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!

(Note: If you only see a link, click the link to see the picture)

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!

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)

Update on Jerusalem Presentation

We wanted to update you and thank you for your prayers and encouragement regarding the presentation/workshop that took place in Jerusalem this past Saturday.

There was a good turnout, with dozens of couples and other adults in attendance and it appeared that the age span covered three generations.

Despite the sensitivity of the subject being discussed, those in attendance were open, receptive and responsive. Because of the broad scope of the topic and related sub-topics, at the end of the day a solid foundation was laid to build upon. Because of the interest in the things being discussed and the realization that the material presented only scratched the surface, Orit was asked if she would be willing to return and present Part 2 of the workshop, which will be in about another month and a half of so.

There was a lot of participation during the Question and Answer period and despite the difficulty of some of the questions, those who were in attendance felt comfortable enough to ask genuinely and openly about personal and family issues. There was a clear willingness that the subject would be discussed further, with many remarking that there is a real need to discuss and relate to the topic of sexuality and sexual purity from a Biblical perspective. Others openly admitted that they just didn’t know how to present the matter to their children.

So, we are truly thankful to all who wrote and encouraged us and for those who didn’t write, but kept the matter before the Throne of Grace. You are partakers with us in all that we accomplish for God’s glory.

With heartfelt thanks and blessings,

Marvin (for us all)
A Future and A Hope

Update on Sexuality and Sanctification Teaching

Just a brief note to thank you for your prayer support and encouragement. The Lord truly answered our prayers.

The receptiveness exhibited by the students was a blessing and a genuine encouragement. At a time when there is more and more disregard for authority, these students were courteous and respectful, attentive, responsive and inquisitive.

We are praying that a generation of young people will be raised up with a heart’s desire to know the Lord and His Word, as well as to live according to it and teach others to do likewise. (Ezra 7:10)

Please continue to pray for upcoming workshops in different schools.

With thanks and with blessings,

Marvin (for us all)
A Future and A Hope

Teaching Sexuality & Sanctification to 7th and 8th Graders

Tomorrow, March 10th, Orit will be speaking at a school for believing children in Jerusalem. She will be teaching grades 7 and 8 on sexuality and sanctification, how God sees our body and our self-image.

The 7th grade will be divided into separate sessions for girls and boys. She will speak on sexual development during adolescence.

The 8th grade will also have separate sessions for girls and boys and the subject will be sexual development and relationships with the opposite sex.

With all that is going on here these days, we would solicit your prayers for safety, as she and Hanni (our daughter) travel to Jerusalem and back to Haifa, as well as for attentive and teachable spirits by the students.

With thanks and blessings,

Marvin
A Future and A Hope

Followup: Emergency Prayer Request

The family exerted tremendous pressure and the sister-in-the-Lord gave in and aborted her child. This was after we had informed them of the fact that a believing couple here was willing to adopt the child if the child was born less than healthy. If born healthy, then the natural parents would take him. We were told in no uncertain terms that such a suggestion was out of the question and that there is no way that they would allow the pregnancy to continue. It’s the classic argument: If we won’t have the child, no one will. Our hearts are broken.
Indeed, our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers, the principalities, the forces of wickedness in high places.
Every child is a gift, a blessing. We do everything we can within the ability and resources that we have been given, fighting for one child at a time. We have been blessed with many women who decided against abortion. During the last few months, almost every woman who was abortion-minded and received counsel from our CPC chose life. Two of them gave birth to twins, one to boys and the other to girls. It was a good ending for 2014 and a great beginning for 2015. No wonder the enemy of our souls doubled his efforts to kill and destroy. Not only was a developing life lost, but there will undoubtedly be post-abortion trauma that will show itself at some point.
We press on. We cannot do otherwise. The blood of these children cries out to us and we cannot stop working to help cleanse this land from the shedding of innocent blood.
Thank you for your love and prayers and for your willingness to stand in the gap.
In Messiah,
Marvin