Our last week in the village was pretty exciting! We held an eye clinic for the area and God answered our prayers!
We were able to see 122 people in 3 days and probably 3/4 of them got glasses. We saw people from at least 8 of our surrounding communities! Several people were amazed at the difference with the glasses and were very expressive! It was like night and day for them. They could see!!! Very exciting!
God used and I think will continue to use the glasses as a door for relationships with these communities and people.
We were able to communicate with the people in Nahuatl and Spanish. We learned phrases that made communicating easier. Is it blurry? Is this better? Cover up one eye. Look at the light. Look at me. Follow me. Sit here. Stand here. The phrases worked great unless the person was from a different indigenous group.
There was one man who was from a neighboring indigenous group and was practically monolingual. He had a hard time seeing, and it was sad to send him away without glasses. We could have helped him if we could have communicated with him.
On the second day of the eye clinic, my co-worker, Dan hauled some people to and from their community to the eye clinic in his truck. As he was returning to our village, he was talking with one of our neighbors who had accompanied him. Frank was asking about different religions and what we believe. He said he had seen that we are different and he wanted to believe what we do. And, he wants his family to believe also. He and his wife live in our community, but are not Nahuatl. They are each from two of the neighboring indigenous groups so they communicate in Spanish. Dan said he could begin to teach them in January. So, please be praying for Frank and his family. The Holy Spirit is at work. Pray for a hedge of protection around them as they desire to learn the Truth!