Rivka Lazarowitch recollects an incident where she was badly beaten by her Jewish family for reading the Bible and believing in Jesus.
She was born in 1944 to a devout Jewish family and lived in Romania during the communist regime. When she was 18 months old, she became partially paralyzed and had to frequently travel for treatment.
It was during those travels that she met Adriana, a young Christian girl who was paralyzed on all her limbs. She talked to her about Jesus.
In the last year of high school young Rivka was invited by Adriana to her house to celebrate New Year’s eve. She had expected the people to be drinking, smoking, dancing and making merry as usual.
But when she arrived, she found them reading the Bible, having quiet talks with each other. Completely different from what she was used to seeing and that appealed to her.
Rivka was given a book of John’s gospel by Adriana, which she began to read religiously hiding it in another book. She read it so much that, she learned the first ten chapters by heart. One day, her sister found out that she was reading the Gospel and tore it into pieces, preventing her from learning about Jesus any further.
Rivka also had another Christian classmate Sephora, who had the whole Bible at her home, which made Rivka happy and even though she knew it would cause her trouble, Rivka asked Sephora to take her to the place where they congregated for worship service.
Unfortunately, Rivka met her mother there. At first she politely called Rivka to get back to their home. But as soon as Rivka was outside after the service had ended, she was not able to hold herself any longer and started to hit her.
Rivka was severely beaten by her dad when she reached home. She was hurt badly that she could no longer go to attend service.
Several years later, Rivka and her family were able to get passports and come to Israel. Her parents thought that moving to Israel would finally stop her from learning about the Bible and Jesus.
However, God had a different purpose for her. Rivka’s family was settled in a neighborhood opposite to several Christian families. She was able to attend services freely in Israel and was grateful as well as delighted as she remembers how difficult and frustrating it was for her when she wanted to attend services but could not.
“And I thank God, thank God, thank God for this congregation. Because it really is like family,” she says.
Rivka was baptized on 29th August, 1964 in the Sea of Galilee.
“God in His grace showed us the way of salvation. God himself provided the sacrifice which is Yeshua the Messiah and in His grace He has given us faith to believe and he’s promised us eternal life. He has really helped me to be independent despite my abilities. With God, everything goes smoothly. Thanks to God,” Rivka declares.
Rivka Lazarowitch has now passed on from this world and is with God, standing with Him in glory. Her life and enduring testimony, pointing many others to Jesus Christ.
“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:26-27 (NKJV)