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This blog is written by various COS board members for the members of the society.  

Masked Women

It's funny how things that were once strange can become normal so quickly. Of course, covering their faces has always been normal for many women in the world, and it's becoming normal for me now, too!!

I met this truly captivating masked young woman (shown above) over two years ago at the park where many ladies from her language group gather. We had connected a couple of times on WhatsApp but nothing major. I'm not big into social media, so I had never changed anything on my WhatsApp profile and didn't even realize I could or should.

'Somehow', on Easter, it occurred to me that I should post a sunrise photo of our family and say, 'He is risen!' I quickly got a response from this sweet lady asking what that meant!! I explained in full color what that meant, and she immediately wanted to download the 'SOURCE'. She then messaged one of my friends and told her 'Happy Easter' and 'He is risen!' to which my friend said, 'How did you know that?'

Those exchanges were the beginning of a very special friendship. Her name really does mean 'captivating', so we began reading the book by the same name. One day when we were together, she confided in me that she wanted to be a medical technologist (my career in a former life) but had no way to afford a UAE education and her parents would not allow her to go to another country alone. She mentioned that she wanted to go to a university in her homeland, and I told her that we have friends (Bob and Sue) there!! We prayed together that God would open the door according to His will.

She went home and told her mother about this new development which immediately opened the door of possibility for her to go. Captivating's mother had met Sue at the same park and knew that she was a good woman. Fast forward 4 months...our young P*n friend didn't have to pass a difficult entrance exam because of COVID and was admitted to university when many of her friends were denied admission! But that's not the end of God's provision for her! Four days before she was to leave for university, she fell in the bathroom and cut her face open. Her family told her not to worry about it, that it would heal on its own. But by God’s grace, we got to welcome her at Kanad Hospital at a time our surgeon friend was on call.

Since Captivating doesn't have insurance, she came to the eye clinic and our surgeon friend stitched her up with our own personal clinic supplies making it totally free for her. (Skillfully stitched wound is hidden behind the mask.) Praise God that she flew on September 2nd and is getting settled into her new home...in the same city as Bob and Sue. Another one of our sweet friends in the US who came to the UAE and met 'Captivating' is currently learning the P language and is set to move to the same area in just a few months! God is definitely not finished with our sweet 'Captivating' yet! She knows God is at work in her life, and I can't wait until she allows Him to do the WORK he really wants to do.

Noteworthy is the time I mentioned here...over two and a half years between the time we met and when God chose to put this plan together. This is the value of a long-term commitment in one place. Relationships take time, especially in this part of the world!

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jogger walkI don't know about you, but 2020 feels like a race. Definitely not a typical race. It feels like I am running in a race where you don't know the finish line and the course keeps changing on you. Imagine with me for a second you are about to start a cross country race. The course is all set before you and you are standing with every runner at the starting line. You have prepared and trained for this race and it is on your home turf. The gun sounds and you take off with hope and energy.

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I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Lowell Gess recently.  For those of you who don't know who this is, I would encourage you to listen to the short podcast.  Dr. Gess has great insight when it comes to pandemics given his experience traveling to Sierre Leone at the height of the Ebola crisis in early 2015 when he was 93 years old.  As he shares, at some point in his correspondence with his beloved staff at the Kissy Eye Hospital in Freetown, telling them that he was praying for them was just not enough.   He felt he had to put some actions behind his prayers so he bought a ticket to travel there even covertly from his family.  

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Solange Nicole once said, “A diamond does not start out polished and shining. It once was nothing special, but with enough pressure and time, it becomes spectacular.” Each of you who start your efforts in the mission field, both home and abroad, are very much like that ‘diamond in the rough’ – through perseverance and time Jesus shines through you. Some call it a long obedience in the same direction.

God wants nothing more than to bless you and He also wants you to bless those around you. Today, many believe God is angry with them, because of the ongoing worldly blasting that occurs all around us. As ophthalmic missionaries it remains God’s intent that we strive to bless others in the journey ahead.

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jetson health

We are learning quite a lot about how to care for our patients virtually during the time of COVID-19.  This is a summary of the TeleHealth Webinar along with the resourcew and platforms that was presented for the COS on March 28th.  Please feel free to send your suggestions to info@cosw.org if you have other things to add to this and we can post it with your permission.

Telehealth Platforms to Explore:

Doxy.me   https://doxy.me/

Connect on Call    https://wwww.connectoncall.com/

Eyecarelive   https://eyecarelive.com/

Remember that during the COVID-19 crisis, currently non-HIPAA compliant platforms such as FaceTime, Skype or WhatsApp are approved for use if this is your best way to do TeleHealth with your patient.

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