New Brochure for A Future and A Hope

I am pleased to advise that we have just printed a new four-page brochure for telling others about our ministry. (The picture with this post just shows the front and back).

You can view the entire brochure here, or download it and pass it on to others.

Thank you again for your ongoing prayers and support.

Blessings!

Marvin

P.S. Three ladies who made choices for life have given birth over the last two days. What a blessed way to approach the end of the year!

Answered Prayer and a Special Request

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

We have been truly blessed this year with decisions for life. Some mothers were fearful to carry their pre-born children to term, but afterwards were thankful that they did.

In line with this, we are happy to report that this month five women either gave birth, or are due to give birth, through this important ministry. Another three women will be giving birth in December. All of them were originally abortion-minded and have chosen life for their children. 

As part of our First Year of Life Program, we made a commitment to assist women who make courageous decisions for life, despite difficult circumstances, both personal and economic. The tiny hand of a new born grasping the finger of a the mother who had once considered aborting her child, is opening avenues of joy and blessing for both of them.

We are turning to you with a request for assistance at this time. Each First of Year of Life package of necessities for the newborn’s first year cost approximately US $1,100 (CAD 1,457 or £855). Our resources are limited, but we serve a Creator who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond anything that we can ask or think. 

It is a time of blessing, but we are facing challenges in meeting the needs of these women. You can help. Please visit our website for information on how to donate. You can designate a gift for one or more of the women, or for general needs, and we will see that it is used for the purpose intended.

Thank you again for your prayers and support. You share with us in the eternal blessing of every life saved.

Blessings,

Marvin S. Kramer
General Manager
A Future and A Hope

P.S. The baby in the picture was born this month! Praising the Lord for this precious life!

November Events and Prayer Requests

As you receive this post Orit will be sharing in Shavei Tzion near Tel Aviv (evening of November 1) about the roles of men and women and sexuality, both from a Biblical perspective, sexual abuse, basic rules in sexual education of children and how to protect children from sexual predators. Her presentation was requested for a group of teens from three congregations to the north of Haifa. Please pray for attentive spirits, listening ears and receptive hearts, not only among the youth, but also for those who are responsible for them; and pray that the Holy Spirit would work HIS good work in the hearts of the young people receiving this important message.

On Wednesday, November 6, Orit will be speaking in Jerusalem to a women only group about female addiction to pornography. She has also been asked by the Israel College of the Bible to teach a course to women about feminism, starting this month.

On November 14 there will be a pro-life conference in Karmiel; there, Orit will speak on “Whose body is it, anyway?” 

Rejoice

Here are a couple of two precious babies that were just born.

Events Update with Photos

During their trip to the U.S. this summer, Marvin, Orit, and Hanni had a number of opportunities to share about A Future and A Hope in New York and Pennsylvania, with considerable one-on-one counselling. In addition, Marvin and Orit spoke in Poland in September, sharing both the Word of Life and the message of life in different locations. Those who attended the sessions came with attentive ears and receptive spirits.

Hanni shared about her seminars and workshops on shaming and bullying among youth, Orit provided a moving update about mothers who were making courageous decisions for life in the face of daunting circumstances. Marvin spoke about ministry, and also spoke about the need to understand the “big picture” concerning the Middle East conflict. A special event was held in Pennsylvania, to spread the word about this important ministry to encourage choices for life, a future, and a hope in Israel.

Below are a few pictures from the time spent in the US! Enjoy! And thank YOU for your support and encouragement, and for joining us in our vision.

Pennsylvania Event Invitation
Hanni speaking about her shaming and bullying workshops.
Orit sharing some of the stories about women who made courageous decisions for life.

Two babies that were born while we were visiting in the USA.

Marvin speaking in Pennsylvania.
Marvin speaking about the “Big Picture.”
Behind him is part of a map of the Middle East showing the planned partition of the Land under the British Mandate.

July 2019: Prayer & Praise Update

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Dear praying friends and supporters, We are truly thankful for your prayers and are greatly encouraged by them. God has blessed us a good start this year with several abortion-minded women choosing life after receiving counselling through A Future and A Hope. Life-affirming births, a workshop, and seminars, are but a few ways in which we are seeing fruit from this ministry.

The Workshop on Shaming and Bullying

We held a workshop for believing youths earlier in the year on shaming and bullying, both in general and through the internet. We spoke about real-life incidents and asked the children to share if they had been involved in similar incidents and what they had done or would do in the circumstances described. Obviously, we spoke on the subject from a Scriptural point of view. We also asked whether any of the youths 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 national origin, the color of their skin, as well as for their faith in Messiah Yeshua. They left the meeting with an awareness of the need to be more alert and aware of their surroundings, as well as to the words coming out of their mouths.

Parent Seminars

The two seminars for parents held in Jerusalem in March were truly blessed. Most of the attendees were hungry for information and wanted more, even though the sessions lasted until after 9 p.m. One session dealt with shaming and bullying in social media among the youth, while the second one discussed how to increase awareness of sexual predators, including pornography addiction among children and teens. The parents were challenged to seek a greater and more prayerful awareness and sensitivity for these issues.

