Our vision is to feed the poor and needy
In 1998, Vassula Rydén was inspired, through a vision, to initiate a project to feed the poor in the Holy Land. In the vision, she was shown a 'narrow' doorway in which our Blessed Mother was standing, holding the baby Jesus. A short time later, a series of seemingly independent happenings came together to help this project to begin. Still Vassula sought confirmation of the Lord's will. Through opening randomly the scriptures. She and a friend fell upon passages pertinent to Vassula's discernment, including "Come to Mary's house."
Vassula had foretold to the people around her that she would receive an Icon of The Blessed Virgin Mary exactly as she saw it in her vision, and this eventually happened. Vassula received through the post a print of an icon painted by a Romanian lady living in Canada. A friend of the artist had sent the picture to Vassula. When Vassula received the icon, she was astonished to recognise in the icon the same image of Mary and Jesus as in her vision.Matthew 25:35-40
For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me ... I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me" (Mt 25:35-40)True Life in God message, March 27, 2002
Now listen to Me and write these words: establish Our Beth Myriams everywhere you can. Lift the oppressed and help the orphan. Protect Me, rescue Me from the gutter, shelter Me and feed Me. Unload My burden and fatigue; support Me and encourage Me. All that you do to the least of My brethren you do it to Me... I bless the supporters of My life. May they remain virtuous and all-loving. I am with you. IC
Vassula Rydén - founder. Vassula Rydén, is Greek, born in Egypt and she belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church. Her husband's professional obligations meant that she had to live most of her life in third world countries. She could never have imagined that God would unexpectedly reveal Himself to her in 1985, while she was living with her family in Bangladesh. This was the beginning of a mystical communication, which continues to this very day. It is God that dictates, inspires and reveals to her His words of Wisdom to pass them on to His people so that they know His Will. The grace to receive God’s word in such a way is called Prophecy. God called Vassula even though she had never received any catechetical instruction or theological formation and taught her everything; as He said once to her: ‘I have chosen you as a blank canvas to fill it up only with My Work which I will name: ‘True Life in God.’ The ‘True Life in God’ divine messages are an urgent call to make peace with God and amend our lives through repentance. They are a call to reconciliation, love and unity. “Be like a loud book, a book written by the Most High” God told Vassula in the beginning. He foretold her back in 1986 that His message with His help, will go around the world and so it did. Since 1988 Vassula has been invited to speak in over 80 countries and has given more than 1000 presentations. In all of this apostolic work, Vassula receives no personal royalties, fees, or benefits for her efforts. So far, the books have been translated by volunteers into more than 42 languages.
How we are organized
There are 27 Beth Myriams functioning in 16 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe serving about half a million meals in 2014 to socially disadvantaged children, orphans, families, homeless, sick, elderly and those forgotten in the slums, regardless of their nationality, creed or social background. The main thing served at the Beth Myriams is Love, the Love of Our Lord Jesus Christ as we endeavour to serve Him by serving one another. We are particularly proud of how we have been able to combine the serving of a nutritious meal with schooling, basic medical service and in some cases with vocational training. In this way we hope we are able to help the needy to a new start in life and not only to survival for the day.
Beth Myriam Management
The Beth Myriams are supervised by a coordinator who reports to the True Life in God Foundation, based in Switzerland.
President: Jacques Gay
Members: Bernard Jos. Tansey, Anthony Jeremy, Servais Lutz, Pilar De Oriol, Steve Fischer, Cedric Bernard, Pascale Erbeia, Fabian Holmberg, F. Vincent Cosatti, Per Rydén
International Coordinator: Heidi Kyhl
The BMs remain unique on the international developmental scene, as they are inspired by an ecumenical spirituality that motivates the engagement of volunteers, keeping running costs to a minimum, maximizing the output of contributions and imbuing the BMs with a unique spirit of service and charity. The volunteers have been inspired by reading the messages of TLIG through Mrs. Rydén’s vision. They are linked to a TLIG prayer group and the Beth Myriams are thus sustained by a vibrant spirituality.
How we spend our donations
We are conscious that we must guarantee that we provide the services we promise. To do this in the most cost-efficient way possible, we mainly rely on managers of BMs whom we know and trust. If and when there is need for an issue to be settled or confirmed we ask an experienced Beth Myriam manager living in the same region of the world to go and provide support or find out what should be done. Our actions are then based on the advice we receive. We always reserve the option of the BM international coordinator making visits to BMs if we consider that necessary. We set aside 5% of our international contributions to cover travel costs for this type of supervision.
Much has been achieved but the demand is only increasing. Over the sixteen years since the BM project was initiated many lessons have been learned on how to manage and sustain, on a purely voluntary basis, the operations of the Beth Myriams. On the basis of what we have learned we feel we are now ready to expand our project and take responsibility for contributions not only from those close to our project but also from institutional donors. We will continue to run our operation with volunteers and we will always require a contribution from those close to each Beth Myriam to ensure that we have a stake in the game.In 2009 an international account was established to collect donations from the world-wide TLIG community and till today about US Dollar 1.5 million has been collected and distributed. Almost all the BMs receive financial support from their own TLIG prayer groups and some of them are totally self-sustained. The total amount that has been collected since 1998 is therefore much larger. Although these numbers are impressive, the need goes far beyond what a community of individuals can respond to and requests for support outstrips what we are able to provide. We are no longer able to respond, on our own, to a growing number of requests for new Beth Myriams.