He remains faithful

Dear praying friends,

Thank God for the great promises of life with Jesus:

The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.
2 Timothy 2:11-13

If we are faithless, he remains faithful! 

Please join us this week bringing our community before God:

Firstly, to ask for a blessing on the family of our Jaffa coordinators Julio and Luzma and their daughter Paula:

dumar family vacationThey will be traveling to Colombia tomorrow for a well-deserved time of rest, their first time home since coming to Israel over two years ago. Please ask that God will bless them with joy and peace during the time, and refresh their souls.

We also are happily expecting Alena to be returning to our community Sunday, following a month back in the US with her family:

alena christmasThis week her permission to enter Israel was received, so we are thanking God for opening this door and praying for God to bless her, her family and her journey.

We are about to become quite busy here, both in Jaffa and also in Jerusalem! Please pray for God to have the center place, to lead us in His wisdom, and to grow our faith.

Preparing to travel in the coming days are five families from Kurdistan, who I mentioned in last week’s email. God’s timing has prevailed, as always, and after a few barriers were encountered, the families are making their plans to fly with an airline which can provide oxygen for at least three of these young babies. The names of these five are Huda, Lalo, Awmed, Asmeen and Eliyas; they are all just about two months old. Please pray for their safety during the travel, as they are all urgent, young, and with low oxygen saturations. Thank God who gives peace beyond our understanding.

May God bless their arrival here, and help them to settle easily into their period of quarantine.

I know that many have been continuing in prayer for Alaa, who is continuing to improve in his transition off of ECMO. Thank God for this real miracle of life for Alaa, and ask for more healing! When I saw him today he was waking slowly, moving his hands, and very responsive, to the joy of his uncle who is sleeping in the corridor to be close by:

alaa wakingAnother young Alaa came to Sheba hospital this week with his grateful parents from Hebron. He’s had complications from previous surgeries, and the Lord opened the door for him to come to this advanced center for a successful catheterization:

little alaa and dadAnd Drood from Iraq also had a successful surgery this week, the first new Kurdish patient since the outbreak of the coronavirus. He is making an excellent recovery so far, thank God:

drood exasperatedWe are lifting up Shireen from Kurdistan in prayer this week after rushing her to the ER yesterday with low oxygen levels. Thank God that she has access to the wonderful care and assessments which the hospital here can provide for her:

shireen in hospitalHer conditon is not forgotten by God, and also not by the staff at the hospital, who are pressing forwards to uphold her life.

We also have tiny baby Mohammed from Gaza in the hospital for over a month now. His recovery is quite slow, and the medical staff have not been able to wean him off the ventilator. So we are asking for prayer for his body, and for wisdom for the hospital staff to know how to help him:

mohammed still intubatedThank God for the great privilege of being able to serve and love these families. When the task seems big, may we know that we are doing none of this in our own strength; even if we are faithless, he remains faithful!

Georgia for Shevet Achim