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P.O. Box 8318 • Tyler, Texas 75711-8318



FACT: Since our founding in 1969, the
Lighthouse has treated hundreds of
thousands of adults and children with
eye disease and disorders at our eye
center and rural outreaches. Of these
over 100,000 have received a life-
changing cataract surgery.
                                                                                                                                     Past Volunteer eye surgeon recounts early years of lighthouse
                                                                                                                                                                         By C. Roger DeHaven, M.D. - Lighthouse Board Emeritus
                                                                                                                                                           39 years ago when I was attending the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Chicago, I met Dr. Bill and June Ghrist
                                                                                                                                                           on an elevator going up to attend the Christian Ophthalmology Society dinner. It turned out that Bill was the featured
                                                                                                                                                           speaker and I was overwhelmed by his exuberance for serving the Lord on the foreign mission field in Kenya.
                                                                                                                                                           He asked me if I would come out and take his place at the Lighthouse for Christ the next year when he would be coming
                                                                                                                                                           back home again to the States. Needless to say I was overwhelmed by the idea and I told him that my wife and I would
                                                                                                                                                           pray about it and let him know later. Little did I realize that it would be a life changing experience! And little did I know that
                                                                                                                                                           would be my first of 24 trips to the Lighthouse over the years!
                                                                                                                                                             Time flew by very quickly and the next year, LouAnne and I and our 2 youngest (pre-school children) packed up and went
                                                                                                                                                             out for a two-month stay that turned out to be the most exciting and fulfilling thing that I had ever done!
                                                                                                                                                             This was my first experience doing mission surgery. The Lighthouse clinic at
                                                                                                                                                             that time was in an old Swahili home located on a high bank overlooking the
                                                                                                                                  Indian Ocean. Dr. Ghrist and family lived in this house as well. The operating room was made from a
                                                                                                                                  converted kitchen!
                                                                                                                                  We had received intraocular lens implants donated by several American IOL manufacturing companies.
                                                                                                                                  We were also fortunate to receive donated corneal tissue for patients with opaque
LIGHTHOUSE EYE CENTRE STAFF                                                                                                       corneas who needed corneal transplants.
                                                                                                                                  We found the people of Kenya generally to be very friendly, humble and appreciative. To our surprise,
                                                                                                                                  we found that Mombasa was a tourist attraction for Europeans to visit during the winter months for a
                                                                                                                                  “Florida Vacation.”
                                                                                                                                  Although many of the native Kenyans could not afford to pay, there were many wealthy Kenyans that
                                                                                                                                  could. So therefore we were able to treat the very poor at no charge.
                                                                                                                                  Several years after Dr. Ghrist established the Lighthouse, The University of Nairobi started to send
                                                                                                                                  resident doctors to Mombasa so we could teach them modern techniques of eye surgery.
                                                                                                                                  The Lighthouse has excellent relations with the Medical School in Nairobi as well as the Government of
                                                                                                                                  Kenya.
                                                                                                                                  For those of you who enjoy dining and swimming in a first-class beach resort, you must experience the luxury
                                                                                                                                  hotels that are north and south of Mombasa.
                                                                                                                                  You will enjoy working hard and playing hard with all the nice places to visit in Kenya.
                                                                                                                                  I want to congratulate the Lighthouse on 40 years of giving sight to the physically and spiritually blind on the
                                                                                                                                  east coast of Kenya. God is doing a great work at the Lighthouse.
                                                                                                                                  Won’t you come out?




Front Row sitting start at the right- Prudence Chimera (Clinical Officer/cataract surgeon), Anna Nthenye (Surg tech), Emmanuel
Mgaga RN (eye nurse), David (casual custodian), Flora Wakudu (Usher), Toni Ghrist, Naomi Nginya (Financial Controller and
Administrator), Anna (student nurse), Grace Musyoka (chaplain), Rachael Ammon (Accounts clerk), Dr. Inoti (leaving 30 Sept 08)

Second Row standing- John Mwalili (Chaplain), Eliud Chemworor (Custodian), Simeon Siwo (clinic tech), Julius-trainee, , James
Owiso (custodian), Onesimus Masila (agent), Onesimus Muli (custodian), Evelyn Ndiema (book-keeper), Abigail (Secretary),
Ennece Makete (Store Keeper), Carol Sammy (Pharmacist), Nathaniel Okoth (Carpenter), Dorcus Nabwire (Private ward)

