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Mary's Comfort Ministries!
"Religion that our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after widows and orphans in distress
and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world".
James 1:27 NIV
Mary's Comfort Ministries is a non-denominational, Christian faith based, 501(c)3 public charity committed to serving God and meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of widows and orphans through innovative crisis intervention and the application of existing and developing community programs right here in the United States. These needs include, but are not limited to, affirming the God given dignity and value inherent within the individual and community. We offer practical tools for leading a joyous, abundant and prosperous life through Jesus Christ. About Us
There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children
Ezra 8:21 NIV
Our Goal is to aid widows and orphans in distress, educate the public about the needs of widows and orphans, and provide statistics, intervention, prevention & assisting victims in obtaining resources that will help them restore their lives.
Our Mission is to find, care for, minister to, and empower the widow and the fatherless as they recover from the loss of a spouse or parent(s) and to give them hope and purpose.
Defend the cause of orphans.
Fight for the rights of widows.
Isaiah 1:17 NLT
Our Prayer is that God would be glorified through this ministry and our web site and that the lives of widows and orphans (fatherless) would be transformed!
"To help each widow and orphan find their vision and dream inspired by the Holy Spirit."
We know that without a vision we perish, so not only do we desire to flow in the vision God has for us, but we want to help each widow and orphan find their vision and dream inspired by the Holy Spirit. Through these areas of ministry, we can help bring fresh vision to the widow and orphan so that they can move away from hurt and shame into their place of honor and power in Christ.
We are committed to:
Ministering to the Widow and the Fatherless- We exist to be an active voice for widow and the fatherless and to raise awareness of their needs by being a resource for churches in ". . .caring for widows and the fatherless."
Empowering the Widow and the Fatherless - Help them take their rightful place of honor in the Kingdom of God through hands on ministry opportunities, workshops, and community outreach programs.
If you are a widow or a fatherless child (orphan), we want you to know that God loves and cares deeply for you. Your life is not over. Rather, God desires to reveal Himself in new and dynamic ways through you if you will allow Him to lead and guide you in this new season of your life. His promise to you is this:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you And not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah. 29:11 NIV)
Every caregiver at Mary's Comfort is uniquely talented and demonstrates specific God given gifts suited especially for a caring ministry or leadership within the body of Christ. All of those who minister within our organization receive at least 50 hours of specialized training in caring ministry. We are proud to use the Stephen Ministry Series as our training program. Every care giving minister within Mary's Comfort is trained to be a Stephen Minister. Stephen Ministers are those trained and supervised lay caregivers who provide one-to-one Christian care to hurting people.
Who falls into the category of Widow or Orphan?
The Hebrew word for widow is amlanah. It means; a woman who is left without a provider for any reason; the state of loneliness, abandonment or helplessness. The New Testament Greek word is cheras and it refers to a woman that has lost her husband in any way, whether through death, desertion, divorce, war or imprisonment. Paul gives the church specific guidelines for widows in 1 Timothy 5. He states that widows should be cared for by their family members, so they are not a burden to the church. We, as believers, must make sure that the widows in our family are being cared for. We must provide for them, pray for them, protect them and share the gospel with them. Those widows without families are in the greatest need and we must seek them out and restore them to their rightful place beside us in the body of Christ!
The Hebrew word used for orphan is Yathowm from the root that means lonely and is translated “fatherless”. The Greek word for orphan is orphanos which is translated as comfortless and fatherless. The definition is: A child who has been deprived of parental care for any reason and has not been adopted. Also, one that lacks support, supervision, or care. The Bible refers to orphans over 40 times and it is stated emphatically that the Lord regards himself as a father to the fatherless (Psalm 68:5) and He has a special place in His heart for children who are orphaned.
Vindicate the weak and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.Psalm 82:3
Who are the orphans?
The Heart of Mary's Comfort
Jesus Christ was well acquainted with the struggles of widows and orphans. Surely, He grew up hearing the story of His own mother's immaculate conception, an incident that in ancient days of Israel could have caused this unwed, pregnant, teenage mother to at the very least be an outcast and at the very worst be stoned to death.
