Asiamen knew her sight could be restored. She knew she needed cataract surgery. She wasn’t afraid. In fact, for the past two years, she was eager to have the surgery. She just had to go the hospital and get it done.

The energetic Bibi (grandma) knew the importance of surgery because she had taken her mother to the hospital years ago for the same operation. It was successful… her mother’s sight was restored.

But Asiamen didn’t have the $39 needed to pay for her own surgery.

So she stopped working in her fields, growing maize and beans for food. She stopped cooking. She used to call out to her grandchildren when they were playing in front of her… now she couldn’t see them. And she’d fall down and wouldn’t be able to get up.

She became completely dependent on her children for all her basic needs, including food. Her daughter came daily to care for her.

Asiamen said she was afraid if she stopped moving or working that she’d die young.

The 81 year-old mother to seven living children and numerous grandchildren still had a lot of life in her.

She was eager to return to the life she loved… working in her fields, enjoying her grandchildren, attending church.

Then a local community worker noticed that Asiamen couldn’t see because of cataracts. So he went up to her and told her that she didn’t have to worry about the money.

Someone in Canada with a heart of gold like you paid for her surgery.

Asiamen clapped her hands together when she heard the news! “I’m so very thankful and happy because I’m very sick. I have to walk with a stick now. So I’m extremely excited to have the surgery.”

After the sight-restoring surgery and the bandages were removed she returned home. As she looked around she said with delight, “I see you and I see that. Before I couldn’t…” Turning to her granddaughter she proudly said, “Even my grandchild looks different. She’s grown up. She is tall!”

Asiamen has a list of things she wanted to do as soon as her sight was restored.

She wants to return to working on her farm. She’s excited to become independent again and to free up her daughter. She also plans to repair her house with the stone and sand that she’s been storing since before she became blind. But first, Asiamen is going to church to pray.

Asiamen said, “I’m praying for whoever paid for my surgery. Thank you so much! I’m feeling very good.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column]

Asiamen, 81 year old mother to 7 children and numerous grandchildren
Asiamen, after sight-restoring surgery
Asiamen smiling at her granddaughter after sight restored

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overcome it.

John 1:5 (NIV)