While in Israel, we had the privilege of meeting with some beautiful, courageous women. You probably wont find them on the cover of a magazine, or read of their exploits in newspaper headlines, but these three Israeli believers are beautiful and courageous nonetheless. We were touched by their stories and asked if we could share them with you so you could pray for them. They said yes…
Yohana* is the mother of three lovely children, and wife to an emotionally abusive husband. She is a gentle and kind believer, working part time for a local congregation. She knows the members by name, being sure to send a card with words of encouragement to each of them on their birthdays. Everything she does is with a servant heart, a desire to help and encourage everyone she comes into contact with. Sometimes Yohana finds herself more than discouraged by her situation at home. She makes every effort to model her faith to her children and train them in Godly living, yet she finds herself thwarted and undermined by their father at every turn. “The place I most lose my testimony is at home with my husband’, she confessed, frustrated by her inability to maintain what she considers to be a Godly attitude within her circumstances.
Yohana has seen God bring healing to her marriage in years past. She desires deeply that her husband will return again to his faith and that their children too will have a love for and relationship with Yeshua. While she is praying and contending for her miracle, she continues to be the strong, kind, woman of encouragement, who takes every opportunity to serve, and every opportunity to be a shining example of what the love of God looks like when modeled by a woman of faith.
Naomi* is a single mother of a teenage son, Ben*. Naomi’s husband was physically abusive to her and their son, before their marriage finally ended some years back. She too has kind, servant heart, and works for a local city ministry. Naomi suffered much heart ache as she watched Ben grow up into a depressed young man with little motivation for life. Out of desperation, Naomi determined to find a way to help him. She knew he had become reclusive and detached, sitting at home every night on his computer, refusing to interact with her or his own friends, and how detrimental and destructive these patterns had become, so when she heard of a boarding school that had a reputation for helping struggling young people like Ben, she took a financial leap of faith and enrolled him for his final few years of schooling. “At first it was not easy. Ben was angry with me for ‘sending him away’. I had to drive him many miles to the school each week to make sure he went and pick him up each weekend to spend at home. But now, after two years, Ben is not the same person he used to be. Before, he didn’t care about anything. Now he is doing well academically and getting good grades. He even takes the bus to the school each week by himself and when he is home, spends time with his friends, going out and being a normal young person again. He is so much happier in himself!”