|The Lord has risen! He has risen indeed!
"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."
| Glenn and I want
to wish you all a Happy Easter! |
Our Easter has
started off with an amazing story of a family of 5. Mom, Dad and 3 kids
ages 1, 3 and 7. All three kids came in Tuesday. All came
completely blind from cataracts. We were amazed! Three blind kids!!
The mom and dad had lost hope when the 3rd one, little Ricardo was
born last year and they discovered he was also born blind. The Mom just kept
saying "What are we going to do?", "How am I going to take
care of them?" She said she grieved mightily! Yet...these
were some of the happiest kids we have encountered. When Glenn told them
that he would do all 6 eyes on the same day, they were cautiously hopeful and
Wednesday, they arrived and graciously allowed us to film their children.
Alexis, the 7 year old boy is a typical 7 year old boy who loves cars! We
could not speak his language, but we had a universal "vroom vroom"
that he happily participated in! Hadege, the 3 year old girl, was typical
also. She loved "babies" and would constantly repeat "ca
va" (French for 'okay'-as well as in her own language).
She would get us to playfully say it over and over and over as she giggled and
repeated it back enthusiastically to us! Ricardo, the one year boy just
loved his mommy. But none could see.
On Thursday, I
prepared their eyes (and momma's heart) for surgery. It was a rough
day for them as nurses and doctors --- and yours truly, poked them, stuck them,
forced medicine down their little mouths, starved them and "someone"
kept dropping stinging liquids into their little unsuspecting eyes! Glenn
took them one by one and prayerfully took out each set of cataracts. These poor
babies woke up with tape all over their faces that kept eye patches on...and
both hands wrapped to keep them from removing them.
Mom had a hard
night. And we prayed.
In the morning, a
crowd gathered as we began to unveil their eyes. The girl went
first. She looked all around, but wasn't sure WHAT she was seeing...but
she was seeing!! Her momma was so proud! It took Hadege about 45
minutes before she began realizing what she was seeing and then suddenly she
caught on and began stealing toys from her brother!! Ha! What a joy!
next. He has not seen for the longest. We were not sure how well he
would do since his eyes had not been in use for so long. At first he
continued his "blind ways", feeling his way around, so we were not
sure how much he could see. Then we got him to walk around the
room. He walked right up to Glenn and began chatting away!!
Everyone burst out laughing (mostly because he was SO excited and we had NO
idea what he was saying!) But, we knew he could see, too!
I had the privilege
(and daunting task) of unpatching the baby, Ricardo. They had also taped
over his ear...so he screamed!! I took it very slowly, but soon the
patches were off and I whisked him over to mommy. We watched quietly as
she nursed him to calm him. Soon, we saw him peek with one eye and his
little hand quickly reached up and grabbed just what he had spied...a
bright colorful spot on mommy's dress!
THEY COULD ALL
SEE! God had brought sight back to this little family who thought they
were doomed to darkness. What a great Easter surprise for papa who is waiting
to receive them back home today! All we can add is HALLELUJAH!
May you also experience
the joy of Easter this year!
Glenn and Kim
and Alexis modeling their new specs!
Ricardo and Mommy after an exhausting morning!