Love endures all things

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Dear friends,

 I am writing to you after a hard week for Shevet Achim. Our main prayer request is that God will open up the way for our weary Kurdish families to return home. It continues to be difficult for all to be separated from their families for many months, without knowledge of when it might be possible for them to return. We know that it is only God who will open this way, in his timing, and it is our job to wait and pray.

As tensions rose and emotions were running high for all of us, it felt like yesterday brought a fresh sweet wave of peace. How good it feels to be able to write to you from a peaceful home. Please join us by giving thanks and praise to God who gives us so much to be thankful for every day. Praise God that we see His great love for us.

Please pray for the Holy Spirit to continue to fill our home with peace and give faith, hope and love to all of us.

Please pray that God would continue to strengthen and transform us and give us thankful hearts, and to be able to love others. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

Please pray for our children from Gaza who are in hospital at the moment. All of their recent journeys to arrive in Israel for emergency surgery have been difficult due to lack of cooperation from the Palestinian authorities, and so praise God for opening the necessary doors to provide permissions and ambulance transfers. May He continue to open the way.

We have three children from Gaza who are all now recovering from their big surgeries. Saif is now 48 hours after the switch of his great arteries at the Sheba Medical Center:

Thank God, baby Khader has stabilized so that his chest could be closed after his surgery last week, also at Sheba:

And up at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, baby Hassan has returned from Gaza for his second surgery, which he passed successfully on Tuesday, leaving him just a little bit grumpy:

And the newest emergency arrival is a baby called Zaed, who was stabilized in Hadassah’s intensive care unit late last night, where he is now awaiting surgery:

And please pray for newborn Hayat from Gaza; doctors in East Jerusalem attempted to operate on her but were forced to turn back midway by complications, and she is now awaiting emergency transfer to either Sheba or Hadassah, as the Lord opens the way:

Our long-suffering friend Ziad has had a good week and is slowly also recovering from an ileostomy surgery, on the heels of his heart surgery. Please pray for strength for him and his lovely mother, who has been with him in hospital for many months now:

Thank you for your prayers for all of us, may God continue to fill all of our hearts with love for Him and for each other.

Georgia for Shevet Achim