But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:21-26
These words were an encouragement to us as a community yesterday, after tiny Muhamad from Gaza suddenly died at Hadassah Hospital the day before while he was in a cath procedure.
And then yesterday morning we received news that two other urgent children we were working to bring from Gaza to Israel had also just passed away. As a mother, my heart was immediately broken. I could imagine the pain these mothers must be experiencing. Even one of the mothers still has the staples on her stomach as a reminder of his arrival just 12 days prior. I pictured the growing hope and love they had for their children during the last nine months in the womb and I–myself expecting a child–couldn’t imagine the sorrow they must feel after such anticipation.
So we were encouraged by this reminder yesterday in Lamentations: when all hope was lost, destruction was all around, and darkness was their dwelling, then the writer remembers something. “But this I call to mind.”
Sometimes, friends, we are in a darkness that seems to overwhelm but we are reminded that we have a Father whose love never ceases. In fact, He’s the one who created these precious children. So our prayer for these three families is that this hope could also become real for them. That they could know there is ne who sees their pain and seeks to comfort them.
We also want to lift up another urgent child from Gaza, Raghed, who reached Sheba hospital early this evening:
We praise God a door has opened up for her as she was surviving at home on oxygen levels in her body only 48% of the normal. Please pray for wisdom and understanding for the doctors as they review her case.
Praise the Lord for the successful surgery of Maryam Thursday; yesterday we were already blessed to when Sheba said she was well enough to come back home with us!
Her mother is happy and relieved to see Maryam doing so well and with 97% oxygen! It was a beautiful welcome home and we pray for her continued recovery to be quick and her remaining time with us to be blessed.
Leen also had good news yesterday as she was cleared for a long-awaited eye surgery:
Leen and her mother have been a blessing for our community during this time they’ve been waiting with us. We pray for the Lord to continue to open their hearts and give them understanding of His great love for them.
Another huge answer to prayer and display of God’s great mercy was the safe return of 10 of our families back to Kurdistan on Saturday. God truly opened all the doors for their safe return and even sent angels along the way to guide them.
Thank you for praying with us and for them these last several months. May the time they spent here continue to be on their hearts and minds and may they be reminded of the love of the Father who opened the door for their children’s life-saving surgeries.
We also want to ask for your prayers as await permission for coworkers to enter Israel in the coming weeks. For now, Israel has closed its borders to everyone except those given special permissions given case by case. We are praying the Lord will soften the hearts of the ministry to allow several waiting volunteers to come and serve with us here.
As always, we appreciate your prayers for the Lord to keep us in His provision, to abide in Him, and to seek Him first. We are so thankful for a supportive community who holds us up in prayer.
Lindsay for Shevet Achim