been long in coming. I started to write it over a month ago, but was
exposed to a strange African virus that was passed on to me from a
mate. It left me unable to work or read due to a dizziness that was
by moving my eyes. I am in recovery now, but can only work
part-time. But, I don't want you to miss out on what all God has
been doing here aboard our ship! So.... Here are two stories.
boy walked into our screening with his father who had great hopes that
help his son. Due to vitamin deficiencies, Abe's legs began to fold
backwards, like a flamingo's. He had difficulty walking, but could
get around. Abe didn't want to just walk better, he wanted to play
'football' (our soccer)!! Our orthopedic team accepted Abe
and he soon had his surgery. He was so hopeful (but unaware of the hard
work ahead of him.) Our orthopedic surgical teams come early in the
outreach because of the long rehabs the children must endure
After the surgery, a team of physical therapists work with the children
outpatients. We have very limited space in the hospital soooooo,
our Hospital Administrator, Bill Martin came up with an outrageous idea
converting a place off ship into a Hospitality
Center that could house
these patients and feed them until they were discharged!! It has worked
beautifully!! It's amazing to see our staff carry patients like Abe
in their arms, up the gangway and down 2 flights to the hospital all the
watching not to knock their casts into a wall as they stick out straight
Abe was very proud of his casts, but had the heart of an artist and
off his crayon art to anyone that came near his bed!
I wish I had a
picture of him now as he runs with that big Abe grin on his face and his
straight and gorgeous and cast-free! After months of physio it is a
watch him run, jump, and kick! God has blessed Abe and his family by
answering their hope and prayers, Abe will be missed.
didn't heal everyone while He was on the earth, we have to come to grips
with the fact that He doesn't heal everyone here.
we wish He
small 5 year
old stood in line with the 500, waiting to get into our mobile eye
was being held in a large Catholic Church.
little girl remained
nameless as her mother pressed her forward with the line. She was
completely blind, her little eyes scarred from disease.
local pastor, stood calling the children to be lined up. We always see
the children first and this little girl was now at the front of the
As she stood quietly in front of the pastor and listened, she looked up
speaking, she said, "Are you Jesus? Can you help me?"
as he looked into her white eyes that no longer had color to them and
he would be the one to pray with her after they told her that there was
told the child that only Jesus can help...and he wasn't Jesus.
pray that that
little girl's faith will bring her the healing and the hope she longs
She was sent home (and we never learned her name.) Pray for her. Pray
our field team as they experience this daily. Pray that even though we
cannot help them see physically, that they will come to see spiritually.
are the faces that haunt us, but also bring us to our knees.
not of him who wills, not of him who runs, but of God, who shows mercy"