“The Real Thing”

Monday September 19, 2011…Looking Back in Time…Sierra Leone on the Mercy Ship…


Insight To His Sight: Recognzing God’s Purpose For You

Chapter: The Real Thing (Pages 255-257)


Today was a challenging day in the field. We held screenings at Kissy and Wellington. Both are locations that we commonly use in Freetown for field screenings. Today we prescreened 375 patients of which ninety- seven went through eye medical assessments and fifty- two were scheduled for pre-op secondary screening.

We had one of the most serious downpours of rain that I have ever seen today. The roads truly appeared to be rivers and without the SUVs, it could have posed as a major dilemma. When we arrived at Wellington, the rain was in full force, and we had some problems getting the generator to work as a power source. Without power, we were unable to conduct auto refraction exams on the patients and had to resort to the doctors and their handheld instruments for all information and criteria in regards to eye evaluations. It was pretty awesome to see them amp it up a notch and adapt to the unusual circumstances.

At the end of the day, we saw a patient who we had referred to the Kissy Medical Clinic who had undergone an eye evisceration and prosthetic eye surgery. She is one of those few patients that we have seen that went out of her way to stop by and say a quick thank you. After such as rough day, what a treat it was to see her glowing with joy. These are the moments that we live for in this life. The moments that can never be forgotten or lost in which we are able to share a brief piece of perfection with someone whom we hardly know…


In these moments, we show our true colors, and God is able to allow us to connect with others of the same heart. Every day, I am amazed at the brilliance of creation, and how the puzzle always seems to fit together. The best part of it all is fitting the pieces together…This is what this life is all about…

􏰀The book of the Bible that I have read been reading today is Hebrews.

Chapter 2:9–18 reads,

“But we do see Him who has been made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying, “I will proclaim thy name to thy brethren, in the midst of the congregation I will sing thy praise.” And again, “I will put my trust in Him.” And again, “I and the children whom God has given Me.” Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless Him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver those who through fear were subject to slavery all their lives. For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to aid of those who are tempted…”

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