|Volcano ash and other stories|
is asking for prayer. Due to the volcano erupting in Iceland, many
of our volunteer surgeons and nurses are not able to get to the ship.
do have our beloved eye surgeon on board, and our long term
Maxilla Facial surgeon who has
lived on board for more than 20 years (but was hoping for a family
vacation). But, our other specialty doctors have patients waiting.
The news reports are saying that the ash is going to clog the air for
months. We have only 3 months left here in Togo. Please pray for the
being said, I
must tell you of our wonderful new eye tech that is seeing hundreds of
patients each day on the field where tensions run high. His name is
and he is from Northern
Ireland (my new favorite accent!) Joel
and a friend decided to DRIVE to Togo!! They left Northern Ireland in
an old Volkswagen Van
(complete with curtains hanging in the windows) and drove across Great
Britain, ferried over to Europe, then
drove across to France where
they caught another ferry to Africa!
They had many stories of miracles along the way (as you can imagine was
necessary!) The funniest one we have heard so far was when they were
way across Western Africa and they heard a
bang and thought the tire had gone. They looked out the window (no,
didn't stop!) and saw the tire was there and drove on. They then
felt another blow and knew it was the tire as they began to swerve.
got out and saw that the tire was only being held on by one lug nut!
had lost the others along the way! They were in the middle of rural
Africa and knew no one would have lug nuts to fit their
car, so they began to walk back along the road looking for at least one
more. Do you know they found ALL their nuts!! Ha! It was so
funny to hear it told in his N. Ireland
brogue. But, He was sure God had protected them all along the way.
he is not
recommending this as a solution to our problems and he himself is flying
did want to tell
you about our youngest patient yet. A one month old with bilateral
cataracts, born blind. She was big enough for surgery and not
(which is rare here). She did very well and could see the next
morning! Her little eyes went cross-eyed trying to focus on her momma
! She was so cute. Below is a picture of her right before going into
surgery donning a handknit cap made by Mrs. Sievert in Tyler,Tx.
Mrs. Sievert is 85 and loves to knit! She goes to my parents church and
has sent over 100 of these caps to keep our little one warm in our cold
hospital. (Our little ones are not acclimatized to air conditioning and
trying to get warm after being used to sleeping in sweltering
Our patients love them and our nurses are very appreciative! And they
to take them home! What a sweet gift. Thank you, Mrs. Sievert !