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Ghana Eye Clinic – Day 5

What a week it’s been!  Today we wrapped up the last day at the eye clinic with a bang.  We saw 465 people, sharing the gospel with every one of them, and we gave away 355 pairs of glasses.  This brings us to a grand total of 1,829 people seen and 1,420 pairs of glasses given away for the week!  God has blessed us during this trip mightily!

To all of you who have been praying for us throughout the course of this week:  thank you.  You have been a tremendous support for us, even from thousands of miles away.  Tomorrow, we will head down to the Ghana coast to see a castle that was once used for holding slaves.  It is sure to be a memorable and reflective experience.  Sunday morning, we will worship here in Accra and then Sunday night, we will begin our journey home!  We appreciate your prayers for the remainder of our time in Ghana and for our travels home.

One more time, here are some pictures from our day!

This was our trip to the clinic each morning. And I thought San Antonio roads could get bumpy!


It began as another busy morning! There were more people lined up waiting for us to begin the clinic today than there were yesterday.


Ivan and one of the local pastors helps a woman get a new pair of glasses.


Michael is all smiles with this woman and her grandchild.


Arnold gives a man a sight test after he receives his new pair of glasses. The man was thrilled with his new crystal clear sight!


Julie poses with Joan, a local member of our team.


In addition to glasses, we also gave away crosses. Each of the colored beads reminds us of a key part of the faith. Black = sin. Red = Jesus’ blood. Blue = faith. White = holiness. Green = growth in Christ. Yellow = eternity.


Julie poses with some of the kids from the clinic.


We went through a lot of reading glasses this week!


Each evening, we would eat supper at the Baptist House, a place that hosts missionaries and other foreign travelers. There, we met a precious girl named Tyra. We looked forward to seeing her each night!

Tyra helps us sing a Concordia classic!


This is our team from this week. Soli Deo Gloria! All to the glory of God alone!

November 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm 1 comment

Ghana Eye Clinic – Day 4

Wow!  It was a busy day!  Today, we saw 442 people, shared the gospel with them, and gave away 357 pairs of glasses.  The word is getting around to many communities in Accra about our eye clinic.  We expect another busy day tomorrow!  Check out the pictures and stories from today.


This was the scene outside this morning as we arrived. There were 100 people waiting an hour before the clinic.


This was the scene inside as soon as the clinic opened.


One of the local pastors talks with a man about his vision problems.


Our host, Ivan, is hard at work making a pair of glasses.

The kids at St. Paul Lutheran Church hosted a performance in their courtyard today. Line dancing isn’t just country dance halls, it’s for school kids in Accra too!


Tristina shares the gospel with a man and prays for him.


We have made lots of new friends and seen lots of precious smiles on this trip!


Michael works with a woman to discover just the right pair of lenses for her new glasses.


Even at the end of the day, the kids of St. Paul still had plenty of energy. They were literally doing cartwheels!


The school kids had plenty of energy, but we didn’t. Arnold, Pam, and Tristina still had smiles on their faces, though, even after a long day.


At the end of a long day, a little help is always a good thing!

There’s more to come tomorrow!

November 21, 2013 at 3:58 pm Leave a comment

Ghana Eye Clinic – Day 3

Today’s numbers:  We shared the gospel with 354 people and gave away 253 pairs of glasses.  This was our biggest day yet!

Check out the pictures and captions below to find out more about today’s clinic.

Pam works hard sorting reading glasses for the hundreds that need them.

Pam works hard sorting reading glasses for the hundreds who need them.

Arnold and Tristina have been working hard all clinic!

Arnold and Tristina have been working hard all clinic long!


Our host, Ivan, talks to the pastor who is the president of the Lutheran seminary in Ghana and is taking some time out of his busy schedule to share the gospel with hundreds during the eye clinic.


Tristina poses with one of our fabulous volunteers, Justice. Justice works hard routing people through the clinic to make sure everyone gets to the right place.


More of our fabulous volunteers! This devoted group sat outside all day in the hot Ghana sun welcoming visitors to the clinic.


Tristina and Pam are still smiling even after a long day at the clinic.


This little boy’s name is Michael and our team has decided to “adopt” him. He has a degenerative eye disease and will need ongoing medical care to preserve what little vision that he has.


Michael’s eyes.


Our host, Ivan, has a friend, Mustapha, who works to build bridges between the Muslim and Christian communities in Accra. Thankfully, the relationships between Muslims and Christians are very good in Ghana. Mustapha has invited several of his friends to the clinic.


Tristina uses the portable autorefractor to measure a boy’s eyes for new glasses.

The children of St. Paul Lutheran School in Accra are a talented bunch!  Check out this video of their mad musical skills.

November 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm 1 comment

Ghana Eye Clinic – Day 2

We’re all settled in and things are going great!  Today, we saw 256 people and shared the gospel with each one of them.  We also gave away 220 pairs of glasses.  Four of the people we saw were deaf.  Thankfully, our team leader, Julie, is great with sign language!  Our clinic closed a little early because Ghana was playing against Egypt in a big football game (that would be “soccer” to us), qualifying them for the World Cup.  After our day at the clinic, we stopped by some local markets and perused some of the local wares.

Here are some pictures.  I’ll post more soon.

Does this thing come with a snooze button? Good morning!


If you think San Antonio rush hour is bad, you ought to try morning traffic in Accra!

If you think San Antonio rush hour is bad, you ought to try morning traffic in Accra!

Two terrific pastors assisted in helping triage patients, figuring out what glasses they needed and sharing the gospel with them.

Two terrific pastors assisted in helping triage patients, figuring out what glasses they needed and sharing the gospel with them.

Michael and Arnold are hard at working, making glasses for all sorts of different prescriptions.

Michael and Arnold are hard at working, making glasses for all sorts of different prescriptions.


Julie signs to a deaf man so he can understand what glasses he needs.


The girl on the left came in yesterday, but we couldn’t offer her treatment without her mother. Today, both mother and daughter came in and received glasses!


I’m pretty sure Julie is working on a passport for this little man so she can bring him home. She didn’t want to let him go!


Pam and our host in Ghana, Ivan, screen people for reading glasses.


There was plenty of fresh fruit at the street market.


Pam made a new friend with one of the street vendors!

November 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

Ghana Eye Clinic – Day 1

Our first day in Accra, Ghana at the eye clinic was terrific!  We saw 315 people who needed vision care and gave out 217 pairs of glasses.  We also had an optometrist onsite to see people who had a whole host of eye care needs.  Most importantly, we shared the gospel with everyone who came through our clinic.  Through the glasses, we helped people see God’s world.  With the gospel, we helped people see God’s Son!

Check out these pictures from our first day.


The morning was beautiful!


Pastor Bill shares the gospel with people as they first come to the clinic.


The kids from the day school at St. Paul Lutheran in Accra sing us a song.


One of our sweet kids receives a sweet from Julie!


Many people came to receive glasses and hear the gospel!

Two great Concordians, Michael and Arnold, are stylin' in the glasses we're sharing with the folks of Accra.

Two great Concordians, Michael and Arnold, are stylin’ in the glasses we’re sharing with the folks of Accra.

I’ll be posting more pictures soon, so keep checking back. Please continue to pray for our team!

November 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm 3 comments

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