Praise and Prayer Update: January–February 2019

Ana-El, meaning “God Answered”, born in December, 2018 (see “19 Years Old and Already Five Abortions,” below)

God has given us a wonderful start this year: Several women made decisions for life and there were several births by abortion-minded women who also chose life following counselling. In addition, we have two events coming up shortly – both of which need your prayer and spiritual covering. Read on to find out how to pray for us and rejoice in some amazing examples of how God is changing hearts and lives.

NOTE: All the mother’s names have been completely changed to protect their identities. As you pray for these women, don’t forget, the Lord knows their real names!

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19 Years Old and Already Five Abortions

A 19-year-old girl (we’ll call her Tehilla – for that means praise) came to us for counselling. Between 15 and 19 years of age, she had already undergone five (!) abortions. She contacted Orit following the advice of a friend of her whom we had helped to keep her baby. Tehilla was considering another abortion—number 6. After visiting our office and receiving counsel, she made the decision not to abort. As a result, Tehilla was rejected by her own family, and the father of the child wanted nothing to do with the baby. She gave birth alone in the hospital. Orit spoke with her afterward and asked what Tehilla wanted to name her newborn daughter. She answered that she hadn’t chosen a name yet—would Orit name her? Orit suggested naming the baby “Ana-El” (God answered). Praise the Lord—That is now her name!

February Workshop for Messianic Youth

Earlier in February we held a workshop for believing youth on the subject of shaming and bullying, through the internet and in general. We spoke about real-life incidents and asked the children to share if they had been involved in similar incidents; what they would do now in the circumstances described. Obviously, we spoke on the subject from a Scriptural perspective. We also asked if any of the attendees had witnessed incidents of shaming and bullying. The responses were far beyond what we had anticipated. Many shared that they, themselves, suffered from social boycotts, shaming, and bullying because of their country of origin and skin color, as well as for their faith in Messiah Yeshua. They left the meeting encouraged and understanding the importance of being more alert and aware of their surrounding and to the words coming out of their own mouths.

Prayer: Upcoming Seminars

On March 11 and 25, we will be conducting two seminars in Jerusalem for parents. The seminars are being organized by the pastor of one congregation, who is inviting other “local” congregations to attend. One seminar will focus on shaming and bullying in social media. The goal is to give parents the tools they need to understand, discover, and relate to their children regarding these matters, and to stimulate awareness of the importance and need for open dialogue. Parents will also be helped to understand their critical role as the defenders of their children. The other seminar/workshop will deal with awareness and recognition of sexual predators and the growing impact of pornography and pedophilia among today’s children and youth. Parents will be taught how to speak with their children about sex, sexuality, and sexual identity. These topics are of great importance for modern families, and the spiritual warfare in these areas is great. Your prayers for these upcoming events would be greatly appreciated.

From Sex Slavery to a Future and a Hope

In mid-February, a 29-year-old woman came to us. Her story was extremely difficult and painful—however, we share it with you because we cannot hide from the horrors being perpetrated in the name of sexual liberty and freedom. (We shall name her “Aliyah” for she is coming up out of the depths to find hope.)

From an early age, until the age of 14, Aliyah was repeatedly raped by her father, who would drug her and use her as his personal sex slave. If that wasn’t enough, until only a few years ago, he would also pimp her and exposed her to hard drugs, which she also sold. Aliyah became pregnant twice from her father and had early abortions. She tried many times to commit suicide, but failed, and finally ended up living on the streets. And perhaps most tragically, she suffers from dissociative identity disorder (DID, commonly known as multiple personality). This is a disorder that is far more common than people realize, and is often the result of severe mental, physical, sexual, and spiritual abuse. Aliyah has suffered from all of these.

