God hears our prayers

Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry. I am overwhelmed with troubles…… have overwhelmed me with all your waves……..all day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me. (Psalm 88)

This psalm really spoke to me. The season of life I find myself in has been intense. It has been blowin after blow after blow. It has been hard, and my heart keeps breaking. The waves of trouble just keep coming and I am overwhelmed. At times I’d worry that I’d lose my footing.

In this world, you will have trouble… (John 16:33)

Jesus himself warned us. Following Him would not be a walk in the park. It is hard, and we will have trouble in this world. God is good, and He loves us. But life on this earth is hard to even when we know that He has overcome the world (John 16:33)

I really needed some encouragement, to take heart. I asked the Lord for a sign that there would be a different season ahead. So that I’d know deep within my soul that the waves of trouble would not overtake me but that the Lord would set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. (Psalm 40:2)

On the way to go visit my daughter in the hospital, I passed one of our favorite hiking spots in the Jerusalem hills. Years ago, my daughters named this area ‘the Pink Forest’, because right at the beginning of spring the whole valley turns a beautiful shade of light pink. It is the almond trees that make this area so beautiful, they are the first trees to blossom and it is a sign that spring is near. We love to visit ‘the Pink Forest’, take lots of photos and enjoy that change of the season.

As I got to the top of the hill there was one lonely almond tree. It is still too early for spring, but there was the tree, full of white & light pink blossom!

It is still winter, and there will be more storms ahead, but the beautiful blossom at the top of the hill gave me the encouragement I needed. The season will change, we will walk in the Pink Forest again. The current season might be dark & difficult, but God hears our prayers and He is faithful to bring us through because He has overcome the world! (John 16:33) and He is the God that saves me! (Psalm 88:1)

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Stabbing Attack in Adam, Israel

On Thursday July 26, three men fell victims of a terror attack in Adam, a settlement near Jerusalem where one of CBN Israel’s staff lives with his family.

The terrorist entered the neighborhood where he encountered a 31-year-old resident, and stabbed him repeatedly in the upper torso. A second resident, 58-years-old, came out of a nearby home and was also stabbed. A third resident, heard the disturbance, went outside, and realizing that an attack was occurring, shot the terrorist.

Sadly, 31-year-old Yotam was declared dead shortly after the incident, leaving behind his wife and two young children, a 2-year-old and 7-month-old boy.

The two other men were lightly wounded but survived the attack.

Our desire at CBN Israel is to assist and support families and victims of terrorism. After a terror attack. These families are left with many hardships, both physical and emotional.

Together with your help, we were able to provide direct, immediate financial assistance for these families. While we know that financial assistance does not replace a lost loved one or heal the wounds, it helps with the immediate cost of the disruption to the lives of the victims. Our prayers and tangible help is part of our mission to provide comfort to these families as they recover from the incident and try to move forward. The injured men will not be able to work and provide for their families for a few weeks and the widowed mother of two now remains the only source of income for her family.

Please pray with us for these families as they recover and as they deal with this traumatic event that has permanently changed their lives.

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No Longer Suicidal

Single Mother No Longer Suicidal

Deborah was at an all time low

*Deborah had reached an all-time low in her life due to the overwhelming hopelessness she felt from the exorbitant debt she had accrued. Her children were not in a good place in life, she felt unappreciated at her job, and she was facing what felt like a world of problems on her shoulders alone as a single mother. There was only a flicker of desire left in Debbie to live when we first met with her.

Our staff felt it was urgent to focus our prayers and attention towards Debbie as long as she remained in this state of despair. We knew we needed to act quickly on her behalf in order to see an immediate breakthrough. So we began to call out to the Lord for mercy and to our donors for help. That is when the storm clouds began to clear.

We first received a large sum of donations to put specifically towards Debbie’s debt which we took to the bank and began negotiating the re-opening of her account. The amount we had received was enough to get her account back in order and to a state in which she could make small payments every month towards the remainder of her debt. Debbie began to feel relieved knowing she could access her account again.

One of the sons of a single mother whom we have been working with began meeting with Debbie’s son and counseled him in his walk with the Lord. Debbie’s son gave his heart to God and his life has since been changed.

God was at work in every aspect of Debbie’s life.

She found work in a job where she feels valued and has self-worth. Today, she is in a completely different place in life. She has hope, she has joy, she has seen God answer prayer and most importantly, she has a desire to live!

The donations we received for Debbie was the beginning of a major turn-around. It was a ray of hope in a dark storm. We are so thankful for every donation that is given towards helping single mothers like Debbie. Would you consider giving a gift today?

We thank you for all your prayers and support. God bless you!

*Name altered for privacy

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After Aliyah: From Crisis to Opportunity

One family’s Rescue from a Debt Avalanche

Troubles After Aliyah to Israel

It was one distressing predicament after another.  A family accident disabled the parents, hindering them from earning an income for a long period of time. They made Aliyah and brought an invalid grandparent to live with them in Israel. But before the Grandmother obtained Israeli citizenship, she fell and was hospitalized for another extended period of time. The medical expenses accrued an exorbitant amount of debt that the family had no means to pay. Loans were taken out but with no income, their debt was heading for an avalanche. The family was about to lose everything they had; their home, their vehicle, their access to bank accounts…everything.

A single mother who we work with was personally acquainted with the *Goldstein family and their situation. We met together and heard their story. We knew we needed God’s wisdom and guidance in order to successfully navigate through this challenging terrain. In His faithfulness, He was with us.

In the middle of this bottomless black hole, God provided an elevator. Since our first meeting, the family has worked with us on assessing the situation, finding work, making a budget, visiting government agencies that can help them and declaring bankruptcy in order to freeze the interests from increasing. God has been gracious throughout the whole process. Today, the Goldsteins are able to keep their home and maintain access to their bank accounts.

The process is not over, however, so we do ask that you would stand with us in prayer for this family.

  • Pray that the husband will quickly find work that is easily reachable by public transportation.
  • Pray that God would heal the family from all lingering side effects from the accident.
  • Pray that God would see this family all the way through to financial freedom!

On behalf of the staff of CBN Israel, we thank you for all your love and support.

God bless you!

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A Debt They Could Not Pay

Debt was growing from a mole hill to a mountain. A young boy was sick with Leukemia and his parents were his caring for him around the clock. There was no time to work and no savings to pull from.

At the time of the diagnosis, the father, *David, had no faith in God. But *Sarah, his wife, was a woman on her knees. Surely God would hear her prayers and do SOMETHING on their behalf?! It was through the young boy’s process of healing that the father began to believe. God worked one miracle after another leaving everyone amazed. The doctors said the young boy would never see light and would remain completely blind. But on one occasion, when a person in the hospital room was using a cell phone, the boy said, “I can see that light!” It was coming from the phone.

After many years of battling Leukemia, the boy was released and declared healed. However, there are still on-going treatments which require much of Sarah’s time. David has been able to return to work and can manage monthly bills, but the medical debt that was accrued during the years of no income is hundreds of thousands of shekels. Without intervention, it will be impossible to ever pay it back.

Currently, our CBN Israel staff is in the process of working out a financial rehabilitation with the family. We are requesting donations on their behalf and will see how God will lead us in helping them to restore order to their finances.

We have seen God do great and mighty works on behalf of His people. We daily seek His will and His wisdom for every situation. He says in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you do not know.” And in James 1:5 it is written, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

We need your prayers. Please stand with us in praying for this family that God would guide them on the path of financial freedom and for wisdom to know how to proceed from here.

God bless you!

*Names altered for privacy

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Behind Closed Doors

“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.

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