There is a video clip that you can watch below. The video is in Hebrew with English subtitles and shows interviews with some of the young men who have lived at Orr Shalom’s Re’ut home and had their lives drastically changed forever.
The sad thing, that our friends shared with us, is that Orr Shalom’s special home may need to close if they can not complete their renovations and meet all of the criteria of the Ministry of Welfare before the deadline.
So let’s partner together so that Orr Shalom’s doors can stay open!
You may be wondering what Orr Shalom do. So let’s have a look at that.
Orr Shalom has a home, which is called Re’ut, and this is a closed residential treatment and educational campus for 24 boys aged 7-14. Each of these boys has been especially traumatized in their short life through years of extreme abuse, including sexual, physical, emotional and also neglect.
The trauma that each boy has suffered over the years has left them scarred and in need of love and healing. This is not a quick or easy process. But the end goal is to see each of these boys healed, whole and being able to, once again, be a fully functioning member of the Israeli community.
So at this intensive-care home, each of these boys is loved, supported, taught and taken through the healing process. So that as they grown into the teenage and adult years they will become free from the bondage of the pain of their past.
I love the motto at Orr Shalom’s Re’ut home: ‘We don’t give up on any child!’
How powerful is that belief? And every boy in the Re’ut home experiences that daily as they travel the road to healing and wholeness.
In Hebrew the word “Orr” means Light. As one of the men shared in the film clip that this Light is especially powerful in the lives of these young boys coming from such darkness.
“Shalom” is well known around the world to mean “Peace“, but Shalom means so much more than peace. It means completeness and wholeness in every area of life.
How appropriate that this word is used of this home where broken lives are brought in, accepted, loved, cared for and escorted along the path towards wholeness and completeness for these boys and young men.
I know that there are many charities that we can each support and so adding another one may not always be easy, but I ask you to consider giving a gift to this worthy organization that is investing in the lives of young people for better future!
Any gift, no matter the size, will make a difference in the lives of these young Israeli boys, who have not always been shown the hand of love. Let us change that and invest in their future!
Thanks for prayerfully considering what you can do to Make a Difference in the lives of these young men who will one day be leaders in the Middle East.
Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a Stranger and Make a Difference in the World!
Leanne Annett <><