At this point, Aliyah’s story came to the attention of someone who provided her with a place to live, saving her from having to live on the street. In mid-February, a woman whom we had helped in the past came in contact with Aliyah and gave her our phone number. Aliyah called us right away. Pregnant, she didn’t know how to deal with her new situation. Following the first counselling session at a Future and a Hope, Aliyah has decided that she will not abort this child and has asked us to accompany her in the process. She is dealing with heavy spiritual matters and desperately needs the Lord. We have been sharing the Gospel with her and she is open to it. Please pray for Aliyah and for us—for wisdom and protection from the attacks of the enemy of our souls. In particular, pray that she receives wise DID counselling and therapy. Pray for us to have the wisdom and sensitivity to know how to respond to her in love, and that she will truly hunger and thirst for righteousness to gain the emotional, mental, and spiritual healing she so desperately needs.

Late Term Abortion is NOT “Still Birth”

We will call her “Alicia.” Thirty-two years old, Alicia came to us following an abortion. A street girl for many years, she had been in her seventh month of pregnancy when the doctors told her that the child’s brain was not developing normally. Alicia decided to have a late-term (third-trimester) abortion. In Israel, the politically correct term for this kind of abortion is “still birth,” since the child is born dead as a result of the abortion procedure. Alicia told us afterward that following her experience of the “still birth,” and the fact that she went through it alone, with no one by her side to explain what she was going through or to encourage her, she would have preferred to continue the pregnancy to term.

Our genuine regret is that we were not in the picture at the time, as we could have prayed and trusted God that He would bring her through with a healthy child, as has happened so many times in the past. Alicia is still traumatized by her experience. After she became pregnant again, God directed her steps to us. Today, after giving birth to a healthy child, she is set up in a rented apartment and continues to receive counsel and support from us; she is no longer alone. Alicia is open to the Gospel and we continue to pray that she will come to a saving knowledge of the Lord and the healing her heart so desperately needs.

An Immigrant Story: Vitali and Natasha

Also in mid-February, 23-year-old Natasha contacted us. She and her husband, Vitali, are new immigrants from the former Soviet Union and have been in Israel about a year. Their story is both sad and fascinating. Vitali is now 29. At the age of 22, he had an accident in a swimming pool, injured his back, and became paralyzed. In some ways his story is similar to the story of Joni Erickson Tada). The couple married a few years ago and decided to immigrate to Israel. Shortly after arriving in Israel, Natasha became pregnant. They were both rejoicing and fearful at the same time. While Israel is a leader in providing support and assistance to disabled people, a plus, such assistance can only help so far. The young couple is alone here, and have realistic concerns for how to face the future. They want to continue the pregnancy and have asked us to pray for them, particularly for Vitali who is also suffering from a severe urinary tract infection (a condition that can be quite serious in paralyzed people). Please pray with us for their salvation, and for their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs to be met.

Bedouin Update

In October of last year we asked for prayer for Na, from a Bedouin background, who made a decision not to abort following counseling with us. We are regularly in touch with her. She is married and has three children. Na became pregnant with her first child at a very early age when she ran away from the village where she grew up. Na decided against all odds and pressures to keep the pregnancy, to hide from her family, and to continue her life in the big city. We are asking prayer for that child, who today is six years old. He is being “boycotted” and suffering shaming by other children in his kindergarten because of his skin color and background. Residents in the community where they live laugh at him and he is isolated from others his age. This boy is adorable, sweet, very likeable, and doesn’t understand why he is going through this shaming. Please pray for the salvation of the family, and for a breakthrough in their lives and for Na, who still carries the scars of her childhood in the village.

Praise Photos

We don’t always get photos of the babies who are born. That is a choice that the mother usually makes. But, when we do receive a picture, we are happy to share it with you. Attached are photos of two “January” babies: Shai-Li (My Gift –what a wonderful name!); and Emma.

Featured in the Messianic Times

We were very grateful to learn that A Future and A Hope was mentioned in detail in a recent article in the January/February issue of the Messianic Times.

For those of you who don’t know, this is the leading international Messianic Jewish newspaper. The newspaper seeks to provide accurate, authoritative, and current information to unite the international Messianic Jewish community, teach Christians the Jewish roots of their faith, and proclaim that Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah. They publish a variety of topics about what is really happening in Israel , both the good and the bad.

