Maya was stabbed in her back last Wednesday, October 14, 2015 while riding the bus to work from her home in Armon HaNatziv, which is located in Jerusalem.
Maya was sitting in the back of the bus when, suddenly, she saw a figure standing with a gun shouting, "Don't move!”
At first she thought it was a soldier who saw something suspicious. However, when he started shooting in every direction while running toward her, Maya knew he was a terrorist.
To her relief, the terrorist didn't see her because she managed to duck down between the seats. But when she lifted her head, she saw another terrorist coming toward her with a knife. Even though Maya started to run toward the door, the terrorist caught and stabbed her while shouting, “Allah Akbar.”
Maya remained focused, though, and despite the stabbing, she felt clear headed enough to run to another bus that had just stopped behind her and escaped the terrorists. She got on the bus and the driver locked the doors. Maya’s wound was extremely deep and heavily bled, so the people on the bus rushed to call for an ambulance and tried to stop Maya’s bleeding before she lost too much blood.
When the police arrived, they knew they couldn’t wait for an ambulance, so they immediately brought Maya to Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
Maya’s wound was so deep that she suffered a punctured lung, even though the knife attack passed through her shoulder first.
As Maya lay in the hospital, recovering from her attack, many people came to cheer her up, embrace, and strengthen her. During times of terror, there are many examples of the people of Israel showing their support to all the victims, and Maya is no exception.
When Maya returned home, she discovered that the bullet casing of one of the terrorist's bullets had fallen into her purse when he fired. This serves as a reminder of how lucky she is that she survived.
The Fellowship heard about Maya’s attack and wanted to give her the support she needs for recovery. So Eva Geller, a staff member working in the Jerusalem office, who knows Maya, delivered her a check for $1,000 to help pay for the unexpected medical costs from the attack.
Maya is so grateful for her Christian friends around the world, who are supporting her during this scary and stressful time.
"Thank you so much for the donation. I'm sure this will help me take care of my physical and mental injuries. It's exciting to know that even on the other side of the world there are people who love and support Israel, and never stop strengthening us."
Maya knows she is blessed for escaping the attack and for having many friends who want to stand by her side as she recovers.