Our Knesset’s Health Committee just passed its 2020 budget, which again includes funding for abortion, calling it “women’s health care”. Figures indicate that tax money funded approximately 20,000 abortions last year. Abortion is legal until birth. For those of us who believe the Word of God, it’s evident that taking the life of a child is NOT health care. “Helping” a woman to get an abortion is not “help.” In a recent survey, we discovered that 8% of women who’d had an abortion never had another child. 11% of the women who had aborted, had at least one miscarriage after the abortion. 66% of women said that their abortion was either very or moderately traumatic. 72% suffered from a medical problem after the procedure. Abortion takes the lives of babies and hurts women.
In this newsletter, you will read about mothers who chose life for their babies, but struggle with difficult medical and financial issues. Every life has intrinsic value as a child of God and is not based on our situations and circumstances. These little ones are precious in His sight. “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:10).
Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?
(Proverbs 24:11-12, NIV)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said: “Silence in the face of evil is evil in itself. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” I am deeply grateful to you for standing with us in defense of the unborn, for praying with us and caring about the lives of babies in Israel. May God bless you according to His promise to Abraham: “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you; and all the families of the earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:3)
We are excited about the expansion of our work to locals through the internet. Recently, we added information in Arabic, including an invitation to Arabic speaking women to receive help from a counselor in their own language. We also added the fabulous LiveAction abortion procedure videos with Hebrew subtitles. We believe that these videos will be useful in saving many lives.
Rina was 25 years old and single when she came to Be’ad Chaim for help. Her boyfriend left her when she told him that she was pregnant. Her mother, who’d raised Rina alone, wouldn’t hear of the thought of an abortion and promised to help her. Rina needed her support because prior to the pregnancy, she’d been diagnosed with a brain tumor. As the pregnancy progressed, the tumor doubled in size and began to affect Rina’s peripheral vision, giving her headaches. Her situation became so difficult that her psychiatrist recommended an early C-section, with an endocrinologist, ophthalmologist and neurosurgeon on call.
A very tiny baby, Libi (meaning “my heart”) was born in October and wasn’t breathing. She was placed in the neonatal intensive care unit and given oxygen. Wonderfully, since her birth, she has grown beautifully and is healthy and thriving. Rina will have another CT in the coming months to see if the tumor has shrunk as a result of treatment. In the meantime, Rina’s mom is caring for her and baby Libi. They are deeply grateful for the help that they are receiving from Be’ad Chaim including a bed, stroller, bath tub, bed sheets, monthly cards to purchase baby needs, and clothing from our beautiful baby boutique. Rina had nothing and this help has meant so much to her. We are grateful for your prayers for Rina’s health.
Nesia in Hebrew means "miracle of God". Nesia is indeed a miracle. She was born on Dec. 6, 2019 and weighed 2.3 kg. Sivan had done all the obligatory prenatal tests and there was no indication that anything was amiss. When Nesia was born, Sivan was told that her daughter had a genetic condition called Trisomy 18. It is a chromosomal abnormality that expresses itself in low birth weight, abnormalities in certain internal organs and some form of mental retardation. Many don't live beyond birth or even past the first month. Nesia was in the hospital for the first six weeks of her life and has been released to go home from the hospital with her parents, albeit with monitoring apparatus and a feeding tube. Nesia has proven to be a real fighter and Sivan is glad that she didn't know about her baby's condition while pregnant, as she might well have aborted. Nesia will need heart surgery as well as surgery on her digestive tract at a later time. Right now, Sivan and her husband have opted not to put their daughter through anything that isn't actually life-saving.
Sivan was in total shock when she found out she was pregnant with Nesia, as her first daughter was barely a year old. She had no idea how she and her husband would be able to support another child. Abortion crossed her mind, but then she realized that she couldn't bring herself to kill her own child, no matter how small. She came to Be'ad Chaim in a moral dilemma. With the encouragement of her counselor and the promise of support, she dropped the idea of abortion. Her husband is a waiter and earns minimum wage. They cannot afford daycare for two babies, one of whom needs constant monitoring, so she is unable to work for the foreseeable future. They are enjoying having Nesia at home, raising her and loving her for as long as God allows them to do so. They understand the realities of Nesia's situation and are praying that she beat the odds of children with her condition. In the meantime, Nesia’s parents have received a double stroller and monthly diapers and vouchers to buy things that the baby needs. Sivan and her husband have grown attached to their precious little girl and would covet your prayers for her health.
Hawa is an Arab Israeli woman, married to a kind and caring man. They have eight children, ranging in age from 5 to 18 years old. By the time she got pregnant with their 9th child, Hawa and her husband had accumulated a lot of debt. They knew they wanted to keep this baby but also knew that they would need to find some help and support. Through a friend, they heard about Be’ad Chaim and contacted us. Our counselor in Beer Sheva showed them much compassion and enrolled them in our Operation Moses project.
Sadly, during the pregnancy the doctors discovered that their little baby had a very serious condition that affects his bones, causing them to break very easily. While still in the womb, it was discovered that bones in his skull and his hand were already broken.
Precious Tsarai was born on 17th October 2019. Doctors thought that he would live for only a few hours and are surprised to see that he is still holding on more than three months later.
I spoke with his father who told me that Tsarai has been in the hospital for a virus, but there are no broken bones at the moment. Since his bones are so very fragile, his parents fear that even picking him up could cause another one to break. They have frequent appointments with specialists and his condition continues to be quite serious and difficult. His father has had to pay babysitters to help out with the other eight children while the parents are in the hospital with their new brother.
Despite the very stressful situation both parents seem to be full of faith and hope that their baby boy will recover and be healed. Please join us in praying for this precious little child, for the Lord’s grace and miraculous work in his life (particularly regarding his bones), and for strength for his parents and the rest of the family during this challenging time.
Thank you so much for your love and generosity towards this precious family. They deeply appreciate your prayers and support at this time.
On January 15th, our counselors and staff joined together for a special day of training, fellowship and prayer for one another. Because our staff is nationwide, we need these bi-annual meetings for encouragement and unity. I am deeply grateful to God for the faithful, dynamic team which has allowed us to help give LIFE to over 365 babies this year alone. A BABY A DAY WAS BORN TO THE BE’AD CHAIM FAMILY.
On January 12th, at the annual Teen Girls’ Conference, teens heard about Be’ad Chaim and were challenged to consider the lives of unborn children in the womb. The girls eagerly took tiny baby feet pins, Life bracelets and fliers. Many of these girls hadn’t known that there is an organization where they can turn for help if they find themselves or their friends in crisis. In the coming months, we will continue to increase our outreach to Messianic teens, students and young adults. We are working toward the beginning of a movement among young adults to protect life in the womb.
A young man recently planted a tree in the Gardens of Life in honor of his sister’s baby who was aborted several years ago. He wept as he shared how sorry he was that his sister had gone through so much pain. He prayed for her to find healing and comfort. She had been young when she had the abortion, which she now regrets. Her brother hopes and prays that she will be able to grasp God’s forgiveness so that she might be free of condemnation and shame.
All are welcome to plant a tree in honor or in memory of a baby who left this world too early because of miscarriage, abortion or stillbirth. The loss of a baby, no matter how the baby died, causes sorrow. Through the symbolic planting of a tree, we hope to soothe the pain and bring comfort to those who mourn.