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Glenn and Kim

Kim and Glenn

Togo, Africa!

Rapping for Jesus

Dear friends, family and supporters,


I have two more people I want to tell you about, Aissa  and  Mensah who God sent our way.


Mensah is a young boy that was led into our Friday clinic by his brother because  Mensah was blind from cataracts.  He was a good candidate for surgery so as he left with his 'golden ticket'.   I heard people laughing and cheering outside!  I walked out stunned and amused to see Mensah surrounded by our translators and staff.... RAPPING!  AND...he was rapping in English  (which he couldn't even speak but, I was told is the ONLY way to rap in Africa!)  As I listened, tickled by his antics, I heard in his words the hope he had for a better life.  Well, here he is six weeks later!  Back with a NEW rap!  As he proudly rapped, I snapped pictures and heard words of praise to God! He was so excited!   Praising God for bringing Mercy Ships.  Praising Him for his new sight...and praising Him for a new future!  I am still tickled and chuckle as I write, but the joy we see--it comes in many forms.


I met little Aissa one day as I entered the ward to prepare an eye patient for surgery.  She nearly knocked me down as she ran to me for a hug!  She hung on as I continued to make my way to my patient.  So  I picked her up (as all grandma's and mom's know how to do) and placed her on my hip and treated my patient with my other hand.  She cuddled and hugged as I continued my work.  Aissa's head was nearly completely bandaged with only one eye, one cheek and her mouth showing her beautiful smile.

I had the blessing and privilege of meeting her when she was full of love and kisses.... but, she was not always this way.  When Aissa first arrived for screening she was frightened and lashed out with fury.  her uncle brought her all the way from Cameroon with a cloth sack over her head.  She had been abandoned by both parents.  We could not speak her language.  The doctor's discovered a NOMA, a flesh eating infection that had left a large hole in her right cheek and taken her right eye.  You could see through to her teeth.  Sadly, this could have been treated with simple antibiotics but the family could not afford it.  Only 10% of children usually survive it.   It would take multiple surgeries to repair her.  Aissa's first week on the ward challenged every nurse as she screamed, fought and escaped often!  Human barracade's were put in place to prevent this determined 7 year old from escaping.  Our nurses poured love into her with coos, prayers, play and loving touches until she finally came to trust them.  The nurses taught her some sign language to help with the fits that rose out of the frustration of not being understood.  The surgery went well and the grafts were taking!  Aissa felt better!  She soon became a lively, playful, cheerful little girl that was afraid of nothing. She was still escaping, but now it was to play ....and find more hugs!  She is gone now after weeks of surgeries and healing.  The bandages are gone, but scars will remain. But you won't notice them.  As soon as  she looks at you and flashes her smile and comes running to share her love...you won't see scars, you will just agree as you hear her say the last thing she said as she left.... "I'm beautiful!"   


Ps 146:5, 8-10- "Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help whose hope is in the Lord his God.  The Lord opens the eyes of the blind, the Lord raises those who are bowed down, the Lord watches over the strangers, He relieves the fatherless.  The Lord shall reign forever!  Praise the Lord!"


Glenn and Kim