Last Saturday Pastor Alfred Paul, from the village of Fiervil in the mountains east of Tricotte, came to visit me. He walked for three hours, having heard that we may be able to do an eye clinic. He shared that he has many people in his church that struggle with their reading due to poor eye sight. I hadn’t planned to do an eye clinic on this trip but I couldn’t say no so I told him I would free up Wednesday morning at 9:00 and be able to see up to 25 patients. I also told him not to spread the word or we would have multitudes to deal with and I just didn’t have the time for more.
Well by 6:00 Wednesday morning Pastor Alfred’s people were beginning to gather out on the street in front of our house. By 9:00 there were 26 gathered — he wondered if that was okay that he had one extra and I accepted. So at 9:00 my interpreter, Garry Charles and I started seeing patients. I always explain to them that I am not a doctor and that I can only diagnois minor needs. However several years ago we were able to purchase a RETINOMAX machine due to the generosity of some of you. This machine enables me to do a fair job of determining the patients need.
By 12:30 we had seen 39 people. It is such a joy to see their faces light up when they see clearly for the first time in a very long time. One man couldn’t remember when his left eye was injured but it was since he was a little boy. I could not get a reading on that eye at all. So as I was going to the glasses inventory I prayed that God would lead me to the right pair of glasses for this man. God did and oh the excitement on this man’s face as he could see well. And the bonus was — they were bifocals and the reading part was perfect for him as well. God is so good!!!
The generosity of many of you who have donated glasses has made clinics like these possible. We are grateful to God for your contributions. If anyone has unused glasses you would like to donate, we will see to it that they are used to meet the needs of Haitians like the man from Fiervil. (If you are able to attach the presciption, that is very helpful as well).
Glasses can be dropped off at the Starfish Ministies office (at our home) at 1811 Main Street in Lynden or mailed to us at:
1706 Front Street #440
Lynden, WA 98264