There are MORE THAN 11 MILLION WIDOWS IN THE U.S. AND AN ADDITIONAL 700,000 WOMEN LOSING THEIR HUSBANDS EACH YEAR, THIS IS A GREAT AREA OF NEED WITHIN OUR COMMUNITIES. The approach of “Widows Link” is centered on church-based small groups that reach out to widows within the church and outside community. Each church will cultivate its own widows group.
Many widows are at the end of their life and need to know Christ and the hope that He can bring to their lives. James 1:27 tells us that, “Pure and genuine religion before God the Father is that we care for the widows and orphans”. widows link EXISTS to help churches in accomplishing this.
Marlene Craft worked alongside her husband, Wayne Craft, as they pastored for 30 years, until his sudden passing in 2011. Through the years Marlene has always had a heart for pastors’ wives and women’s ministry. As she began walking through her grief, she saw that many churches struggled with how to minister to widows. After walking through 2 years of healing with the help of the “Griefshare” Program, she started a small group ministry to widows at her local church. In May of 2015, Marlene became the very first Assemblies of God U.S. missionary to widows. The Lord is using her to stir the hearts of churches and women around the nation to begin ministering to widows.
She is available to come to speak, preach, and minister.