He who sees us

Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are God Who Sees”; for she said, “Have I not even here [in the wilderness] remained alive after seeing Him [who sees me with understanding and compassion]?”
Genesis 16:13

Dear praying friends,

This morning our coworker Amar opened our community Bible study of Genesis chapter 16 (Hagar and Ishmael) by declaring it “a beautiful chapter.” We saw the importance of holding fast to the promises of God, instead of being swayed by human suggestions which may interfere with God’s plans. We saw a call to be patient, and the unfailing kindness of God and how he always draws near to the brokenhearted.

Praise God, El-Roi, the God who sees us where we are.

Praise God that he is also Immanuel, God with us, and we have seen his closeness to us this week in our community, and his faithfulness to us, His beloved ones!

We are thankful that He opened the way for Jonathan to return to us this week, as well as two other new volunteers to help carry the load in Jaffa. Thank Him for continuing to bless us with peace across all of our homes, good relationships, and the provision of everything that we need.

We still need to join with Kurdish families here in earnest prayer that God will open the way for their flights to return home. We hear that the airport in Erbil may be opening tomorrow, so there is a feeling of hope amongst the families, that soon there could be flights available!  As yet we know nothing for sure, but God knows.

We continue to have many babies in the hospital. The new arrivals to pray for this week are:

Jalal from Gaza, whose arrival has been delayed for many months, since the beginning of the corona season. Colin and Nicolle brought him and his mother to hospital today. It is his first intervention, and he is almost nine months old. He is quite blue, with oxygen saturation of around 60% of normal. He is a complex little one, and should be having a catheterisation tomorrow.

And Ghada from East Jerusalem, another complex baby with severe coarctation of the aorta as well as congenital glaucoma, less than two weeks old:

She arrived at Sheba earlier this week from a hospital in East Jerusalem that was unable to provide the care she needs. Ghada was scheduled for her heart surgery surgery today, but the doctors found that she has sepsis, and so needs to recover from this infection prior to her surgery. After the heart repair, we hope the doctors will carry on to perform surgery on both her eyes, as well as repair a deformity of the thumb on her right handl

One of our long-term little ones, Ziad from Gaza, has not been having a good week, and is feeling very unwell after surgery to correct an intestinal defect, which also followed after his heart surgery. Please pray for strength for his mother after many months here, and for his healing:

And also for Saif from Gaza, who is still intubated and in intensive care nine days after the major surgery to switch his great arteries. His recovery is also slow, and now he has pneumonia due to being on the ventilator for so long:

There is quite a community of these mothers upstairs in the intensive care unit now, caring for each other with kindness and empathy through these difficult days. Please also pray for one of these other children, who hasn’t come through Shevet Achim, but is still in need of healing from our Father. Taim, who is about five months old, and after multiple difficult surgeries, is on an ECMO device, fighting for life. I told his sweet, worried mother that we will pray for her baby as well. He is the God who sees the brokenhearted.

We continue to have baby Mohaned from Gaza and his grandma at our home in Jaffa. After spending his whole short life in the hospital, he finds being at home a challenging new environment, and is often upset:

Please pray for his grandma to have strength to care for him. They will be with us for quite a while, we are expecting, as she must learn the physiotherapy exercises for his chest, and he needs frequent follow up for his complex lung and heart problems.

Thank you for your faithfulness to lift our community in prayer. May we all continue to pray joyfully and expectantly to Him who sees us.

Georgia for Shevet Achim