| To all who follow
and support us in what God has asked us to do,|
After our short
break at home, we are again fully engaged here in Benin. Glenn first week of surgery he was
all by himself and did almost 150 patients. The team was happy to be really busy
again. Our BIG news is that
the Benin eye surgeons Glenn has trained
for the last 8 months did their first eye project this week using the technique
Glenn has developed. They were so
excited and proud that they had succeeded in learning this technique and are now
using it in their own hospital.
Other members of
our team were involved in the training as well. Hannah, one of our translators, has been
training on board as an eye tech and has excelled. She taught the doctors and staff at this
local hospital how to do calculations for the implant used during cataract
Here they are so
enthusiastic to learn that they swamped poor Hannah! Another local, Anne,
who has her nursing degree, has successfully been trained to assist an
ophthalmologist in the OR. Anne also came to help train their OR nurses. They did a great job and it was a big
help to have someone with us who could speak the local language! Our translators have not only learned
their skills, but now have learned to train others! Hannah has been so inspired that she is
moving on to attend medical school!
very well the first day and to everyone's amazement, they were able to finish 10
surgeries in one day and without any complications! (and without help from their 'Professor', Dr. Glenn , who stood
nearby praying). And just so you
have a frame of reference, the hospitals here rarely are able to do even 5
cataracts in one week! And up till now have gotten poor
One of the local
ophthalmologist had come as a guest from another
hospital. She has also asked if we
could do the same thing at her hospital.
We are praying that we will be able to help set this up for October
before leaving in November.
The joy we have in
knowing that we will be leaving Benin with 3 doctors that we can
confidently say will give the people excellent eye care is priceless! Better yet, their hearts have also been
stirred to serve the poor. Two of
the doctors are Christians (and women) and one is Muslim.
Here is a picture of the 3 doctors all assisting one
another on this surgery. All are eager to continue what they
have started here in Benin. I wish you all could have seen
these doctors 'beaming' as they realized what they had accomplished.
They have even made the national newspaper
and we hope they will get a visit from the President of Benin
patients have been given their sight so far this year (Glenn has done 1,900 of
them himself), 12 international surgeons and 10 African surgeons have been
trained in the technique of cataract surgery Glenn is doing and these 3 have been trained to be
What an amazing year it has been and we still have 2
months to go! Keep us in your
prayer so that we may finish well here in Benin.
Thanks for 'going
with us' in this work. It means a
lot to know you are there.