“I like to work and take care of my
family,” says Vincent from his village in Central Africa. “If
I imagine to be blind, this would be terrible.
Because you could do nothing – you cannot
work, you cannot walk round on your own.”
Vincent knows this better than most,
because when the bumps under his skin
began itching, he knew exactly what would
follow… agony, and then darkness.
“I got those nodules under my skin and my
skin was itching severely. I got headaches
and my eyes started watering.”
Vincent was infected by the black fly while he
was working outside near a river. Once the
fly had passed on the parasite to Vincent,
the worm reproduced, sending hundreds
of thousands of larvae spreading through
Vincent’s body and eventually to his eyes.
It was as agonising as it sounds. And the
result was blindness in his left eye.
Thankfully, someone like you had
compassion. CBM’s teams reached Vincent’s
village to distribute the sight-saving
antibiotics that kill the parasite… and not
a moment too soon. Vincent recalls, “The
doctor said the eyesight of my left eye could
not be restored. But they hoped to save my
right eye with the medicine.”
It worked! Today Vincent can see! He
says, “Ever since that time I have taken the
pills every year… and I don’t have fear for
my children any more that they could
experience the same fate as me.”
“I want to thank those who help that we
get the medicine each year. It heals us.
Without it, I would be a burden on my
family. I wouldn’t be able to work.
He adds, “The Bible tells stories about
blind people being healed. The Lord
can heal us. I am so grateful.”
For a father like Vincent, saving the sight
in his right eye is a powerful gift. It means
he can still work to provide for his family.
It means his children will not go hungry.
It means they too are saved from a life
Thank you for being God’s hands and feet on earth today, for dads
like Vincent, and his wife and children!
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