This last month hasn’t been easy for the many pregnant and new moms whom we serve, or for our team. One of our pregnant mothers from Beer Sheba wrote this heartfelt note to her counselor on May 12th, after two days and nights of missile attacks:
“Shalom, I am asking for prayer for my family and for myself because when the warning sirens shrieked in the night, as my children and I rushed to get down to the bomb shelter, I felt pain in my chest, my pulse raced and I had a terrible headache. Just now, the siren sounded again and I had hard contractions like labor pain. I was afraid that I’d give birth in the bomb shelter with my children watching. It’s still too early for me to give birth, but I’ve had lots of contractions over the past few weeks. I‘m only in my 37th week now, but God knows and has His time. Please strengthen us by remembering us in your prayers. Thank you so much!“
I thank God that our counselors are able to encourage the moms. I thank God for your prayers and the prayers of saints around the world who stand with Israel in love and commitment. May the Lord bless you for your support and faithful friendship. We rejoice knowing that the King of Kings reigns over our nation. “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
With a grateful heart,
Tigist is 21 years old, married and loves her husband dearly. Their first year of marriage has been tough because her husband has had to continue waiting for a work visa. The pregnancy also put a lot of strain on their marriage. He told her to have an abortion and said that he would even take money out of their savings to pay for it. “Just be done with it, we can’t afford a child!” Tigist was devastated and deeply disappointed in her husband. Thankfully, her mother told her about Bead Chaim and Tigist decided to call our hotline. She said that the conversations that she had with her counselor gave her the confidence to choose life for her baby. The promise of practical help through the Operation Moses project allowed her to feel secure that she wouldn’t lack the items that she needed for the baby for a full year. Baby Sirin was born in early April.
Her husband didn’t join her in the hospital but did welcome her back home. He still has an attitude and a hard time accepting their baby. She feels he is more distant from her since the pregnancy. She really hopes that their beautiful baby girl will bring them closer.
She shared her very deep gratitude for all the help and support that she’s received through Be’ad Chaim.
Inna is a new immigrant from the Ukraine. She is 38 years old, married and has three children. Her husband works in a factory and half of his salary goes toward their rent. She does not have any family here in Israel and has expressed how lonely she feels. She’s hoping that her mom will be able to visit her again when travel restrictions are lifted.
Her husband’s grandmother was living with them but she recently passed away. Inna is still grieving the loss because she was like a mother to her. She helped her with the children and loved the family.
When Inna found out she was pregnant with their fourth child, she sank into a depression. She didn't want any more children, was feeling tired all the time and her relationship with her husband was not very good. He wanted her to have an abortion but she refused. She had an abortion in the past and still felt traumatized by it. She had never told anyone how she felt emotionally after the abortion, and just didn't expect her husband to understand. During her pregnancy, she and her husband began divorce proceedings. She was desperate for help. When her friend told her about Be’ad Chaim, she found compassion and a listening ear. She realized that she was not alone and this made a tremendous difference. Baby boy Arbel is now two months old. Although Inna’s husband is not supportive or involved in their lives, Inna finds encouragement and strength through friends and her caring Be’ad Chaim counselor.
Limor is 27 years old and has had a difficult life with a lot of trust issues. She became very close to our counselor and said that she always looked forward to their meetings. She divorced after the birth of her first daughter. A few years later, she and her boyfriend conceived a baby who died only days after birth. When she became pregnant again, she was terrified. She shared with her counselor that she was struggling with a lot of hurt and anger, was suffering from depression and was taking regular medication for it. Our counselor, Larissa, was able to give Limor the love and support that she needed and enrolled her in the Operation Moses project. This provided her with all the furniture for her baby plus monthly vouchers for a whole year to buy the other essential things she would need. Her beautiful, healthy daughter Leah was born in February. Limor is now married to a school bus driver who was unemployed during the COVID lockdowns. Limor is looking forward to better days and loves staying home for now with her precious Leah.
Ranya is 37 years old and the mother of 11 children. She and her large family live in a tiny apartment. Her husband can’t find a job and they live on government support but still struggle to make ends meet. Despite the difficulty, her adorable daughter Yaara, who just celebrated her first birthday, is a precious gift to them. Yaara has a hearing impairment and will require a hearing aid. Because of the hearing loss, it’s difficult for her to communicate with other people. Ranya is concerned and would be grateful for your prayers.
