Lives Are Being Transformed.

We recently received an update from a person in Israel working to help people seeking a safe place away from being trafficked.   Quarters for Quarters (Help for Israel) is honored to be praying and giving to help our friend in Israel reach out to women on the margins of society but loved by the Lord.

Here’s what she wrote:

“Shalom Dear Brothers and Sisters, It only seems such a short time since I was there with you and yet, the Lord has done so much since my return to His land. As you have read in the two newsletters we’ve sent out, the women’s center is functioning and there are now three students who have joined us. Each of them came to us with various personal issues, but immediately we saw their desire [for freedom]. Please continue to pray they will allow the Lord to bring the healing to their brokenness. Also each of them have major health battles, some of which are life-threatening. We are thankful for the excellent health system in Israel, but we also know the Lord is our Healer. May they know that He watches over them, cares for them, and desires to see them healed.
I deeply appreciate the financial blessings I received while with you. I also thank you for meeting my personal and ministry needs. Your kindness was such a blessing.
Thank you for your commitment to the Lord’s work through the center. Your financial giving into the center will enable us to reach further into the lives of the women who are with us now, as well as those we believe the Lord will continue to send.
Most of all, thank you for the prayers. Please pray for the leadership that we will be able to minister to the needs of these precious souls. Also pray for the women, as they battle mental, physical, emotional, and most of all, spiritual challenges.
Together, we will reach them…one soul at a time. Together we will see their lives mended…forever changed for the Glory of the Lord. Together, we will see His Kingdom come on earth, as it is in heaven.”
The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
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This Is The [New] Year of the Favor of the L-rd

This last year by the grace of G-d,  many women who have been deceived into being trafficked in Israel are receiving help through Help for Israel.

We have a new Israeli partner, the Jerusalem Institute of Justice
, who speaks on behalf of trafficked women in Israel and also sends our funds to Israelis who are actively involved in helping these women live a new life in Messiah.

G-d sees what you have done, are doing, and will do to care for these women.  Messiah Yeshua spent time speaking with, encouraging, and inviting women on the fringes of society to leave the circumstances they were in and to look to G-d for freedom and a new life.  In this secular New Year,  He is at work doing the same thing through your gifts and prayers.

Here is His word about His will:


The Year of the Lord’s Favor  Isaiah 61   (Complete Jewish Bible text)  

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,

because the Lord has anointed me

to preach good news to the poor.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim freedom for the captives

and release from darkness for the prisoners,

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor

and the day of vengeance of our God,

to comfort all who mourn,

and provide for those who grieve in Zion—

to bestow on them a crown of beauty

instead of ashes,

the oil of gladness

instead of mourning,

and a garment of praise

instead of a spirit of despair.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,

a planting of the Lord

for the display of his splendor.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins

and restore the places long devastated;

they will renew the ruined cities

that have been devastated for generations.

   The Good News of Messiah– Isaiah 61– in Song:

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NOA– Not Objects Anymore: Standing Up Against Human Trafficking

Quarters for Quarters has begun working together with the Jerusalem Institute of Justice to help those who have been trafficked in Israel.


“The trafficking of men, women, and minors for forced labor and prostitution is an alarming phenomenon that has ravaged the State of Israel. Urban centers such as Tel Aviv and Haifa have served as destinations for these victims, absorbing thousands from nations with devastated economies and staggering unemployment rates. Searching for means of survival, many are trafficked from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Belarus, China, and the Philippines.

In recent years, a decrease in international trafficking into Israel has only been met by an alarming increase in the number of Israeli victims (particularly women) sexually exploited within its own borders – a crisis observed, yet often neglected by law enforcement and the government. Countless cases testify that victims are physically or psychologically coerced into this form of modern-day slavery. An estimated 80% of prostitutes are victims of human trafficking. The industry’s clientele is comprised of religious and non-religious men as young as 11 years of age up to the elderly. Reports suggest that the industry annually generates a total of one billion dollars with an average of one million visits to brothels per month.

Project NOA (Not Objects Anymore), initiated and managed by Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ), combats this phenomenon and provides assistance to victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation through legal representation, legislation, and education. While providing legal services for individual human trafficking victims, JIJ also works on a national level by lobbying in the Knesset and drafting legislation to heighten legal restrictions of the local prostitution industry. Partnering with other advocacy organizations such as Isha L’Isha and Freedom Foundation, JIJ provides education, support services, and financial assistance to victims and their children.”

