Roster's first assessment
Roster has so much character. On the way to the hospital this morning, she spent the journey waving out the window at the other cars. I was really struck by how expressive she is. She manages to tell you so much in her face, and her little mannerisms.
Eventually, after a long wait, Roster was called in for her first assessment. Almost immediately she exploded into a storm of tears. Together Julio, the nurses, her mother and I tried everything – “baby shark”, bubbles, a lullaby, walking round the room with her, making faces, complete silence – eventually she started to calm down and her beautiful smile returned. Everyone in the room breathed a huge sigh of relief as everything went quiet.
We had another long wait together after Roster’s assessment. This time, Roster and I explored the waiting room. She is really inquisitive and enjoyed looking at the playground, the pictures on the wall and, of course, Joela blowing kisses. Two other Shevet families were waiting at the same time. It was really nice to have our little community in the waiting room, talking and sharing fruit together.
We were told tonight, that Roster will probably need a surgery, but the medical team need to discuss tomorrow to confirm if she is suitable for this. Please pray that she will have the treatment she needs, and God will be with this special family during their time here.
Today beautiful Roster stepped into our life. This nine month old girl stole my heart the second I saw her. Right from the start a lovely smile was on her face. Even though she didn’t new me she seemed to trust me. This lovely trade is also clearly visible in her wonderful mom. After the long travel she was very exhausted but expressed her thankfulness to be here. From the start I realized that Roster and her mum are connected in a very special and beautiful way. Roster was calm and seemed to feel safe as long as her mum was with her. She even let me carry her all the way to the car, her eyes constantly resting on her mum. As we arrived at the car Roster allowed us to be put in the seat without any fear. She even gifted us with a beautiful smile and started scanning her surroundings curiously.
We are very blessed to have these two beautiful people in Shevet now.
Racing to get to Israel before winter
Eight-month-old Roster still only weighs a little over three kilograms (seven pounds) due to her heart defect. And since she and her family are refugees from Syria living in a camp, she is especially vulnerable to chest infections during the coming winter weather which could take her life. Doctors in Israel have agreed to accept Roster, and the Interior Ministry has approved her visa. But the father has spent weeks going from office to office in Kurdistan seeking permission to leave the region and return, and has yet to find a sympathetic ear.
Please pray with us for the spirit of the Lord to move and open a way for Roster and her family to be treated for what the word of God says they are: made in the image of God himself.