Most women have a natural desire
to bear children. Val has a passionate vision for motherhood to which she
has devoted the past 9 years of her life.
It all started when she was a new mother in Israel and found herself
without local family support. Quickly she realized how important it was
for mothers to be able to share with each other, both challenges and
successes, and pray for one another. No one understands a mother like a
"Mothers need a lot of help and support. All that's going on in
body, soul, and spirit during the time of pregnancy, birth, and after -
it's immense!" Val says.
In talking to others she understood that she wasn't the only one
feeling alone and so decided to start a mothers' fellowship. For the
past four years this group has been gathering together once every two
weeks for food, Bible study, prayer and sharing. Participation has grown
to include many from the greater Jerusalem area, all enjoying a respite
from their daily routines.
As the mothers are permitted (and encouraged) to bring their small
children, the atmosphere is lively and friendly. Often the noise level
only allows for only a short time of study and sharing but that is enough
for these mothers to feel renewed and refreshed. Many say it's the
depth of personal fellowship that has developed between them which is the
An unexpected result of these gatherings has been the participation of
several non-believing mothers - neighbors, friends and acquaintances.
These women feel drawn by the genuine friendship, caring and support in
Sonya, a neighbor, is one example. She stopped by after hearing about the
meetings and quickly became attached. Sonya shared that she had believed
in Yeshua in her home country of France, but her faith had become dry.
The meetings provided an opportunity to renew her faith in an environment
that her unbelieving husband could accept.
Another neighbor, Efrath, heard the noise in the garden and came to see
what was going on. A stay-at-home mom (rare in Israel), she was delighted
to find a forum to interact with other mothers while her small children
played. She feels comfortable exchanging views and comes regularly to
enjoy this time.
Val's vision for motherhood goes beyond the fellowship gatherings.
She also has a desire to support women in the birth process as well as
nursing and infant care. As the mother of five beautiful children she
finds many turning to her for advice and support. She has had the
opportunity to be present for the labor and birth process of several
friends, an exhilarating experience she hopes to expand.
To Val birth is a miracle, and motherhood is a ministry. To be able to
assist and support others in this capacity is the desire of her heart.