|Dr. Lilian serving neighborhood school children|
Here is a link to a photo album of our mission and the extra days of safaris we were blessed to partake in:
Because we had such a large team, we were able to do two clinics simultaneously, one in Waithaka and one with a church on the other side of town commonly known as Pipeline. Pastor Kevin led the Pipeline team and I handled Waithaka. We had several team members serve at both locations during the week, they got the blessing of seeing the differences and the similarities in each neighborhood. Both clinics saw approximately 2500 patients during the week and 100 people received cataract surgeries on one eye. Many others received read glasses, eye drops or distance glasses that we made for them on location.
Each evening, we share the "God things" that happened in the clinics with the rest of the team over dinner. In the past, I was happy if there was one big thing for me per trip that really stuck out. Maybe I'm more attuned now, but they seemed to come almost daily for me this time. I'll briefly share several things that were special this time that I was involved with.
First, we were blessed that cataract surgeries were being performed about a mile away from my clinic this time. In the past, we have given patients vouchers for a local hospital and we often didn't see results until our next trip. This time, patients came in for referrals to the clinic one day and came back the next day to have the bandages removed from the eye that had been operated on. In every case there were smiles and praising God! One really cool thing that happened was Alison and I had the privilege of being allowed to see a couple of cataract surgeries performed by our friend Dr. Francis. He explained what he was doing each step of the way and was actually teaching other doctors as the operations unfolded. He wanted me to take pictures over his shoulder and I got many closeups of the patients eyes during each stage of the procedures. When I showed him the pictures the next day, he remarked that they were more detailed than what he sees through his microscope during surgery. Wow! The first surgery was done for an elderly woman, already being operated on when we got there. They have a cloth over the patients faces, with only the eye being worked on visible. Alison noticed the woman was breathing shallowly and rapidly and asked if she could hold her hand and pray for her. When she did, the woman immediately calmed down. Thank you, Jesus!