A Simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’

“Again, you have heard that is was said to the people long ago, ‘do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made’. But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you can not even make one hair white or black. All you need to say is simply ‘yes’ or ‘no’; anything beyond this comes from evil.” Matthew 5:33-37

I don’t know about you but the part that caught my attention in this part of scripture was that we can not make one hair white or black. I got my first white hairs when I was a teenager. Now I tried to change my hair color as I was not very happy to have my hair turn white at such a young age. And while I successfully covered up my white hairs with hair dye, over time the hair color would fade. My hair would grow out and the roots would be white. Because despite what it might say on some box of hair dye, only the God who created heaven & earth can permanently change our hair color.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10: 29 – 31

As we continue reading in the gospel of Matthew we find the Lord Jesus speaking about hair again. While the Lord Jesus uses a new example, the hairs on our heads, the trust that the Lord God knows us intimately was not something new for the disciples. They were most likely familiar with the words of King David from Psalm 139; ”You know when I stand and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand on me.” (verse 2 – 5)

The Lord does not make things complicated, on the contrary.  He asks for a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

On the days that I worry because life is becoming too overwhelming, it is a great comfort to me that I can pray; “Lord God, I trust you. I find comfort in knowing that you have numbered the hairs on my head. Help me to not be afraid. Thank you for your loving reminder of your amazing love for me.”

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When Cynthia’s Dream Came True

Have you ever passed by the homeless on the street and assumed that what brought them to that place was a series of poor decisions? Or have you ever thought that a single mother was single because she wanted her freedom and wasn’t willing to make things work with the man she married? Perhaps what comes to mind when you meet a house cleaner is that they have no education or motivation to progress in life?

Unfortunately, too many times we assume we know the story just by what we see. But the truth is, not everyone’s story is according to our assumptions. Take the nation of Israel for example. This country is made up of people groups from around the world. Immigrants from Ethiopia, Ukraine, the Americas and the like all come to Israel in search of a home. But these immigrants face incredible challenges, one of which is learning the Hebrew language. Parents who make Aliyah with their children come with very little and need to find work immediately or they will not be able to eat or rent an apartment. Many of these immigrants make Aliyah with skills, knowledge and degrees from their homelands. But without the ability to communicate in Israel’s national language, their degrees and skill-sets are entirely unusable. They must choose to either learn the language and face a mound of debt, or to work jobs such as house cleaning in order to feed themselves and their families. 

*Cynthia, like many other single mothers, shared this exact predicament with the staff of CBN Israel. She had made Aliyah nearly two decades ago, but being abandoned by her husband, she had no choice but to find menial jobs to cover hers and her children’s basic needs. With determination, Cynthia managed to teach herself the Hebrew language over time and even began helping others who were struggling in their Hebrew courses. She dreamed of the day that she too could take courses in Hebrew, specifically the study for tour guiding. It was no longer the Hebrew that was holding her back, but the finances. The expense for such a course was well beyond her small, monthly income. 

When the staff saw the obstacle that was keeping Cynthia in this holding pattern of poverty, they worked on gathering the funds needed to pay her way through her studies. The funds came through and Cynthia was told the great news. “Thank you so much!”, she enthusiastically exclaimed. Presently, Cynthia is enrolled in her studies towards her dream come true. 

*Name altered for privacy.

It is because of those who give to CBN Israel that immigrants, both new and old, are finding help and hope in their times of need. Would you consider partnering with CBN Israel and helping us make a very real impact on the lives of real people? On behalf of our staff and the many lives we have touched through your support we say, “Thank you!”

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Every Mom Needs a Break

The goal was to give a group of single mothers in Jerusalem a much needed break from their daily grind and to show them how much they are loved and cared for. The staff of CBN Israel prepared a two day weekend funded by generous donors where the women could enjoy time with their kids, each other and the Lord. The weekend began with several hours of fun in the sun at a swimming pool located in a beautiful forest in central Israel. The mothers talked, the children played and everyone enjoyed some light snacks and refreshing popsicles!


