I still remember the first time I saw Mahmoud, he was this one week old baby in the ICU. At first glance, he did not look very sick but this appearance changed in a few days. He had lost weight and was fighting a sepsis infection. Looking at him in that period of time, my heart had become very heavy. Still God wasn’t done with this beautiful boy, He told the sepsis to go, and little by little, Mahmoud regained strength and health. Today my heart leaped with joy as I saw little Mahmoud extubated.

At Mahmoud’s side is his beautiful grandmother, faithfully celebrating every small step. Seeing her joy made me smile even more. She stood next to his bed and smiled at her grandson than she turned and showed us a bottle of milk. With a huge smile, she told us that Mahmoud was slowly drinking on his own. But the good news didn’t even end there. She showed us that Mahmoud doesn’t have a catheter any more.

The room was filled with joy as co-worker Joela and I heard all this news. It is such a blessing to see the difference in these babies as they get healthy. Thinking back on the time prior, I am amazed by how Mahmoud is restored and growing. We praise God for the miracle he has done in Mahmoud’s life. But his journey doesn’t end here, his health needs to improve more and more. Still we know that Mahmoud’s time here and his entire life are safely written in God’s book. Being part of this small first part is an honor and privilege to us.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29,11