With an enlarged heart of understanding, just moments before His death, while suspended between heaven and earth, beaten and bloody and barely able to breathe, Christ asked John to care for His mother, who according to most accounts, was a widow at that time
Did you know that the majority of our nation's poor are single unwed mothers and their children? And widows also make up a large majority of that class?
There are 12.2 million single-parent families in America with more than 10 million headed by single mothers many who live below the poverty line.(most are commonly considered to be a widow and their children orphans)
2003 Census figures: 12 Million widows in the United States.
800,000 are added annually.
80% of all married women will be widows.
45% of women age 65 and over are widows.
The average age a woman is widowed is 52.
Between 5-15% of all single parent families are headed by traditional (death of her spouse) widows.
Experts say that there are more homeless children in America than at any time since the Great Depression. About 40% of America's homeless are now women and their children - the fastest growing homeless group.
*All figures are from 2007 and obtained from the United States Department of Health and Human Services website:http://www.aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/08poverty.shtml
Did you also know that the first church council (elders, deacons) in the New Testament (Acts 6:1-6) was established to care for the widows?
Who are the widows?
These precious women and children need the ministry of Mary's Comfort and others to help provide hope, healing, and a "hand up" in time of need.
see also: Jesus' Heart
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift me lamp beside the golden door.
- Emma Lazarus, American poet:
inscription on the Statue of Liberty, New York
What does Mary's Comfort Ministries do?
Through direct intervention, Mary’s Comfort Ministries utilizes a Biblically based process of Intervention, Education, Care and Prevention. This is a proven and effective method of restoring widows and the fatherless from the lifestyle of living in despair, alone and defenseless while giving them the best chance at survival and a decent life.
We will provide a crisis intervention mentor to assess the urgent needs of widows and orphans in times of distress. We offer immediate intervention and comfort and ensure that basic needs are met. We then begin to develop a program aimed at assisting, educating, and encouraging each client in personal growth spiritually, emotionally and in life skills. Each client is charged with the task of gaining the necessary tools they need to overcome their circumstances and rise to a level of security that ensures not just survival but very real opportunity to thrive in the body of Christ.
Crisis Intervention (Meeting The Most Urgent Needs) (see below)
Christian Education (Faith Building)
Family budget development (Goal Setting and Accountability)
Distinctively Christian Care Giving (Healing through a Trained Stephen Minister)
Prayer and devotions (Spiritual Growth)
- Grief counseling (Comfort)
Support groups (Fellowship)
Special community fellowship events(Living inside out)
Leadership to assist churches and other organizations with building and maintaining widows ministries (Giving Back)
Crisis Intervention services:
End of the month food baskets
Help with groceries
Emergency household maintenance and repair
Proposed programs currently being developed are:
- Temporary and Emergency Housing
- Residential Housing for the widow and the fatherless
- Classroom Education and Training
- Grief share groups
- Bible Study groups
- End of the month community food baskets
- Professional Spiritual Counseling
- Placement assistance
- Transition Ministry
- Scholarship Programs
- Adoption Assistance
He ensures that orphans and widows
He shows love to the foreigners living among you
and gives them food and clothing.
Deuteronomy 10:18 NLT
What will you do?
Will you step forward with us and make a difference TODAY in the life of a fatherless child, an orphan, or a widow? Perhaps it is someone that you know... A single Mom with three small children, the elderly lady next door, the middle-aged woman whose children are grown and away from home or the teenager walking down your street. Will you join with us in the service of love that will strengthen faith, build confidence, meet the needs and above all explore the very heart of Jesus Christ?
Mary's Comfort Ministries is a 501(c)3 public charity
Be a part of Mary's Comfort Ministries
We believe there is a call on every believer to care for the fatherless, orphans, and widows and that God’s hope for the widow and orphan is the local church and the family. Our desire is to see every believer in every local church care about the fatherless, orphaned and widowed. Right now, you can stand with us to protect and defend these women and children. Together, we can lift them out of despair and into a better life. To be a part of Mary's Comfort Ministries in donations or deeds click on one of the appropriate following links:
"You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give."
- Winston Churchill
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"O Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart,
You will incline Your ear to vindicate the orphan and the oppressed (widowed),
so that man who is of this earth will no longer cause terror."
Psalm 10: 17-18
© Mary's Comfort Ministries, Inc. 2016