Not just new eyesight, but a completely new outlook on life as the message of the gospel was shared with them for the first time.
Samuel and his family are from an indigenous tribe located on the Caribbean islands of Bocas Del Toro, Panama. Samuel is well respected throughout the community and spends each day, rain or shine, walking down the local beach selling coconuts. His family solely relies on his income to put food on the table and shelter over their heads.
Over the past several years his vision has deteriorated rapidly creating fear and anxiety for his wife and three children. The whole community has rallied together to help Samuel receive eye surgery, but finding a doctor, paying for the surgery, and transporting him to a clinic seemed impossible.
They are in need of a miracle.
M/V Pacific Hope has a fully functional dental and ophthalmology clinic onboard. Within her walls, many individuals have experienced new sight. Not just new eyesight, but a completely new outlook on life as the message of the gospel was shared with them for the first time.
Samuel and his family were brought to M/V Pacific Hope after a member from IGY Marina heard Samuel’s story. M/V Pacific Hope is currently receiving maintenance at Red Frog Marina located on the island of Bastimentos. She is preparing to depart on a season of medical and ministry outreach throughout the Caribbean. Even though there are no doctors currently onboard due to maintenance, God moved the M/V Pacific Hope team to help Samuel.
Three days later: Pepe, the M/V Pacific Hope galley chef speaks the same language as Samuel and they have become quick friends. Right now they are headed to Panama City where Samuel will receive his miracle, a two-hour cataract surgery. When asked, “Are you scared that your father is going to have eye surgery?” Samuel’s daughter covered her face nervously and said “yes.”
Please pray that the eye surgery goes well for Samuel and that his family is comforted in knowing he is receiving the best care. Please pray for our medical team performing the surgery in Panama City as they care in Jesus’ Name.
After a quick boat ride we pulled up to a wooden dock and followed Samuel down a narrow pathway through his village. As we walked through the palm trees he pointed out the local school and introduced us to several dogs that came up wagging their tails.
Samuel’s son, who saw us coming from a distance, came running to greet his father. We arrived at their home and Pepe shared the doctors’ instructions with Samuel’s wife.
As we said goodbye to our new friends and headed back to our boat, the family stood in their doorway. The once nervous and fearful face of his daughter bore a huge smile.
As the M/V Pacific Hope launches into a new season of providing hope and healing in the name of Jesus Christ to communities located in the Caribbean, we invite you to partner with us. Just like Samuel’s life was transformed, your prayers and financial contributions transform our ship from an ordinary floating vessel to a life saving ship.