There is a trust exercise I did once. You might know it as well. It involved being blindfolded and walking around an obstacle course, trusting only the directions of a friend. Although the primary focus was on building trust with one another, it also revealed just how challenging it is to not be able to see. Without my sight, I didn't have the confidence to walk forward. Fear captivated me as I felt helpless. I felt so relieved when I was able to take the blindfold off and do things on my own again.
Vision is such an important part of our daily lives. Thankfully, the team on the Africa Mercy know this very well. Daily they encounter people who have unwillingly played this trust exercise for most, if not all, of their lives. They are forced to stay at home and cannot work due to their blindness. Many have have their vision impaired due to the bright equatorial sun, genetic factors, poor nutrition and lack of access to proper medical care.
Over time, many people end up getting dense and severe cataracts. Thankfully, this can be removed by in a simple 10-15 minute surgery! In fact, the Mercy Ships® surgeons have actively liberated thousands from blindness, giving them hope and healing. You can watch a video on their efforts to restore sight in Benin here.
Besides surgery, the Mercy Ships® team hands out glasses, sunglasses, eye drops and antibiotics to those who need it. They also teach proper hygiene and diet practices so that they can live healthier and happier lives. The eye surgeons have also trained local doctors to perform the same surgery in their own clinics and hospitals.
Providing a vision of hope and healing is what Mercy Ships® daily 1:00 feature, "The Mercy Minute®" is all about. Sharing stories about how lives have been changed by simple acts of love, this program challenges us all to do the same. Thank you for partnering with Mercy Ships® and casting a vision with your listeners that will change a world!
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