Dleza bravely, but tearfully endured an echocardiogram and multiple blood draws to determine the cause of her arising symptoms of fever and pain. Her brother patiently and kindly comforted her during her examinations. The echocardiogram revealed pleural effusion and ascites, or fluid accumulation in the lungs and abdomen respectively. She not only appeared physically in pain, but also lethargic from the emotional uncertainty of her condition. The pain medication temporarily subsided her physical pain, but could not alleviate her frustration with the hospitalization and the seemingly unending exams. Despite the uncertainty, God is sovereign and omniscient. May we continue to seek knowledge with the understanding that God is omniscient despite a medical field of uncertainty. It is humbling to acknowledge our limited knowledge and to surrender to God: the giver of peace, source of comfort, and the Great Physician. Please continue to pray for Dleza and her family as they patiently wait to hear back regarding the lab results. Continue to pray that Dleza and her brother find solace in God and develop relationships with him.
Written by: Diana and Colin
We got the phone call unexpectedly yesterday, to invite Dleza into hospital for her surgery. We were expecting to wait a few weeks longer but, when I told Dleza about it, she squeaked with nerves for a few seconds before breathing deeply and announcing in English, “I’m ready.”
So, today we had the pleasure of bringing her to the hospital with her brother. After some tests, we met with the surgeon who will operate on her tomorrow. He explained the whole procedure which was translated to them by Tara (although, Dleza was excited that she could understand some of the words in English). So, she is prepared for the big day tomorrow. Their main question was about how much of a risk is there with this surgery. We were all happy to hear the surgeon reporting a 98% success rate.
Please keep Dleza in your prayers ahead of tomorrow. She is a very special part of our family here in Israel, and already we miss her at home! Praise God for giving her peace, and pray a blessing over the hands of the surgical team for tomorrow, in the name of Jesus.
Koinonia Day Camp will work and pray for Dleza
Word just in that Koinonia Day Camp kids will host a yard sale this Friday on behalf of Dleza!
Koinonia Day Camp has been a ministry of West Newbury Congregational Church, located in West Newbury, Massachusetts, USA, for almost 30 years! We are a six-week Christian summer camp that provides a fun, safe environment for children between 1st through 10th grade; our main goal, besides having fun, is to help children & teenagers learn more about God. As a ministry of West Newbury Congregational Church, we believe that the church as a whole is called to be salt and light to the world. We take seriously the need to spread the good news locally and world-wide. We endeavor to do this in the love and the power of the Holy Spirit, encouraging one another. We take the teachings of the scripture as our guide in spreading the truth through the gospel, all year long, but specifically in our six weeks of summer camp.
Sweet Dleza was discharged because her cath was postponed until next Tuesday. As soon as we turned the corner into the 5th floor ICU we ran into her and brother, who told us the news. They were both very positive and didn’t mind returning home at all, and it was nice because they got to be here for Darbaz’s going away party.
Because of the high volume of children in the ICU plus the urgent cases that crop up, the cath lab has been very busy lately. One of the doctors asked me today, “Are you guys bringing more kids than you used to?!” It’s easy to get overwhelmed at the sheer magnitude of need, but then you think about the individual, like when I saw Dleza today and we hadn’t seen each other in a few days, we collided into a hug. You remember each child has hopes, fears, likes, dislikes, a past and a future, and all of this is known by God. If He even takes care of the sparrows we have nothing to fear, for we are worth more than many sparrows to Him. And that’s when I think what a privilege this is: to know Dleza, and to become as close as family. Please pray for Dleza and her brother to be open to Jesus our redeemer, and that He would guide the doctors in her cath on Tuesday.
After a long day of tests and waiting, Dleza got admitted to Sheba Medical Center tonight, with plans for a heart catheterization tomorrow morning.
During her stay at Shevet, we have seen how Dleza tires very easily, gets headaches, and her oxygen levels are in the 60’s and 70’s. She points to her fingernails and lips, and sadly says, “blue.”
We believe that this precious Yezidi refugee was brought here for a purpose, and that she and her brother will see the love of Christ while here. Dleza has a sweet spirit, helps out in caring for and playing with the toddlers, and loves to hang out with some of the Shevet staff.
To boost her spirits during the long wait for admission, we went to the Sheba pharmacy, then to the McDonald’s next door, so she could experience her first McFlurry.
Please pray for peace, and for good news for Dleza and her family.
Dleza is a really beautiful and sweet girl. She is like a big sister for our babies here and she always wants to help us with everything we need. Today we had the pleasure of taking her and her brother to Sheba hospital for her first assessment. She was a little anxious, because she knows that her heart is not healthy. In the hospital they performed an echo – she was so shy and nervous – and then they did a ECG, checked vital signs.
The doctor checked the echo and the report and told us that for now she needs a cath to gather more information, and after that they will decide the next step. Praise the Lord our new volunteer can speak Kurdish and English so she was able to translate everything. Please pray for her cath to be scheduled soon.
Beautiful Dleza arrived in Israel this morning, the only girl of the group, and accompanied by her brother. She is 13 years old and I have already really enjoyed getting to know her.
She greeted me so politely saying, “how are you?” in English. She was stable from our assessments at the airport and we brought her home. She is so friendly and really lovely with the babies in the house already! She is also able to speak Arabic and some English in addition to Kurdish, and so between these three languages we have managed to have a lovely chat together about our families and so on.
Dleza is going to be going to the hospital on Tuesday for her first assessment, and so please pray for her to feel peace as she settles in, and for God’s blessing over her time at the hospital.