Last week’s letter was a call to prayer for two of the transposition babies, in critical condition and on the ECMO device after their entrance to Israel for surgery was delayed by the interior ministry for over a month.
Thank God—since then baby Mohammed has come off ECMO and today doctors finally closed his chest, ten days after his surgery:
Ayan’s mother said today:
“When I was in Kurdistan, I asked God – please I need to go to Israel. When I was in Israel, I asked God – please Ayan needs to have surgery. When he had surgery, I prayed please God – let the ECMO help him. Now I pray please God – let him finish from the ECMO. Then after he recovers, please God – let me go to Jaffa, and then finally please God – let us go to Kurdistan.”
Today the doctors did a trial assessment in an echo, to see how Ayan’s heart functions when they bring down the support of the ECMO machine. While he is still not in a good condition, it is possible that soon he may be able to be taken off of the machine, though his situation is still extremely critical.
Also flying in is Dina, who has a severe cleft lip/palate in addition to her heart defect:
But our application for Mohammed’s visa was rejected by the interior ministry this week on the argument that we are only authorized to bring children (despite ten other such young people we have brought in recent years). We wrote back and pursued peace this week by instead deferring to the Sheba Medical Center as the inviting party, but even Sheba’s application was also rejected today without explanation.
Today Nate, Colin and I were also blessed to finally meet again with the family of Mustafa, who died after his heart surgery in Israel last year at the age of 16. Tears were never far away and it was so clear that the loss of their beloved son and brother has deeply affected this lovely family:
Before parting Mustafa’s mother presented Colin with the gift she’d prepared for her:
Doepfner has described himself as a non-Jewish Zionist.
The flag was raised last month as Hamas and Israel exchanged fire for 11 days, resulting in more than 250 fatalities, mostly on the Palestinian side. Many protests against Israel in Europe and beyond featured incitement against Jews and Israel, and several acts of violence in Europe and the United States were documented in connection with the protests.
On its website, the publisher lists five “Principles and Values.” The second states: “We support the Jewish people and the right of existence of the State of Israel.”
Dear coworkers, let’s ask ourselves if we too are willing to go against the herd in order to stand with the ancient people chosen by God to bring yeshua to this world.
Jonathan for Shevet Achim
“Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133).