Today was a very emotional day. Early this morning we watched Dr. Glenn take the bandages off baby Akou’s eyes. She was SCREAMING and finally when she opened her eyes and realized she could see….she went silent and started looking around. The baby stared – mama smiled. It was beautiful.
After a final check-up, the doctor told them they could go home. Typically, the patients have to find their own transportation to and from the ship but because of the relationship I built with Ameze and Akou we offered to take her back to hervillage. She was very thankful.
We had an interpreter with us for her trip home and ofcourse, I had to ask questions. I found out Ameze is a single mom of two. She loves to make jewelry and even made the bracelet she gave me. She’s also studying to be a tailor. She has 7 brothers and sisters (some live with her) and she loves spaghetti (YUMMY)! In the middle of our conversation, I really felt like I was talking to a good friend. With each one of my questions she would laugh at me almost as if to say…”Oh, Amy, you’re crazy… but I love you.” The feeling is mutual, I love Ameze, too. I will miss her.
Her home is not like mine…her face is not like mine… but our hearts are the same. We’re both moms who love our babies and want the best for them. I’m so thankful to be serving on Mercy Ships so I could be a small part of helping Akou see.
What blows me away is the fact that Akou’s story is not unusual. So many families in need are helped through the medical procedures on the ship. I heard a story from a nurse today about a young boy who got surgery on the ship two years ago for his club feet. Just recently, they traveled 16 hours from their village to tell thevolunteers thank-you. 16 HOURS…and sometimes I complain about waiting 5 minutes in line at the grocery.
Lord, thank you for giving me perspective on the ship. What really matters is that I have a relationship with you and my family is happy and healthy….and thanks to the work you’re doing through Mercy Ships – Ameze and her family are too.