Last month the women at Ahavat
Yeshua (Love of Yeshua) Congregation in Jerusalem joined together for a
fellowship brunch. TK, a master chef from the congregation, provided us
with French toast, crème brulee and omelets to order while we focused on
getting to know one another in a deeper way.
Afterwards we gathered together for a short exhortation. Betty shared on
the ability to adapt to any situation as Paul taught in Philippians 4:11,
"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances".
No situation is perfect; each has pros and cons; the Lord gives us grace to
find our place whatever the circumstances, if we rely on Him.
We then heard testimonies from two women with very different backgrounds,
about how their life journey brought them to Israel.
Miriam was born and raised in Ukraine. During the Communist regime
there was no religion. She knew her background was Jewish but had no
knowledge of Judaism. The Ukrainian economy was very poor. Most families
had only one child; two children were rare; a dog or pet was unheard of!
When Miriam's father lost his job, she often lacked appropriate
clothing to attend school. Some winters the family survived on a diet of
As the Iron Curtain fell, Ukraine gained independence and a religious
awakening occurred. Representatives from the Jewish Agency came, and at
age 18 Miriam boldly answered their call to immigrate to Israel, seeking a
Shortly after her immigration, Miriam's mother called with the news
that she had come to know Yeshua. Miriam was skeptical and uninterested
until presented with a dangerous health situation, a tumor in her leg. Her
mother offered to pray with her new believing friends. Shortly thereafter
Miriam woke up with a sensation of heat in her leg and discovered the tumor
had disappeared! She immediately turned her heart to Yeshua in joy and
It hasn't been easy for Miriam to live alone in Israel, far from her
family. In spite of the challenges, Yeshua gives her strength and the
ability to be content, as she daily experiences His grace in her life.
Merav was born in Morocco to a Jewish family. In the mid-1950s
persecution against the Jews became intolerable. Her family, fearing for
their lives, fled to the newly founded State of Israel. Conditions on the
overcrowded boat were horrid, with many openly seasick for the duration of
Ahavat Yeshua women's brunch
Upon arrival in Israel, the family was placed in a transition village of
prefabricated shacks with one outhouse to several families. She and her
sister, both teenagers, were left alone with their sickly mother to provide
for the family and adapt to the new country.
Within a year a family friend came with a proposal for young Merav:
"Marry me and I'll offer you a better life in America."
With a seemingly bleak future before her in Israel and encouragement from
her family, Merav agreed. Shortly after arriving in America the "better
life" quickly turned into a nightmare. Merav's husband mercilessly
abused her and finally, almost killed her. Concerned friends helped her to
flee and find a life of her own. A second marriage some years later
didn't provide a much brighter situation. Soon after the birth of
their child, this husband left, never to be heard from again.
Merav, now a single mother and desperately unhappy, was invited by some
friends to a church meeting. The members asked if there was anything she
needed prayer for.
"Why would I possibly need prayer?" Merav asked herself.
However, she agreed to receive prayer, and within moments fell to the
ground under the power of the Holy Spirit. Instantly changed, the hope,
peace and happiness missing for so many years flooded her life and remain
with her today. A third marriage to a dear believing man healed the deep
pain and hurt of Merav's past.
We were all touched by these two testimonies and look forward to the next
women's gathering at Ahavat Yeshua Congregation.