As an Erskine student, I had the opportunity to spend time serving widows in the Due West and
Honea Path area through the Widow’s Watchman Ministry. Bill May, founder of this ministry, is
one of the most humble and genuine servants, and he has had a lasting impact on that
community. RUF Erskine did a great deal of partnering with Bill May to form an outreach and
care for widows in their need for spiritual nourishment through love, the presence of friends,
sharing the love of Christ, as well as physical needs like building a ramp for them to get into
their house or planting flowers for them. I loved having these ladies in my life and spending
time with them is something that I will never forget.
James 1:27 says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit
orphans and widows in their affliction…” Visiting widows through this ministry brought joy and
encouragement to all who were involved and the light of Christ shone brightly during those
visits. The most important part of the widow’s ministry experience to me was the time spent
simply sitting with the ladies, asking them questions, listening to their stories, and learning from
them. I think that this type of ministry can also be a vital part of a church’s care of others
because of the inter-generational aspect that gives children and youth and adults an
opportunity to learn from and grow in love for each other as the body of Christ.