God has given me a "VISION" of a needed ministry in Uganda.
John 9:3-9 says:
3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
Any time that we go out and host a community clinic, we see multiple older Ugandans with the primary complaint of decreased vision. Using the instruments that we have with us, I am only able to do a minimal ophthalmologic exam. It is evident, however, that many of the people have growing cataracts as their primary problem. Cataracts are a problem where the lens in the eye develops clouding and lack of flexibility that contributes to decreased vision or possibly blindness.
There are several things that contribute to cataract formation. The first of these is age, and this survival to an older age is a blessing to many Ugandans. Another thing that contributes to cataract formation is sunlight exposure. Uganda sits right on the equator, and very few people have or wear sunglasses.
Cataracts are very common in the USA also. Most of them happen to people that are in their 60's or older. A very large majority of these patients, in the US, have Medicare insurance and can have the cataract removed, using state of the art equipment, operated by experienced surgeons. Uganda has eye surgeons and hospitals that do cataract surgery too. Access to these services can be very limited if one does not have financial resources. I am not sure of the waiting time to have a cataract removed at a government hospital, but I would have to assume that it would take persistence and much time to get through the system.
Can you imagine what a difference regaining sight could make in someone's life? Can you imagine how you might feel God's love if you were diagnosed and helped through a network of care to help you regain your sight? Sounds like Amazing Grace!
This is how I could SEE this working. First of all, we identify the equipment and instruments needed to perform cataract surgery. We then trust our God to provide the resources to assemble the needed supplies, in Uganda. Local members of the Mud in Your Eyes team, work with health clinics, all over the country, to identify people in need of cataract surgery. The exact diagnosis is confirmed by a local optometrist. I work with physicians in the US to coordinate volunteer ophthalmologists that could come to Uganda for 1 week to several weeks to perform cataract surgeries. These would already be scheduled, coordinated, diagnosed and ready to go for their expert surgical skills. I don't see any reason that we could not see and treat 1,000 people per year.
I wanted to share this VISION with all of our supporters for several reasons.
1.) I would like your prayer in this potential ministry moving forward.
2.) I would like any leads on eye doctors that might be interested in donating some time in Uganda.
3.) I need to find and purchase/have donated the equipment to perform cataract surgeries.
4.) I wanted to have accountability from others to see this move forward.
Please let me know if you have leads for me or if you are interested in helping me develop Mud in Your Eyes Ministries.