Today Colin and I were able to celebrate a reunion with beautiful Mustafa. As we were waiting for Mustafa and his mom to cross the Gaza border, it started to rain heavily. Colin and I tried to figure out how to catch Mustafa and his mom in time so they wouldn’t have to walk through the rain. But God‘s help was even better. Shortly before the two left the building, the rain stopped and Mustafa and his mum were able to enter our car dry and warm. On our way to the hospital we updated Mustafa‘s mom about all the families that she had known in Shevet. It was beautiful to see how much she cared about the others and how happy she was about their news.
As we were waiting on Mustafa‘s Echo, I got to talk to Mustafa’s mom and also to Mustafa. The conversations grew quiet as we entered the Echo room. Mustafa seemed to recognize this room and he clearly disliked the following procedure. Still Mustafa stayed strong and we were blessed with a quick Echo and response by the doctor. Therefore we were finished earlier than we expected which gave Mustafa and his mom some time to wait.
During this wait they were blessed with a lovely present. Mustafa’s Grandfather, who works in Israel, was able to come and see Mustafa. The smiles of Mustafa and his Granddad grew immensely wide as they saw each other. I was filled with so much joy by their love for each other. This was the God-prepared second reunion of the day!
Baby Mustafa's smile is back!
From the first time I met this always smiling bundle of joy I fell in love. His smile lights up the room and he is always ready to greet you with one when you walk in. We so enjoyed having him and his beautiful mother with us for a few days at the base, and today it was so good to see that he made it through his surgery just great! He is doing well on room air without oxygen, eating good, his incisions are healing well, and he might get to go home tomorrow! I got to scoop him up wires and all, imagine trying to keep all those wires connected to a little guy who likes to play with them. His mom says it’s not too bad! He is still playing with the tiny puppy I gave him before he went to surgery, I pray that every time they see this little dog they remember their time at Shevet and that God will use there time here to lead them to the knowledge of salvation through His son. Visiting him was definitely the bright spot in my day today! He enjoyed playing with my toys from my backpack, and his laughter is just as delightful as his smile. I visited with his mom via Google translate, and before I left even got her connected to a couple of other moms that she met at the base. I couldn’t read anything of the Arabic on her phone, so I put my info in her phone and she sent me a text so that I would know her phone number to send to the other moms. There are ways around not reading Arabic. His mother promised to send me pictures of him as he grows up, and his smile will make me smile every time I receive one. Praise the Lord for bringing Baby Mustafa through his surgery strong and healthy! May He continue to work in his life and the lives of his family!
The day arrived, after a few days waiting in the hospital, that Mustafa was scheduled for his Glenn surgery.
When we arrived, he was already in the operating room. His mum showed me some photos that they took together before he went into surgery, and also him earlier this morning and during their stay here. He is always looking so happy and full of joy.
During the surgery, his mum also was in a very lovely mood, sometimes wanting to chat and share coffee and photos, but never wanting to stray too far from outside the doors of the operating room. She is a really lovely person, so dedicated to her baby.
Thank God that the surgery was over within the expected time, and Mustafa was able to be stabilised in the intensive care unit. The nurses continued to work on him, and monitored him closely, but the mother was able to relax and take photos of her baby.
Please pray that he improves and that God will protect him as he recovers from the surgery.
To spend time with Mustafa and his mum is such a delight. All you have to do is to tickle his little hand and he will show you his cutest smile. He is basically smiling all the time.
Mustafa was admitted to the Sheba hospital today as he was supposed to have surgery tomorrow. Unfortunately we found out that the surgery can not be performed tomorrow but hopefully sometime during the week but they hospitalized him anyway.
During the ECG and the echo the one year old remained really calm and was very easy to distract. He was so happy to hold a remote control and play with plastic.
It was remarkable how beautiful the relationship between Mustafa and his mum is. She just knew exactly how to treat him and what to say. Always tried to get back his attention when he started to focus on the wrong things.
I feel like with our relationship with Jesus it’s the same. He just knows what’s best for us, saying “Keep looking at me!”
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace”