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Serving Widows and Orphans in Israel // Streams in the Desert

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January 13th, 2019
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The Gospel is very clear about our call to care for the widows and orphans among us. God is a “Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows.” (Psalm 68:5) What is more, Jesus instructed His disciples to care for the least among them (Matthew 25:40).


Director of Streams in the Desert, Marianna Gol, believes their ministry is called to represent the Father heart of God to the to under-privileged in Israel.

Marianna does not want to leave the responsibility of widows and orphans up to the government only. She believes that biblically the body of believers is called to be the hands and feet of Jesus and a voice to the brokenhearted saying:

“Strengthen the weak hands and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who are fearful hearted,
‘Be strong, do not fear! Behold your God will come with vengeance;
He will come and save you.”

Isaiah 35:3-4

Streams in the Desert is a ministry in the Negev that works on behalf of widows and orphans, as well as single-parent families. They provide both practical help and spiritual assistance, partnering with God to fill the dry places of women’s and children’s lives. They do so with provision and with the love and power of the Holy Spirit.


Streams in the Desert strives to bring restoration to families at risk, “the brokenhearted of Israel”, through the power of the Gospel and acts of service.

Their vision comes straight out of scripture:

“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble…”
James 1:27

They endeavor to be a voice for the poor, a catalyst for reconciliation and healing, and to bring the Lord’s presence into our society.

Streams in the Desert provides vocational training for families, discipleship for youth, camps for children, and more. With other congregations and community centers, they organize events, provide aid to immigrants, and support those in economic need.

Streams in the Desert labors for the Land of Israel and the Body of Messiah to be prepared for the Lord Yeshua’s return. As they minister to the needy in the love of Yeshua, they see the healing power of God flooding into the dry and barren places. It fills people’s lives with hope and a vision for the future.

“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.”
Psalm 82:3


This ministry began with a vision to help single mothers. But it quickly became apparent that effective ministry to single mothers must also involve their children.

Thus, Streams in the Desert evolved with a dual vision and purpose: to help and strengthen both the widows (or single parents) and the orphans (children from single parent homes). With intentional children’s outreaches and teen camps, they provide a sense of community for all children from poor homes in the Land.

Prayer Points:

  • Protection and Wisdom for Leadership and Counselors
  • Healing for Brokenhearted Single-mothers
  • Hope and Healing for Children and Teens
  • Families finding Yeshua as Messiah
  • Financial Provision for Ministry and Families

Testimonies from Israeli families:

Son Returning to the Lord

A widow living in a small Negev town had lost two husbands. When she first connected with Streams in the Desert, she was out of work and had just had surgery. Streams in the Desert supplied the family with food twice a month and had it delivered to the home. The woman’s older son had walked away from the Lord, because he was angry about the loss of his father and about their continual struggles. Seeing the love of the Lord made manifest through the generosity and care of the Body of Messiah, the son rededicated his life to the Lord. He is now in the army, and continues walking with the Lord.

Child Abuse Stopped

Oxana, a behavioral psychologist who works with Streams in the Desert, was sent to counsel a single mother who struggled with anger to the degree that she beat her young children. Oxana worked one-on-one with the mother to help her to overcome her anger issues and also provided training in child-rearing and discipline. No violent incidents have erupted in the family for more than a year. Consistent help and accountability have transformed the dynamics of this family, and the lives of all have been changed.

God Gives Second Chances

A battered woman with a partner who was a drug addict was forced into a life of prostitution. One day he tried to kill her, but she fainted, and when she woke up, he was gone. While he was hitting her, the woman heard a voice telling her that she needed to run out with her kids and get help. She found a shelter for battered women, where she met some of the other women that receive help from Streams in the Desert and reached out. She has a sense that God has given her a second chance. Through aid from our ministry, she studies psychology at the Open University in Beer Sheva, and her mother moved here from Russia to help her with her two children.

Both of her daughters are ranked in the top 15% of extraordinarily gifted children. The older daughter, age 15, was accepted last year into a special NASA training for teens. Our organization raised the $3500 needed to help send her to the program in the U.S. where she did extremely well. Because she excelled in the program, she was then accepted into the program in Beer Sheva for free.

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FIRM Staff
FIRM is a global fellowship of Biblically-grounded believers committed to cultivating Messiah-centered relationships that bless the inhabitants of Israel—Jews, Arabs, and others—and the Jewish community around the world.
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