Trip Start May 11, 2013
Trip End May 17, 2013

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Flag of Dominican Republic  , La Romana,
Monday, May 13, 2013

Second morning... The first day of surgery.
Last night was restless at best, battling the anxiety of heading into the OR in a foreign country in less than ideal situations. The sun came up so I got up as well since sleep was far from my eyes. A few moments on the back porch trying to pray led to a stream of consciousness kind of prayer, like a 4 year old kid on Santa's lap I started pelting my Heavenly Father with a list of requests--help the surgeries go well, protect the patients from my mistakes, give me confidence, please don't give me something I can't handle. My Heavenly Father is so gracious with my feeble faith and attempted self reliance.

The Lord comforted me with Psalm 90
"So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all of our days. Let your work be shown to your servants and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of The Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes establish the work of our hands!"

This team has been awesome. As the day began the LORD established the work of our hands. Each person assumed an integral role in the process of caring for these folks. As the day progressed the whole team was increasingly moved by the needs of our patients.

Felix, in particular, touched each one of us in a powerful way today. I met Felix at 730 this morning as he was led into the cramped exam room by one of our team. I stuck out my hand to shake his and his hand jutted sideways 18 inches away from mine making it immediately apparent he couldn't see where my hand was to meet it in a grasp. He recounted being unable to work for the last 3 months and his gaunt frame confirmed he was telling the truth. A quick exam revealed he could only see movement out of his right eye and perceive only light in his left--dense white cataracts were visible through his pupils from across the room.

You can see the video attached of Felix getting ready.

Before beginning his surgery I started a silent prayer I couldn't finish as I was moved by the helplessness of this man "Please Lord..."
His was not unlike my helplessness this morning--unable to move forward blocked by my fear and anxiety. Our almighty Father sustained us both this day. His surgery went well and I'll update you tomorrow on his progress.

Scripture was fulfilled in our day today... The Lord satisfied me in the morning with His steadfast love, calming my anxious soul. We concluded this day having witnessed His work and His glorious power.
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