Arkan’s father met with Arkan’s cardiologist to discuss the plan for Arkan’s procedure. Arkan’s father spoke with such respect, kindness, and understanding. He simply wanted what was best and safest for Arkan, this warmed my heart. Together they came to the conclusion that the safest option for him would be to return home to Kurdistan for 2-3 years, and then hopefully return to Israel for his next procedure.

This is bittersweet news because we love Arkan like our little brother. Arkan and I had a wonderful time exploring the hospital. He loves his chocolate ice cream!

Later in the day, Frank and Arkan also enjoyed ice cream…and this time three scoops of different types of chocolate!


When we were discussing what date would be best to return to Kurdistan, I was torn because part of me wanted to celebrate his birthday this Thursday with him…but also wanted him to celebrate with his biological family on this special day. Arkan is part of our Shevet family. Then I thought of how every day of his life is truly a miracle, and that we should celebrate by praising God for his life every day.

Truly Arkan is God’s workmanship, wonderfully and fearfully formed by the Creator. Psalm 139 states,

For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

We pray that this relationship with Arkan’s family will continue and to flourish.