Decisions for Life

There have also been many answers to prayer regarding women who came to us in crisis pregnancy situations. Children have been born by God’s grace, who would have otherwise been the victims of the abortionist’s scalpels. As is our practice, for the sake of privacy and protection, none of the women’s names below are their real names.

Update on Aliya

A few months ago we shared with you about a woman whom, for anonymity, we named “Aliyah.” You may recall that she had been a sex slave and undergone horrific abuse. You read the story “From Sex Slavery to a Future and A Hope” here.

Aliyah came to us at the beginning of her pregnancy. After receiving counsel she made the decision for life for her child. In a Facebook post, she wrote a post addressed to the child developing in her womb.

I am writing and telling you the story of a hero who chose life, in the midst of darkness and suffering. My little one, you came at the right time, from a reception that covered many hours of grace, against all of the odds. Slim odds that you circumvented, breaking through barriers of stigmas and difficulties. When you arrive to the world my little child, I will tell you how much life you gave me, and hope to continue. You will forever be an inseparable part of my thoughts, of my life. I chose to raise you alone, without a father … [I] promise and know that I will do everything so that you will not lack anything. Don’t think for a moment that the nausea is doing me harm, it is natural and a sign that you exist within me. I am so very happy that I am able to do for you, my little child. I give you permission to be afraid sometimes. I ask that you remember that courage is not measured by victories, but by stating the truth. Understand that problems are sometimes needed in order to survive. … When I learned of your existence, I was flooded with feelings which cannot be expressed in writing, wild and careless, and in a moment’s decision I chose to  bring you here, with tears in my eyes and with a burden of responsibility, you became a part of me, a perfect, little creature. With a complete choice and at the right time. Thank you my little child, filled with love and quiet.” 

Two weeks ago, Aliyah gave birth to her son and called him “Amour” (love, in French). She has now moved to the south of Israel and is residing with her mother, who is helping her, on the condition that Aliya’s son will not be taken from her.

After giving birth in June, Aliya was again the focus of a news article on a Hebrew media outlet. The title of the article says it all: “Against all odds: The woman who developed 52 personalities was rehabilitated and became a mother.” You can view a wonderful photo of her in this Ynet article. When the worldly media takes notice of a seemingly impossible change in a person’s life, we can only give all the praise and honor to Messiah Yeshua, the Lord of Life. The article refers to the people who encouraged her for life (although not mentioning them by name). She told the counselor who met with her in our office: “You deal with life and death in your work.” She knows what we deal with and has asked to work with us as a volunteer. She is willing to come and tell her story and take a stand against abortion. “Despite my difficult story, I understand that it is important that we protect life in the womb.”  

Please add your prayers to ours that she would come to a full and complete knowledge of the One Who gave His life for her.

Choosing Life Despite Real Fear

Nora, 32, came to us four and a half years ago at the beginning of her pregnancy. After deciding not to abort, she gave birth to a healthy child. However, tragically, the child suffered a crib death. Nora became depressed and after nearly three years, she contacted us when she again became pregnant. She arrived “just to talk” and explained that this time, she was going to have an abortion. She was very afraid of giving birth again because of what had happened with her first child. Our counselor, Irena, provided counsel and encouragement to Nora throughout the entire period of her pregnancy. When Nora learned that she was a diabetic, Irena helped her to create a healthy and balanced food menu that she could follow. Two weeks ago, Nora gave birth to a son, whom she named “Adam.”

Please remember Nora in your prayers. She is a single mom and still suffers from panic attacks because of the death of her first child. Her sleep is irregular and she remains awake most of the night, which leaves her exhausted during the day.

Courage to Choose Life

Dina gave birth to Daniel two months ago, after her first pregnancy ended in an abortion at six months. She had been told that the child was not developing properly and was strongly encouraged to terminate the pregnancy. Sadly, we first came into contact with her only after the abortion. When Dina came to us this time, we stood by her throughout the course of the pregnancy. She is extremely grateful that we were “there for her.” Her son is the joy of her life at this time.

Please pray that Dina would have strength and patience. She is a single mom and the sole provider.

Other Choices for Life

Many other mothers have given birth this month. Below are some photos to rejoice over of just a few of these precious lives. Please remember to pray for them, their mothers, and that they would all enter into a personal relationship with our wonderful Yeshua – truly He saves!

Miriam
Benjamin
Hava
Joseph
Liel

Other Prayer Requests

Prayer is the foundation of what we do. If the Lord is not leading, all our labor is in vain. Hence, we would deeply appreciate your prayers for the following items:

For Irena: Please pray for her son, Vladimir (“Vladi”) and for wisdom and strength to handle the many changes he and the family are going through right now. Vladi is presently in a rehabilitation program established by neuropsychologists, especially for people like him. Vladi suffered a severe head injury as the result of a motor vehicle accident 18 years ago, when he was 11. The difficulty is enormous for the family.

Please pray that Vladi would be happy with the rehab program, that the place would become a home for him, and that he will be comfortable, and happy, and look forward to being in it.

For Orit and Me: For good health, for our children, and for God’s strength and wisdom for all He sets before us.

May God pour out His richest and abundant blessings upon you

                                                                                In Yeshua’s grip,

Marvin S. Kramer
General Manager

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!

Click here to open and download a printable PDF to share with others.

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.