On August 8th, as I sat holding my tiny, new one-day-old granddaughter, we received the final decision of the court – rejecting our petition to stop abortion at 24 weeks of pregnancy. We will be obligated to pay legal fees for the case.
It was deeply moving to me to realize that my granddaughter, weighing only 2.6 kilos (5 lbs, 11 oz), is valued as a person, while other babies, still in the womb – yet weighing the same and having the same capabilities for life – can be discarded as though they are not people.
It is very sad to see that our government will not protect unborn children. Nevertheless, we will continue to fight for them.
Psalm 106:38: “They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood.” These unborn children are our family. They are our sons and daughters who are being sacrificed to the idols of reputation, convenience and finances. They cannot speak for themselves; therefore, we will speak for them.
Proverbs 31:8, 9: “Speak for those who cannot speak. Seek justice for all those on the verge of destruction. Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and oppressed.”
Bless you for standing in the gap with us for these precious, pre-born people made in the image of our King.
With deep gratitude,
We were blessed this month by the donation of schoolbags for the siblings of our new babies. The Joseph Project graciously provided 50 high-quality backpacks for the older children of our new moms. Needless to say, the mothers rejoiced over this terrific and practical gift.
“It is a lovely surprise to receive a bag today as we prepare for the school year ahead,” said Vanessa, an immigrant from Moldavia. Vanessa cares for her children at home while she studies Hebrew. Her husband helps his father in a barber shop, but business has been slow.
Gifts of love, such as our monthly gift card, diapers and the addition of a schoolbag, mean a lot to this young, struggling family.
Our beautiful 18-month calendar features photographs of precious children born to our Be’ad Chaim family this year, set on a background of Israeli landscapes.
When Sara was 15, she was raped, became pregnant and had a very traumatic abortion, which she deeply regrets. At 19, she became pregnant as a result of a one-night stand. The father insisted that she abort and said that he would “spit on the baby” if she gave birth. Yet, Sara was resolute to give birth to her child and would not consider another abortion. Prior to her pregnancy, she had been promiscuous, drank too much and smoked a lot. The pregnancy prompted her to start taking care of her body and to stop allowing men to take advantage of her. Toward the end of her pregnancy, doctors told Sara that the baby girl was breech and would have to be born through C-section. Our prayer partners prayed and the baby turned over! Sara hired a doula and gave birth to her beautiful daughter Yasmin in an inflatable swimming pool at home. Sara said that she would not allow her past to corrupt her future and has chosen to be the best mother that she can be for Yasmin. A month after Yasmin’s birth in June, Sara resumed her training in therapeutic horseback riding and brought her baby with her. We salute this brave, determined young mother.
Yulia lives in northern Israel in the city of Zefat; although from a secular background, Yulia is in the process of becoming an Orthodox Jew. She is married and has a good relationship with her husband. When Yulia was 12 years old, she lost both her parents in a car accident that traumatized her; afterwards, she went to live with her grandmother.
Three months ago, Yulia and her husband immigrated to Israel from war-struck Ukraine; they have no other family in Israel and Yulia said she is still trying to learn Hebrew.
When she found out that she was pregnant, she tried to find some help. She felt confused, not only because of the language barrier, but also because of the couple’s financial situation. She was afraid to give birth in an unfamiliar place.
Thankfully, Yulia heard about Be’ad Chaim and received support and love from our Russian-speaking counselor. Just knowing that she was not alone, and that there were people willing to give such generous help, made all the difference to her. When Yulia’s daughter, Luba Miriam, was born in late June, we provided her with baby furniture and the first of her 12 monthly vouchers to buy baby essentials, through our Operations Moses program. It is a privilege to show God’s love and mercy to new immigrant families like Yulia and her husband, who otherwise would feel lonely and struggle to provide for their new baby.
Shir is a lovely 20-year-old who wrote her story to her counselor:
“I lived with my partner and we had a really stable, real, and good relationship. Suddenly one day I started to feel a strange feeling in my body that I'm not used to feeling, because I'm usually a healthy person. I took a pregnancy test to be sure I wasn't pregnant and the test came out negative. A month passed, two months passed and I still had the same strange feeling. I didn't get my period for a long time so I took a pregnancy test again and this time it came out positive.
I told my partner that I was pregnant and he said well, no big deal, so have an abortion and everything will be fine. I also thought it would be okay if I had an abortion and everything would go back to normal. I never wanted to get married or have children because I was afraid of it.