Later Friday evening, the group was checked into a hotel and then treated to a sit down dinner. As one single mother picked up a plate before dishing up her meal she gasped, “Ah! I didn’t have to make this food myself! This is so wonderful!”

After the women and children were physically fed, it was time for some spiritual food. The evening meeting began with songs of praise to God and then an elderly woman took her place at the front to speak. “You may think the worst things only happen to you”, she said. “But remember, God is with you and He WILL bring you through this”. The words held weight coming from this widowed, single mother who held this status for many-many years. She identified with the women in the room but had learned to overcome the struggles they shared in common. Like a group of young soldiers listening intently to an experienced general, every mother present seemed to glean something from the buffet of wisdom before then that night. After the message was over, many of the moms approached the “general” to have a personal exchange of conversation and to share their appreciation.

The next morning was Shabbat. The group was well rested and rather ecstatic about being in a hotel. For these women who work hard to pay rent and feed their little ones, the thought of dining out or enjoying a vacation is often nothing more than a wish or a dream. For the staff of CBN Israel, seeing the ecstasy of these often exhausted mothers only added to their joy in giving.

The shabbat schedule was full of more times of worship, anointed messages and enjoyable experiences for both the women and their children. In order for the moms to be able to spend some time alone with the Lord and to share more personally with one other, the staff of CBN Israel treated all the children to an innocent movie in a near by theater followed by a meal at McDonald’s.

In the evening meeting, the ladies were encouraged to do something out of the ordinary. Each mother and child were given one helium balloon per family and a card to tie to the end of it. They were encouraged to write down what they felt the Lord wanted to set them free from in their lives. For some, it could be unforgiveness towards the man that left them. For others, it could be fear of the future. When the women were ready, they released the balloons into the air and watched as they vanished out of sight along with the burdens they wrote down.There was a time of prayer that followed and more worship to the Lord.

The sun set over the hills around Jerusalem, displaying colors of red and pink in the evening sky. It was time for the women and children to head back to their homes. Endless exchanges of ‘thank-yous’ and appreciation were expressed by the mothers who had been so refreshed by all that took place that weekend. One woman shared, “this group has become a real place of community for us single mothers and we are reminded every time that we are not alone”.

We may never know the extent of the impact these meetings for single mothers have not only those who attend, but on the generation that comes after. And this impact could not have been possible without the help of people like you who generously support the work of CBN Israel. If you desire to see real lives changed in Israel by the tangible love of God, partner with us today!

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No Longer Afraid

She knew it was a risk…and a dangerous one too, but to leave her home and country by foot offered more hope for her future than to suffer abuse even one day more. Hagara was only a teenager when she left everything she knew in search of a better life. But little did she know that her dream for a better life was still many years and miles away.

Arriving in Israel as a refugee, Hagara met and married her husband who also became abusive and for many years, they were unable to have children. But God in His mercy gave Hagara the desire of her heart and she became pregnant with her son, Nachum. During that time, she met Yeshua and she found the life she had been searching for.

Because of Hagara’s new faith in Yeshua, her husband left his family to fend for themselves as a single mother and a father-less son in Israel.  

Though Hagara’s circumstances were difficult, she never gave up her faith in the One who had given her life. She prayed and trusted God for all her needs to be met by Him. She and her son moved into a small apartment where they had acquired just enough furniture to fill one bedroom and living area.

Through word of mouth, Hagara learned of the work of CBN Israel and began attending the holiday gatherings for single mothers in her area. As the relationship between the staff and Hagara grew, the needs of the family were brought to the light. Nachum lacked a bed of his own to sleep on and a dresser to store his clothing. Hagara was ill and unable to work so the two often wondered if they would have enough food to eat each month.

Thanks to those who give generously to CBN Israel, the staff could make a difference. A bed and dresser were purchased for Nachum, as well as a desk, chair and laptop to aid him with his homework. The family was also provided with food vouchers each month and a large portion of Hagara’s accrued debt from medical expenses was paid.

“I no longer worry about whether I will have enough money to buy food for my son and I”, said Hagara. “And I no longer face life and my problems alone. I know that there is someone who has my back and it’s the staff of CBN Israel. You are a gift from God to me”.

Hundreds of single mothers like Hagara and fatherless children like Nachum have received love, care and hope thanks to those who give generously to CBN Israel. We are grateful for every amount we receive which aids us in accomplishing this important work. Now, when you become a monthly partner, you can receive CBN’s three documentaries free of charge! Find out more about it here. 

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Rescued From the Road of Destruction

At the time when *David met the staff of CBN Israel, he was a high school dropout living without a sense of vision or value. In one of the most vulnerable times of his life, his father left, leaving him and his mother to fend for themselves. At that point, David’s only comfort was with the kind of “friends” that every godly mother prays would never hold influence on her child’s life.

Through the on-going meetings for single mothers and their children, the staff became acquainted with David and gained his trust. He was offered the opportunity to move closer to the CBN office rent free while they worked together on building up both him and his future. David agreed to the idea and soon moved into an apartment with another young man in mentorship. After counseling with the staff, David found work that suited his skill sets. He also received helped in being re-instated in the school system and has been diligently working towards completing his highschool education.

David began attending Christian camps where he gained new friendships with believers his age. As he is now preparing himself for the mandatory service in the Israeli army, he reflects on all that has changed in his life because of the staff who made an effort to invest in him.

To the staff of CBN Israel, he wrote, “You saved me from deterioration and enabled me to leave the evil society I was in and stay away from it. I learned to develop healthy relationships and get close to the Lord. I worked and learned to be independent and to take care of my needs. You enabled me to study and finish 12 years of learning and do most of my matriculation exams, which opens another door for me in life. As I enlist this summer in the Israeli Defense Force, I come from a place full of motivation to rise and succeed”.

David’s mother has also seen a turn-around in her son’s life. She too expressed her gratitude as she wrote, “You saved me from the fear of failure with my child. You came just in time and gathered my son up into your arms and gave him what I as a mother could not. I don’t have enough words to say, ‘thank you’ and I thank our God also”.

Because of those who give generously to the work of CBN Israel, children of single mothers, like David are given opportunity for mentor-ship and godly, male leadership in their lives through positive interaction with the staff. Help us make a difference in the lives of these children by partnering with us today!

*Name altered for privacy

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Set Free From a Financial Nightmere

*Vera’s husband was the main bread winner for their family. He was in charge of the family’s finances. So when he decided to walk away, all the responsibility fell suddenly on Vera. At that time, Vera’s mother, who lived outside of Israel, became ill and was in need of home care assistance. Vera couldn’t imagine abandoning her widowed mother the way she had felt abandoned. So she sent her what little she had to help her get the care that she needed. But as a newly single mother, the financial burden was more than she could shoulder. 

When funds began to dry up, she took out a loan to cover her minus in the bank. Then she took out another loan to help her with monthly expenses. The debts she owed and the interest that accrued with them began to swallow every shekel that she worked hard for. Vera soon found herself in a financial nightmare; one of which she couldn’t wake up from on her own.

It was then that a friend told her of the work of CBN Israel. When the staff met with Vera, she was so thankful to know that help was on it’s way. A donation was given to close out one loan and the staff began assisting in reducing her interest with the other. As struggles with various institutions arose, the staff were present to defend Vera and get her the help she deserved.

With great gratitude, Vera shared with the staff, “You can’t imagine what you did for me. It was a miracle! I can hardly believe it! I had lost hope, but it was right in the time of Passover that you came and helped me out of my dessert! I was struggling alone, trying even to find someone who would care to listen to what I was going through. But many people didn’t know how to help me, so I learned to keep quiet. But you came and asked and you asked with sincerity. You didn’t just say you would pray, but you prayed for practical ideas of how to act on my behalf.”

