Being a new ship, with such a short
time for set up, it will come with "kinks" that will need to be
worked out. His job will be to look for, anticipate and problem solve
with the teams there to avoid possible problems for the new visiting surgeons
of all varieties coming soon. We are really excited to see this new
ship in service for the Lord in Liberia.
As we have told you, the need there is so great! The ship will be offering eye,
facial tumor, orthopedic, and cleft palate surgeries.
| Well, Glenn is off again! He
is heading back to Liberia
to do the first official surgery on our new ship the Africa Mercy! The
surgery will be a cataract surgery on Monday, June 25th. He will
continue eye surgeries for the rest of the week. His other main purpose
is to properly get the hospital up and running before the other surgeries start
in July but there will also be news coverage. The story of these first surgeries
is scheduled to be released July 2 by CNN and the BBC.
A lot is riding on the success of
Mercy Ships of Garden Valley as they begin surgery in Liberia on
Monday. The organization should be the pride and joy of Smith County
and of Tyler, in particular. And it should be the focus of much of its
prayers, regardless of one's religious affiliation.
rarely been such a massive effort by a faith-based nonprofit to
minister to the world's millions of impoverished citizens as with Mercy
Ships. The have been in East Texas since 1989, quietly performing
medical miracles for those with no medical recourse.
Texan, Don Stephens, founded the charity that serves all regardless of
race, color, creed or national origin. Stephens left Texas to travel
the world for years, but he got back here as quickly as he could. He
told me recently, "Smith County is where Mercy Ships got its real
Texas' native son is joined by Dr. Glenn Strauss of
Tyler and formerly of Heaton Eye Associates. Strauss joined Mercy Ships
as director of International Health Care just five days before the
tsunami devastated much of Southeast Asia in late 2004.
hung on in the face of a tidal wave of challenges that would have
devoured a lesser man and is now a tough veteran in the battle to keep
serving. Today he is vice president of international health and
programs, directing all of Mercy Ship's programs, everywhere. That's
quite a leap for a guy doing eye surgeries just two years ago, which he
still does. He and his wife, Kim, are members of Grace Community Church.
flew to Africa Saturday and will perform the first surgery on board the
$62-million hospital ship Africa Mercy. Tylerpaper.com will publish
photos of the "before and after" of the surgery as they are sent to the
Why is the Tyler Paper paying so much attention to a simple surgery so far away? Because Mercy Ships...read full article here
Pray For Us
Glenn will be there for only one
week. He is returning to the US on July 5th. This will
mean traveling on 4th of July. Please pray for safety. Kim will not
be going this trip but will stay and help with our newest grandbaby Noah who is
waiting for probable kidney surgery in July. He is really doing great and
we ask you to join us in praying that the doctor's will find no need to do the
surgery ( we are told there is a very small chance this is possible).
Thank you all for praying for this sweet boy. For those who have asked, Kim's
health is doing very well. She is still waiting for her esophagus to
fully heal, but expects this to take at least another month.
Our gratefulness and love to you all,
Glenn and Kim Strauss