What a week it has been here in our Shevet community! Through a busy week of highs and lows, we have truly seen God’s faithful love again and again.
Thank God that Omar was even in Jaffa on Sunday night, due to a last minute change in plans. He was originally scheduled to return to Gaza that afternoon, and the doctor said if he hadn’t received immediate medical attention, he likely would have died overnight.
Similarly, two-year-old Dea from Kurdistan was hospitalized at our request Sunday, after visiting nurse Teresa observed repeated cyanotic episodes while at our Jerusalem guesthouse. Early Tuesday morning Dea’s oxygen saturation dropped to the single digits and she was rushed to the ICU. Thank God that when this episode occurred, she was already at Sheba hospital, where she received immediate care and is now stable:
In both cases, God in his perfect wisdom provided for these two children by bringing them right where they needed to be at the right time. Please pray for both Omar and Dea as they recover and the doctors complete their treatment.
Meanwhile in Jerusalem one-year-old Zaed from Gaza is recovering from a long but successful surgery at Hadassah Hospital. Coworker Margarita shared this afternoon that only two days after his operation, Zaed is already out of the ICU and recovering well!
This is disappointing for his mother, who was so hopeful for surgery for Mohammed. She is truly a lovely person and such a caring mother. Please pray for peace and patience for her as they return home likely next week.
Please pray also for premature Abed from Gaza and his mother. Doctors have been unable to wean him from the ventilator in the five months since his heart surgery, and we’ve been seeking to transfer him to the only pediatric respiratory rehab hospital in Israel for help, but costs there are high and we’re appealing to the management to lower them. The staff at Sheba love Abed and have started calling him Ishaq/Isaac; today they took him for a hernia surgery and circumcision:
In a week of such beautiful times of joy and such painful moments of difficulty, the love and sovereignty of God remains constant. This afternoon, as I reflected on the events of the week, I found the lyrics to the hymn “Be Still, My Soul” running through my head: Leave to thy God, to order and provide—in every change, He faithful will remain.
In every moment, this week and always, our God is faithful in his steadfast love.
To guide the future as He has the past
Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake
All now mysterious shall be bright at last
Be still, my soul, the waves and wind still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.
Bria for Shevet Achim