I was talking to a woman today on the phone. It was her birthday and I called her to wish her well. I could tell she was down and we started to talk about her needs.
She is divorced and the father hasn’t been much help. She was laid off her job. She is trying to sell her house but the market is down. She had to dip into her 401 saving program to make it during Christmas.
I sat there on the other end of the phone listening with my heart aching and yet not knowing what to do that very moment. What would you do? What would your church do? That is what this blog is about. We have to find some answers.
Single women raising children is the fastest growing poverty demographic in America. Every church has pews full of women in this kind of situation. What are we doing about it? What can we do? Here are a few things I can think of:
Have a food pantry, have a support group, have a list of referral agencies that can help, offer budgeting, have a daycare that can discount prices on a sliding scale, increase your benevolent budget, have a job source constantly updated, do job training, find or create affordable housing, create part- time jobs that pay well, help them with legal help to get the father involved with support, work with other churches and agencies to address these and other issues. At Calvary we have started Calvary Charities to address some of these issues.
In the Bible, James writes in James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.” Could a single woman trying to raise children in America be our “widow”?
What have you and your church been doing? Let us know.