Today, Vera is able to make payments towards her debt as well as afford her monthly expenses. And she has become a part of CBN Israel’s community for single mothers in her local area. 

“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”- Isaiah 1:17

In Israel, many single mothers know all too well the nightmare that Vera experienced. That is why CBN Israel seeks to not only assist widows and single mothers with their financial struggles, but also to provide education through financial training seminars. Through these seminars, attendees learn how to avoid financial pitfalls, godly principles for stewarding money and how to work with the financial institutions specifically in Israel. These are all made possible through the prayers and support of those who give generously to CBN Israel. Become a partner and make a difference in Israel today! 

*Names altered for privacy


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English Class for Children of Single Mothers a Huge Success

Though English is a mandatory subject in Israeli schools, many times a tutor is needed in order for the children to keep up with the fast paced education system in a class of thirty students. Most Israeli children learn Hebrew in addition to their native language, making it even more challenging to add English to the mix. For the past six months, the staff of CBN Israel have been exploring the possibility of providing English tutoring for the children of single mothers in Jerusalem. However, several obstacles, including the provision of a suitable meeting space, have prohibited it’s beginning.

After encountering road block after road block, the staff began to pray that God would intervene. It was then the breakthrough came. A prayer center in Jerusalem generously offered an available room where the children can meet. A believing young man, fresh out of the Israeli army, had both the heart and skills necessary to tutor the children. CBN’s Orphan’s Promise provided funding for these classes, enabling the students to attend for free. 

On Thursday, April 26th, the children attended their first lesson. David began with introductions as the teacher and then engaged with them, learning who they are and where they were at in their studies. For nearly two hours, he captivated the children’s attention as he brought learning to life using interactive tools such as games and music. 

“This is so much more fun than our English class at school”, one of the students exclaimed. “This is so good!” the class agreed unanimously. One mother of a student who sat in on the class for the purpose of observation remarked, “I wish I didn’t have to work next week. I want to attend the class too!”

Your donations make a difference! Hundreds of children, single mothers and Holocaust Survivors have received on-going love and care thanks to those who invest in the work of CBN Israel. If you have a heart for Israel and desire to see lives changed, partner with us

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A Full House

*Subira’s world suffered an earthquake the day her husband left her for another woman. All at once, she was forced to face giants she never imagined ever needing to fight. How would she provide for her and her son’s needs without him? How could she be asked to fill all the holes he left behind when her own heart needing refilling? 

In the midst of adjusting to life as a single mother, Subira suffered kidney disease and needed to undergo surgery for a transplant. This meant many weeks of recovery and the inability to work. But the bills still arrived on time though there was no one who could pay them. While Subira recovered from surgery, her debt began to grow. 

It was in the midst of her distress that Subira learned of the work of CBN Israel. She reached out for help and began to meet with the financial adviser. During their meetings, the staff learned that the needs were great. Subira was not only in need of financial support, she needed emotional support as well. And it wasn’t only Subira who suffered. Her son lacked a bed to sleep in and a dresser to store his clothing. His bedroom was a constant reminder of his home without his father.  Empty. 

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”- James 1:27

The staff of CBN Israel began helping the family by meeting one need at a time. Subira was given food vouchers and a donation towards reducing her debt. She was invited to be a part of the group of single mothers in her local community where she could regularly receive prayer and encouragement. And furniture was bought to fill the little boy’s bedroom. *Daniel now has a bed, a dresser, a desk and even a laptop for aiding him in his homework.

“I am so blessed to have met you”, Subira shared with the staff. “I feel so filled up and I now have a family with CBN Israel”. 

It is because of those who give generously to CBN Israel that enables us to give generously to others. If you desire to make a real difference in real peoples lives here in Israel, partner with us today! 

*Names were altered for privacy.

