"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil  and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners and purify your hearts, you double-minded." 
James 4:7-8

Stay close to the word of God. The rich truths written in the book of James have spoken so powerfully to me this week about the glorious wisdom of God, and about how he calls us to humble ourselves before him. We constantly need His presence and His Word. Please pray that we would all continue to grow in our desire for his Word, and that we would make it our daily bread. 

It feels like the season is changing; it is such a different atmosphere here this week at Shevet as I write our prayer update to you. The house is so busy and full of life. God has brought many skilled and servant-hearted people to Israel over the last couple of weeks to join our community. Things are getting done! Please thank God for his wisdom and the way he has worked in all of these peoples lives. 

We ask for his blessing in the lives of Julio, Luzma and their beautiful little daughter Paula, who have recently joined us for the long term, God willing. We know that God always provides, and for this family, we ask that they will soon be able to find a kindergarten for Paula. Also, for God's favour with getting their work visas. 
We also ask that you would join us in praying God's blessing over Johanna who has served so selflessly as head nurse over the past year or so. She will return soon to Germany, and so we ask that God would really make his face to shine upon her over these closing weeks, and that he will fill her with knowledge of his will. 
And, also for Ben and for Coby who join us for around 6 months. Please pray for them to be filled with the wisdom of God, as they step into leadership roles here at Shevet. 
Jonathan and Michelle are in Kurdistan, seeking the leadership of the Spirit to be the hands, feet and voice of Jesus to the people there. Please pray for them and encourage them with words from the Father. 
Please also keep Lindsay and Ammar in your prayers. Lindsay has the next ultrasound scan coming up for the baby and we ask in Jesus name that the baby will be growing healthily. 
We also thank you for joining with us to lift up the families before Jesus:

Varin ~ praise God that she has started to recover so well following the extubation. Pray that she continues to become more responsive, and that her mothers fears will be calmed, there is no damage to her brain.
Bako ~ he is still a concern for us all here and has an infection. He needs intervention from God to heal his little body.
Ana ~ who is still in the hospital waiting for her second PEG surgery. Praise God for her generous mother who always makes the best of every situation. She has a kind heart and we pray that she is strengthened through Jesus, and she cares for Ana.
Gabriel ~ we have been praying hard for this little man this week!! Thank God that the fluid around his heart has decreased, but please pray that the medical team is able to make a plan for his discharge back to Iraq as his body becomes more stable. Please pray for strength for this mother, as she has been so worried about Gabi, and particularly so now that Mary and her mum have left. They became good friends over their time here.
Our other little ones at the house are doing well so far: MirMohammedAhmed with dad and Ahmed with aunty. Pray that these parents feel supported and that God gives them strength, patience and comfort.
We also had a new arrival this week: beautiful Noor. Please pray that she and her grandma are blessed during their time here. Ammar has already started sharing the Bible with her. 
Please also pray for the Gaza children and their families. We haven't had a clinic this week, but thank God that as we now have more staff, we are able to visit the hosptial more regularly. Please pray for open doors for these families for health and for healing. 
Thank you so much for your prayers. We see God's faithfulness with his answers all the time, and so please be encouraged that we need your prayers! 

Georgia Willcocks for Shevet Achim