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"ashe" - thank you

The woman came to the clinic with her adult son; it was obvious she was blind. Her son carried the staff of a Maasai man; but instead of holding the staff upright as usual, he held one end, his mother held the other end, as he led her into the clinic. The doctors knew immediately what was wrong – the woman’s eyelashes were curling in rather than out; and each time she blinked, her eyelashes scraped the corneas of her eyes.

Surgery was scheduled later that day. When she returned to the clinic the following afternoon with bandages on both eyes, her son reported that the surgeons said she had lost sight in one eye, but they thought she would be able to see with the other. As our doctor carefully removed the bandages, all activity came to a stop in the clinic, except for our prayers. First the left eye - no reaction. More prayers. Next the right eye – and then the big smile and the word, “Ashe! Ashe!” (Thank you! )

There was great joy throughout the clinic and not a dry eye among the people who witnessed how sight had been restored to the woman. And we all smiled as they left, that Maasai mama and her adult son – he offered her one end of his staff, but she refused, leaving the clinic with her head held high, her eyes wide open, and a heart filled with gratitude and praise. We all were privileged to see the work of our mighty God that afternoon!

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