João Da Costa
João is originally from Angola, but due to the war, he and his family lived in Zambia for many years. He trained to become a doctor. He actually wanted to be a cardiologist, but when he came to Lubango for an internship, he met Dr. Steve and joined him on a trip. He was captivated by this work of giving back the light in the eyes of the blind and visually impaired and preventing eye damage whenever possible. He walked with Dr. Steve for several months. He will be in Nigeria from June to December 2021 to learn the cataract surgeries and if possible learn even more about ophthalmic treatments. I have been impressed by the passion and perseverance he has. The circumstances are not favorable for him, he needs support and he gets it in a limited way. Yet he has faith in God who leads him and will help him reach his goal!
I would like to share with you what he wrote about operating;
My hands are made to hold scalpels and my eyes to carry surgical telescopes. I appreciate every carpentry job I did with my father growing up, the fine work he taught me is now reflected in my surgical career. Every time I hold my scalpel to make an incision through my telescope or microscope, I say, Thank you God and thank you my Father. There may be shortcuts to success, but there is no shortcut to competence.
The container is going to Angola!
I had been collecting stuff for months and finally the time came for us to pack up the container on the first Saturday in September (2021). Fortunately, many people had come to help. It wasn't just "my stuff"; ophthalmic equipment, clothing and household items. No, much, much more was collected, for example also stuff that can be used in the center that is being built in Huambo. (More info under the heading Arvore da Vida.) And now the container is on its way to Angola. Please pray with us that it will arrive there safely.