One Preacher, A Bicycle, Two Lions

Brother Joseph Nkhoma, the supported preacher for Lundazi, cycled over to help the evangelism efforts in Chitungulu area about 85 miles West of Lundazi. After conducting a successful door to door campaign there with the Church at Chitungulu Church of Christ for three days, he started to cycle back to Lundazi when his front bicycle spoke broke. He had to walk on foot with a broken bicycle for many kilometers going to Lundazi when he met two lions. I understand all he did was to stand still until the two lions decided to walk away. He had to go back until he found a village where he was able to spend the night and find someone to repair the bicycle for him. I thank God that Brother Joseph Nkhoma is alive and well today.

Wellington Mwanza

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Goodwin’s Treatment Completes Early

We wish to let you know that we completed the C3R treatment here yesterday. The Doctors did the review of the treatment that they have done and have told us that Goodwin’s eyes are healing very well. Consequently, they say that there is no need for them to proceed in putting INTACS in his eyes to help to stabilize the Corneas like they had earlier intended to do. They however, have said that they would like to see him in three months. They have recommended that we consider ICL or implanted eye lenses. This will ensure that he does not have to use regular eye correction glasses.

We plan to go back to Zambia any day from today. This afternoon we will try to change the Ticket dates to tomorrow. We hope that this will work.

Ireen and I would like to thank you most sincerely for making Goodwin’s treatment possible.

Wellington and Ireen

March 13 Update on Goodwin

Greetings and I hope that your are all doing well. I write this email to give you some more information on Goodwin. This afternoon (your alls evening) we went back to the hospital for the doctors to perform the same procedure on Goodwin’s left eye.
 
I am happy to inform you that the procedure was successful and Goodwin does not seem to be in any pain at all. This means that we have now completed the C3R (Cross-Linking) procedure.Tomorrow morning, we will go back to the hospital for a review of both the right and left eyes.
 
On Saturday March 15, 2014, the doctors that performed the C3R procedure on Goodwin, Dr. Surbhi Suden the doctor that recommended Sharp Eye Hospital and ourselves will meet to review what has been done and to have a discussion while we wait for the Corneas to settle in.   
 
For some of you who may not be familiar with Cross-Linking, it is a process where protein is added on the Cornea to strengthen the Cornea so the it maitains it oval shap instead of a conical shape like was the case in Goodwin’s case. The doctors are suprised that his eyes have responded so well that they have been able to do the Cross-Linking procedure on both eyes within three days. They have told us that in most cases, they have had to wait for a week or ten days to be able to carry out this procedure in both eyes of some patients.
 
We continue to thank God for your prayers and financial supprt that you have given us to be able to bring Goodwin here for treatment. Last night as Ireen and I were prepairing to go to bed, I prayed to God and asked the question,” What shall I give in return for what He and your all have done for Ireen and I?
 
Thank you.

Latest Update on Goodwin

We have just returned from the hospital where Goodwin is being treated to see the doctor who performed the proceedure for a review of the right eye. We wre told the eye is healing ok. Tomorrow at 4PM we go back for the change of the Contact lense they had put on the right eye to reduce the pain.

The doctors have decided to proceed with the same procedure they conducted on the right eye with the left eye. This will be done on Thursday

morning which is two days from today. Please continue praying for Goodwin so that the procedure is successful. It is a stressful moment for Ireen and I but we know that God plans are not to hurts us but to heal Goodwin. We rely completely on the hand of the One who never fails. Thank you very much.

Wellington Mwanza

Goodwin’s First Eye Procedure Success

I wish to inform you that the first procedure (C3R) was successfully carried out on Goodwin’s right eye. We have just come back from the hospital and he is sleeping. It was a one hour procedure. What remains now is to wait for the eye to fully recover before the doctors can carry out the same procedure on the left eye.

Our understanding is that the recovery period is up to one week from today (March 17). Tomorrow morning we will go back to the hospital at 8:30 AM for a review of the right eye from the doctor who conducted the procedure. Our hope and prayer is that all will be well.

Thank you very much for making this procedure possible for Goodwin.

Wellington and Ireen

Mwanza’s Arrive in India

We arrived safely here in India yesterday morning.  We quickly met Dr. Surbhi Suden for an update on the arrangements she has made for us. We went to the lodge to rest only 1 hour because we had a doctor’s appointment an hour later. Dr. Suden was born in Kitwe in Zambia but relocated to India.

We went to Sharp Eye Hospital here in New Delhi were Goodwin will be treated for the initial assessment.

1. It was confirmed that he has Keratoconus
2. They told us that with the present condition of his eyes, they will be able to do the C3R (Cross – Linking) procedure. This procedure is intended to stop the progression of Keratoconus. In this procedure, they want to stabilize the oval shape of the cornea. Once this has been done, they will work on improving his vision to a point where he will not need to use either glasses or contact lenses. This is what we are hoping for.
3. Tomorrow Monday March 9, 2014, we will go in for a second assessment followed by a round table discussion between the doctor who will perform the procedure, ourselves, and Dr. Surbhi Suden.
4. Hopefully on Tuesday, they can start the procedure. Our understanding is that they will start with the right eye. Then we wait for the eye to recover. This we understand will take three to four days. After this, they will then proceed with the left eye.
5. Once this has been done, they will work on further improving his sight.

Thank you very much for making this procedure possible for us. Ireen and I are truly grateful to you all. God Bless you all. We will keep you posted on the progress made.

Wellington and Ireen.

For more information on the medical center and those involved follow the below links:

Sharp Eye Hospital at: www.sharpsight.in
Dr. Surbhi Suden at: www.medworldindia.com

East-Reach Bus

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I wish to report that we arrived safely yesterday from Lusaka to pick the white 29 Seater bus. This morning the preachers who are here for our monthly meeting and the college students came to see the bus. They sat inside and asked, “Can you please take us for ride?” They could not hold back their excitement. Most could not believe that we now have a bus that can be used to carry out God’s work here in the eastern province.

Kevison Zulu a sponsored preacher from Katete area offered a prayer dedicating the bus to God’s service. I also understand that Hills View Church of Christ intends to hold a prayer session tomorrow to dedicate the bus in to God’s service. I will send you pics and a video of the bus hopefully on Monday September 9, 2013. Tomorrow Sunday, I will be traveling with the Ford Ranger to Lundazi town some 175Km North of Chipata for the 2014 Student Recruitment and also to visit some Churches there. I will spent the afternoon at Mwase Church of Christ where I was invited to attend a Church leader’s meeting.

One behalf of all the brothers and sisters in Christ in the Church here in the eastern province, I would like to thank you most sincerely for donating the funds that have made it possible for us to purchase the bus for the work here. We will ensure that the bus is well looked after and that it serves it intended purpose. Thank you.

Wellington Mwanza

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