Story number 5 for 25 May 2001

By May 25, 2001

(Central America)–And finally, the flies living near rivers in Central America look harmless enough. But a bite and the resulting infection eventually can lead to an attack on the eye and total darkness. This disease is believed to affect an estimated 18 million people. Christian Blind Mission’s Walter Gutbrod tells us what they’re battling. “One of the diseases that is tormenting the people that we’re desperately trying to help in Central America is river blindness. The tragedy is that, without support, the needed medicine will not make it in time to save their sight.” Gutbrod says CBMI also works through education and rehabilitation with the deaf and handicapped in developing countries. He describes the mission that leaves a lasting impact. “We not only help these poor people with their physical needs, but also their spiritual need for our loving Savior, Jesus Christ.” CBMI has more than one-thousand projects in over one hundred developing countries.

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