Eight Year Old Girl Receives Sight in Honduras

Submitted by Andy Anderson

8-year-old Honduran girl smiles after receiving glasses for the first time.Her face lit up as an 8-year-old Honduran girl received the gift of sight in March 2017. The girl had been taken to a medical mission in a nearby neighborhood in Tegucigalpa, Honduras by her grandmother due to the girl’s inability to see. After her examination, the local optometrist stated she has the eyes you would typically see in a 57 year old woman. Her lack of medical attention, poor diet, poor living conditions, poor lighting in the home, and the constant dust in the air from the dirt streets in her neighborhood undoubtedly lead to her poor eyesight. In this miracle not only was this young girl fitted with glasses that were near the prescription she needed, but they were the exact prescription for both eyes that she so desperately needed. As the glasses were placed on her face her eyes lit up and her smile radiated as she saw a world she had never seen before. 

Between March 25th and April 1st fifteen men and women from The Crossing Church in Columbia, Missouri and the Reach Church in Montgomery City, Missouri Crossing Church volunteer Andy Anderson fits a young man with glasses at the medical mission clinic near Tegucigalpa, Honduras.were in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on a medical mission trip. Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras, contains approximately one and one quarter million people in the city with another million in the urban area. The population is condensed into approximately 663 square miles. Poverty is rampant and clean drinking water is scarce. 

As part of this medical mission, optometry services were provided to those in need. Thanks to Saving Sight and other donations of eyeglasses, 452 local Hondurans were seen by the optometrist in a 4 day period. The youngest to have their eyes examined was 10 months old. Other services were also provided including medical, dental, pharmaceutical, and a children’s area where all the children seen were examined for lice and their hair washed.   

Medical mission clinic in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. This miracle of sight for this eight year old girl started years prior when someone in the United States purchased a pair of eyeglasses. After undoubtedly wearing them for a number of years they either decided to get a new pair or perhaps decided to try contacts. Either way, instead of throwing their old eyeglasses away they donated them and they eventually worked their way to Saving Sight where they were cleaned and labeled with the perception. Remarkably, this pair of glasses was given by Saving Sight to the Columbia, Missouri team who would be traveling to Honduras in March 2017. Just as remarkable, the optometrist found this particular pair of eyeglasses out of hundreds taken with us.

Although what happened to this young girl is truly a miracle, it was only one of many. We watched many older women and men receive new eyeglasses for free just by coming to the temporary neighborhood clinic.     

Guest author Andy Anderson attended the mission trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras in March 2017. The trip was organized by members of The Crossing Church in Columbia, Mo. and Reach Church in Montgomery City, Mo.  Andy is a member of The Crossing Church and is a retired detective with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.