A Very Exciting and Unexpected Encounter
As many of you know, our organization helps a variety of different people in different stages of life. You also likely know the number of day-to-day tasks and activities that go into making Vision for Israel work. Sometimes, volunteers handle these tasks, while other times Barry or myself shoulder the responsibility. Some years ago, one of these tasks turned into a wonderful chance encounter.
For months, our accountants had been trying to take care of a number of documents from the government’s public non-profit institution division. There was no response from this government office for some time, and we began to feel desperate. I decided to simply go to the office during reception hours and get the required documents.
I arrived and was the last in line. When it was my turn, the girl at the counter called me to approach the desk. She asked me who I was and what service I needed. I mentioned my name and the name of our organization. I saw that her expression changed when she heard my answer.
The truth is, I was worried. I thought maybe something was wrong. Then she asked: “What is your role?” I explained that my husband and I had founded the organization and I also now serve as the general manager. She excused herself and left for a few minutes.
When she came back I saw tears in her eyes. She began to tell me her story.
“A few years ago, my husband and I were in a very difficult time. I was with newborn baby twins, without an income, and in my distress, I turned to you for help. I will never forget your organization’s representatives who came to my house. At the time I was at the lowest point in my life and the staff members arrived with so much quality equipment and humanitarian assistance that I stood at the door with tears of joy in my eyes... You were like rays of light that came at a dark time in my life. You brought me joy knowing that there are people here who care for me and about me.”
Her story moved me deeply and brought me a deep sense of accomplishment and joy. This is exactly why Barry and I established VFI—to bring light to the lives of people who are experiencing difficulty.
I did not hide my joy, and we agreed to stay in touch. It struck me that in the past, she needed my help while now it was my turn to ask for her help with the day-to-day tasks of the organization. VFI is a wheel that never stops turning, and only God can bring us into situations where we meet special people at unexpected times. I knew that this was one of those special people.
When I came out of this unexpected encounter, I realized one thing: there is no limit to the happy surprises God puts in our lives. I entered the office worried and left with a sense of satisfaction and joy. The situation with the paperwork happened because I was supposed to go to this government office at this time and place to meet Orly.
Stories like these are why we do what we do. Our purpose is to help people when they are in dark times and walk with them into God’s light. Our volunteers and partners make this possible. Without your love and support, who knows where Orly would be today? You have a direct impact on families going through tough times, and that is important work.
We are so grateful for all you have done, and all you continue to do. May the Lord bless and keep you.
Batya and Barry Segal