Dear praying friends,
Nate and Colin are making last-minute preparations at this hour in preparation to fly tonight with eight new Kurdish children to Israel. They all need urgent life-saving heart surgeries, and two of them, Mohammed A and Marya, we are asking to be hospitalized upon arrival as they require oxygen. The others are called Rawen, Midya, Onaees, Ahmed (whom we have hosted twice before), Abdullah and a newborn Mohammed M with transposition of the great arteries. We thank God for the cooperation of Israel’s interior and foreign ministries to issue all these permits (just in time!), and ask our Father for a safe journey and arrival.
As they’re arriving Friday morning, God willing we will be waving farewell to three families returning home, all after successful surgeries for transposition of the great arteries. Amin was called in for his final assessment on Tuesday, and doctors found his heart to be in a good condition:
God has brought him through two big surgeries to switch his great arteries, and a difficult period of infection. His mother has stood by his side with strength and patience, and it is a joy for her that she can soon return home to the rest of her family.
Sulaiman also has approval to return home this week. He has overcome a real danger to his life, whilst he was in a critical condition on the ECMO after his switch surgery, and also experienced bleeding in his brain. Thank God that he now appears to be without any neurological damage, and his heart is working satisfactorily:
His mother too is overjoyed to be able to bring her special boy back to Kurdistan, and expressed her deep gratitude for the hospital staff, and everyone of all faith backgrounds who have prayed for Sulaiman.
The third and littlest man is Zhiir, who is now around three months old. He is still due to attend his final echo this afternoon, which we are hoping will be his last before returning to Kurdistan:
All three of these boys are completely transformed from their cyanotic beginnings, and can look to a much healthier future. We are thanking God who has transformed their lives, and we ask he continues to work to transform their hearts and lives in the knowledge of Him.
In the Sheba Medical Center this week, Aurfa from Kurdistan had a successful surgery to repair her heart defect (Tetralogy of Fallot), and she is recovering in the ICU. Her mother is standing by her side with strength:
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
Thank you for praying with us.
Georgia for Shevet Achim