Vision and Mission
It is the Vision of Beit Shalom to bring life to the full for every orphan. The Bible speaks about it in a beautiful way:
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before our Yahveh and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
Beit Shalom’s Mission is to rescue orphan children in India, and restore their childhoods as Beit Shalom raises them up to be good citizens and disciples. In India many children are hungry for food and a safe place to sleep. Besides that they are in need for a loving hug, a smile, a home, sense of belonging, an identity, safety and togetherness and most important of all love.
Susanne Eijlander, is the founder of Beit Shalom.
Below you will find the personal life story of Susanne, who has been an orphan herself.
Through the Eyes of an Orphan
When I was a baby about 4 months old, my Parents wrapped me in a basket (just like Moses was) and left at the gates of an Orphanage only to be cared and nursed by the nuns of the orphanage. As I grew up as a child under the caring eyes of the Nuns in the orphanage I had a vision, I saw someone in a white garment shining like a sun, I felt He was Comforting me like a Father. (Father to the fatherless – Psalms 68: 5).
When I was adopted by Dutch family, I was happy to find a home and people who will love me.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t what I had expected. It was very difficult time for me and I think also for my Family. As a young child I thought that nobody loved me. I didn’t know how to please my Parents. I felt so empty in my heart that most of the time when I was sleeping I cried.
At that moment, I really felt injustice in the family, injustice in the Love every child needed, unconditionally.
That’s why I adopted a rebel and silent behavior.
I thought my myself : “Where is the Love I felt so deep in my heart during my vision when I was a little child in India ?” My hope was disappointed .
The answer to this question came later, here in France, where I built my own family, with my own children.
Indeed, a wonder appeared into my life : the revelation of Yeshua’s presence by my side. At this moment, I found the Love that I needed and that I’ve searched so much and so hard, this unconditional, absolute Love that just Yeshua can offer you; not a man, not a family, but just Him.
With dedicating my life to Abba Father, He granted me Yeshua’s Love, which I share with all the people around me, for them to feel what’s the right way . Our Abba Father shows us all.
And I want yet to share it with you, Orphans. His Son Yeshua Ha’Mashiach filled me with His love that I desire to share it with these Orphans. I went back with the plans of knowing my roots in India but He had other plans (Jeremiah – 29:11), for me to care for millions of orphans (Deuteronomy 10:18) out there just like me unwanted, uncared, unattended. I am precious in His eyes, even as I stand to write my testimony I thank my Abba Father, because even as we flip through the pages of this great book called the Bible, we get to read how He takes the ‘rejected’ and ’dysfunctional’ to accomplish His Mission.