Grace and peace to
you from God our Father! We are on
our way home!
As I sit in this
Belgium airport, reflecting on what
has occurred just in the last few weeks, I am amazed! Why God's work continues to floor me is
a mystery! But, why wouldn't
it be amazing? After all...He is GOD!!
In 16 days, Glenn
has been able to finish 444 surgeries!
The new doctor that came in the last two weeks remarked that our team on
the ship flows better than any thing he has seen in the UK! He was astonished by the fact
that this all was accomplished while being understaffed!! We literally pulled one guy out of the
hallway, into the OR, and trained him to be a eye scrub
nurse! (He was thrilled!) But, they all loved working with Dr.
G.!! The patients called him "magic hands" while the other surgeons
just called him "the machine"!
Ha! Glenn was so proud of
his team and pleased that we could serve so many and bring them much needed
sight! Here is a cute picture of one of his very
Lots of training
projects going on: a skills training program that Glenn developed in
collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Liberia has
3 "students". Believe it or
not, they have been doing ALL their clerical work for the Ministry of Health with
pencil and paper...and no files!!
They HAVE lap tops, but
no training! Now they are on the
ship learning computer skills, spread sheets, reconciling numbers and filing
systems. They are so excited and have now
begun to train others. How exciting
is that! Anesthetists from a
mission hospital have been rotating through our ORs in
2 week shifts to learn new skills. Glenn has been working with the ONLY two
ophthalmologists from Liberia. A bio-med tech on board has been training staff at the local hospital how to fix and
maintain their equipment. (This has
been a huge success and greatly needed
here!) All this training
effort has opened new doors for discipleship. Next year on the ship, we are even
offering a formal Eye Fellowship training program to 2 African
encouragement. Many of you are familiar with the Jesus
Film. It is a film from the gospel
of Luke that tells about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We have teams that go out regularly,
often into the bush (as they call
it here) and show the film by generator. Sometimes the equipment works... and
sometimes it doesn't. The sound system often won't work and our
team shouts the story to the crowds.
yes, CROWDS ! This is enormously popular with hundreds
often attending. The impact has
been enormous! The team has just
announced that they have just planted the first church! God is using this film and the faithfulness of
our team to expand His kingdom in Liberia!
As we look toward
home now, we ask that your prayers continue for the ministry happening in
Liberia. Please pray for us as
we use this next few months at home to prepare for our last trip to this country
that we have worked in for 4 years. We will need wisdom to wrap up our
work there in a way that encourages them to carry on and helps us to bring
closure to many friendships. Next year, God willing, we will be serving in
To God be the glory! Great things He has