By God’s grace, the mobile eye clinic mission was accomplished. The team of 6 eye care professionals had screened over 2000 people and completed 208 cataract and trachoma surgeries. A cataract surgeon and eye nurse stayed behind for 5 days to continue surgeries and to do post-operation exams. We also dispensed many hundreds of pairs of reading glasses in both the UN camps at Juba and at Malakal—for example, over a two day period we gave out 400 glasses.
Here are friends from an inner-city “village,” encouraging Christians to come alongside them. In my 27 years of inner city work, I’ve seen perhaps six churches in the Chattanooga area whose members intentionally go into the inner city to regularly hangout with residents. Fear, indifference, and perhaps not wanting to identify with materially poorer people are probably the main reasons. “A poor man is shunned by all his relatives-- how much more do his friends avoid him!” (Pro 19:7 NIV) Please listen.