“Once the truth is denied to human beings, it is pure illusion to try to set them free. Truth and freedom either go together hand in hand or together they perish in misery.” (Pope John Paul II)
Society has drifted to a place where the line between truths and lies appears blurry. “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). Yet, in this age of so-called “enlightened thought,” it is often impossible for people to define who is a man and who is a woman. The concept of being created in the image of God has become foreign to many so that the small, unseen babies in the womb are not considered human. The worst dictators operate on the principle that "A lie told often enough becomes the truth." Yet, a lie does not and cannot become the TRUTH—only a distortion of truth. THE TRUTH of God does not change. Jesus said, “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free” (John 8:32). Truth will set us free from poverty of the soul which chains us with guilt, shame, and fear. The truth about the humanity of the preborn child gives our mothers the courage to give life to their babies, face their fears, and stand against the lies they have been fed about their preborn child. In a society where everything is relative to one’s pleasure and opinion, it demands courage to cling to truth. Thank you for abiding in the truth with us for the lives of the preborn and the freedom of their mothers and fathers.
In early June, some of our team and our special guest speaker Priscilla Flory visited Beer Sheva, where nearly 70 mothers heard a message titled “Good Mourning: Thriving through the Storms of Life.” The mothers were deeply touched, and many shed tears, as Priscilla lovingly encouraged them to forgive, to keep going despite the trials, and to believe that they are unique and loved by God. Many had never heard a message of tenderness and mercy. They drank in every word of compassion. The mothers lit candles to memorialize the people and dreams that were lost—and to remember that God’s love shines even in the darkest places. Many hugs and thanks were shared at the end of the morning.
Chanin and her husband have had five children, but sadly two of their daughters died from a genetic disease called Bartter syndrome. Bartter syndrome is a general term for a group of rare genetic disorders in which there are specific defects in kidney function. These defects impair the kidney’s ability to reabsorb salt and cause imbalances in various electrolyte and fluid concentrations in the body. Chanin and her husband received counseling from us to cope and find new hope after the loss of their small daughters. In January, their second son, Muhammed, was born. His father shared that Muhammad suffers from Bartter syndrome like his sisters before him.
The severity of Bartter syndrome varies from one person to another and can begin before birth. Muhammad’s symptoms are quite severe, and he is now being fed (as you can see from the photo) through a feeding tube into his nose.
His father says that they may soon need to use a feeding tube which will be inserted into the stomach through a small incision in the abdomen.
We are asking you to please pray for a miracle for baby Muhammad. We speak Psalm 118:16-17 over his life: The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! The Lord’s right hand is lifted high. The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! I WILL NOT DIE BUT LIVE, AND WILL PROCLAIM WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE.”
Deborah, 23 years old, lives in the southern port city of Eilat. She was in a long-term relationship with her partner, but when she found out she had an unplanned pregnancy she was shocked, scared and confused. Deborah had a good relationship with her boyfriend’s mother, but when the mother heard about the pregnancy, she demanded of Deborah to abort the baby. Thankfully, Deborah had a friend who encouraged her to keep the baby and told her to contact Be’ad Chaim. Our counselor was able to encourage and support her both emotionally and with the promise of support through the Operation Moses Project. During the pregnancy, Deborah separated from her partner, but he left her with all of the bills. Although this was tough financially, she preferred the relief from the stress of the relationship. In January, a gorgeous daughter was born and named Shai-el, meaning “a gift from God.” Deborah is a warm person who has a lot of help and support from her twin brother, mother, and friends. Shai-El’s father has visited several times and is showing more interest in his daughter as time goes on. Because Deborah struggles financially, the help of the monthly gift cards from Be’ad Chaim has been invaluable. Deborah is deeply grateful and said that she’s amazed that there are people who care about women like her.
Rebecca is 26 years old, single, and worked in a hair salon in Jerusalem. She started dating and found herself in an unplanned pregnancy. Her relationship with her partner was not good. When he heard about the pregnancy, he was not prepared to support her, so he urged her to have an abortion. Rebecca was in a tough dilemma. She wanted the baby but could not manage on her own. Although her parents are disabled, they encouraged her to choose life. Her gynecologist, during a routine checkup, told her that the chemicals being used in the hair salon could harm her baby.
