In the weeks leading up to Passover, I was deeply encouraged as I remembered the very brave women in the book of Exodus, Shifra and Puah, the midwives who refused to kill the Hebrew babies because “they feared God more than the Pharaoh”(Exodus 1:17); Jochebed, Moses’ mother who dared to place her precious son in the Nile KNOWING, BY FAITH, that God would care for him; Moses’ sister Miriam who, although a young girl, bravely spoke with the Princess of Egypt; and the Princess herself who courageously and lovingly spared the life of a Hebrew child despite the decree of her father, the King of Egypt, to kill him. These women inspire us to persistently defend those who are defenseless. Thank you for obeying, with us, the words of Proverbs 31:8, 9:
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
May you be blessed and encouraged.
This is our second month of supplying fresh vegetables and fruits for the moms. There was an even greater abundance of produce this time. We look forward to continuing to be able to give more generously in every way to the precious moms whom we serve.
Naomi, 22 years old, fell in love with a soldier. They had been dating for over a year when she found out that she was pregnant. Despite their close relationship, he panicked and broke romantic ties with her. Naomi felt confused and frightened, but thankfully she heard about Be’ad Chaim through a friend whom we had helped previously. Baby girl Tevel (meaning ‘universe’) was born at the end of March 2021. Throughout the pregnancy, baby Tevel’s father remained in contact with Naomi. After the birth, the new dad fell in love with his daughter. For the first year, Naomi and Tevel lived with her mother and siblings. Being the first grandchild, they all adore her. Tevel is super cute, has already started to take some steps, and says Abba (Daddy) a lot, and Imma (Mommy) sometimes. Naomi and Tevel’s dad now live together. He continues his army service but comes home on the weekends. This family is growing in love and is blessed.
One year old Milana had a lovely birthday party in the park with her two older brothers and proud mom Katy. Katy had an abortion in the past and seriously considered aborting again after her partner abandoned her. Her friend referred her to Talia, our Be’ad Chaim counselor, who befriended and encouraged her and offered her help through our Operation Moses project, providing all of the baby’s practical needs. Katy says that her baby Milana brings much joy and life to the family. As you read this, please pray for Milana’s brother who has a hearing impediment, and for emotional support for Katy who has no relationship with her family and needs God’s love.
Benjamin celebrated his first birthday in February. Mother Elka said he is developing very well, and she is so very thankful that she gave birth to a healthy, strong son after a previous miscarriage. Benjamin has a great appetite and was walking at 9 months! Elka has three older daughters, the eldest of whom loves to help take care of her baby brother.
After Benjamin was born, her husband completed a bus driver’s course, received his license and now has a good job as a bus driver. This enabled Elka to stop working as a house cleaner and to devote her time to her family. Elka shared that she and her husband love each other very much and have a strong bond as a family. The help that they received, before her husband had a good job, gave them peace. We were so glad to be able to meet their needs when they were in trouble.
Rachel, a single mom, lives in northern Israel with her 11 year old and four year old boys and her adorable one year old Ari. The children’s father comes and goes and is mentally unstable. Rachel comes from a poor family that cannot help financially but her mother lovingly visits and helps her take care of the children. Rachel is very grateful that she found work as an assistant at the same daycare center that Ari attends, so she can be with him during the day. She thanks God that she can make a living and be with her son! She is also extremely grateful for the help from Be’ad Chaim. She says that the monthly supermarket gift cards helped her to get through the month without having to worry about how to diaper or feed Ari.
Throughout the past few months, we’ve done our best to help those mothers who had to flee from their homes in the Ukraine. The counselors on our team with Ukrainian heritage were best equipped to show love to these traumatized moms. For some, we’ve provided a sum of cash to help them get started and for others with new babies, we’ve enrolled them in our Operation Moses project to provide for their babies’ needs. Together, several mothers wrote this very touching thank you note:
A special thanks to Oxana, Vika, Sandy and all who helped us from your team. Thank you for your attention and care. With all our hearts, we are grateful for your incredible help. Words aren’t enough to thank you and to show our appreciation for all that you have done for us. A huge thanks! May it be that things will work out in the world and that there will only be good news for all of us. May you have a blessed Passover, joy, peaceful skies over our heads, and good health for you and your families. Many, many thanks!!! Zanna, Sveta and Daniil.
