Glenn and Kim
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We are so grateful
for all of you who have stayed with us for this Benin service,
through prayer, support, giving, serving and speaking on behalf of this
As we are drawing
close to finishing, we are excited about all that has been
- 4,004 eye surgeries were done (this is 1,000
more than projected!)
- 32,718 people were seen, treated and given
sunglasses on the field
- 5,000+ reading glasses were given (many used
for distance vision)
- 5 local surgeons received training and 2 local
surgeons donated over 200 patients surgeries to the
We could not have
done it without our largest eye team to date - and the largest number
trained. We have trained 15 who are now able to
screen eyes and accurately assess visual acuity. Three were trained to be
Ophthalmic Scrub Nurses and two were trained to be Ophthalmic
- 3 residents were trained to carry on in
different countries, training others, serving the poor and spreading the gospel
to Gabon, Africa, Peru, and South
We are having a
hard time saying goodbye to those we have served alongside for this entire
outreach. (As you can see, my team is not happy
we are leaving!)
We have been
witnesses to miracles and rejoice in
the number of people who have decided to follow Jesus. Although we
will never know the number of people we affected, we do know that 2,258 people
publically accepted the Lord through the various outreaches we had this
year. We pray they will hold fast to their new
As I write this, Glenn and I have
only a few days before we leave. As
you can imagine, we struggle with all that needed to be done and all that is
left undone. We struggle with those
who have diligently worked along side of us and are realizing our departure is
imminent. The realities of their lives and their needs will still be here, so
they are closing in on crew to ask for help at the last minute. All of them have legitimate need and no
prospects, and we cannot come even close to meeting their needs either. The
tension is tangible.
Having trained 3
ophthalmologists in the country leaves us some comfort knowing that good eye
care is now available. We pray that
the charity they felt while the ship was here would continue for those who
suffer needlessly and cannot afford to pay.
And what is next
for us? Well, we leave on the
11th and go directly to Sweden for Glenn to talk at an eye medical conference. We are happy to be able to be home for
the holidays after that. (Our 5 grandchildren are ready and waiting!) We
are especially excited to be home for our Grandson, Andy's baptism in
December! We wouldn't miss it!
Then we wait for the next steps: It
looks like things are coming together for Glenn to go to the Gaza Strip to assess the medical school eye program there
after Christmas. In Feb, we are
going to Nairobi,
Kenya where Glenn
was invited to be a speaker at
the Christian Medical Assoc.
meetings. We then fly to South Africa to
help set up an eye project for Mercy Ships in the fall. By March 1st, we will need to
meet the ship in Lome, Togo. The ship will serve in
Togo for 6months. (We will
still need our French in Togo!) The
ship will then move to South Africa, Lord willing, for much
needed repairs and to serve the poor that are overwhelming their medical
It is unmistakeable that God has been with us is all
and we thank Him for all He has done.
And now, as the verse says: "...for you
shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace." Is.55:12
you all for being with us in Benin!
By His Grace,
Glenn and Kim
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