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Single Mother Clearly Sees God as Her Provider

*Aviva felt panic as she fumbled through her purse searching for her new pair of expensive multi-focal glasses. She checked and re-checked the same pockets over and over again. “Where can they be? I must find them”, she thought to herself. She began retracing her steps in her mind of every office she had cleaned that day. Being unable to see either near nor far without these specialized glasses, her world in that moment was a blur. 

As Aviva was looking rather puzzled, she encountered a woman she recognized as a staff member of CBN Israel. “Do you need some help?” the woman asked.  “Yes”, Aviva replied. “I’ve seemed to have lost my glasses, and I don’t know where they could be.” “Let me notify the rest of the staff and see what we can do to help you”, the woman stated with a smile. 

Aviva sat down and began thinking of what would happen if she was unable to locate her glasses. She remembered how much the last pair had cost her, and as a single mother, she didn’t earn enough to afford a replacement. But how could she work or live without them? Even in that moment she could barely see well enough to carry on in her work of cleaning. There was only one thing she knew to do and that was to pray. 

When the staff of CBN Israel received the message that Aviva was in need of glasses, the decision was made to request help from partners to replace the ones that were lost. Within just a few days, donations began to come in. Aviva was notified to visit the office of a believing optometrist who would help her with a new pair of glasses- all expenses paid for. What Aviva didn’t see coming were the multiple blessings God had in store for her. 

The optometrist not only gave her one pair of new eye glasses, but two! And in addition, she was given a pair of multi-focal sunglasses. She received three for the price of one! What once had appeared to be an impossible situation, God used as an opportunity to abundantly bless His child. 

The next time Aviva visited the office of CBN Israel, she was beaming with joy in her beautiful, new pair of glasses. “I am so grateful for what God has done for me”, she said, “and for all the help of CBN Israel.” 

*Name altered for privacy. 

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CBN Israel Celebrates Early Passover with Group of Single Mothers

Just two weeks and counting till all of Israel celebrates the first of the Lord’s spring feastsThe Passover. At this time,  Jewish mothers spend countless hours scouring cupboards, scrubbing floors and shining a light on every corner of the home in search for any hidden crumbs of leavened bread. Soon, Israeli houses and streets will be filled with Jews and Christians from around the world who have come to participate in observing this sacred holiday. 

In the midst of the busyness and preparations for this great feast, CBN Israel invited a group of single mothers and their children to participate in a evening of fellowship where their souls could be refreshed. Twenty-seven woman came. When everyone had arrived, and the steam was still rising from the freshly prepared food, staff member Arik asked those who were present, ‘What would you prefer we do first? To eat physical food or spiritual food?’ Unanimously the ladies agreed that they had all come hungry for fellowship with God and with each other.

After a time of worship, Arik gave a strong message on how to get out of a spiritual desert. “Yeshua paid a high price for our freedom and He wants us to live in that freedom.” Arik stated. “The number one way to get free from our bondage is to draw closer to God. From that place comes thankfulness, worship and a desire to give. When we give, we express the nature of God who has generously given so much to us.” 

The women were affirmed in their identity, not in their status as single mothers, but in who they are in Messiah, Yeshua. One woman shared in response, “I have been feeling stuck in my relationship with God. But I know God is waiting for me to come to Him. This message really inspired me and helped me with what I need to do to get free.” 

When the women had received a hearty meal of spiritual food, they were then served a buffet of homemade quiches, salads and drinks. In this environment, the women were able to reconnect and strengthen their relationships with one another. Before the meeting came to a close, the ladies were lavished with presents to take with them such as holiday gift cards and blankets which were generously provided through our partners. 

We at CBN Israel believe that we are called to strengthen the Body of Messiah here in the Land of Israel. One of the ways we accomplish that goal is by providing physical, spiritual, emotional and financial support to the local Body of believers. Because of our generous donors, single mothers, Holocaust Survivors, believing entrepreneurs and many more have received aid in their time of need. Will you prayerfully consider partnering with us? 


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