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    Ora came with her head bowed, embarrassed to look into our eyes. She quietly shared that more than anything else she dreamed about having a baby, but this will never happen in her street life. We turned on a song about a woman forgiven by Christ (“She was a sinner... I forgave her, now she is a saint...”). Ora listened, hanging on every word. The song touched her and gave her hope.

    “Do you want to take a Bible?”

    She pointed to a large old bag on her shoulder:

    “Here are all my belongings, I have to carry them all the time.”

    “And if we find a small and light book?”

    “I will take the Bible in any case!” Ora said firmly and smiled openly for the first time.

    Please pray for Ora.

    In Aviv Center

    One of our volunteers, Leonid, shared what happened once during his shift in Aviv Center.

    His group was feeding the visitors, as usual. Then Leonid sat down with them and tried to preach (sadly, due to the effects of drugs, it is difficult for many visitors to focus on the Word). He took the topic of prayer.

    “I look around,” says Leonid, “and see that nobody is listening to me. Well, not even one! Should I stop? But something in me prompts: ‘Speak!’ And I kept talking on how important prayer is for us, for our relationship with the Lord... And again, I see the same: no one is listening. And I am still urged – ‘Continue! So I did...

    And suddenly a guy’s head rises from the table (I thought he was fast asleep beside his plate) and I hear:

    ‘Leonid, I am actually listening to you...’

    ‘Thank God!’ I said. ‘One person has heard me.’

    And from that day on, the visitors themselves have been asking: ‘Will we have a Bible lesson today?’”

    Let us pray that the Lord would give us boldness in the most hopeless (in our opinion) circumstances to share His Word!

    By Nina, volunteer from Ashdod

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    Everyone who is involved in one way or another in a drug addict’s life asks the same question: “Is there really no hope?” A person keeps rolling down the hill towards a terrible end, refusing any help. When can a life-changing turnabout take place?

    Surprisingly, for the first time I received the answer to this question... from the addicts themselves. “When you reach the end of your rope,” they say. Like in the well-known parable about the prodigal son…

    So why will some grab the outstretched hand and live? Rejoicing in each new day, serving others? While others will reject, remain deaf and blind - and perish? This is not revealed to us. But God’s love keeps calling, and many do respond to this call!

    By Nina, volunteer from Ashdod

    Different street people come to Aviv Center. There are those we are already well acquainted with: they come to us like to old friends, waiting to hear “How are you doing today?” Others drop in for the first time and look around carefully: they have to understand what this is all about.

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    Some hesitate, hiding their eyes. Yesterday a beautiful girl ran in like that. Grabbing a saucer with a slice of cucumber from the table, she sat down beside the window, with her back to everyone; huddling up, she hastily ate and ran away.

    Another person tries to act cheekily to see at what point these serious guys with kind eyes are going to stop him. Interestingly, no matter how wretched the condition of a person is, having stepped into Aviv Center he starts changing right in front of our eyes. It is as if he is icing out or something... Sometimes addicts even sober up and begin to ask serious questions. Conversations on how to stop, to put an end to this destructive lifestyle are the most important ones.

    For example, one man sat with us yesterday and talked about himself quite openly.

    “I know myself, - he was saying, - I don’t have the strength to leave drugs. Once I stayed clean for five days. This is my greatest achievement, I cannot do better…”

    “But there is God's power, - we replied, - Which can save you and help you overcome everything”.

    And then one of the volunteers told him about his experience in the rehab.

    “What, by prayers? Without any medicine? – the guy asked.

    “Yes!”

    I hear this “Yes” very often. Our volunteers testify of God's love revealed to them. And it is impossible to object to this living testimony. If only Aviv Center’s visitors accepted it with their hearts! For from that moment God's work would begin in every one of them.

    Please keep praying!

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