Jwana's Heart Surgery

northern Iraq

Welcome to Israel Jwana!

Posted on Sun, 12/30/2012 - 23:33 by Kristina Kayser

A lovely eleven-year-old girl named Jwana and her mother made their grand entrance into Israel today. It just so happens that Jwana's name means "beautiful" in Kurdish. Her parents could not have chosen a name that suits her better. Her gentle eyes darted shyly when we first met, and she stuck close to her mother. The two of them were soon welcomed with a rush of affection and greetings from the other Kurdish families.

All of us gathered in the upstairs sitting room to become better acquainted. I wondered if everyone's eager questions would overwhelm our newest guests. Jwana's mother, however, seemed to appreciate the sincerity and interest shown her. Jwana, likewise, seemed comforted by the presence of Sara (13 years), who offered her friendship right away. Sara reminded me that Rozhgar, another teenage girl who recently returned to Kurdistan, had done the same for her. What a wonderful demonstration of love!

Jwana came to Israel in order to receive treatment for Tetralogy of Fallot. This diagnosis is comprised of four distinct heart defects. And the sooner it is fixed, the better. To my surprise, I also learned that Jwana's mum had been under the impression that they were bound for Italy today. Imagine her reaction today when she learned that their journey would, in fact, end in Jerusalem. By the time she and Jwana arrived at the Shevet house this evening, a few tears had been shed and the initial shock had worn off. Praise God they found solace in the warmth of our home and the sweet familiarity of their mother tongue and culture. Please pray for Jwana and her mother as we head to Wolfson in the morning for primary tests and assessments. We look forward to all the good things God has in store for this beautiful young lady!  

Jwana to Israel Before Year's End

Posted on Sun, 12/23/2012 - 17:39 by Jonathan Miles

11-year-old Jwana has by God's grace survived since birth with the combination of heart defects called Tetralogy of Fallot, and her oxygen levels are only about 75% of normal. With surgery doctors hope she can grow up, marry, and have children.

We've applied for Jwana's visa and hope to see her in Jerusalem before the end of the year.