Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.” The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!” But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!” Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.” When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.
(1 Kings 3:24-28)
A true mother values her child’s life more than her own welfare. A true mother is willing to sacrifice in order to protect her child. The mothers in this newsletter have chosen to sacrifice so that their children might have life.
Veronica, only 18, overflows with joy when she speaks about her precious son Noam who recently celebrated his first birthday. Almost everyone who knew her advised her to abort because she was so young. They were afraid that she wouldn’t be able to cope on her own. “You are wasting your life,” they said. When she discovered her pregnancy, Veronica’s boyfriend gave her an ultimatum – “Choose between me and the baby. Abort or I’ll leave you.” She chose the baby. Today, Veronica rejoices that she had the courage to choose life for Noam. “I love my son and I will never regret having him. He is the best gift that I ever received, and I will never give up on him.” These are powerful words from such a young mother!
At age sixteen, because of difficult family relationships, Social Services placed Veronica in a boarding school. Her sister was placed in a foster home. Very kindly, her sister’s foster family took Veronica for weekends and special occasions. Today, even though it’s not official, she calls this family her adoptive family. These people have truly supported her through her hardest times and encouraged and supported her when she refused to abort. When Veronica was in her third month, her biological mother kicked her in her tummy twice. As a result, her adoptive family took her into their home and cared for her. She is deeply grateful for the help that Be’ad Chaim’s Operation Moses provided for her.
Hope through a loving counselor and practical help through the Operation Moses Project are saving the lives of nearly a baby a day.
Inge came to Israel as a tourist about four years ago. She met a local man, they fell in love and married. She then sent for her two older sons, ages 9 and 18, from her previous marriage, to move to Israel. She has no other family in this country.
Inge’s husband had just lost his job and she was working with a cleaning service when she found out that she had gotten pregnant. They seriously considered an abortion because of their financial situation but were deeply relieved when they discovered that they could get help for a full year through Be’ad Chaim’s Operation Moses Project. They really didn’t want to abort but had seen no other option. Someone pro-abortion once asked: “Can a bag of diapers really save a life?” Yes it can! When parents are desperate because they can’t afford diapers, practical help is like a life-preserver to a drowning person.
Their daughter Ellie was born in May. Since then, Inge’s husband has found two jobs and is working seven days a week. During the week, he works as many as 13 hours a day for a car rental company and on weekends, he works as a security guard.
Inge’s husband said “From the bottom of my heart I want to say thank you for all your help. We appreciate it so much. Your help has been very significant for our family.'' Inge also sent us a message saying, “Thank you very much. May God bless the donors who have helped our family so much and bless your entire organization”.
A true father values his family more than his own comfort.
Precious one-year old Anna is a lot of fun for her three older siblings, none of whom are in school yet. Mommy Sabina is very busy!
This year was full of surprises. Sabina discovered that she was pregnant again, expecting her fifth child. She is already midway through the pregnancy and sounds very hopeful and excited. She is grateful for her strong marriage and knows that this is vital for her children’s well-being.
Sadly, her husband’s health continues to deteriorate. During his last check-up, he was told that he can’t work because of a back problem which causes one of his legs to suddenly go numb, making him lose his balance and fall. Doctors suggested surgery, but it is a very high risk procedure and he could possibly end up in a wheelchair. Please pray for wisdom whether to go through with the surgery or not, and for his complete healing.
Sabina expressed her deep gratitude to her loving counselor and donors: “I don’t know what I would have done without you! Where would I have gotten all the things I needed for my daughter? Thank you so very much. The whole family deeply appreciates your love and help.”
Itay celebrated his first birthday in June. Because he showed signs of delayed development, he was referred for various tests. His mother Alina, however, is not concerned because, according to her, his development is much more age-appropriate than that of her two older children, one with autism and the other with serious developmental issues.
Alina has been at home with Itay since his birth but has registered him for daycare in September so that she can return to work. She had been doing housecleaning and will go back to that, but she wants to get ahead in life. Bravely, she has decided to change direction and study bookkeeping. She has already received part of the funding and is hoping to start working and save money to be able to afford the full course. She knows that being the mother of three small children, two with special needs, will be both financially and practically challenging. Yet she is hopeful for the future.
Alina expressed her deep gratitude: “It’s so special to know that there are people who care for us. I want to say thank you so very much. I already miss the monthly vouchers to buy diapers and more! For a whole year you filled my hands and I don’t take it for granted.” Alina shared how excited and emotional she felt when she received a personal letter from her donor. Suddenly, the love from abroad was real, and very personal. She realized that Be’ad Chaim and our donors are like an extended family for her, caring for her and helping to meet her needs. As family, let’s pray for Itay and his siblings to develop well, for Alina to succeed in her studies and for grace for her as a busy mother.
On July 18th, we invited our Be’ad Chaim moms, their children and the public to a summer fair and concert to bring them together for a time of blessing and joy. The concert, performed by the fabulous and talented Equinox Orchestra was a lot of fun and the musicians showed much grace, love and warmth for the enthusiastic young audience. The fair included crafts, face painting, balloon sculpture, hair braiding, food and fun on the stage with dance and sports workouts and a Superbook movie. Many of our newest babies were professionally photographed for the upcoming 2019-2020 calendar to be released this September, and it once again promises to be gorgeous! We thank God for the love and laughter experienced by all who attended the Summer Fair.
Crisis pregnancy can be like a tornado in the life of a young woman. Yet, when the storm subsides and she has chosen life, she becomes deeply attached to the child in her womb. Yamit had a special relationship with her boyfriend and when she became pregnant, she wanted her baby, but his family was adamant that she have an abortion. Despite the pressure and opposition, she chose life. Sadly, her baby was diagnosed with a genetic disorder and died in the womb in mid-pregnancy. Yamit turned to Be’ad Chaim for comfort, counseling and healing. Together with our prayer hostess, Laurel, she prayerfully planted a tree for her precious little daughter. Through tears, she acknowledged God’s sovereignty and control over every situation. Her daughter, though unseen, brought Yamit back to God’s love which she had forgotten. Yamit, like so many women, was deeply grateful for the opportunity to find closure as she honored the daughter whom she never held but will see in heaven.
All are welcome to find healing and closure through the symbolic planting of a tree in the Gardens of Life. Please contact our office for more information.