by Ashley Wright
(Elementary sections in bold.)
We are very blessed to live in a city with one of the best hospitals in the U.S. and in the world. Think for a moment about the number of doctors in our city. We meet them everywhere: in the grocery store, at church, at home (i.e. our parents). Imagine for a moment the country of Burundi. Burundi only has two eye surgeons working to support the needs of the entire country. For some of you whose parents are both doctors, you have as many doctors in your family as Burundi has eye surgeons. That’s pretty amazing.
Burundi needs more eye surgeons, because so many people in the world suffer from blindness that can be prevented. The National Institute of Health indicates that about 80% of blindness in developing countries is preventable, while 90% of the world’s blind live in developing countries. Sight is a wonderful gift that God has given us. We want to share that gift with others. There are Burundians who also want to share that gift, but first they have to be trained. That’s where we come in. Each of us, by giving just a little, can help them receive that training. We want to change one life that can change thousands of lives.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
~ John Newton