“But You, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; You consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to You; You are the helper of the fatherless”. – Psalm 10:14
On the outside, he was great. Doing a work that everyone could applaud. He had an organization that gave to the poor in need. His hands reached out to comfort people around him. But inside, he had a secret.
Behind the closed doors of his home, he was a different man. His wife and children suffered. Those same hands that gave to the poor were the hands that beat his wife. The same mouth that smiled and spoke kind words to complete strangers tore his children apart from the inside out. He physically, verbally and emotionally destroyed his own flesh and blood. And if all that wasn’t enough, he left them. Taking all the money they had, he abandoned his family.
This is the true story of a now single mother of 3 who we have been working with for the past several months. (For the sake of her privacy, we will name her Orna). Orna is broken inside and beaten down to the ground. Having been isolated by her husband for so long, she struggles to interact and to build relationships with others. Having had no access to the family funds, she now has to learn all the procedures of handling a bank account, paying bills, and caring for the needs of herself and her children- alone. The struggle to get out of bed and put two feet on the ground each morning is very real for her.
Yet, just like Hagar in the Bible, God is still the God who sees and He is still the One who defends the helpless. He saw her situation and through another single mom, He brought us into Orna’s life to love her and be a tangible help in her time of need. Because of you who give to us, we are able to give to her. We are able to provide her with food vouchers, emotional and spiritual support and with the contribution of another NGO, we managed to gain her financial help to meet the bigger needs.
Sometimes all a person needs is the shoulder of someone they can trust to cry on. We are not here to judge. We do not pretend to have all the answers to every problem. We simply make ourselves available to listen and walk beside them. We are not God. We cannot do what only He can do. Only He can heal a broken heart. Only He can make all things new. Only He can make beauty out of ashes, and work miracles on our behalf. But as His servants, we have a part to play. We are the ones who can be the physical hands around the broken hearted as they pour out their tears. We can listen with compassion as they share their stories. We can walk with them to the places they really would rather not have to go to alone. And most importantly we have a POWERFUL tool that can move mountains on their behalf: PRAYER!
This single mother needs your prayers and support. After years of abuse, it will take time for her emotions, reactions, habits and memories to heal. We ask of you to lift this precious one up to the Lord and her children who are also suffering from the abusive words that were spoken to them. We know that God will do a beautiful work on her behalf if we stand together like an army defending her in prayer.
Thank you for standing with us as we share His love with others!
If you wish to give to the work of CBN Israel so that we can continue to reach more mothers like Orna, please do so here. God bless you.