I remember when we realized our oldest son, Caleb, couldn't see very well. He was five years old when he had his very first eye exam. Results showed that he definitely needed glasses which we promptly ordered.
A week later, as we drove away from the eye doctor's office with the new glasses, Caleb sat in the back seat wearing those new specs and chattering about all the things he could clearly see. "Mom, I can see the leaves!" I turned to look at his smiling face and asked him about it. His response was so cute: "With these glasses, I can see the leaves on the trees from here. Before, the leaves looked like shadows unless I was up close to the trees." What a fun moment for him to have the ability to really see clearly for the first time in his life.
This coming June, one of our LightBridge teams will include two ophthalmologists. This husband and wife eye-doctor-duo are heading up plans to conduct the very first eye exam clinic for the children in our school. Side note about this couple is that the husband, Wills, is Cambodian and survived the Killing Fields as a child. Truly remarkable story. Anyway, he and his American wife, Melissa, have such a heart for Cambodia and especially our little MineField Village. They are working hard to prepare for the examinations and have begun collecting used glasses to give to the children who need them.
In all the years we've worked at the village, I've never seen one child wearing glasses. The villagers living there are far too poor to have the luxury of doctor's visits or eye examinations, much less to purchase eye glasses. It makes me wonder just how many struggle to see the leaves on trees, or the writing on the chalkboard at school. Maybe their eye sight is even worse than that...but they've never known otherwise.
This summer, will be a summer of really fun change for the kids in our school. Can you imagine how many kids might be able to see things they've never seen before because they are given a simple pair of appropriately prescribed glasses? I honestly cannot wait to watch it all unfold. I cannot wait to see the looks of surprise on these sweet kid's faces as they proudly wear their new glasses and see things for the very first time!
Would you thank the Lord with me for the ways He has arranged for all of this to happen? Would you also consider joining us in this venture? From now until May 1, 2015, we will be collecting glasses of all sizes (especially children's) to bring to the village. Our eye docs will identify the prescriptions on each pair and have the correct glasses ready to give to kids who need them. If you have old glasses you'd like to donate, please drop them by our office or send them our way:
PO Box 6007, Broomfield CO 80021
Finally, would you also join me in praying that the Lord would provide wonderful opportunities to share the gospel with these kids during this time? Pray that the kids would see how a loving God loves them so much that He cares about their eye sight and sends a team to minister with them in this very specific way.
I can't wait to share the stories this summer. I'm praying many will be able to see the leaves (and begin to understand the love of the Creator of those leaves)...for the very first time!
Grateful for leaves!