Third Row- George the gurard, Emmanuel Ngome (Clinic Tech), Africanas (student refractionist), Emmanuel Fondo (Surgical
Tech), Dennis Muriithi Rn, Brighton Mwashigadi (Clinic Tech and Refractionist) , Mutune-Student Co, Dennis Kiprop (Driver), Dr.
Ibrahim Matende (Medical Director), Ben McCarty (Volunteer Ophthalmologist), Tim Ghrist.
                                                                                                                                                                             Celebrating 40 Years
 WAYS                                                                                Volunteer Doctor returns to Kenya for cornea Mission 2008
YOU CAN HELP                                                                                                   By Jimmy Brooks, MD, Cornea Specialist, Columbus, GA
 We are God’s workers, working                                                   I returned to the Lighthouse approximately a year after my last trip, and I thank God for the opportunity to go and for the blessing
   together.” I Cor. 3:9 NCV                                                     which I received. There were, in fact, several things which occurred to change the nature of the trip as I had first envisioned it,
                                                                                 and I am grateful to God for His “contingency planning.”
     PRAY                                                                        When I traveled to Mombasa in late 2007, it was to perform cornea transplants, which had formerly been done by Brad Bowman
For the Ghrist families who serve                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sponsors of:
  faithfully, for the committed
                                                                                 of Dallas. In fact, Dr. Bowman and I had talked about a system in which we could alternate annual trips and help follow patients
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Lighthouse for Christ
doctors and staff, for encourage-                                                in Mombasa. My late 2008 trip was planned as a general ophthalmology trip to help “stand in the gap” along with other faithful                                     Eye Centre
 ment of our pastors, churches,                                                  generalists while Medical Director Dr. Ibrahim Matende was away completing his Pediatric Fellowship. As it turned out,
  families and Bible students.                                                   Dr. Bowman was unable to go to Kenya later that month, and as I already had my trip details planned I took on the role of cornea                                 Evangelism to
                                                                                 specialist and transported 15 corneas for grafting at the Lighthouse. I credit the Lord with placing the desire in my heart to go to                            Unreached People
      GIVE                                                                       Kenya, and am grateful for His advance planning to ensure that all needs were met.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Lighthouse for Christ
 With the worldwide economic
                                    As with last year, the Lord placed a special situation for blessing in the context of providing sight to those unfortunately blind from corneal disease. Patients are evaluated                           Fellowship of Churches
 downturn, it has affected our
                                    in the clinic to determine their appropriateness for surgery, and once enough patients are chosen for the available corneas they are then placed in a queue and the surger-
monthly and year-end donations.                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lighthouse for Christ
                                    ies begun. During the later stages of the clinic process I                                                            examined two brothers with familial corneal dystrophy.
In turn this has caused us to cut
                                    We determined that the older brother, in his 30’s, was a        Corneas are of limited supply in very good candidate while the younger brother, in his                                                      Institute of Biblical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Studies
  back our monthly funding of
                                    20’s, would have to wait for a future date when additional Kenya, and many patients travel corneas became available. Needless to say, the younger
Kenya programs by 25%. Please
                                    brother was quite disappointed. Surgeries progressed well                                                             until the last day, when one of the private clinic patients
remain faithful in your monthly
     giving if at all possible.     did not show up for surgery, and a couple of phone calls        from far away to hopefully have determined that he had decided to defer surgery because                                                Send donations to:
                                    of some other issues. Most of the other potential candi- the opportunity to receive one dates who had not been selected for surgery had already
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                                    returned home, so the younger brother was then notified                                                               of the available cornea and surgery was performed. At                            P.O. Box 8318

       We need your help!
                                    their postoperative visits both brothers did well, though the of these precious gifts.                                older had a little better potential for sight. Later that                        Tyler, TX 75711-8318

      Ophthalmologists and          week in a conversation with one of the Lighthouse pastors I                                                           learned that the brothers were involved in leading music                         Phone: 903-593-2157
 support staff, church groups to    and other ministry in their home church, and that both were excited to be able to return to serving the Lord together in that capacity. God did indeed answer their prayers!                           Fax: 903-849-3504
     come lead seminars and         Special thanks go to Dr. Bowman for his assistance in obtaining corneas, to the several Eye Banks which cooperated, to Allergan and Alcon who provide surgical supplies,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           www.LighthouseFor Christ.org
          build a church            to the Lighthouse Kenyan staff who work overtime to get corneas transplanted in a timely fashion, and most of all to the God of the ages who continues to care for people                              E-mail: info@lighthouseFor Christ.org
    shelter or block building.      all across the world.
 Contact our U.S. office today to                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kenya Mission:
           learn more.
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