Times are tough—especially for single mothers.
Single women with children, the majority already vulnerable, are becoming affected at higher rates by this decline than any other group, according to a survey of 22,000 people conducted by the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM).
I urge church leaders to step up and offer assistance in a real way to these moms. There are so many things you can do. Here are just a few:
· Gather the men in your congregations and change the oil in their cars. Perhaps the moms can cook spaghetti for lunch afterwards. This gives them time with other single moms. The wives can tend to the children and give the moms a break for a while.
· Have the men check the belts and radiators while they are at it.
· Provide a person who can give the moms tips on money management.
· Have a coffee shop and/or sandwich luncheon after church for all single moms in your community. Open the doors-no judgment, no “should” talk, just love.
· Provide an attorney for a Saturday morning who can answer legal questions regarding divorce, child support, and custody.
· Have crews go to their homes and do yard work.
· Create a list on which single moms can place specific chores that they can’t handle. Match church members who can do it for them.
· Host a once a month movie night at the church with a nursery just for single mothers.
· Host a SMORE for Women DAY of Blessing!
I can’t wait to hear from you the results of your outreach to the women who are holding their lives together on their own.
Gail holds a degree from Lamar University in Speech and a Master’s from the University of Texas. She married Sam after raising three children as a single mother. She was an educator in regular and special education for eighteen years, finishing her professional career as a Braille teacher. In 2007 She founded SMORE for Women. SMORE is a nonprofit association whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, & Empowered. She is a Women’s Transition Coach and her stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines.