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

PRAYER UPDATE
"You cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word"
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Praying for month-old Khader from Gaza after his emergency surgery today at #shebamedicalcenter in Israel:
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ONLY THE SPIRIT BRINGS RECONCILIATION
Ruth took the guitar and we started to worship when a grandmother from Gaza suddenly joined us in the kitchen. The Holy Spirit was present, and I stood close to the grandmother to let her see the words of the song. She started to cry, and I put my arm around her while singing:
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PRAYER UPDATE - DISPLAY HIS PERFECT PATIENCE
With many doors closed for urgent Gaza children, and struggling to love and bless the 15 very tired families from Iraq, Syria and Morocco waiting for flights, and being stretched physically in our workload--it can be easy to wonder why we’re doing this work:
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Asmaa is excited to announce that she is able to return to her family in Kurdistan after 3 open heart surgeries here in Israel! ♥️
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After over 6 months being in Israel, 3 catheterisations and a heart surgery, Khonav is celebrating the news that she can return to Kurdistan! ❤️🎊

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Three newborns trapped in Gaza by the refusal of Palestinian authorities to coordinate transfer have now safely reached Israel:
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Those of you who regularly read this letter see such battles playing out weekly, with no one paying much attention other than the Lord, the families, our little community of Jesus followers, and the doctors in Israel who are committed to saving the lives of these children. But this time the story went all over the world:
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After two months of emergency heart treatments at #shebamedicalcenter Ahmed is healed and heading home to Gaza:
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PRAYER UPDATE - Be encouraged that we are praying to the same God who spoke the universe into existence, the God who said "Let there be light," and there was light:
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Khonav sending her greetings after a successful cath! Doctors at #shebamedicalcenter are very happy and believe she can return to Kurdistan for one year until her complete heart repair:
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SHEVET SUNDAY - IN SEARCH OF FIRST CENTURY JERUSALEM
For me the highlight of our expedition was going into the vast Muslim cemetery on the “Skull Hill” which is above the Garden Tomb:
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PRAYER UPDATE - READY TO LISTEN
Two days ago as we began our morning meeting Khonav's mother came in and sat down without saying a word. This is very unusual:
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The Israeli neurologist is amazed by Mohammed's progress after brain damage during surgery:
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SHEVET SUNDAY - 2019 IS HISTORY!
Glory to God all commitments are covered for heart surgeries in Israel for 91 children:
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We explored the sites of the Old City of Jerusalem today where the first communities of believers met, praised God and broke bread together ...

MEETING, EATING, SHARING
As the sun began to set and the second round of kebabs began, I looked around at the contented faces:
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Welcome to Israel, baby Fayez from Gaza, less than a week old! He has arrived in hospital and is having assessments to plan a life saving heart surgery 🤲🏼❤️ https://www.shevet.org/?child=fayez ...

Due to quarantine a third Gaza baby joins the ten children from Iraq, Syria and Morocco already with us in Jaffa ❤️
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SHEVET SUNDAY - THE END IS NEAR...BUT NOT YET
The world is exhaling a long breath of relief:
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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: