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-Paul Ndukwe (Rev.) International Executive Director
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Outreach Fall 2007 Update.

Dear Partners in Mission,

New Year greetings to you and yours in Jesus name. You will agree with me that we cannot look forward without first looking back. The lessons, experiences and challenges of the past will educate, instruct, and guide us into the future undertakings.

At Link International Ministries, as we look back over the year of opportunities, we see little children, men and women who have been treated and healed with the medical aid provided through your gracious generosity. During out recent concluded three days free medical clinic held at the University Cottage Hospital, Uturu, Abia State, Nigeria, we were able to examine and treated five hundred (500) patients from the University and its surrounding communities. On their behalf, we say thank you.

During the same clinic we saw students and many adults with sight problems. I was touched to observe that only “a dollar reading classes” was all that most of our patients with eye problems need to correct their vision and bring back to them a sense of focus and belonging in their walk and lifestyle. Think about it, “one dollar reading classes” will change someone’s life? Our teams of optometrists from the University’s department of Optometry worked tirelessly to make sure all the patients with reading problem were attended to. One could see the disappointment on the faces of the patients when most of them were told that the reading glasses I took with me was finished or that we do not have the exact prescription for them. The lesson I learnt from this last outreach was, we only maximized our opportunities not our potentials.

Operation Eye Classes Project” for 5000 people in 2008:

This is also a time for looking forward. We want you to know that we are charged up for significantly greater involvement in community health care projects especially in the area of providing correcting eye sight. Do you know that most accidents that have taken thousands of lives across Africa are due to lack of good eye sight? Most drivers drive with bad eye sight and one cannot tract them down because there are no laws in place to test the vision of the drivers. Do you know that many bright and intelligent students drop out of school because of bad eye sight and most parents rather use the little money they have for feeding than purchase reading classes? Do you know that only three suite cases will carry all 5000 glasses and these suite cases are allowed as personal luggage by British Airways?

Could you avail yourself as a partner in this year’s project? If your $10 will buy ten reading classes think of what $100, $500 or even $1,000 could buy? A family could sponsor ten to twenty people and a church could sponsor 50 to 500 people depending on the size. We are thrilled and excited that two teams will be leaving Vancouver, Canada during the months of February and April this year for Nigeria on community health care and leadership development outreaches and they are willing to take with them the glasses.

We are very grateful that you are able to walk this road with us, bringing health, good eye sight and hope to rural communities who desperately need our help. One of my African proverbs says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Our dear friends, together we will go far and maximize our potentials on behalf on others.

Yours in Mission Possible,

Paul Ndukwe (Rev.)
Executive Director, Link International Ministries