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Faces of The Fellowship: Michael

Michael is a single father raising his three young children in a tiny one-room apartment in southern Israel. His mentally ill wife left their family four years ago, moved out of Israel, and hasn’t made contact with them since. From the day she left, Michael swore to provide double the love, support, and encouragement to his children, who felt confused and saddened by their mother’s sudden departure.Tragically, Michael fell off of a ladder while painting their house, and his injury made him legally handicapped. He was no longer able to run his building company, and within a year it went bankrupt, leaving Michael with no income and unable to afford food and clothing for his children.Michael tries to be strong for his children and wants to protect them from the fear he feels when he has no money to buy food. “I cook them soup for dinner and tell them it’s because I’m not feeling well,” he says. “I never say it’s because I can’t afford anything else to eat.” Michael lives on $1,000 a month, which he receives from the government, and is forced to choose between buying food for his children, paying the electric bill, or sending his rent check on time. Despite his debilitating and chronic back pain, Michael manages the bills and cares for the children independently.At the beginning of the school year, Michael was unable to buy warm clothes for his children. “Sending my 7-year-old son to the bus stop in the freezing cold without a sweater, hat, or winter coat was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” he says. “I didn’t have a penny to buy him warm clothing and I had nowhere to turn for help. Every time my son would come home from school sick, I would cry to God that it was my fault. That was one of the hardest points in my life.”When Michael’s son got sick with pneumonia for two weeks, he turned to the welfare agency for help. “They told me that the government doesn’t have a budget to help children with winter clothes, but that The Fellowship does,” Michael explains. “The next day my son received a coat, sweater, and hat from Christians in America. That was our ray of hope that everything will be ok.”The Fellowship’s help gave Michael the hope and strength he needed at that difficult moment. “At the point that The Fellowship came into my life I was feeling sad, desperate, and alone. You gave me the secure feeling that even people overseas are praying for my children and care about their welfare. The Fellowship donors will be in my heart always, and I will never again feel like I am alone. Thank you for changing my life.”


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