Nov 02, 2012
Nov 09, 2012
Evelyn is a woman full of life, telling story after story with arms waving wildly and this grand smile on her face as she often breaks into laughter mid-sentence innocently surprised by the humor of her own words. Everything she described this week was "very nice". Or as she said... "bery nice". The rice was bery nice, the people were bery nice, the surgery Dr Siapco performed was bery nice. In the midst of a world that has given me far more than I need or deserve, I often complain in the mundane. I'm bored with the daily, unimpressed by normal, and ungrateful for God's gifts, large and small. She truly has a zest for life and to her so many things are nice in the truest and fullest sense of the word. Nice because they are endowed by their Creator with value, worth and meaning. Our God is bery nice indeed.
Forgive me for not introducing Evelyn Diaz, MD. our host and the Dominican ophthalmologist who screened all these patients, arranged for travel from the batey to the clinic and will literally make house calls to follow up on each and every one in the weeks following surgery. Evelyn is a dynamic woman--the mother of two children 11yo girl and 1 yo boy. Evelyn has trained in the DR and in London and has come back to work with the poor in her home country. She has pushed aside more prestigious, lucrative jobs in favor of driving her Nissan truck from batey to batey caring for these souls. She has no equal in the compassion she shows to these patients--touching each woman on the shoulder, kissing the older gentlemen on the cheek, and bending the knee to the little kids who come running to her. She truly is the Mother Teresa of this island. She intimately knows their personal stories, their hardships, and their individual needs, and cares for them. "Whatever you have done for the least of these my brothers, you have done unto me." I am confident she will be acknowledged in eternity for this, even if she receives nothing in this life for her efforts