You, our donors and prayer team, have been praying since last November, at 18 weeks of pregnancy, for Rivka and Ariel’s baby boy. You may recall that they were told to abort their child because he would be born with kidney damage. Be’ad Chaim encouraged them to continue the pregnancy and sent them to Israel’s only neo-natal surgeon. Dr. Yoram said that if there was still amniotic fluid in the womb at week 25, then the baby’s lungs would have time to develop and he would survive. Thirty two weeks into her pregnancy, Rivka miraculously gave birth to their first child. His life was touch and go at first as doctors tried, and finally succeeded, in doing dialysis on the tiny infant. He will be also able to do dialysis at home using a special computerized system. When he is older, he will be a candidate for a kidney transplant. Last week, three months after his birth, the circumcision ceremony took place in the hospital with close family. The baby’s name is Pele-ya Chaim meaning ‘Wonder of God life’. His father, Ariel, wrote this message on his Whatsapp status:
God in his great mercy, for nothing but his mercy, has given me the privilege at age 42 of bringing my son into the covenant of our father Abraham.
He also sent me this personal message:
"I’m sending you photos of Dr. Yoram and the brit (circumcision). You are part of this whole process. May God bless you. Because of you we have life. May God grant you health and joy. What a blessed organization you are. Blessings on all you do. Because of all of your support, this baby has come into the world. May you rejoice in what you have done. Thank you so much and may you continue to help more couples and bring more babies into the world, with joy, happiness and God’s help. Really, thank you so much."
I know that baby Pele-ya Chaim is alive today because of God’s mercy and grace. Because of your generous donations, we could pay for Dr. Yoram’s expert services. Because of your prayers, Pele-ya Chaim lives. I bless you with Ariel’s blessing to us, ‘May you rejoice in what you have done and be blessed in all that you do.’
With deep gratefulness,
We are excited to give you a sneak preview of some of the adorable baby photos that were recently taken for our upcoming 2022-2023 calendar.
CALENDARS WILL BE READY FOR ROSH HASHANAH.
In previous newsletters and in our weekly prayer notes, we’ve shared with you about precious Agam, but wanted to ask for special prayer for this beloved girl born in August 2020. Her mother is single and only 22 years old. Agam was born with congenital heart problems and underwent surgery shortly after birth. She attends a special therapeutic daycare where she receives extra help for her development. Now that she is one year and seven months old, please join us in prayer for her to begin to speak and walk and achieve all that God has prepared for her life.
At the end of April, Be’ad Chaim staff were invited to lead a seminar on our work and perspective on abortion as part of an army preparation course. Twenty-five young adults participated. Naomi, one of our team, summarized:
“We had a very open conversation with them regarding abortion, post-abortion trauma and when life really begins. We managed to bring the conversation to the point where everyone shared an opinion, which for us was already a great start since that is where you get them to understand. Afterwards, they told us that they are happy there is a place that supports women the way we do. We shared our personal stories and explained how precious life is no matter what the size, and that sometimes the choice and sacrifice that you make for the life of your child becomes so much more important than at first meets the eye.”
We were grateful for the opportunity to challenge prevailing opinions about abortion and cause these young people to reevaluate their positions.
Perah was nursing her 6th child full-time, when she discovered her pregnancy. She is a woman of faith so she and her husband believed that "there must be a reason" and that things would work out in the end. Her husband at the time was between jobs but has since only found a part-time job as a chef's assistant. Perah receives an income supplement from National Insurance as well as government assistance with rent. It is clearly not enough, so turning to Be'ad Chaim and not resorting to an abortion was the best move she could have made. Rivka Feige was born in February and is dearly loved. Perah received a stroller and crib from the Operation Moses project and is getting monthly vouchers to help with Rivka's needs. Raising 7 children in Israel's current economic climate is a real challenge. She and her husband relay an immense thank you!
Brena’s twins just turned a year old. Brena had actually wanted to put her children in daycare so she could go out to work, but the only places that were available were much too expensive, especially since she has twins. Her counselor recommended that she enroll them already for the new year (which starts in September) in a daycare that is run by other Africans, and generally costs a fraction of what she would pay for an Israeli daycare. Brena’s husband is a good father and he spends what time he can with his sons. He landed a job in a restaurant as a cook and dishwasher. It pays fairly well but their income still falls short every month. Brena blessed our donors, ‘May my donors receive a double blessing, as I have received.’
Serving as a Be’ad Chaim counselor can be a very challenging task, sometimes rewarding and other times discouraging. One of our veteran counselors, Laurel, shared this word of encouragement with me: “I had two wonderful reversals of the situation last week. Both women are 32 years old and both were absolutely determined to abort. I didn’t pressure either one, but rather listened to their crying and their fears. I prayed daily and called every couple of days to check on them and eventually they both chose life!!!” Laurel knows the power of prayer and perseverance. Our counselors share their prayer requests with one another and in our prayer notes that go out every Monday to nearly 1000 locations around the world. You are welcome to join our prayer team. Write to us at: [email protected]
Abby is 22 years old and now pregnant with her third child. Her son Liam was born in January 2021, her second son Orian was born in November 2021 and a month ago, she discovered her newest pregnancy. Abby was very confused and struggling with the idea of having a third baby so soon. Her first thought was to abort even though in principle she is very much against it. She was just not able to see how she could manage raising another child. She was already struggling financially with her other two sons who are still just babies. After talking to her counselor however, she decided that she would have the baby and deal with the problems and challenges as they came. Abby’s husband is loving but he earns only a minimum wage. His work at a tire company keeps him away from home for long hours, so all of the housework and childcare fall on Abby. She has had no contact with her parents since her father forced her to abort her first pregnancy at the age of 16. Although Abby’s life isn’t easy and she has little time for herself, she is managing and said she loves her babies so very much. Her abortion at 16 had left a hole in her heart, and she is deeply appreciative of all the support that she has received again and again which enabled and encouraged her to choose life.
Be’ad Chaim frequently cooperates with other local nonprofits to provide for the needs of our moms and their families. Recently, the Joseph Project blessed us by providing delicious and healthy organic food through a new pilot project. Our mothers were delighted to take home nutritious foods for their families.
Nina, a lovely and intelligent woman, needs your prayers. She has four children, yet her husband has been violent toward her. At one point, Nina decided to go to a women’s shelter with her youngest and ended up staying there for a while. The older children however begged her to come home and so she did. Very shortly after her return, she got pregnant. It soon became clear that Nina was expecting twins and she began to panic. The situation with her husband was already tense and strained. If that weren’t enough, she also suffers from acute diabetes and back problems. It was a high-risk pregnancy and she needed to be checked almost weekly. The doctors weren’t sure it was a good idea for her to continue the pregnancy or if she was even going to be able to carry the twins to term.
Nina was desperate and depressed. Thank God she found us and we were able to help her. In March, in her 37th week, Nina gave birth to twin boys, Ian and Kian. Our Operation Moses project provided her with all the furniture she would need for her babies plus monthly vouchers for a whole year to buy the other essential things she would need for them. She was overwhelmed by the amount of help she received and she continues sending messages of gratitude to her counselor. It brought a huge smile to her face in a situation that seemed dark and hopeless. Nina often visits our office where she feels loved and accepted.