A second new mom, Alicia, who gave birth on April 5th, moved into our lovely apartment in her final months of pregnancy. Alicia is having a tough time adjusting to her life as a mother. She is quite lonely, with no friends or mother of her own. Also, with the addition of another woman, there are new aspects that need prayer such as relationships, guidelines for respectful behavior and that the home would continue to provide a safe, caring place for all. Thanks so much for your prayers!
In February, Leah celebrated her first birthday. Liat told us that she is a very sweet girl who brings much joy to her family and is loved by both her parents very much.
The past year has been very challenging financially and emotionally. Liat is home with Leah and does not work. She was very anxious about putting her in daycare because she and her husband lost a premature-born son due to a bacterial infection. This has understandably caused Liat to be very apprehensive about leaving her baby anywhere without her.
Now that Leah is a year old and Liat sees that she is doing well and is strong and healthy, she has requested help from Social Services to pay for daycare so she can look for a job. Her husband had been working as an escort on a school bus for special needs children. It was a nice job, but the pay was very poor and he started looking for a different job. Last month he began working as a garbage collector. Now they are awaiting his first paycheck and hope that it will be a little more than his previous job. Liat and her husband want to extend a special thanks to our donors. They appreciate the help more than they can express in words. The monthly cards have made it possible for them to buy everything they needed for their precious daughter and it was a beacon of light in a financially difficult situation.
Miriam is 19 years old and comes from an Ultra-Orthodox family. At the age of 16, she turned her back on her family and on the religious lifestyle in which she was raised. She moved in with her boyfriend who was doing his mandatory army service. When Miriam found out she was pregnant, she was in shock. She had no idea what to do, knowing that her parents would be humiliated if they found out. She desperately wanted to keep the baby, but didn’t know how she could possibly bring him into the world without any support. Miriam moved back home with her parents while she kept the pregnancy a secret from them. When she was about six months along, she could no longer hide it and her parents kicked her out of the house. She moved back in with her boyfriend’s parents, and later they moved into their own small apartment. Her parents, unfortunately, broke off all contact with her, which was very painful for young Miriam. Lonely, needy and desperate for help, she contacted Be’ad Chaim. Our counselor became an invaluable friend and support. In February, Miriam gave birth to her firstborn son and called him Orian. It’s been quite an adjustment to care for a baby 24/7, but Miriam is totally in love with her new son. Her boyfriend, now at the end of his mandatory service, has signed on for a career path in the military, which means that their income will increase. Miriam has informed her parents of the birth, but her father has shown no interest in his daughter or his grandson. Her mother shows a little interest but is ashamed that her daughter got pregnant out of wedlock, and her husband's objections are blocking her from having regular contact with her daughter. Miriam covets your prayers for the restoration of her relationship with her parents.
Eden is 23 and lives with her parents. She was dating a young man who felt that he wasn’t ready to become a father yet. So when she shared with him about her pregnancy, he gave her the ultimatum of abortion or losing him. In her next ultrasound test, Eden heard that she was carrying twins! She couldn’t bear the thought of taking their lives and bravely chose the lives of her children over her relationship with her boyfriend. A year ago, in April 2021, healthy, gorgeous baby girls Hadar and Sivan were born. After the delivery her ex-boyfriend visited them and now comes quite often, even supporting her financially.
Eden does not work yet but is considering taking some courses toward a profession. Her parents help her to care for the babies and she is grateful for that. She said: “Without the help of the generous donors and my parents' physical help, I would definitely have sunk into a depression!”