Thank You Jane & Steve
- 31/7/2006 <--Prev : Next-->
THANK YOU JANE AND STEVE !
JANE AND STEVE BEATY AND THEIR YOUNG FAMILY REBECCA, RACHEL AND
Our grateful thanks go to the amazing Beaty family who once lived
Bulawayo but have now returned to the USA.
However the Call of Africa is strong and every year the Beatys come
back "home" to Bulawayo to spread their love and light amidst our
community. It is usually a whirlwind tour of Matabeleland
eye clinics, eye operations and dispensing not only corneas and
spectacles, but dispensing their amazing love of The Lord and Man
only they can do.
This year they conducted a total of 4 eye camps, 3 of which were non-
surgical and one which was surgical at Victoria Falls Hospital.
They saw a total of about 800 patients, a number of whom Steve saw
consultation at John Mcminn's office to whom they are very
John opened up his entire practice, pre-checking the patients, and
inviting the Beatys to use his rooms while they were in Bulawayo.
There is no way that they would have had the scope of helping the
numbers of people that they did if it hadn't been for John McMinn
Matthew Love. "We appreciate them so much." said Steve and Jane.
They also performed about 80 operations including a corneal
transplant on a 14 year old boy from Gweru whose mother had pleaded
in the Bulawayo Chronicle for $200 million to fund the operation.
The Georgia Eye Bank in the USA was most generous to donate the
corneal tissue for the operation. SAA were kind to allow them to
it in a refrigerator on board, and so a host of people were
in bringing that young boy's eyesight back.
All operations, dispensing of spectacles and all treatment was
undertaken at no charge ..........
They were able to speak numerous times at different churches, youth
groups and other meetings, and Steve was able to deliver 3 lectures
to the doctors in Bulawayo.
On top of all of this they also conducted a tennis clinic at Petra
Junior School for 3 days with their energetic friends also from the
USA - Jerry and Mike, and a number of the children had some
significant improvement in their game as a result.
"It was a full and wonderful month, and we will forever be grateful
to God for what He did through us. I have already blocked time
for next year to come back over, so watch out!" said Steve.
Well Jane and Steve and your supportive family and friends, on
of our Matabeleland and Bulawayo Communities, thank you so much
your time, your efforts and your incredible gifts to us all.
The Gift of Sight ,,,, to see the amazement on the face of a young
boy or an old man as he "sees" for the first time is sheer joy to
We hope and pray you will be with us again next year!!
THE WAY CLINIC
The Church of Ascension in Hillside runs a weekly clinic for
destitute and unemployed people in that area who cannot afford
and Hospital fees..A small fee is charged for those who can afford
but, if not, the fee is waived. A feeding programme is held every
Wednesday morning, followed by the Clinic which accepts patients up
It is staffed by volunteers (some from the Mater Dei) including
doctors, nurses, pharmacists and lay helpers who register the
Patients, collect fees, count tablets, etc.
But what is a destitute.? The doctor saw a patient in a very smart
jersey who brought her two sick babies and gave a Burnside address.
He enquired gently whether she was a destitute? She said her sister
worked for a person at that address, living in a small servants
quarters in the garden. Her husband had died so her sister allowed
her to stay in the same room with her children - and had lent her
jersey because it was so cold in the morning. She had no job She
received free treatment. Another granny had two sick twins and
she was looking after seven grandchildren because their mothers
daughters) had died.
We wish that all churches which have doctors and nurses in their
congregations should develop feeding programmes and provide health
care in their area for needy people, the numbers of which are