Cranbrook Community Team’s medical clinics were full every day, with patients streaming in with a variety of needs. On one particularly busy morning, an elderly Haitian gentleman with a straw hat walked over to the optician’s station. The nurse made introductions through an interpreter, asking his name and if he could read the first line of printing on his prescription. He said it was blurry—not at all clear—shaking his head in disappointment. The nurse proceeded to help him try on various strengths of glasses, starting with the lowest power. As she went through each one, he was getting discouraged, until she pulled out the strongest pair she had. Once he tried them on, a big grin spread across his face. BINGO! He could see clearly!
The man pulled his well-worn Bible out of his bag and, with sheer delight, began to read the words on the pages. He was so thrilled and had the biggest grin on his face. Who knows how long it had been since he was last able to read his beloved scriptures? Just to think, the simple act of providing new reading glasses made a huge difference in this elderly gentleman’s life. Another satisfied customer!