|Saying Goodbye to Liberia
|For those who
support the work God has sent us to do,|
Grace and Peace
through our Savior, Jesus Christ.
We are starting to
pack for our return home. It feels like we just got here. It also
feels like Friday is a long way off because we have so much to accomplish in
the next few days!
Since we wrote
last, we have been very busy with a variety of activities! One surprising
one was that we were asked to be on a Christian radio station here! It is ELWA
radio which began here in 1954! It was a call-in talk show about
marriage...NOT eyes! Glenn was fine with the radio thing but it was
bizarre and new for me! Talking to the "air" is
hard...and is NOT like talking on the phone! Our radio host, Perry,
helped when he could! This was a national show and we pray that the truth
of God's word stirs in the heart of these Christians who still think
women are 'property'.
We were also asked
to teach a Marriage Conference for 16 pastors and a few of their wives (all the
wives were invited, but only a few came). Glenn taught the lesson and then
opened it up for discussion. It was amazing! They were SO open,
that it really became a personal counseling session for each of them!
Except with EVERYONE listening! They said things most Americans would
struggle to say in private! And some were back and forth between the
pastor and his wife! THEN... Glenn had to leave to return to the ship
to do more surgeries and I had to finish the afternoon topics on Submission and
Leadership. These issues are always controversial in ALL cultures, but I
was outnumbered and dealing with a male dominated culture. Sure
enough, about half way through, one of the pastors said "Well, if your
husband was only here, then we would have the male point of view!!"
I just reminded him that it is only GOD'S POINT OF VIEW that
matters!! They didn't argue with that! In fact, they begged
us to come back and do another session.(actually they asked us to do 3 more!).
himself serving a few VIP patients this time including the President's
sister (who most people say actually is the one running the country since she
is the eldest!), port officials and various cabinet members. He did the
Minister of Health's cataract surgery. The minister was so pleased
that the word got around quickly. Calls started coming for a VIP treatment from
Dr. G! Glenn was also able to spend time training several
ophthalmologists to use the technique he has developed including the only two
ophthalmologists in Liberia
as well as a surgeon from Australia
and one from the U.S.
All in all, the eye team was able to do over 500 eye surgeries in the 5 weeks
we were here.
We are having to
say goodbye to friends we have come to know and love over the past 4
years. It is very hard. One couple that we met in 2005 had a baby and
actually named him after Glenn! Here is a picture of them together with
his father, Otis and his sister. He has his name-sake in Liberia!!
Ha! (looks just like him! Eh?) We will miss our friends here
and pray God will lead us to meet with them again this side of heaven!
We will be home
for the holidays and then return to the ship in January. The ship will
then travel to Benin.
We will be on that sail. Pray for our time home with family. Pray
for Kim's motion sickness on the sail. And pray for Benin -
the country that birthed Voodoo.
In His love,
Glenn and Kim
" Liberian Fire Department?"