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Glenn and Kim

Kim and Glenn

Togo, Africa!

For Theirs is the Kingdom

Dear Supporters,

There are NO eye doctors in Togo that operate on children.  There are no eye doctors in MOST West African countries that operate on children.  But, there are many children here born blind due to cataracts.  Why?  We don't know.  And the problem is compounded by the fact that none of them get any care so the number just keeps increasing.  Many of these children will either die within their first year due to neglect....or live all their lives completely blind.  The grief of this hit me when we had 4 children sent to us by an ophthalmologist in northern Togo - 8 hours away. 

Three young teenage girls and a nine year old boy sat squished together on our bench last Wednesday waiting for Glenn to come out of surgery to evaluate their eyes.  But, I already knew.  When you are born with cataracts and have never seen, your brain will turn off the ability to see and render your eyes useless after years of never seeing.  3 of these children were too old and they had eyes that never even developed to a normal size.  Glenn took the 9 year old because he wasn't born with cataracts.  They developed after he was one and his eyes appeared otherwise normal.  He had a chance.  The surgery went well and he regained much of his sight, but it will not be perfect. 

On Thursday, Glenn came in all excited saying a mother had been brought to the ship by one of the pastors we know with a two month old baby girl who had cataracts.  Since the children we planned on doing from Wednesday could not be done, God had provided a perfect candidate.....  except she was awfully small and it is difficult to get things to happen quickly!   He rushed the process and got her into the OR the same day.  He came out saying, "Boy!  Were those eyes TINY!"   This is the youngest cataract patient in Mercy Ships history.  But, Wisdom did SO well!  Her little eyes will take some time to adjust to seeing, but Glory to God, it's the same way ALL 2 month olds have to adjust!!  This little baby, Wisdom, will grow up seeing and will never develop cataracts again...EVER!  Here she is two days later, comfortably asleep in her proud mother's arms.  God redeemed the time that would have been wasted and restored the sight for this child.

Glenn recently was asked how many children he has operated on .  After he figured for a minute, he realized over the past 18 months it is now well over 350!  A visiting doctor from the UK dropped his jaw and said, "That's amazing!  That is more than was done in the whole of England last year!"  We were stunned.  It made us realize the need here even more vividly.

Last Friday, a group of our post-op children came for a check up.  What a thrill to see these kids once blind, now walking and playing on their own!  Several have been able to start school, which was a dream come true for their parents.  Their futures are bright!  Isn't it wonderful how God brings us to the right place at the right time to deliver His blessings.  These families rejoice, thanking God for their miracles! Here are two children's before and after pictures.

"His disciples asked Him saying,"Rabbi, who sinned? The man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered,"Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him" John 9:2,3

" I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you..." Eph. 1:18

For His glory,    

Glenn and Kim