|From left: Young Women's President, Sister Olson, Primary President|
The Olson's invited us to dinner that evening and told us all about their missionary adventures. They extended their mission to 23 months and will be going home in a few weeks.
After shopping we traveled further into the country to a small town up in the mountains called Mapoteng. The Adventist Church is doing wonderful work here and the staff treated us like royalty. They fed us lunch and gave everyone a gift. At the Handover Elder/Sister Eggett told everyone that in 1984 the church asked its members to fast one day and donate the money they would spend on those meals to a special fund for Ethiopia. They raised 10 million dollars and Humanitarian aid was born. The church donated three pieces of eye equipment to help diagnois cataracts and glaucoma. Dr. Gutierrez said they performed 1300 operations last year. The hospital has "cataract finders" that go into the small villages and look for people with cataracts then help them to get to the hospital which may be seven hours away. Some people have waited so long that they can barely see or completely blind. Removing the cataracts they have their full sight again. The cost of the operation in American dollars would be $50.00. Glaucoma is a different story because they cannot restore what has been lost,but with an early detection they can slow down the disease.
|Elder Eggett and Dr. Rodriquez|
|Dr. Gutierrez demostrating the equipment|
|It was a "feel good day" at Maluti Adventist Hospital|