Author Archives: Lydia

Baby E

Category : Babies

One of our clients called us to tell us about a young woman who had just given birth to a baby boy one week prior. She had tried to give him up to Social Services, but they couldn’t take him because she had no identification, and they couldn’t verify her parental rights or those of the father. This woman, 23 years old, was in one of the most difficult situations we had ever seen. No job, no family, no money, and an abusive boyfriend who had gotten her into prostitution and gambling.

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Category : Babies

M, 17 years old, was living in a home for orphans. She had been there for over 10 years. Her mother had left her and her brother while they were very young, and her father had given up trying to take care of them. The only person who showed any interest or care in them was their father’s sister, their Aunt C. She lived in Croatia, and in the following years M and her brother had the opportunity to visit her once or twice and to have her visit them.

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From the moment she entered the counseling room, B’s face revealed the intense struggle going on in her heart. The doctors had just confirmed that she was 11 weeks pregnant. When asked how she was feeling, she immediately responded: “Afraid, confused, ashamed”.

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Financial Partnership

Lydia – A Beating Heart is a non-profit organization dependent entirely on the financial generosity of individuals, churches, and organizations. Ongoing partnership commitments enable Lydia to meet the needs of women and families in crisis. These could be monthly, quarterly, or annually. Special or one-time gifts are also gratefully accepted, as we often runs projects or events which incur additional costs.

An annual Baby Bottle Campaign is a super fun, popular way to support Lydia.  Many people enjoy this fundraiser, and kids especially love to participate! Each person or family fills an empty baby bottle with spare change or bills and turns it in as a donation when it is full or at the end of the designated time.

Current and future financial gifts will be used in a variety of ways, some of which are listed below:

  • Translation and printing of books and materials
  • Baby clothes and toiletry items for new moms
  • Training classes and community lectures
  • Overhead costs

How to Give

In the U.S.: To send a one-time or recurring gift online, visit this page and click on “Donate now”. Blue Ridge Women’s Center has been a partner and mentor to Lydia since 2012. This method enables individuals within the U.S. to give a tax-free donation.


  • Directly to “Lydia”’s account (outside of Macedonia):
    Recipient: Lidija – srce sto cuka
    IBAN  MK 07 210722000023929
    Tutunska Banka A.D Skopje
    Majka Tereza 1
    1000 Skopje
  • Directly to “Lydia”s account (from Macedonia):
    Lidija – srce sto cuka
    Account number:
    210 067689700194
    Tutunska Banka


You can appeal for Lydia! The one thing you can do that no one else can is to tell your friends about this center. No one else moves in all the same circles you do.  That is the beauty of networking.

Lydia can contact others, but would be just another organization asking for a listening ear. Again and again, it has been shown that people are much more responsive when there is a personal connection.

You never know how God will connect people.  It might be your friend, your family member, your coworker, your teacher, your student, your pastor, or your small group that would be interested to learn about the work of Lydia in Macedonia!



Category : Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us! If you live locally, on occasion we need help sorting donations, preparing for an event, providing child care during a community lecture, or a variety of other projects.

If you live internationally, you can still help!  We need help with things like website design and management, graphic design, marketing, grant writing, etc. If you enjoy any type of sewing, knitting, crocheting, ect., another idea is to make baby blankets, booties, hats, etc. and send them to us. Also, baby clothes in the U.S. are of a better quality for a better price, so those are always appreciated as well. Other baby items that are better from the U.S. include pacifiers and bottles. If you choose to send material goods, contact us to discuss the best method of getting those items to us.


One morning in March 2015, our advisor went to the hospital to talk to a young woman who was going to have an abortion. The woman was ready, and the anesthesiologist was waiting to start the procedure. Even though there were only a few minutes, our counselor was not discouraged. This was a woman who needed information. She needed someone to listen and to tell that abortion can be harmful.

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In February 2015, a young couple came to the hospital to apply for abortion. From talking to them, our counselor learned that they had been together for about 3 years, they were happy, and planning for marriage and a family, but not anytime soon. They were working to achieve their dream of leaving Macedonia to live and work in western Europe. Just when they were on the brink of realizing their dream, this young girl found out she was pregnant.

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Early in 2015, Goran’s mom came to the hospital to have an abortion, and was sent to our counselor as required by law. Married, having 2 children already, she and her husband had financial challenges and felt like they couldn’t care for another child even with the financial assistance offered from the government for a 3rd child.

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Anastasija was born in September, 2015. Her mother came for counseling at the hospital after filling out the request for termination of pregnancy. This was her third pregnancy. In the course of the conversation, she shared that from the moment she discovered she was pregnant, she started taking vitamins to insure the health of her baby. It was clear that deep down she wanted this baby.

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