January 2021 Update and Prayer Request

Shalom all. Last year was a challenging year for all of us. All sectors of Israel have been severely affected by COVID-19, either directly or indirectly. No one has remained unaffected. Israel’s educational system has been disrupted at all levels and both teachers and students have had to adapt to instruction during times of lockdown and quarantine via Zoom. It has not been an easy time at all!

Still, through it all, we are mindful of the fact that our hope is not dependent on life’s circumstances, but is anchored in Yeshua the Messiah! Our instruction for how to live is ongoing through the eternal Word of Truth.

During this time, A Future and A Hope has continued its activities in all respects; we’ve simply changed the means of communication and assistance. Counseling has been given to women by using various telecommunication technologies and we have seen many decisions made for life throughout the course of the pandemic. In addition, we decided to add food assistance to our First Year of Life Program.

We began this new civil year spurred on by the decisions for life and the children born this month and due to be born in the coming months. We have encouraged many of the women whom we counsel to sign up for an emergency first aid course focusing on care of children and infants. The course trains them in resuscitation, treatment of head injuries, suffocation and more. We offered to pay the enrollment fee and had an immediate response: 10 women signed up for the course and received a Certificate of Successful Completion issued by Magen David Adom in Israel (the featured image for this article shows one such certificate).

Prayer Requests

We would greatly appreciate specific prayers for a series of lectures that we will be giving by Zoom in February. The lectures will be for a Parenthood Training course being hosted by a school in Jerusalem. We will be giving three lectures, as follows:

February 4: The dangers of social networks, bullying, and shaming (to be given by Hanni Kramer)

February 15: How to talk to children and teenagers about sex and sexuality (to be given by Orit Kramer)

February 17: Pornography among children and teenagers, including pedophilia in Israel and what to do in case of suspicion of sexual abuse or actual sexual assault (to be given by Orit Kramer)

Please pray for the speakers, the attendees, and the technology – wisdom for the speakers, open hearts of the listeners, and working computer systems!

Thank you

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for the many comments left on our website, and emails sent to us. Your concern, questions, prayers, and support are deeply appreciated.

May this new civil year bring with it the fullness of good health and the joy of the Lord that flows from deep down within you.

Blessings always in Messiah Yeshua, the Lord of Life.

Marvin

Liel, born Dec 18, weighed 600 gm.

Pray for Liel

One of the women who made a decision for life after receiving counsel at A Future and A Hope gave birth on December 18, at 26 weeks. The newborn weighed in at 600 grams and is presently hooked up to an incubator. She has gained 300 grams in the last 3 days. She has been named Liel (pronounced Lee-El).

Liel’s name means, “I have God.” What a precious name. Her mother is well and grateful for your prayers. Please pray for Liel’s continued health, growth, and that she may indeed have God in her heart from a young age.

As we approach the Christmas holiday, may Liel’s birth and her vulnerability remind us of another birth celebrated at this time of year. What a joy to remember that the Prince of Peace was given to save you, me, Liel, and her mother.

May you be blessed and be a blessing.

In Messiah Yeshua,

Marvin

You Prayed and God Answered!

Dear Friends, Prayer Warriors, and Faithful Supporters,

We had asked for prayer on October 18 for Lilia. She had been scheduled to undergo a Caesarian delivery for twins. Thank you for your prayers. The Lord answered beyond all that we asked. Yesterday, Lilia gave birth — naturally — without surgical intervention — to these two beautiful boys who were saved from abortion.

Please keep this new family in your prayers that the Lord would meet their every need — physically and spiritually.

On another note, I’d like to ask for prayer for one of our team: Debbie, who does an excellent job with our website, has had several health issues lately, and now is facing a new one that keeps her from sleeping well and interferes with her daily joy.

Please also pray for our counsellor, Irena and her family, which includes a special needs child; they are moving into a new apartment.

The rest of us are doing well, but obviously still struggling with the limitations placed on us due to the pandemic. May the Lord’s good purposes be fulfilled in our time.

Prayerfully yours,

Marvin

October 18 2020: Urgent Prayer Request

Dear Friends, Prayer Warriors, and Faithful Supporters,

We have two emergency prayer requests to bring before the Lord of Life.

Kindly note that all names have been changed to protect their identities.

Monday morning (October 19), Lilia is scheduled to deliver twins via Caesarian section. She already has a 3-year-old child and we have been accompanying her throughout the entire pregnancy. She is concerned and apprehensive about the surgery. Please keep her in your prayers for an easy and healthy delivery and speedy healing.

Second, Melanie came to us a few years back when she was abortion-minded. After receiving counsel, she made a decision for life and gave birth to a healthy child who is now 3 years old. She was absolutely thrilled that she had decided against an abortion.

Melanie is now in her twenties and in the first trimester of another pregnancy. She contacted us for counsel and encouragement. Her economic situation is quite bad and she has been seriously considering aborting because of it. We encouraged her to wait, not to rush into an abortion, and we promised to stand by her and help however we can. Please pray Melanie, that she will again make a bold decision like she did four years ago, and that the Lord will honor such a decision and meet her needs in amazing ways.

May these precious women come to know the source of life, and to trust Him with all their lives.

Prayerfully yours.

Marvin

Photography: Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

Rejoicing in Life

We have just updated a few pictures on our home page, and thought you’d like to know more about some of the babies born during the pandemic.

We have permission to share these photos and hope that as you look at them, you will remember to pray for these precious lives, theirs mothers, and that they would find their future in their Creator!

Born on August 4, 2020, to a 48 year-old mother.
This was her first child – by natural delivery!

And one day later we received this photo taking during delivery…

Midwife with a newborn baby.

Thank you again for your prayers and support.

With thanks and blessings,

Marvin

Special Prayer Request

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Messiah – and Friends of A Future and A Hope,

This is a special prayer request for a young mom (we will call her “C“). C is in her twenties, has a one-year-old son, and she immigrated to Israel a short while ago. When she discovered that she was pregnant, she wanted to perform an abortion. After she counselled with Irena, she did a total turn-around and was convinced that she needed to continue with the pregnancy. She was and is in serious financial distress.

About a week ago, C‘s gynecologist told her that she was unable to detect the heartbeat of the child developing in her womb. The doctor sent C to the hospital where, after being examined, they told her that there is indeed a heartbeat, that her pregnancy is OK, and that she would not have to abort the child.

C took the results given to her at the hospital to her Ob-Gyn. She was examined a second time by her physician, who told her again that she could not hear a heartbeat, and that she would be given Mifegyne (RU 486) to induce an abortion. The doctor gave her the pill and she took it. Afterwards, she contacted Irena in tears, saying that she can’t even think about the possibility of aborting the child and didn’t know how she could think to do so earlier. She so regretted her earlier intentions and didn’t know what to do. Irena encouraged her in every way possible, but C became very depressed over the possibility of losing the child.

Irena is in touch with her by telephone and learned last night that C tried to commit suicide because she didn’t trust enough that her pregnancy was OK, despite the hospital’s reassurances, and that she had followed the advice of her Ob-Gyn and taken the pill to induce an abortion. A spirit of death is hovering over her and she is having difficulty getting over her decision. A week has gone by since she took the Mifegyne and she still has not aborted the child. Her Ob-Gyn said that if the child is not “expelled” by the end of the day (today), she will have to perform a D&C tomorrow and clean out C‘s womb of any trace of her pregnancy.

We serve a God Who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond anything we can ask or think. He has done so before. We are asking for your prayers that the abortion pill will have absolutely no effect, that C will be delivered from this depression, and be able to continue with a healthy pregnancy.

With thanks and blessings,

Marvin