To all who follow, pray, and support,|
Being grateful for what the Lord has given is never better
expressed here than on Celebrate Sight Day!! What a day! Glenn
wanted to give his patients a special day where they could celebrate their new
sight. Every Friday, our patients return for their final exam, a YAG
laser treatment and a celebration!! --- all 100+ of them! It's a
thrilling day for those of us who just 6 weeks before had led
them carefully onto the ship, holding their two hands to help guide them. After
surgery, we carefully led them back out with a patch on their eye and
the prayer that God would finish the work and restore sight to their
eye. Now, here they are, walking in on their own and having a party!
My favorites are the miracles that are considered "poor
prognosis" patients. These are patients who have so much damage
to their eyes that we are unsure if the cataract operation will fix
them. One such lady had only one eye left and a dense cataract in it.
We removed the cataract, but did not expect much. We prayed
with her saying that the surgeon had done his part and now
asking Jesus to do the rest. As I looked through the crowd, I
spotted her confidently coming in on her own! Her eye was
clear and good and just sparkled as she went around and thanked all of us!
I stood amazed as I read her chart and witnessed with my own eyes that she
could see just as well as I could! To God be the glory!
One of our translators, Marcel (a real "natural-born
choir director") starts the celebration in song. As the drum beats these
formerly blind patients, young and old, jump to their feet --- and the
dancing begins!! Singing at the top of their lungs,
they rejoice thanking God for His salvation! The sound of the drums
and their voices fills the room! The joy is contagious! We all
begin to dance, clap, and weep for joy!
After the dancing, they tell their stories of neglect, being
taken advantage of, loneliness, feelings of worthlessness, and fear as they
lived in total darkness.... But no longer! God has brought them a
miracle! And now they dance!!!
"A time to mourn and a time ....TO DANCE!!"
Glenn and Kim