When *Mazaa immigrated to Israel many years ago with her husband, she could never have imagined the challenges she would face. Her husband’s love for alcohol lead to abuse and eventually, to abandonment. Mazaa was left to fend for herself and the needs of the children alone in a new land.
Mazaa needed to find work quickly. She worked long hours cleaning houses, but the income was barely enough to cover the monthly expenses. Working, cooking, cleaning and caring for her children brought her to a place of utter exhaustion.
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”- Romans 8:37
Hope began to glimmer in Mazaa’s situation when a friend shared with her about the work of CBN Israel. After meeting with the staff, she became a part of CBN Israel’s community of single mothers and regularly received food vouchers. Mazaa had finally found the support she needed.
But just as things were beginning to look up, she experienced a major set back when, on her way home from a meeting, she fell and broke her leg. She was told by the doctors she would need to take two months off work to fully recover. However, the break was so severe that it took over half a year to heal. Unable to work or pay rent, Mazaa was looking at the very real possibility of being forced to leave her home.
Unlike in times past when Mazaa faced challenges on her own, she now had a community to turn to in her time of need. The staff of CBN Israel began looking for ways to help. One organization, Orphan’s Promise, paid for several months of rent. Another organization donated towards a leg brace, and CBN Israel provided supportive shoes and food vouchers.
“God provided everything I needed during this difficult time,” she said. “I want to give back to all who gave to me through the gift of hospitality.”
With her leg now healed, Mazaa has not only resumed her work, but is also helping others in need.
“And Jesus said, ‘I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you came to visit me….Whatever you do for these my brethren, you do unto Me.”- Matthew 25:35-40
*Name altered for privacy