Praying to come to Israel

Bella and her family are from the ancient Assyrian people in northern Iraq, the same ones to whom Jonah made his reluctant missionary journey. The Assyrians were among the first people to converted to Christianity en masse in the first to third centuries AD and have lived separated in their own communities ever since. In the summer of 2014 the Islamic State swept into their city, and the family fled to Kurdistan for shelter. Bella’s father supports the family by selling fruits and vegetables from a makeshift stand on a street corner. He reports that Bella is getting bluer and bluer, and with tears says he is hoping and praying that she will be able to travel soon for her heart surgery in Israel.