We would like to thank them for giving us permission to post the article here on our website. Simply click the graphic below to download a PDF of the article and read it.

As usual, we would appreciate your prayers, particularly that we will find new prayer and financial supporters as more people learn of our important work. The need is huge… but thankfully, our God is greater!

Picture of article published in the January/February 2019 issue of teh Messianic Times.

October 2018 Prayer and Praise

Dear praying friends and supporters,

We would like to update you on some of the women we are helping, and share with you some urgent prayer requests.

Many of the women we help come from terrible backgrounds. They have maintained a poor moral lifestyle and practiced sexual promiscuity. Oh how our Lord’s heart must break for them. Rather than judging, we seek to encourage each one, and her husband or boyfriend. We aim to give them life-giving counsel for their child and for themselves, hoping that each one will feel the love of their Messiah and make Him their own. Whatever their choice, we are there for them, when everyone else has left.

Please pray for these precious families below. God has already brought them this far. He is the only one who can continue to meet their needs.

    1. Ok gave birth to a lovely baby girl, C. However, C has been found to be lactose and egg intolerant – a life threatening condition for an infant, so great care must be taken in checking the ingredients for all of her food. The entire family needs prayer as they are undergoing a difficult financial situation; O’s husband was in a car accident a month ago.

    2. R, 36, gave birth to a baby girl a few weeks ago. An immigrant from the Ukraine she married two years ago. Irena is sharing with her about the Lord and R is open and listening (her husband, however, is not open). We prayed for her to receive an ID and status before the birth of her baby, and she received both the week before she was born – Praise the Lord! Now, the family has been told they must vacate their rented apartment within two months. We promised to pray for them to find another appropriate place. Through this situation, may the Lord open her husband’s heart and the entire family come to faith.

    3. V and R are a young couple with a lovely boy. is a newly discharged soldier with no family or relatives in Israel (referred to as a “lone soldier”). Like most women and families receiving support from A Future and A Hope, they have no other circle of support. After being abortion-minded, they counselled with us and made the decision not to abort their unborn child and V gave birth to an adorable boy. They are grateful for all the help they’ve received from us.

    4. O is a young girl who is pregnant, in great distress, and is considering an abortion. She scheduled a meeting with Irena but didn’t arrive and her phone is disconnected. We get many calls like these. We talk and counsel through the phone without knowing what the woman decides. We need prayer for those women who hesitate. Please pray for O that God will enable her to choose life for her child.

    5. Na is in her 30’s and has recently left drugs and prostitution, both of which she has done since she was 14. Na came to us during her first pregnancy 7 years ago, when she wanted to have an abortion. Against all odds, she kept her child and gave birth to a healthy boy. However, she continued in prostitution, although she stopped taking drugs. Throughout that time she kept in touch with us and slowly turned away from prostitution.Na met an older man, became pregnant, and had a second child. She did not consider abortion for a second, as she fully realized that the life growing within her was a child. Na then married the father of her second child. Their financial situation is very bad. Despite that, Na has decided to help women in situations similar to hers, even though she is now in her third pregnancy.
      Na shared with us, “I choose life despite the enormous difficulty.” A month ago her husband had a massive heart attack. He is now having panic attacks and is afraid to leave the house. Now in week 36, Na is faithfully taking care of their baby, her first child, and her husband. She has totally left her previous way of life and has become a devout, faithful, and protective wife and mother. We thank the Lord for her parenting, maturity, and the love she has for her children and husband, despite everything. From a Muslim (Beduin) background, Na is not yet open to Yeshua. Please pray that through this situation she will discover her Savior Yeshua, and have God-given courage to go the next step and believe in Him.


    6. A is a young woman in her 30’s. She has a 6-year-old daughter, a 4-year-old son and a 2‑year-old toddler. A came to us with a sad story. After her husband left for another woman, A discovered she is pregnant by him husband and wanted to abort. After many conversations and encouragement from us, by the Lord’s grace, she decided to keep the pregnancy and has given birth to a boy. Please pray for her. The situation is not simple, taking care of four children under the age of 6. The father is out of the picture, ignoring her needs, and unsupportive. Only the Lord can touch their lives, meet their needs, and heal A’s wounded heart.

    7. Ni is a young woman in her 20’s who came to us 5 years ago. She kept her pregnancy at that time and gave birth to a lovely boy. She returned to us this year, explaining that she is again pregnant and wants to have an abortion. After speaking with her and explaining it to her, she kept her pregnancy and had a girl. Tragically, we have learned that Ni has no emotional awareness and this is evident in her attitude toward her children. They are emotionally abandoned. She simply does not love them. We are in constant communication with her. Hers is another situation where only God’s love can break through. Doing the right thing, without love, is like clanging symbols (I Corinthians 13).

    8. J, 32, is the mother two children, an 8-year-old boy and a 10-year-old-girl. They immigrated from Ukraine two years ago. She was fired from her job the day she found out she was pregnant. While considering an abortion, J providentially found us. She shares, “without your help, I would have aborted.” She is due in November. Please pray that we will have the resources to add her to the First Year of Life program.

    9. Oa, in her 20’s, became pregnant and was considering an abortion. She decided to keep the baby and married the father. She has given birth to a boy and is very happy with her decision and thankful for the support she is receiving from us.

    10. Om, in her 30’s, became pregnant after a one-night-stand. Although she comes from a very religious and unsupportive family, she has decided to maintain the pregnancy. She needs much prayer as we are the only ones standing with her in this decision.

    11. G, 20, came to us with an unwanted pregnancy and a very hard family story. She already has two children and no support or help. We met with her, and provided counselling, encouraging her to keep this precious life despite the difficulties. She is thankful for the help she will receive and has decided to maintain her pregnancy. She is due in October.

    12. U is 18-years-old and single. Thankfully, her parents are very supportive and want her to keep the baby. Hence, they referred U to us. Spiritual battles take on interesting shapes: U’s purse was stolen on her way to her first visit with us and so, she did not come. The second time she planned to visit she fell on her stomach on the way here. Right now she is interested in keeping the pregnancy. Please pray for her and this battle to keep her child.

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Workshops Update

As you know, part of our activities include giving workshops on a variety of topics related to aboration and sexuality. During 2017 and the first part of 2018, we have had several opportunities to conduct workshops in Israeli schools for children of different ages from believing families.

The workshops dealt with issues of purity (in speech, dress, behavior, sexual perspectives and so forth), sexual identity and development, physical changes in childhood and youth, as well as shaming and bullying. The sessions were almost always held separately for boys and girls, enabling the students to speak openly and without embarrassment. Although the age groups varied, many questions and topics were the same. Children expressed a desire to change certain areas of their lives and to examine whether the faith they claim to have is truly their own or only that of their parents.

Sessions about shaming and bullying were accompanied with examples from Scripture (such as the woman at the well; the Lord on the cross, etc.), daily examples from children’s lives (if they were to see someone dress differently from them or someone who is sitting alone on the side…), and more. Here again, the children were challenged to take a stand and asked how they would react in different situations versus how they should react as children who want to live a life honoring to God and reflecting their faith in the Lord Yeshua.

In sessions about purity and sexual development, children learned about physical and emotional boundaries and were encouraged to guard themselves. This opened opportunities to speak with a number of children who had been victimized and hurt in the past. In some cases, we were able to take action to prevent these children from from further harm by exposing the event and, where necessary, even reporting the matter to the police.

For many of the children, these sessions marked the first time they had ever been exposed to the topic of sexual development and the development of the child in the womb. Interestingly, many children said that they did not feel comfortable to discuss these things at home, so they often tried to get information from their friends. However, most of them honestly admitted that their best resource for finding answers was the Internet. The vast majority of the children attending had no knowledge of these matters and felt ashamed to ask about them, until they had the opportunity to learn and ask questions in our workshop.

