The Congo Partnership has sponsored two Cataract Missions the most recent in 2012 held at the MPASA Medical Clinic in Kinshasa. The PowerPoint visually highlights this mission that has changed the lives of many including those who participated in the mission. The following is a brief summary by Donna Baker, a member of that team.
“The presence of our Lord was so prominent and obvious during the Cataract Surgery Mission in Congo! On the first day of the team’s arrival at MPASA, Dr. Yohadi invited us to a time of prayer in her office. The hospitality of Dr.Yohadi and her entire team could not have been more open, loving and spirit-filled. Every day when the team arrived at Mpasa, many patients had already gathered for consultation and screening. Dr. Yohadi led the eager, blind and beautiful patients in worship with joyful singing and praising. She invited one of the US team members to pray each day and the presence of Our Lord was amazingly clear. And on two of the days, a local pastor presided and led the “congregation” in worship. The Lord had important plans for this mission!
Dr. Kapembu and his team arrived from Kananga the week before the US team arrived and began screening patients. Over 800 patients were screened for cataracts and other disease and over 100 patients underwent surgical procedures for these diseases. Many of the patients presented with very early cataract disease, and so the blind patients were given priority for surgery. Because the prevalence of other ophthalmologic diseases was presented, plans for future missions will likely include appropriate treatment. Examples would be allergies and vision correction with the use of eye glasses.
As patients were screened, assessed and eventually led into the operating room, someone prayed with the patient individually just prior to the surgical incision. Many responded with smiles, tears or a verbal response. And following their procedure, smiles were shared by the patient, and often hugs and words of gratitude.
As with any mission experience, the joy and blessing received by the team seemingly exceeded what we left behind. The Lord filled our hearts with amazing delight and gratitude for the humble privilege to serve God in this way. Christ gave His life for us. The least we can is serve Him!
Thank you, Lord!”