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 a passage pertinent to Vassula's discernment, including "Come to Mary's house."
A True Life in God message of March 27, 2002 re-confirmed the urgency of the project. It says: 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.
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. This is now the Beth Myriam Icon.
Who is Vassula
Vassula Rydén - founder. Vassula Rydén, is Greek, born in Egypt and she belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church. Her husband's career meant that she has lived most of her life in third world countries. She could never have imagined that God would 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 and 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 and taught her everything. 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 do not receive or accept any personal, fees, royalties or benefits. So far, the books True Life in God and Heaven Is Real But So Is Hell have been translated by volunteers into more than 42 languages.
True Life in God Foundation
The Foundation for True Life in God was created in Switzerland with the generous contributions of several donors. Its main objective is to support and protect the works of "True Life in God" worldwide. In addition and by agreement, Vassula has entrusted the Foundation with the responsibility for promoting and disseminating the True Life in God Messages as well as the book Heaven is Real but so is Hell and has surrendered all income from royalties and other income from such sales to the Foundation. The Foundation also supervises the project called Beth Myriam. Beth Myriam or Mary's House is a result of a vision Vassula had in 1998 to initiate a project to feed the poor in the Holy Land. Currently (April 2018) there are 27 Beth Myriams functioning in 16 countries around the world. The Coordinator of Beth Myriam project reports to the Foundation. The Foundation is supported in its work by a number of Working Groups that promote and spread the Messages through, e.g. TLIG Publications, True Life in God Radio, TLIG Magazine, TLIG Website, TLIG National Associations.
True Life in God was given by Jesus as the title for His Messages
Where we are and How we work
Currently (April 2018) there are 27 Beth Myriams functioning in 16 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. In 2017 about half a million meals were served 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.
A Beth Myriam Charter has been established In order to ensure that all Beth Myriams serve the same purpose. There is a Beth Myriam Coordinator who reports to the True Life in God Foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland . Each Beth Myriam is managed only by TLIG lay people, it has a dedicate bank account and is allocated funds based on a budget approved by the Coordinator. Reports on expenses are sent yearly or upon request by the coordinator. Quality control is assured through site visits if and when necessary. Such visits are mostly undertaken by a trusted BM manager in the same region. This has proven to be an efficient and cost effective way of supervision and only five percent of a yearly budget is therefore required for supervision and quality control.
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 all linked to a TLIG prayer group and the Beth Myriams are thus sustained by a vibrant spirituality.