Widows Harvest Ministries To Observe Statewide Special Day Of Prayer For Widows May 15

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Widows Harvest Ministries, a local advocate for widows, will observe the statewide Special Day of Prayer for Widows on Wednesday, May 15, calling Chattanoogans to remember the state’s many hundreds of thousands of widows.

The community is invited to assemble from 12-1 p.m. at St. Elmo Avenue Baptist Church, 4500 St. Elmo Ave.

Led by widows from the community and Roger Kittle, pastor of St Elmo Avenue Baptist Church, the event will offer an opportunity to pray alongside widows who are a part of Widows Harvest Ministries’ ongoing widow’s prayer ministry. Those unable to attend are asked to pause during the noon hour, wherever they may be, for a moment of prayer for our “bereaved sisters.”

An all-day broadcast on WMBW 88.9-FM radio will air live from the event, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Tragically, widows and their plight are seldom recognized segments of the world population. This special day gives us an opportunity to learn from the strong example that widows have set for all of us when dealing with hardship,” said Andy Mendonsa, executive director of Widow’s Harvest Ministries, a nonprofit organization.

Widows Harvest Ministries was instrumental in advocating for passage of Tennessee House Joint Resolution 122 in 2005, which designates May 15 of each year as a Special Day of Prayer for Widows.

“With so many widows in need living in the Chattanooga area, we have a real opportunity to reach out to an extraordinarily special part of our community,” Mr. Mendonsa said.


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