Life has never been easy for Yemima, a single mother of three in Israel. Though she shared a tiny room with her five brothers and sisters and wore secondhand clothing when she was a child, her parents, immigrants from Yemen, "instilled in me from a young age that as long as we are home in the Holy Land, God will protect and provide for us."
Yemima has had to lean on that faith to raise her three young children alone. After her beloved mother died, Yemima stayed in bed, cried, and prayed. But then, she explains, "God laid it on my heart that I had to get up and work, put on a smile, and do what had to be done."
Yemima works hard, yet too often she is forced to decide between buying food for Shabbat (Sabbath) and paying the electric bill. Since she began receiving weekly food packages from The Fellowship, Yemima's children have had food every Shabbat without fearing that their electricity will be shut off.
"Each Shabbat we receive food from The Fellowship, and I use it to teach my children that they receive but they also need to give," Yemima says. "We volunteer to help pack Fellowship food boxes and deliver them to the elderly. Not being able to provide a Shabbat meal for my children would be the ultimate hardship. I'm trying to raise them with faith, thanksgiving, and traditions, and having a Shabbat meal is the foundation of all of those values. There are not words enough to say thank you!"
When you give to our 2013 Helping Hands Campaign, you are helping people like Yemima. Your gift will provide basic necessities such as food, shelter, and medical assistance to needy Jewish people throughout the Holy Land and it will fulfill God's command to care for the poor: "He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done" (Proverbs 19:17). Join in God's work with a generous gift today.