But today it was different. We went outside and that at 40 degrees Celsius! The initiative came from him or maybe his mother, cause she asked me if I could go to a hair salon with Imdad. Said and done!
Imdad’s mother seemed to shine with happiness today – she just couldn’t hide her pride in her son. Her love and care for him is really beautiful to see. She has had such a patient and generous heart throughout her whole time here – the waiting, the surgery, the long days in lockdown – her presence seems to lift the whole community.
The week in hospital has come to an end for Imdad! We are very happy that he and his mother have returned home to Jaffa with us. Imdad has been extremely keen to get here ASAP as he hasn’t enjoyed the food in the hospital. It is also really lovely that he can be with Khalid at home, who also is recovering from his surgery too.
Please pray that Imdad’s recovery is smooth and he can enjoy his time in Israel.
His mother briefly came to see us outside of the boundary doors, and shared this picture of Imdad, but it was clear that her heart was bound closely to Imdad, and it was difficult for her to be away from him for any longer than ten minutes.
Imdad is special and so is his mother; she became the main chef for the Shevet home where our families live during their stay here – she put so much effort into making delicious Kurdish foods nearly everyday. But most impressive was how she comforted another Kurdish mother who recently lost her baby. Imdad’s mum was firm and supportive like a rock. I am sure she will be the same comfort to her son when he goes into surgery tomorrow.
Written by Don
Today we had a dual purpose for our visit to the Sheba Hospital. First, to collect baby Mohammed S. for discharge. He looked well and snuggled into his Mum truly relaxed.
The other purpose was to take Imdad for the pre-operation ECG and Electrocardiogram. He has waited such long time for this day but he and his Mum remained calm, taking everything in their stride as the day progressed.
“I can see your heart 8 billion different ways, every precious one a child you died to save.”
These are lyrics from one of my favourite songs, and I often find them coming to mind as I am with the families here at Shevet. Today Jonas, a Danish volunteer, and I, and Anna, a new German volunteer, played Uno with Imdad before lunch. I went to his room to knock on his door to ask if he wanted to play, and admittedly I wasn’t sure what his response would be. But he smiled wide as he heard my suggestion.
Imdad was a very fast learner at Uno and it wasn’t like we were going easy on one another- he was playing to win! We broke for lunch and then had tea and biscuits after. Then for three hours we played not only Uno, but spoons, a fast card game where you have to get four of the same number in a row and then quickly grab a spoon at the center of the circle, and there is one less spoon than there is people, so the last one without the spoon is out for the round.
It was a beautiful afternoon, hours of uninterrupted time with Imdad, and then eventually our other teenagers, Khalid and Khonav, joined in. Sometimes it’s easy to just do and do and do, there will always be more things to clean or activities that could be done, but God often puts things before us, and gives them to us to fulfill. Sitting and playing cards with Imdad and Khalid and Khonav was possibly one of my favorite times I’ve had in my ten months at Shevet. It was authentic and joyful, and it bonded us. How good it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity over tea, biscuits and card games, with the sun shining the golden light of ‘just before’ sunset.
Imdad’s first assessment by the Israeli cardiologist was today. This young man received a catheterization at a nearby hospital only three years ago, he now needs open heart surgery to complete his healing. The world class Israeli cardiologists will have a meeting tomorrow to discuss his case, and a plan will be formulated to either fix, or completely replace his aortic valve. Please pray that the doctors would be filled with wisdom, and that Imdad and his mother would be filled with peace
Today we welcomed this 16 year, old young man Imdad. All I knew about Imdad before he arrived, was his age and that he is allergic to bananas and sunflower seeds. I was quite curious to meet him and his lovely mother. When I saw him at the airport my first impression was that there was a very nice security man helping with the bags. But it was Imdad who was carrying a very heavy bag. This behavior already showed me a glimpse of what a beautiful soul he has and what a blessing he will be to all of us. In the same way I hope we can be a blessing to him and his mother.
On our way back home I thought about how much courage it took for them to come to a foreign country, and to live with people they don’t know. I thought this is very impressive. I hope and pray that the doctors can help Imdad, and that we can support both him and his mother, perhaps touch their hearts so they can better get to know who God is; that He is FOR them! Welcome Imdad! Be blessed!