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2009-01 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 GO Lighthouse for Christ Mission 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. 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"Celebrating 40 Years"