Widows Link

 
 
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The Need

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. 


The Calling

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.


 
 
 
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Testimonials

Most of my friends are married so at this stage in our journey, we don’t have as much in common. I appreciate Widows Link and the work Marlene is doing. The cruise (2015 Widows Cruise) was God inspired. Luke 6:21 says, ‘...Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.’
— Paula, AL
Widows Link is the ministry that is needed in every church all across the country today.
— Brian, AL
We had such a wonderful time walking together through the garden. It was so relaxing as we shared stories and made new friends
— Montez, AL



Our Director

Marlene Craft

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.


 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau 800,000 people are widowed each year in the United States. “Nearly 700,000 women lose their husband each year and will be widows for an average of 14 years”-U.S. Bureau of the Census (1999)


There are 13.6 million widows in the United States. Over 11 million of the widowed, in the US, are women. (American Association of Retired Persons 2001)


Death of a spouse is ranked as the #1 Stressor: Holmes and Rahe stress scale.  Losing a spouse is ranked number one on the stress index scale; making this one of life’s most devastating events. The stress chart assigns a numerical point value to each life stressor. Death of a spouse scores 100 points. Oftentimes there is a snowball effect of stressors that occur as a result of the loss. Scores of 300+ indicate a strong risk of illness