Africa

Imagine if you can, the wistful experience of losing your vision…of sliding away into the dark, disorienting world of blindness, and not being able to see the radiant faces of those you love…your children…your grandchildren…your parents…and others for whom you care so deeply. Surely you would suffer a great loss if you could not see, anymore, the kindly expressions on the faces of your family.

The truth is, that is precisely the deprivation experienced by many thousands of men and women, boys and girls in the tiny West African country of Ghana. For a variety of reasons, eye diseases exist at epidemic levels in Ghana, and, as Norm and Cher learned on a recent visit there, life is lived in utter darkness by multitudes of people.

Norm and Cher Nelson, scrubbed and suited, stood in the operating room and watched the steady hands of Christian American and African doctors perform sight-restoring surgeries on victims of cataracts, glaucoma and other eye disorders.

In three different cities (Accra, Cape Coast and Kesei) they saw God glorified in the healing of blind eyes. And saw the Gospel proclaimed clearly and lovingly, and received gratefully, because hearts had been opened by the experience of Christian compassion.

What better gift could be given that the gift of sight to a mother who could not otherwise see the child she loves…or to a man who could not otherwise see the wife he cherishes, or to the child who otherwise could not explore the wonders of God’s world? This gift of mercy given in the name of Jesus could very well enable the recipient to see Jesus, and to commit their live to the Great Physician.

Norm and Cher Nelson, scrubbed and suited, stood in the operating room and watched the steady hands of Christian American and African doctors perform sight-restoring surgeries on victims of cataracts, glaucoma and other eye disorders.

In three different cities (Accra, Cape Coast and Kesei) they saw God glorified in the healing of blind eyes. And saw the Gospel proclaimed clearly and lovingly, and received gratefully, because hearts had been opened by the experience of Christian compassion.

What better gift could be given that the gift of sight to a mother who could not otherwise see the child she loves…or to a man who could not otherwise see the wife he cherishes, or to the child who otherwise could not explore the wonders of God’s world? This gift of mercy given in the name of Jesus could very well enable the recipient to see Jesus, and to commit their live to the Great Physician.

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