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

THE SIREN IS WAILING
On the eve of Yom Kippur doctors rushed newborn Abdullah from Gaza in for emergency surgery as his oxygen levels were falling:
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Newborn Abdullah rushed from Gaza to #shebamedicalcenter in Israel on the eve of Yom Kippur for emergency heart surgery:
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A SUDDEN HAPPY TURN
Her life saved by heart surgery in Israel, tiny newborn Mariam is now in quarantine in Gaza, soon to be reunited with her twin sister!
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Amazing grace! Zakaria from Gaza coming back from the brink at #shebamedicalcenter
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We're currently hosting four Gaza families and two Iraqi families between our Jerusalem and Jaffa communities, and it is life-giving to have some of them searching the scriptures alongside us morning by morning. I love to hear the spirit of God speaking to us through their commentary!
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WHAT DOES THE LORD REQUIRE?
An overview of all the beautiful children entrusted into our care this week:
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Qusai from Gaza is on "the path that leads to life" at #hadassahhospital in Jerusalem:
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We see a lot of joys, but there are a significant number of heartbreaks. We need the boldness and comfort of the Holy Ghost if we're to keep taking the risks and paying the price to be there for our neighbors.
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PRAYER UPDATE - A door has opened for Raghed to come to Israel, after surviving at home in Gaza on oxygen levels only 48% of normal:
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Lifting up Muhamad's young mother in prayer after he died this afternoon during catheterization:
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The writer seems to idealize the last Islamic caliphate, obliquely crediting it for everything from the Reformation to the discovery of America, and praising its "intellectual fervor" and "enlightened pluralistic rule." What's interesting about this is how it dovetails with the sudden and sweeping efforts afoot to delegitimize the Judaeo-Christian foundations of Western civilization:
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COSTLY INCONVENIENT LOVE
A four-vehicle caravan to the airport marks the end of 6+ joyful and frustrating months with our Kurdish families:
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SHEVET SUNDAY
Look at the video of little inoperable Deema--just before she was sent back to Gaza to await either a miraculous healing or the resurrection--as we sang Hodu leAdonai ki tov ("Give thanks to the LORD for he is good") from Psalm 118:
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PRAYER UPDATE
All I can think is that I don’t want to see another mother lose her baby, I don’t want to hear again the heart-wrenching sobs of a parent who has outlived their child. I pray that God would protect Zakaria and that he will grow and spend time with his family, that he will know his father and his siblings waiting for him at home.
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This Sunday letter often lays bare the motivations of our hearts, and as I write and post it on our website and on Facebook I am conscious that anyone can read it. I don't want to let a single word pass my lips here, or in any other setting, that I would be ashamed to have "shouted from the housetops."
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PRAYER UPDATE
"It is so good to see Zizu smiling!" after nearly four months in the #shebamedicalcenter
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Saif from Gaza is finally breathing on his own at #shebamedicalcenter and saved from a tracheostomy!
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Israel, like the US, is being torn by angry and sometimes violent demonstrations. Division and hatred is being sown for political ends. In this context a heroine arose this week in Israel:
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MAKE YOUR REQUESTS KNOWN
Our precious Maryam from Iraq had a catheterization today to see if she is ready for her next surgery in Israel:
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Doctors at #shebamedicalcenter in Israel are struggling to wean Gazan baby Saif from the ventilator he's been on since birth:
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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: