Speaking Up for the Fatherless // Showing God’s Love to Orphans

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November 30th, 2018
Israel Today, Member Ministry / By

Israeli nonprofit sparks a national movement to show God’s love for the orphan

Ever since the disheartening statistics on abortion in Israel have spread across the believing community, many in the Land were moved to take action.

A bold pro-life movement in Israel has saved numerous innocent lives over the years.

However, in many cases the question remained, what happens to the babies that have been brought into this world and yet their birth parents are unable or indisposed to raise them.

About 300 babies in Israel get abandoned at hospitals each year.

It is estimated that almost 400 thousand children are considered at-risk.

Out of around ten thousand children removed from their homes by the Ministry of Welfare, only 25% are in foster care.

With these disheartening numbers in mind, it is staggering that, on average, only 120 Israeli children are adopted each year. What then is holding the Israelis back and what can be done about it?

These important questions inspired a young and vibrant organization in Jerusalem to expand their work to raise awareness and equip families to meet this challenge.

HaTikva Project serves needy Israelis in the name of Yeshua, fulfilling the commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

Out of that a new department was birthed, called HaTikva Families, to encourage believers in Israel to take up the cause of the orphan and vulnerable child.

By promoting and facilitating adoption and foster care in Israel, HaTikva Families is mobilizing the Israeli Body of Messiah to take a leading role in caring for orphans.

This Fall, through HaTikva Families’ newest campaign called Orphan Shabbat, numerous communities and congregations in the land hosted events to bring awareness and to inspire believers to take steps towards addressing this crisis.

Apart from inspiring special services and speaking engagements dedicated to God’s heart for the orphan, the Orphan Shabbat events also included prayer meetings and volunteer opportunities.

HaTikva Families invests in a wide spectrum of preparatory undertakings, knowing that in order for adoption in Israel to flourish the families need extensive guidance and training paired with financial and relational support.

Partnering with agencies and other nonprofits to fight for the rights of children, HaTikva Project is shining a bright light of hope over the most vulnerable members of our society.

Estera Wieja
Estera Wieja is a journalist, book author and public speaker, focused on the topics of Israel, Jewish history, and Judeo-Christian culture. Born and raised in Poland, Estera is a regular contributor to "Our Inspirations" magazine in Poland. She holds a Bachelor degree in Communications and Media from Azusa Pacific University (California, USA), and a Master degree in Journalism from University of Warsaw, Poland. Estera has lived in Jerusalem, Israel for several years before joining the staff at FIRM in 2018.

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