like cardboards and metal and I sell that to buy food,” she said. “Sometimes I even take bread because there are lots of us and it’s hard to survive, so I have to collect bread from the garbage as well.”

Ebadeta and her children live in a tiny shack house that’s usually filled with flies. They sleep on pieces of foam that Ebadeta managed to find from the garbage. Underneath the foam is an old carpet, and underneath the carpet is dirt. The ceiling is made of pieces of wood, and the walls are in very poor condition.

 

A wonderful thing about this situation is Ebadeta goes to a church that recently started in that area because of the efforts of Shining Light Ministries and Pastor Erman. Not long ago, we distributed aid in that area and we shared the message of salvation. As a result, many people, including Ebadeta, accepted Christ.

“Since I became a believer, my children are less sick and there’s a lot more happiness in the home,” she said. “I love the Lord so much and I’m doing my best to teach my children the ways of God.”

 

Even though her heart has changed, her living conditions haven’t. She still struggles every day to survive. “Please can you do something for us?” she asked. “Can you help us with firewood? There is no way that I, as a widow, can earn enough to get wood for the winter.”

It would cost $750 to provide Ebadeta and her children with a winter’s supply of firewood. And it would cost $200 to provide them with a month’s worth of basic food. Maybe God will lay it upon your heart to help this family. If each one of us does something, it will make a tremendous difference.

James 1:27 says: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.” We express our faith by demonstrating love to people in need. We want to encourage you, dear friends, to do something for this family. God wants us to show practical love to these people. Those of you, who hear God’s voice to help widows and their children, please do it today. There’s no one else but God through His children who will help these desperate people.