Wednesday marked the day we had to say goodbye to our beautiful Roshna. After staying in our Jerusalem house for the last couple of weeks, she was able to return home to her family in Kurdistan. Let us remember the memories we made with Roshna while she was here.
In the beginning of March, she had her surgery to correct her congenital heart defect. She recovered well afterwards and always had a smile for everyone around her. It was so special to see how she appreciated everyone in our community and although there was a big language barrier we found a way to connect with her. Roshna was always eager to learn bits and pieces of English from us, lyrics for the worship songs we sang in the evening and even got some Art lessons by our coworker Michelle.
But most of all, we shared laughter. After being cleared to go home by her cardiologist earlier this week, we had a wonderful farewell party on Tuesday evening.
The small Jerusalem community went out to a Pizzeria and finished off the evening with a delicious cake…
…and farewell presents for Roshna.
The following day I brought Roshna and her lovely mother to the airport. It was hard to say goodbye but everyone found joy in this farewell because it also meant that Roshna could be reunited with her loved ones.
We thank the Lord for the joy Roshna brought into our community and we want to pray that the Lord will provide for her in the future.
Our lovely Roshna awaited today very patiently over the weekend. She knew that her scheduled echo appointment could mean for her to go home to Kurdistan.
We made our way to Hadassah Hospital in the morning for said echo. After just a short time, her doctor came in and told us that Roshna is absolutely fine and that she can go home to her family It was so beautiful to see the joy in her mother’s eyes about this news.
We celebrated with some ice cream and lots of sprinkles! Roshna will stay in our Jerusalem community house until she can fly back with her mother in a few days. Until then we will enjoy every minute with this beautiful girl.
Praise the Lord that he blessed Roshna with healing and strength throughout her stay here in Israel.
We took Roshna and her mother to Hadassah Hospital this morning expecting her to be admitted in preparation for her surgery on Sunday. After taking X-rays, bloodwork, an Echo and completing paperwork, they gave us the option of bringing her back early Sunday morning instead of keeping her there today. Knowing she will be spending plenty of time in the hospital after surgery made the decision easy! We are thankful to have them at our house for a little longer.
The garden at our Jerusalem home is beautiful, especially with all the birds singing. It is so nice to see Roshna spending time enjoying God’s creation there! We are thankful that God loves Roshna and pray that she and her mother feel His presence as they wait.
Ten-year-old Roshna arrived Monday night from Kurdistan, northern Iraq, fearful and shy but also with hope in her eyes. After a good night’s sleep and breakfast with the Jerusalem community, she had her first echocardiogram at Hadassah Hospital.
The cardiologist said that while she is healthy now, if her heart condition remains untreated she will eventually not be well. He has scheduled her for a CT exam to further study the anatomy of her heart, before a decision is taken about surgery.