ISRAEL — It appears there are bright spots and miraculous events, even during the darkest hours.

Child hostage Ohad Munder had his 9th birthday while being held captive by Hamas in Gaza, with no connection to the outside world. He was moved around by his captors several times, and at one point was placed with a new group of hostages.

There he encountered another child in captivity who said: “Oh, you’re Ohad? Happy Birthday”.

When a stunned Ohad asked how he knew it had been his birthday, the boy said he had access to Israeli TV and saw on the news that players from Ohad’s favorite soccer team, Hapoel Be’er Sheva, wished him a happy birthday on video–on his birthday, October 23.

Ohad broke down and cried for the first time, and said later that moment gave him so much hope.

According to Ynet, the exciting video was prepared for Ohad with the participation of many team members including Eliniv Barda, the coach of Hapoel Beer-Sheva, all of whom wished him a happy birthday, good luck and expressed their hope for his return .

Twenty four hours after he was released from captivity, Ohad met with Hapoel Beer Sheva players, who came to visit him at Schneider Hospital, including team members Alon Turgeman, Aden Shamir, Shay Elias, Guy Badash and Yoni Stoyanov, who surprised him at the hospital.

Even prior, Hapoel Be’er-Sheva player Rotem Hatuel spoke with Ohad on a video call and then posted: “What an exciting conversation. Beloved boy, so glad that you are home. Looking forward to meeting you, our Ohad.”

Along with Ohad, his mother Keren and grandmother Ruti were released, and the family members expressed great excitement. They continue to pray for the return of his grandfather Avraham Monder, who tragically remains in captivity.

As reported by VINnews