I made an appointment for tests,and I also made an appointment for the abortion committee. I intended to have a surgical abortion as I was relatively advanced.
Then my grandmother became very sick and we told her I was pregnant, and she was so very excited to think she would be a great-grandmother. Sadly she passed away the next day. My Grandma has lived in the house with us since I was born. She did everything for us just like a second mother, and her passing changed us all.
Everyone was sad, and it was very hard. My mother went into a deep depression, and she really wanted me to keep the baby, and said it would bring her joy.
My father was a little stressed because after all he is a religious person and I am not married, so it was hard for him to think that I would raise a child alone, but very quickly he reconciled with it, and now he takes good care of me.
At that time my partner and I were still together, but he really wanted me to have an abortion. He tried to convince me that he would buy me anything I wanted if I had an abortion and that we would move to live in the north. But he said that if I wouldn’t have an abortion then he didn't want to be a father and didn't want to continue our relationship. He really threatened me.
At the first ultrasound, I heard my baby’s heartbeat for the first time and saw pictures of him and then suddenly everything changed for me, and I couldn't think about abortion anymore. Suddenly my heart became attached to him, I heard and saw with my eyes my baby who lives inside my body, and I did not want to kill him. A pure little creature who had done nothing wrong to anyone.
I realized that no gift that my partner wanted to give me, if I had an abortion, would compare to this gift I received.
Time passed and my partner became unstable. Sometimes he wanted to be a father, sometimes he didn't, sometimes he wanted contact with me, and sometimes he didn't. In the end, we lost contact. It was very hard for me without him because I loved him and I was also very stressed thinking that I would raise my child alone.
I left the house we shared together, and also my job, which left me with no money. From the age of 4 to 18 I lived in a boarding school and I'm really traumatized by everything related to welfare and boarding schools. So I was afraid that they would take my child away from me.
Bead Chaim brought me relief during my pregnancy and I knew that I had a foundation, and that my child would lack nothing. It calmed me down a lot and made me focus on other things and move forward and make plans for the future.”
Shir gave birth to a sweet baby boy in May. She lives with her parents who help and support her. They are over the moon with their precious new grandson.
She named the baby Tohar, meaning purity, because for her he is pure and sweet. She is a loving and caring mother.
Shir is grateful for all the love, care and support she has received and added: "I hope that as I share my story with other women like me that they will understand what a good decision I made and choose life for their babies."
When our counselor asked Maya to tell us about her current situation and birth, she sent us a beautiful letter with an update about her life:
"I gave birth to Avishag on July 24, 2022, by C-section. The birth was very stressful, and I was afraid of the operation. Along with the excitement, I was so worried about the baby’s arrival. She is a cute and beautiful baby, and I am enjoying her very much. I was so happy, until they found out she has a heart defect and separated us for two weeks. Immediately after the operation, I had to stand up without rest and go to the building where she was being hospitalized. Every day, I walked with the pain and with the stitches in my stomach; I didn’t have a minute to recover and rest.
Even now that we have returned home, my emotional state is not easy; I am dealing with raising the baby alone, which is difficult for me. I worry about her a lot and have to take her every week to the Heart Institute in the hospital. A few days after we returned home, I discovered that she was neither eating nor sleeping, and I was very afraid.
Avishag’s father is not really in the picture. He sometimes comes to visit but doesn’t help financially and often stresses and threatens. It’s hard for me, but I’m happy that I have Avishag. I thank God for His gift and ask Him for strength daily to help me stand firm and be strong. I want to give my daughter everything she needs to grow up happily and comfortably, without lacking anything. I ask God to help me make the right decisions, be happy, and find the best way for Avishag, me and my dear mother.
The financial help of your organization helped me a lot during my pregnancy. Beyond the money, the mental support I received from my counselor helped me get through this difficult time. This is holy work. You supported me, encouraged me and helped me. My counselor prayed with me and loved me! And I will forever thank all of you for that. Thanks to everyone who gave donations. May God bless you all."
Maya wrote this letter on August 8th. Since then, Avishag’s health has deteriorated. She is now sedated and on a ventilator. They desperately need your prayers!
During July, we rented, renovated and prayerfully dedicated our new office and outreach center in Petach Tikvah, a city west of Tel Aviv. As the number of women whom we serve around the country grows, we have seen the need to expand our work in the greater Tel Aviv area. We believe that this newest office will expand our services in Israel’s most populated area, working to protect mothers and babies.