She'd been through a rough time when she was divorced and her children were growing up.
"I just needed a purpose," Skiles said. "I didn't feel like I had one."
In the Hebrew language, widow means "without a covering," Skiles explained. So a widow isn't only someone who has lost a spouse to death. Divorce or abandonment can also leave a person widowed, she said.
"So I got a hold of this message and I said, 'Ah, I have a purpose,'" Skiles said.
Skiles grew up singing in church, but singing without accompaniment in front of 5,000 people in India was a completely new experience.
"I had never sang a cappella," Skiles said. "But I get over there and there's no music or anything. So God really helped."
She's not typically a hugger, either, but she had to get over that on a trip to India.
"[CarolMarie] said the widows in India will get out of line for food to get a hug," she said. "And I'm like, 'I can give a hug.'"
"They'll dissolve in her arms," Smith said. "Some of them haven't had a hug in 20 years and they're blamed for the death of their husbands, no matter how he died."
Kathy said there's a verse she loves in the Bible - James 1:27.
"It says if you take care of the fatherless and the widow, it's pure worship and it will keep you unspotted for the world," Skiles said. "I love that."
Skiles is going to India again this November and she still needs to raise money for that trip.
To help or to find out how to buy peanut brittle, email her at Ka...@annasgate.org or leave a message on her cellphone at 304-389-1104.
Reach Lori Kersey at lori.ker...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.