The doctor came to us on Tuesday to help with translation. He explained that he was from Syria where he had his own clinic and was a cardiologist. He had been here for a year with his wife and hadn't worked in all that time. Lebanon, whose official policy is to give no quarter to the refugees, also has denied him a request to be licensed there.
The day started a little rocky with the first doctor who handled translations. His English skills were not as good as some of the other translators we had helping, but by the end of day he had won everyone over because of his ability to help the doctors. His wife has breast cancer and returns once a month for treatments accompanied by her aunt. He cannot return or he will be conscripted into the Syrian army.
Day 2 of his time with us was even smoother. At about 3 pm two parents brought in their 6 year old son. They brought x-rays and clinical notes, but as the parents explained, there was nothing that could be done to save him. The doctor kept reviewing the notes, but because most of it was in Arabic, he couldn't make heads nor tails of it. Then the Syrian doctor was called over. After going through all the documents, he gave the parents the news. The notes indicated a surgery that could be done and a surgeon, one he had worked with before. The little boy would not be terminal if the surgery was done. That quickly led to one of the local church members contacting the local branch of the UN who would pay for the surgery!
This was a miracle because a Syrian doctor just happened to be there who was also a cardiologist.
That evening the doctor stopped by with gifts for all of the team. The night he and his wife, had made us all crosses using an Arabic form of known typing. And then we started crying. We asked him how we could pray for him. He wanted peace in Syria and healing for his wife. After we finished, he asked if he could pray for us in Aramaic! When this man finished there were few dry eyes in the room.
God is at work in the Middle East, and we have been privileged to witness his hand on the work and on these people.