Rebecca then applied to the National Insurance to receive income in order to leave work. This was granted, so she was able to be home during her pregnancy. She contacted us when she started worrying about her finances and needed emotional support.
After the birth of her son, Ariel, in April, our Operation Moses Project supplied her with a baby bed, sheets, baby bath, and stroller, plus the promise of monthly gift cards for a whole year to buy the other essentials she would need. The baby’s father visited after the birth. He acknowledged that he is the father, but since has regretted this and refuses to pay child support. Rebecca visited the office with precious Ariel, who was dressed in clothes that he’d received from our baby boutique. Rebecca loves being a new mom and can’t imagine her life without Ariel.
Hannah, 21 years old, was born into an ultra-Orthodox family. Her father is an alcoholic, and her mother abused her children to such an extent that Hannah left home to escape her mother’s violence. She lived on the street from the age of 13. This was obviously a very difficult time. She experienced sexual abuse and often lived in conditions where she was cold and hungry. After a while, she found a place that cared for young women and gave her a place to sleep. She then found work during the day as a cleaner. She began a romantic relationship and quickly found herself pregnant, yet her partner was a drug addict, and she decided to leave him.
Pregnant and alone in the world, she sought help and found Be’ad Chaim. In May, she gave birth to her son Lavie. She received all of Lavie’s basic baby needs through our Operation Moses Project. She’s also been receiving counseling to deal with her childhood traumas. She tried to give Lavie’s father a chance to connect, but his drug habit continues.
Hannah is determined to raise her son in the best possible way. She told us that Be’ad Chaim is like the supportive family she never had, that choosing life for her baby was the most important decision of her life and means the world to her. “To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” (Dr. Seuss)
The twins, Rafael and Jacob, celebrated their first birthday in February. Their mother Ella and their father Itay had married just a month after their birth and have a caring relationship. Ella was accepted with open arms into her new husband’s family. Since the birth, Ella has suffered from depression and has been hospitalized. Her husband, Itay, does his best to visit his wife, to juggle looking after the twins and to keep his job. Thankfully, Itay's parents stepped in to care for the boys during the day so that Itay could work. Social workers became involved and decided that the twins should move in with their grandparents where they have been lovingly cared for this year. They are a charming couple with big hearts and a great love for their grandsons. Our counselor met them when they came to pick up some things for the boys. The babies are in daycare. Their father, Itay, works and visits the children when he can. Ella is still not able to look after her children, but between hospitalizations, she visits her children. She hopes that one day, very soon, she will be able to be a real mother to the children and a wife to her husband. The challenges this family faces during this journey are difficult, and they are deeply grateful for the support from Be’ad Chaim and our donors. Thank you for your prayers for this family.
One of our moms, Tsege, a highly educated refugee who fled Ethiopia because of war, observed the struggles of other refugee mothers who are trying to raise their children in a culture foreign to them. She requested to begin a training course to help them understand the cultural differences, expected behaviors, and experiences of their children. The women meet every week, and attendance grows with each meeting. The mothers are genuinely interested in learning how to manage in a society where many of their children speak Hebrew better than they do. We are deeply grateful to Tsege for her initiative, professionalism, and sincere concern for the welfare of other mothers.
Laurel, our prayer hostess in the Gardens of Life, wrote this short note about recent tree plantings in the Gardens:
We had a sweet morning in the Gardens, when it was only 31 °C (87 °F) and humid, before it got to 35 °C (95 °F). A couple from the Jerusalem area planted a tree for a miscarriage a few months ago. They brought a 20-month-old toddler. The next couple had been expecting twin boys, but at 20 weeks there were no heartbeats. This had happened just two months ago. They placed ultrasound pictures under the two trees. They repeatedly thanked the gardener and me for this wonderful service. We thank the Lord for the privilege of being able to bring some relief and closure to those who grieve the loss of their baby in the womb.