In each session, children were always asked to publicly state at least one thing that they had gained from the workshops, that they would walk away with. In this way they were challenged to return home with a changed attitude towards these matters, and to make an effort to live and do what Yeshua would do.

As you can see, these workshops are dynamic, fostering interaction with children of all ages. We look forward to continued open doors and opportunities for effective service.

Please pray for us that the right doors will open, with the right timing, and that the Lord would prepare our hearts to work on materials that will meet their needs and help them to not just “learn the facts of life,” but to help them grow in their relationship with Yeshua.

Never Too Busy for Pictures

We know you’ve been wanting to hear from us. We have been so busy helping many different families, and being there for new mothers, that writing keeps getting put off for another day. But we are NEVER too busy to pictures of the precious lives that you have prayed for.

Each of the babies shown below were born this year because their mother’s chose life! We are so grateful to the Lord for this ministry and the way it is impacting lives. As you look at these little ones, pray for them and their mothers that they would all grow into NEW life as well!

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Pictures of several babies born this year. Their mothers were considering an abortion. But instead, they made a choice for life!
Just a few of the babies born in 2017.

New Donation Information and Prayer Request

Sometimes it seems like everything is a battle. Even a small thing like cashing a check in Israel has become a challenge for many people in Israel, including A Future and A Hope. As a result we have updated our Donate Now page with detailed instructions for how best and most effectively to give to our organization.

With this in mind, I am reminded to ask you to pray for A Future and A Hope in detail. Pray for those we help, the lives of the children saved, our counsellors, and for our many needs to be met. An important aspect of prayer is for practical things that many take for granted. Things like beurocracy.

Our website was recently down for a few days because the Israeli service for our domain name never sent a renewal notice. Then there is the issue of how we receive donations. For many people it just isn’t convenient not begin able to send a check. Little things in one way, but they impact our ministry, other non-profits in the country, and individuals who receive monetary gifts from friends or family overseas.

Hence praying for organization gives a bigger picture for how to pray for Israel at many levels. Thank you in advance for your earnest prayers and sacrificial giving. You are touching the Apple of God’s eye, and joining in a spiritual battle that is lived out in the here and now.

May the Lord bless and keep you all!

2017 Newsletter Now Available

We have not posted in quite a while. As you will soon see, it is all for good reasons: your prayers and support are making a difference in the lives of single mothers, as well as entire families! Young people throughout Israel from the believing and secular community are learning about Godly sexuality, and decisions are being made for life.

Our first newsletter for 2017 is now available. You can download it here.

Blessings in Messiah!

 

Pictures Say It All…

As we update our website, new photos make way for old ones… but it seems like there should be a permanent reminder of just a few lives touched through the work of A Future and A Hope. This post is that spot… here are the pictures we currently have of lives touched over the years…

This would be a great opportunity to pray for God’s continued good work in their lives and the lives of their families.

Rejoice to see these young lives, babie born with a hope and a future
Pictures of some of the many babies saved in 2017

Picture of just four of the babies whose lives your generosity saved in 2016.
Picture of just four of the babies whose lives your generosity saved in 2016.

Mid-Year Report Now Available

You can now read our mid-year report: August-2016_Mid-year_Report_Final

We are excited to share with you about six mothers and their babies. These babies are alive because each woman gained knowledge, help, and encouragement via our Amuta. Thank you for your prayers and support. You will never know how many lives your generosity is touching.

Sexuality Workshop Update

In April, we reported on the seminar/workshop that Orit conducted for parents on educating children and teens about sexuality and sexual purity.

The follow-up to this will take place tomorrow (Saturday) and will deal with topics ranging from addiction to pornography, its effects among children and youths, how to recognize it and deal with it, and the Biblical foundation for sexual purity.

We solicit your fervent prayers for wisdom and for a holy boldness to share about these subjects and for openness and teachable spirits on the part of those who will attend.

Of course, continued prayers for protection and travel mercies (2 hours each way) would be much appreciated.

With heartfelt thanks and blessings,

Marvin (for us all)