Natalie, 20 years old, had been in a relationship for several years with her boyfriend. Sadly, he made poor choices and is now serving time in jail. Natalie struggled when she discovered her pregnancy but her boyfriend’s parents invited her to live with them. Her baby Anaelle is now four months old. Natalie’s mom was with her at the birth and her partner’s parents have been a terrific support to her as a new mother. Natalie has not yet taken the baby to visit her partner in jail but she plans to introduce Anaelle to him when she is a bit older. Natalie and her boyfriend talk during the week, but she worries because she doesn't know how he will support her and their baby once he is out of jail. This photo shows Anaelle in a shirt that says, “My dad is a hero, but my mom is the boss.” We pray for Anaelle’s dad to really become a hero to his family.
Brezaf, now in Israel for ten years, married her husband in Eritrea but preceded him to Israel. He is supporting four children from a previous marriage in Eritrea on his meager income by cleaning homes. Brezaf and her husband tried for years to have a child of their own, having endured the pain of six miscarriages. By the time they were finally able to conceive, her husband decided that he didn't want to support more children, but it turned out that she was carrying twins! The couple separated and lived in separate cities until the twins were born. Everything Brezaf saved when she was employed went to pay medical and hospital bills since she hasn't had medical insurance from the time she lost her job during the COVID outbreak. These babies are very important to her. In April, twin boys Surafel and Rafael were born. Brezaf was so blessed to have received a twin stroller and 2 cribs with sheets through our Operation Moses Project. She couldn't have imagined that an organization would so generously supply her with all of her essential needs for the twins. Her husband has returned home and tries to help out when he can, but Brezaf would appreciate your prayers for their relationship and for his bonding with his infant sons.
Aviva, 35 years old, is married and has two children, ages seven and two. She says that the two year old boy is very active and always has to be supervised. When Aviva found out she was pregnant again, she seriously considered having an abortion as their financial situation was so bad. She said: “I thought it was cruel to bring a child into this world with no means to raise him, but then I realized that just the thought of killing him would be cruel!” Thankfully Aviva made contact with us and was able to receive the love, care and support she needed. Baby Vatche was born in April with water in his lungs, so the doctor had to resuscitate him. Thank God he is now fine.
Because both Aviva and her husband lost their jobs during the COVID crisis, the help that they’ve received through the Operation Moses project has been invaluable.
"Be'ad Chaim helps all women and values every life regardless of nationality, religion or race. God has created every human being in His image and each one deserves the right to live."
Roma is 22 years old, married and has two children. She is an Israeli Arab who doesn’t speak any Hebrew so she uses a translator to communicate with us. Her husband lives separately from her in Bethlehem and doesn’t have Israeli citizenship.
When Roma found out that she was pregnant again, she panicked. Her husband was not at all happy at the news, but within the Muslim culture, abortion is not seen as an option. They were afraid to tell her family that they even considered an abortion. They felt trapped and looked online for help. Roma found us through Google. Be’ad Chaim, as you read in this newsletter, helps all women and values every life regardless of nationality, religion or race. God has created every human being in His image and each one deserves the right to live. Roma, like the other 500 plus women whom we are currently serving, was enrolled in the Operation Moses project which supplied her with the baby needs for her new daughter Milla, born a few weeks ago. Roma is very grateful for our support and would appreciate your prayers for God’s blessing on their lives.
We are thankful for the many women who turn to us for help after a miscarriage, abortion or stillbirth. I was recently in the hospital during the birth of my newest grandson, and the midwife told me that Be’ad Chaim is well known among the staff in the gynecology department as a place that offers help to women after the loss of a baby. It was a huge blessing to hear of our excellent reputation in the community from the mouth of a nurse in this large Tel Aviv hospital. It is our goal to be able to meet the needs of grieving women and men after reproductive loss.
The Gardens of Life, with its many prayer benches and Bible verses on beautifully designed plaques, continues to be a quiet spot in the center of Israel where people can come to find peace and solace after the loss of a baby. Thousands of trees have been planted in memory of babies who were not held. All are welcome to plant or to ask our prayer hostess to plant a tree in honor of a child.