Baveel's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Brave Boy with a Sweet Heart

Posted on Tue, 01/01/2008 - 00:00 by Donna_Petrel

It has been fun to get to know Baveel today. He is both brave and yet a little boy of only nine years who hates needles enough to refuse to have to deal with them twice in one day. He understands alot of the challenging medical conversation around him in Arabic, and English besides his native Kurdish, but would rather be playing. He acts as big as the older boys, but still has the sweetness of heart to gently wipe the crumbs from Arya's face after dinner. He loves the fish in the big aquarium, and has already given names to his favorites - naming them after those of us who he knows!

And he is already asking when he will have his surgery, even while explaining to his friend Hardi's mother that only the doctor can decide the timing. He is active, but tires out quickly due to his heart condition, and is old enough to understand that this surgery will help solve that problem for him.

I believe the best way to pray for Baveel is to ask God to give him His understanding of how very much He loves him, and has a special and wonderful plan for His life. I look forward to spending more time with him in the coming weeks as he waits for and then undergoes the surgery he needs.

Baveel and Friends Reach Israel as Year Turns

Posted on Mon, 12/31/2007 - 00:00 by Donna_Petrel
After a very long day of riding and waiting, these dear children and their mothers arrived in Israel at about 8:30 this evening. I was able to meet them in the Jordan terminal and ride back into Israel with them to ease the crossing process. When we entered the Israeli terminal, a long passport control session was necessary for all 9 of us, and we happily exited into the main terminal about an hour later. We posed for a group picture before climbing into our waiting "chariot" to go to Jerusalem; you can see between Alex and I, from L to R, Hardi, Arya, Baveel, and Juliana, and their moms. Please pray for all of them to get a good night's rest. We will leave early in the morning for their first visit to the hospital for initial check-ups. Pray as well for each family as they enter this season of intensity in their lives while they have their hopes realized, even while their fears peak, when their respective children undergo surgery. We will entrust each one to God for His care to be evident throughout the process.