A Gift from Efrat

Family ties are tested in times of financial struggle, but a gift from 'Efrat' keeps on giving

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

"I was so confused" (illustration)
"I was so confused" (illustration)

“I got married about five years ago. A year into our marriage, I had already given birth to our first child. Our financial situation was great. My husband ran a successful cellular phone business and I did not need to leave the house and seek occupation. We lived a life of leisure. I had a car and was able to purchase anything I wanted.

“I gave birth to my second son a year and two months later. When he was six months old, the problems began. My husband’s business began to show signs of collapse. Slowly but surely, we found ourselves selling our possessions in order to make ends meet. My husband suggested that I begin to look for a job, but then I found out I was pregnant for the third time. Who would hire me in my situation? We decided to accept help from our parents and my mother-in-law suggested that we move in with her. We began to rid ourselves of much of our worldly possessions, because we could not move into the small housing unit my mother-in-law offered us with the contents of our entire home.

“Tensions surmounted when my mother-in-law found out I was pregnant. She made us feel irresponsible. ‘Who brings another child into the world with a financial situation like yours?’ she asked.

“I felt horribly uncomfortable. I did not want to have an abortion, but I felt awful around my mother-in-law. We were living in her home. She was supporting us financially, and was helping a ton with the two children we already had. I began to think that perhaps she was right. Where was I supposed to put another child in this small housing unit, which was not even our own?

“I convinced my husband that I would go to speak with a social worker and that she would surely direct me to where I needed to go and what I needed to do next. It was divine intervention that the social worker I met with, even after hearing of our financial woes, told me that if I was not interested in an abortion, I would only end up causing myself emotional harm, because I would have acted out of external pressure, without truly coming to terms with what I would have done. She then directed me to the “Efrat” organization.

“After I received a positive response from “Efrat” regarding the aid I would be provided with, I sat down with my mother-in-law and husband, and I told them that with respect to raising the baby I was currently carrying, we would be taken care of. “Efrat” would give us everything we needed: a crib, stroller, baby bath, diapers, clothing, everything. My mother-in-law was skeptical, but she seemed to understand that an abortion would not be taking place. I believe that out of concern for her son and grandsons, she did not protest.

“Today I have a six-month-old baby girl, and I cannot describe how my life would have been without her. Today my mother-in-law admits that she was certain that “Efrat” promised me things just to get me to forgo terminating the pregnancy, but when she began to see the monthly care packages of diapers and food that arrive at our doorstep, she decided to make a monthly donation to the organization, as a gesture of her gratitude for the gift that “Efrat” gave her.