“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1)
The illogical becomes logical when we look beyond circumstances and look to God. Sarah gave birth to Isaac when she was ninety years old. Mary was a virgin who birthed the Messiah. The people of Israel returned to our homeland after 2,000 years. As I write this newsletter, Israel continues to war against the evil of Hamas. Despite tragic losses, we believe that God will deliver and preserve us. Women in desperate situations come to us wanting to take the lives of their babies, but miraculously, beautiful sons and daughters are born to joyful mothers. We believe in the God with whom all things are possible. Thank you for faithfully standing with us in prayer and support as we look to the God of the miraculous. May you see the wonders of God! With thanks,
David, the nine-month-old baby of our coworker, has a malignant tumor in the orbit of his eye. He began chemotherapy, but there was infection in the port, so surgery had to be repeated. Join us as we pray for no infections, successful chemotherapy, peace, grace, and mercy for David and his family. May God take all anxiety and fear from David, and may all these things be used for the glory of God as David is totally healed.
“I want to thank all of the staff and donors of Be’ad Chaim and all who are responsible for all of the blessings, help and support that you gave me throughout the pregnancy and the first year of my twins’ lives. Because of you, I brought twins into the world. I’m so happy that I have them! It’s happiness that can’t be described, and it’s because of you. If it hadn’t been for your help, I would not have them today. Thank you so much that you didn’t leave me to manage alone with all of my trouble. You helped me with the smallest to the biggest things. I don’t know how I would have managed without you. My children were never without food, they always had everything. You even supplied extra funds to buy things for my other children and to make them happy. I wish you much success. May you always be able to help and support women who want to have an abortion because of emotional or financial stress and are afraid to bring another child into the world. Your help gives strength and life. May God repay you double for your kindness and bless you from heaven.”
Yaffa, nineteen years old, lives in Be’er Sheva and was in a very unstable relationship with a young man. They fought a lot and then split up. After the split, Yaffa found that she was pregnant. She knew that her ex-boyfriend would not want the baby or help her in any way. She decided not to tell him but was afraid and confused. She was also worried about her parents’ reaction. Eventually, she told her mother and was surprised that her mother was supportive of keeping the baby. Yet, Yaffa was still unsure and thought having an abortion might be the best option. When she looked online for help, she found Be’ad Chaim and called our hotline. After several conversations with one of our wonderful counselors, Yaffa decided to keep the baby, despite all the difficulties. During the pregnancy she lived on her own, but her mother helped and supported her in every way she could.
In September, Yaffa gave birth, naturally, to a healthy baby boy and named him Imri. She chose the name Imri because it symbolizes her faith in the Creator. She believed that He was with her throughout her pregnancy, keeping the baby and herself safe. As part of our Operation Moses project, Yaffa received a baby bed, a bath, and a stroller which she very much appreciated. The vouchers for diapers and baby products each month give her a sense of security that she will be able to buy all the essentials she needs over the first year. Yaffa said: “Thank you for your help and support and your hugs. I am truly grateful and so happy that I turned to your organization for help.”
Several months ago, I shared with you the story of young mother Rahab, an Arabic-speaking Bedouin who lived in our apartment for pregnant and new mothers. She had been sent to us by the welfare department after having been homeless for three years and having no family contact. Shortly after the birth of her daughter Lianne, now eight months old, she left the apartment in total disarray, without even saying goodbye to Yael, the faithful counselor and house mother. Last week, Yael received a voice message in very simple Hebrew and this photo from Rahab: “Yael, I need to tell you, you helped me so much. You gave me a new start to a good life! I’m now in contact with my family. Thank you so much for all of your help. In a few days, I will begin a good job. My mother and sister will be helping me with Lianne.” Love turned Rahab’s life around. WE BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!
It has been a privilege to continue encouraging and financially supporting new mothers among the evacuees in the hotels of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Eilat. In the process, we have built relationships with city officials, the welfare department, hotel management, and, of course, the brave Israelis who have suffered from the war. Beyond giving out gift cards to moms for their babies, we’ve been able to register the newest babies in our Operation Moses Project and supply them with baby furniture such as beds, strollers, bath tubs, and sheets. In December, including mothers in our program already and the mothers in hotels, we gave out over 1,200 gift cards, each worth approximately $100. We continue to supply baby food, clothing, toys, and other equipment for a daycare center established for a community of evacuees. In addition, several of the families in the hotels have made special requests for car seats, floor mats, toys, and other necessities. It is our goal to be a blessing, opening our hands with abundant gifts and love to them as God has opened His Hands to us in abundance. “Give as freely as you have received!” (Matthew 10:8) “If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly” (Romans 12:8). Thank you for being our partners in distributing God’s love.
Our prayer counselor, Laurel, continues to prayerfully plant trees in memory of babies who were aborted or miscarried. Recently, several trees were planted for people who live abroad and wanted to honor these children in the soil of Israel. A beautiful certificate was sent in honor of each baby.
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Kara has two disabled children: an eleven year-old daughter and a seven-year-old son. When she became pregnant, she and her husband were already separated. He was not willing to accept the pregnancy and told her to have an abortion. Kara, who had already had several abortions, considered having another abortion. She didn’t know how she would manage to take care of the new baby alone. She also feared that this child would be handicapped. She had no support from anyone. Her parents are deceased, and she felt alone. After contacting Be’ad Chaim through our hotline, she found a friend and caring counselor, giving her the courage to choose life for her daughter, May.
When May was born, Kara said that May brought new light and hope into her home! Her other children are quite seriously disabled, but they were so delighted with the adorable baby that it brought joy to her heart. Thankfully, May is perfectly healthy with no disabilities. Since the war started, the children, and especially baby May, have been upset by the sirens and don’t sleep well, making it hard for Kara to have energy to care for them. We pray for God’s blessings on courageous Kara and her three children.
Our new counselor Alison shared: “I started as a counselor with Be’ad Chaim based in Eilat in September this year. After a heart attack, I had spent six years medically retired, and although I know God loves me unconditionally without me having to 'do' a job for Him, I still felt useless. I am single and never married nor had children of my own. I have been a 'second mum' to many children in New Zealand and Israel and loved it. I still have teenagers come for the holidays. As I have settled into this work, I have begun to feel the passion arise again. I'm very reliant on the Holy Spirit as to how to listen and pray for the ladies. I have been praying for openings with the hospital, social welfare and other organizations. Then came the war. Eilat has doubled in size with the evacuees from the North filling both hotels and private accommodations. Our population rose from 60,000 to over 120,000 residents. While trying to find help for Israeli ‘refugees’ living near me, I found a contact number for the Eilat Emergency Assistance. That was an answer to prayer because the manageress is in touch with social welfare and is helping pregnant women. Through her, Be’ad Chaim has been able to send 200 emergency gift cards both for November and December and will be sending 350 cards in January, to help these displaced families with babies. I have been trying to find a place where we can distribute baby clothes and other supplies for the mothers. This week, the manageress of Eilat Emergency Assistance told me that she has written a letter to the Mayor of Eilat, asking for a place to set up just for babies—a place to supply diapers, formula, clothes, etc and where the mums can sit and have coffee and talk. She is very excited for Be’ad Chaim to join her in this venture. Let’s pray for a space for this terrific growing work in Eilat.”