IMF has long had a vision for helping the widows in the community of Bombardopolis. The first way this was done was through helping them by helping their families. Food supplements have been given to them through the assistance of Christian Aid Ministries (CAM), as well as giving them free or subsidized medical care as needed.
In 2006 we partnered with Truth Evangelistic Ministry (TEM) in building the Widows Home here on the compound. The widow's home is supported by TEM, as well as churches and individuals. We have seen it expand over the years, and we have been able to have a front row seat of God's provision for these women.
Front row (L-R): Erilia Etienne (YaYa), St Annie Polidor
Back row: Mercelie Cherilus, St Therese Fabien, Ernilia Nelio, Marie Yolande Celius
We have seen some ups and downs. Though it was very hard to have Docelia & Mme Tison pass away while living at the home, it was a blessing to know we were able to help them in their final years.
We see first hand the ins and outs of the widows' lives and we wanted to share a bit of that with you. From incapacitated and incontinent to out-of-sorts and outlandish, they keep it interesting.
We have several staff working at the widow's home:
Mme Severe (left) is the cook and Wilna does the cleaning and washing and stays at night to help the widows, if they need it, and to give them medicine.
Macciana helps out on the weekend nights, giving them medicine.
Most of the widows were Christians when they came to the home, though not all were active in church due to illnesses. It has been a joy to see Ernilia come to have a personal relationship with Christ since coming to the widow's home. Marie Yolande, though she was a Christian when she came, has since come to realize that she wasn't really living for Christ but was just going through the motions, and is growing more in her relationship with Him. Several of the widows have been able to become more active in attending services, as well as participating in women's group activities and even assisting with cooking during retreats.
These women are all very thankful to the mission and the supporters who make their Home possible. There have been other women over the years we would have liked to have come live with us but they have chosen not to come; even in dirt poor situations, they prefer to stay with what little family they have. We have been able to assist them some in this effort as well.
Please continue to keep this work in your prayers.
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