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.
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?”
Here are a couple of two precious babies that were just born.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
A young woman who came to us for counselling is scheduled for an abortion tomorrow. She was told that her child is “defective” and is under tremendous pressure from her doctors and her husband to abort the child – their second. After Orit pleaded with her not to go through with it, but allow us time to petition before the Throne of Grace, she agreed to hold off for a week. She is a sister in the Lord.
Please bring this before the Lord in prayer. He is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond anything that we can ask or think. We know that what He does is always for His glory.
With thanks and blessings in Yeshua, the Lord of Life,