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I don't have their picture but I do have their story.

Last week at the hospital in Cotonou, Benin in west Africa we had scheduled 5 patients for cataract surgery.  We don't schedule many because they are just not set up to handle more than a few a day.  This is usually pretty frustrating to me.  But not that day.

Kim runs a small team of day workers from Cotonou who prepare patients for having cataract surgery.  They usually educate about what will happen, what they must do (like hold still!), and what will happen after surgery.  One of the team is a local pastor and that day, he decided he must share his story of following Jesus with these 5 patients.  

 

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Thy Kingdom come……. Or so we pray.  I guess I have noticed how often I really mean my kingdom come.  You know what I mean.  It’s that fight for things to be made right, for people to do what they are supposed to do, for patients to respond the way they are supposed to respond. Not that any of those things are bad.  I am talking about the tendency to make it personal rather than about our profession to be followers of Jesus.  

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physiciansfaithJ Lawton Smith was a charimatic man in more than one ways.  He was charismatic in his faith and in his lectures as well.  he was a joy to listen to and was well known across the world for his famous lectures on the pupil.  He was charismatic as a leader for the society when it began in 1977.  One of his books was "A Phyisican's Faith" which brings out much of his personality.  Chapters like "An Ophthalmological View of Obstretrics" and "Spiritual Neuroanatomy" are great examples of the way he looked at life as a Christian Holy Spirit led neuro-ophthalmologist.

We are excited to have as a gift to any current member of our society, a full copy of this book in whichever format is desired (Kindle, iPhone, Surface, PDF).  In order to view and download the book, you will need to be logged in and current in your membership dues for the current year.

 

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It’s official: this is definitely not life as usual.  Kim and I returned to the M/V Africa Mercy to spear head the restart of the Mercy Ships cataract surgery program in Benin, a west African country of about 8.5 million people.

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We lived on board from 2006 – 2010 and in fact have served in Benin before.  But it’s different this time.

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