On the last Saturday of each month, we load up the truck with grain and soap and head out to surrounding villages to visit our sponsored widows.
The first thing you notice when you walk up to their home is how happy they are to have visitors. They are so pleased to greet you and if you speak a little Mooré to them they smile their biggest, mostly toothless smiles. They are beautiful!
Then you are struck by how little they have and how fragile they are. I say fragile, but those who are able to contribute just a little bit, do so. There is one women who is blind, but she still finds her way out to the fields and cultivates along with everyone else. It is simply amazing!
Most cannot move around very well, cannot see very well and have the aches and pains that come with growing old in a harsh environment. There are really no complaints from them though. We ask them what we can pray for and they mostly say they are doing well, with the exception that they have been a little cold lately. It's winter time here and although it is 95 degrees in the daytime, it can get down to around 65 degrees at night. One of the widows was so cute...she asked if there was any medicine she could take that could help her from the cold weather.
As we drove around from village to village I noticed how peaceful and beautiful the villages are, how friendly and full of joy the people are and how thankful these widows were for all that God has provided for them.
If you would like more information on how to sponsor a widow here in Burkina Faso, go to www.sheltering-wings.org and look for the widow basket program.