“Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity” – Psalm 133

Doctors at Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem determined that their only hope to save newborn Ahmed from Gaza was a high-risk and high-cost implantation of a special valve for his tiny heart:

As we assemble a 'motley crew' for a Thanksgiving meal here in our community (with Jonathan as our only American participant at the moment!), first in our minds is the gratitude that although we are not enough in our own strength, in Jesus we are absolutely enough!

A humble 25-year-old man from Hebron approached the admissions window
this evening at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, anxious to
get his firstborn son Saif Aldin in for emergency heart surgery that
couldn't be done in the Palestinian territories. I stood over his shoulder and listened to the admissions clerks
talking about whether they could let him in. "Only if he's from Shevet Achim," the more experienced one said. "Call the ICU and ask if he's from Shevet Achim."

We end this week with a great note of praise, for our beloved Alaa is already out of the ICU today and asking when he can go home! When we found him today in the cardiac department his first words were of thanks to all those who've been helping and praying for him:

The elevator doors burst open late in the evening and out strode a five-member team from Magen David Adom (the Red Shield of David), surrounding a newborn Gaza baby in an incubator:

I returned this week to Jaffa after almost 3 months away, and the difference was striking as our table is sometimes set for only 5-6 places! I thought about the many children who are coming through for surgeries and appointments and I wondered: how is all of this work happening?

One of the Hadassah team which stabilized newborn Yafa after surgery lives in an Israeli settlement right across the security fence from the family's West Bank home:

Omar collapsed after surgery Sunday but doctors were able to resuscitate him. He is on the ECMO device to allow his heart to rest and tiny body to strengthen:

We can be sure of the outcome:

Three-year-old Christian Maryam from Iraq gives four-month-old Muslim Mariam from Gaza a hug before she left our Jaffa home for her open-heart surgery tomorrow:

A Gaza mother baked a chocolate-orange cake and invited all in the house to gather around the table and to fellowship
together. It was a beautiful moment with the children laughing and...

When we reached Hadassah Hospital, it was a joy to watch our Jewish partners confirm these words by loving and honoring our Muslim neighbors:

Prayer needed for our children, their families, and our community members:

At this hour our longtime coworker Lindsay is airborne, with daughter River and a son in utero, following a joyful, tearful parting from our dwindling Jaffa community:

After an agonizing wait, Mohammed from Gaza emerged from his huge surgery at #shebamedicalcenter

Qusai's mother came to #hadassah two months ago as a stranger, but left behind a hospital full of dear friends when she returned to Gaza:

Newborn Abdullah, transferred to Israel for emergency surgery on the very eve of Yom Kippur, already returned to Gaza today, bearing the scar that will be lifelong testimony to his redemption:

The Sheba team gave their honest insight that it was likely Judi would die in the operation:

This Shabbat the succah was big enough for Jews, Christians and Muslims together:

Doctors in Israel fighting tonight for the life of Ziad from Gaza:

Shevet Achim communities help children from Gaza, Iraq and Syria come to Israel for open-heart surgeries. The first community formed in 1994 in response to the plea of a mother who came to Israel seeking life-saving treatment for her son at a cost of $64,000:

“Will you help us?”

Few of us have the resources to respond to a request like that. But we found if one person will hear that question–and then pray, give whatever they have, and share the child’s story–our Father will form a rescue community that unites all kinds of people around the shared goal of saving a child’s life. And doctors and hospitals in Israel are ready to partner with us and take more than half of the costs on themselves.

Here are some of the families of children who are asking the same question today: “Will you help us?”

How it Works:

Each of these children is invited for heart surgery in one of Israel’s largest hospitals, the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, or Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. If God gives you the faith to intercede for one of these boys or girls, you can apply to become a local leader. When approved you’ll be given your own page on this website through which you can call together friends, family, and neighbors, to join you in meeting the financial goal. Everyone agrees that a child’s life should be saved–you’ll find yourself partnering with people you never would have expected! You’ll share with them regular updates on your child’s progress, including updates sent from the Shevet Achim community in Israel. And you’ll be invited to come and personally meet your child while he or she is in Israel for surgery.

Here’s how you can get started.

And here are the stories of the children now in Israel: