Strength and patience

Yesterday I visited the lovely mother of Asmeen in Alyn Rehabilitation Hospital in Jerusalem. At the start, Asmeen’s mother was happy to see me and in a good mood. We went outside to sit down on a bench together because I am not allowed to go to visit little Asmeen.

The weather was beautiful. The sun was shining and it was lovely to sit and chat with her despite our language differences. It was a mix of Kurdish, English and Arabic. She told me with tears in her eyes that she is very tired from being in the hospital for such a long time with her little daughter now. They are here now four months. I tried to comfort her with a hug and I hope I gave her the feeling that I understood the difficulty in this. She seems a bit like she is about to give up hope on her lovely daughter, but I told her she should try to continue to have hope for a good recovery for her and even though it is difficult now to wait so long, the wait will be worth it in the end.

Nevertheless, Asmeen’s mother is looking forward to having a little bit of rest this coming Sunday or Monday. She would like to see a bit of Jerusalem. The Kurdish families that are with us at the moment in our Jerusalem guesthouse¬† would go with her, maybe even visit the Mosque to pray – a very important thing for Asmeen’s mom.

Please join me in prayer that this will be possible, and that it gives her new strength and patience even though it is still very difficult.