Glenn and Kim will leave on August 14th on their trek to Liberia. They will have
a four day layover in Brussels for their 32nd anniversary (which
happens to be August 16th). They will arrive in Monrovia,
Liberia on August 19 and will return home September 21st.
Glenn and Kim
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Mercy Ships Restoring Sight in Africa
Mercy Ships continues to bring physical and spiritual healing to
some of the poorest people in Liberia through its fully equipped
hospital ship, the Africa Mercy.
To Our Wonderful Supporters,
As we once again prepare to leave Texas for Liberia, we find ourselves humbled
by God who has brought all of you to join with us in this journey. The Lord has
also recently made it abundantly clear again that He wants us to continue to
serve Him in this way. You cannot imagine what it is like to have His will be
made so clear that it leaves no doubt that this is what we are to be doing right
now. It leaves us immeasurably grateful to Him (especially when things become
difficult.) Praise to Him always! Rom. 16:27
If that weren't enough,
we have other significant praises we have been waiting to share with you all.
The first is about our newest grandson, Noah, whom many were praying for
concerning his kidney. Noah had a test run and the doctor's said his kidney
looked blocked and there was a better than 95% chance that they would do surgery
soon. Two weeks later he went for a more definitive test that would show where
to operate. WE were praying that the doctor would call and say " Well, he no
longer needs surgery." This, of course, was the long shot that we knew only
God could do. AND HE DID! The doctors did say that! We were all in tears and
thanking God for working on behalf of little Noah! Thank you all so much for
praying with us! God was gracious!
We also have another
praise to report. Many of you know that when I was on the ship the last time, I
burned my esophagus with my malaria medication. They told me it would take
months to heal. Well, on Friday, I had my scope done and he said there is NO
scarring and NO reflux and it has completely healed!! I do not have to be
concerned with further complications! Yea!
On August 14th, we leave
for Liberia, Africa to serve aboard the Africa Mercy. Glenn was recently there
for a week and was privileged to be able to do the very first surgery aboard
this new ship! This newsletter contains links to these articles for those who
are interested. We will serve until September 21st doing eye surgery, training
a local eye surgeon, developing the program for the disabled, and continuing to
develop over all the future mission of Mercy Ships.
Please pray for opportunities to clearly share the gospel as
well as for discipleship opportunities that always seem to present themselves on
board the ship. Please also pray for Glenn as he moves forward
administratively, for wisdom and boldness as God directs
him. Col. 4:2-6
Many blessings to you
In the News
Some great reporters are taking notice of Mercy Ships and are very interested in the ministry that takes place in Africa. There were three new articles since the last newsletter and they shed some great light on what Glenn and Kim are doing. Enjoy!
|An Interview with Dr. Strauss
Recently Glenn was interviewed for an article appearing on the Christian Post, an online Christian news website. He tells more about the medical procedures done on the new Africa Mercy and how this has changed the way they are able to operate in the African countries.
Interview: Mercy Ships VP on Gospel's Healing Touch, African Superstition
Dr. Glenn Strauss, the vice president of International Health Care
and Programs, spoke to The Christian Post on July 12 just days after
returning from performing surgeries aboard the Africa Mercy docked in
The following are excerpts taken from the interview:
I usually hear Mercy Ships performing cataract and cleft palate
surgeries, but this was the first time I heard orthopedic surgeries
being done on a Mercy ship. Is this the first time the ministry has
done orthopedic surgeries?
Strauss: No, this is not the first
time, but it has been several years since one of our ships have been
able to sponsor and support orthopedic surgeries. So we are thrilled
that the Africa Mercy will make it possible for us to support more
variety of surgeries than we have been able to do before and orthopedic
is one of those.
Read the full interview here
Faith-Based Medical Mission Leaps ForwardBy PATRICK BUTLER
"I wouldn't want anyone I know to have to endure
what they call the 'medical system' in Liberia," he said. "The
hospitals are bombed-out, cinder-block buildings. The operating rooms
are not sterile. There is frequently no electricity. Patients show up,
hoping a doctor of any kind will be there. Often there is not.
there is a doctor, waiting can take all day," he continued, ticking off
his fingers. "And there is not a guarantee they are specialists in the
area of concern or have the know-how to address the problem. There is
seldom the correct medical equipment on hand, seldom the support staff
needed to help physicians. There are no windows, and the humid, outside
air, full of insects, comes right into the hospital."
paused and looked out his office window to the view of peaceful lush
and green East Texas countryside. His white beard and hair framed a
gentle face, his eyes filled with quiet emotion as he appeared to be
struggling with just the right words. After about 15 seconds of
silence, he slowly shook his head and turned back.
"It's tragic," he said, shrugging his shoulders.
read the full article here
|The next time you hear from me Glenn and Kim will be serving on the ship. I look forward to being able to pass along the stories and praises of lives changed as they are used by God in mighty ways.