For more information, you can go to the Advocacy section of the Jerusalem Institute for Justice’s website: http://www.jij.org.il/advocacy_sub.php?id=8

Because of your love, prayers, and gifts, Quarters for Quarters has raised thousands of dollars specifically to help women brutalized in this way.  King Messiah said about those who helped His people, “If you have done it to one of the least of these [My brothers and sisters], you have done it for Me.”

Thank you.

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A Letter of Thanks

Our friend  “L” who is reaching out to women who have been trafficked in Israel  recently came to visit and speak at our congregation.  Listening to her was such a blessing!  This month she wrote with an update and more good news, along with some prayer requests.  “L” wrote:

“First –  ALELUYA!!!

Today I spoke with our accountant, he got your precious check!

The check cashed  and we can start using this money for our women

I warmly thank each participant of Quarters to Quarters!

You can pass to precious donors that their money really helps us to rescue the daughters of Israel.

Do you remember the story about N?

N, an Israeli citizen, was also a victim of violence at the hands of  her husband, who died from  a drug overdose. N was left alone with a son. She had no money, no work, no home, no Hebrew language skills, was not aware of her rights,  and had no relatives or friends in Israel.

When she tried to get a job, she was subjected to sexual harassment by her prospective employer. Social workers took away her son. She became homeless.   Local cats had a more secure life than she did.

After all the trauma she experienced, she was snared by prostitution and drugs for over 10 years.”

[Our friend in Israel reached out to her over several years.  Slowly, she was able to get a new vision for her life and make a fresh start.]

The letter continues: “Now she is been clean from drugs and free from prostitution for over 3 years. She got married and had a daughter. We helped her to get back her son (he is a teenager).

N is very zealous believer and attends a Messianic  congregation in Haifa.

Baruch HaShem! (Praise the L-rd!)

However, she has hepatitis and is receiving chemotherapy.  She has a physically demanding job and works long hours.    Considering past debts and her  unstable financial situation, N is always under stress and in danger of breaking down. Her new husband has no permanent work yet.   He has been laid off from his job.

Despite the trials N is undergoing, she helps us to find contacts with the new women in prostitution. We have contact with eight new homeless women in terrible situations through her.

We also ask you to pray for the eight  new women. Most of all they need to make a firm decision to walk away from prostitution and drugs. We pray for them and ask you to pray for N and her family.

We are helping to N  to survive emotionally, spiritually and now financially.

A lot of  thanks to your financial support  to N, her children,  and those she began to help. Thanks to the L-rd and you,  they have a chance to start a new life and enter into Eternity.”

Thank you again for giving to Quarters for Quarters.  Many women in Israel are experiencing hope and change for themselves and their families– and they are reaching out to others as well.

Psalm 102  says,

13
“You will arise and have compassion on Zion,
for it is time to show favor to her;
the appointed time has come.

14 For her stones are dear to your servants;
her very dust moves them to pity.

15 The nations will fear the name of the LORD,
all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.

16 For the LORD will rebuild Zion
and appear in his glory.

17 He will respond to the prayer of the destitute;
he will not despise their plea.

18 Let this be written for a future generation,
that a people not yet created may praise the LORD :

19 “The LORD looked down from his sanctuary on high,
from heaven he viewed the earth,

20 to hear the groans of the prisoners
and release those condemned to death.”

21 So the name of the LORD will be declared in Zion
and his praise in Jerusalem”

Amen.  May it be.

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Update From Israel

Recently some of us were able to travel to Israel and meet “L” in person as she and the women who work with her reach out to trafficked women in Israel.   Those who went reported how highly “L” is regarded in the Land, and how effective and miraculous the work is that is being done.

We will be blessed with getting to hear a first-hand account from her  in June about the work that is being done to rescue destitute and desperate women and their children from the horrors of trafficking.   In several ways these women are similar to widows in Biblical times.  G-d cares about them,  and He has put it in many hearts to do the same.  Through your generous gifts large or small, many lives are being changed and set free.

Psalm 68:5
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is G-d in his holy dwelling.
Psalm 68:5
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is G-d in his holy dwelling.
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