In good times and bad

You are God alone from before time began
You were on Your throne
You are God alone and right now
In the good times and bad
You are on Your throne
And you are God alone
Unchangeable, unshakable, unstoppable
That’s what You are
(You are God Alone)

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:5-8

Dear friends,

Tonight as I put my daughter to bed we prayed for our community and the precious children that need God’s healing hand. Our focus was on our sweet Ziad from Gaza and his mother, who have been five months in the hospital in Israel:

Ziad went in for another surgery this morning for further repair of his heart and because of high pressure in the lungs. He came out on an ECMO machine which does all the work for the heart and lungs when they are unable to function on their own. The doctors are hopeful he can be removed from the machine in a few days, but only a couple hours after coming out of surgery the doctors discovered he was bleeding. Now for the last few hours they have been working desperately by his side trying to find the source, and his sweet mother is waiting for her chance to be by his side again.

So as my daughter and I were praying the song lyrics above came into my heart. You are God alone, in the good times and bad. He is unshakable and unchangeable. And because of this, we know that He is with Ziad and his mother even now bringing comfort and peace. Please pray with us in these critical hours for this precious family.

Let’s take hope from the amazing recovery of newborn Zakariya from Gaza, who was looking great today as he slowly comes back from his own time on ECMO:

The doctors have been performing many tests this week to see what they should do next for him, and we are praying for their wisdom and understanding. We know God’s mighty hand is on this precious boy’s life.

Praise the Lord baby Raghed from Gaza is showing great improvements and may even be discharged from the hospital tomorrow! We praise God for her quick and steady healing:

We also thank God that little Abdullah who we brought in from Gaza just Friday had his surgery on the eve of Yom Kippur, and is now recovering well in the secondary ICU:

Saif is also doing extremely well as he has continually been gaining weight and the doctors are even hopeful he could be removed from dependence on his tracheostomy soon!

His mother is a rock and has stayed by his side consistently in this long wait. We praise God for this good news.

We also said goodbye to Kenan and his grandmother today, who have been with us in Jaffa while waiting for the follow-up echo after surgery. We thank God they are able to return home to Gaza and will soon be reunited with their family; the corona quarantine for these entering Gaza has now been reduced from three weeks to just one.

It is really a blessed time getting to know these precious little ones outside the hospital walls. Please pray for Kenan’s continued healing and health in these coming weeks.

We continue to host Leen, Maryam, Mohammed Y, and Khaled in our Jaffa and Jerusalem communities as they wait for their next steps. For Khaled and his father, we are praying for open skies that will provide a flight home for them. This time has been more stressful for Khaled’s father who has been experiencing chest pains and been twice to the emergency room in the last ten days.

Please pray for holter and echo stress test appointments soon for this father and for peace as he waits for more answers.

We also pray for Leen and her mother as they continue to wait for word on her upcoming eye surgery. We know God’s timing is perfect, and meanwhile it is a blessing to share life, meals and fellowship with them:

 And as well we have been waiting for the next echo for Maryam from Iraq, which will be after the high holidays are finished in Israel, much to the dismay of the mother. Please pray for her peace as they wait for more answers in this time:

We also want to lift up Mohammed from Gaza and his grandmother as they are waiting for doctors to review a 3-D model of his heart in order to decide when his surgery should be. We pray for God’s wisdom and understanding to cover the doctors in their decision.

For God alone, we wait on all these things, trusting in Him and His mighty hand to save, not only in body but also in spirit. Thank you all for praying for us and with us during these difficult times. We know that as God is in our midst we need not want any other. To Him be the glory.

Many blessings,

Lindsay for Shevet Achim