How Loren spent Tuesday
Trip Start Jan 13, 2011
25Trip End Jan 25, 2011
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I (Loren) attended the clinic on Tuesday for the first time and found it to be great working in my spiritual gift of service. After unloading the bus, which was facilitated primarily by the Indians as they are so hospitable. Also, shaking all of the villagers hands and especially the children. They are SO EXCITED to come up to you and shake your hand. It is interesting with the girls that are around ages 8 – 13 as they are so reserved/cautious/meek & mild (sorry can not find the right term J). When you shake their hands and say Sa-lem, Praise the Lord! and they respond likewise with a shy grin and “pull away”. It is like they were honored that you would even take the time to acknowledge them. SO, I make it a point to “acknowledge” them every chance I get and sometimes even when I do not have a chance
Anyway back to my topic, the eye clinic started with the Pastor Chacko explaining the drama that Greg created so they would understand it. We then performed the drama. Immediately after the drama our interpreter came up to me and told me how effective it was and that he wanted to do the same in his churches. He thought it “tore at their heart” seeing Jesus beaten and crucified.
Then we got organized in the church for the clinic and started seeing the villagers. The line was non-stop all day so we did not stop either. My part was the screener which basically determined if they needed glasses or just reading glasses. The screener also fits them for readers where appropriate. It was amazing to see several times the “Hallelujah moment” of them being able to read. Here is how the process works: You have them read a piece of paper that is John 3:16 and the font size gets smaller and smaller. So they read down the page until it gets blurry and where it gets blurry that tells the screener how strong of readers they need. So you get the readers and have them try it and that is where the “Hallelujah moment” happens when they can read all of the print, even some very tiny print. They smile VERY BIG and shake their head “the INDIAN WAY” J It is a precious moment. That is just the screener’s portion of the clinic and there is a more sophisticate method for fitting actual eye glasses which I do not know. So hopefully one of them have/will post about that process.
We had one HUGE “Hallelujah moment” with the clinic yesterday. A man approximately 70 years old was fitted for glasses and when he put them on and looked around and could see his expression was PRICELESS. The Indian boys that are helping our team (Rachel & Anne will have to comment) and the members of our team all SHOUTED with the man and it was like a miracle had occurred. One of those moments that will not soon be forgotten by anyone present.
Once the clinic begins we are all working diligently to try and see as many villagers as possible. Therefore we do not have the opportunity to share Christ with the villagers. However, someone told me the philosophy is to have the local pastor share with the villagers as they have the relationship and can lead them to Christ and be sure to follow up. So we are serving as vessels for the Lord to bring His Children to himself. We are not the mouth piece but just a living example of Christ’s love for His people. I, for one, am more than OK with working in the Lord’s service.
Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!
Sa-lem from India!