Here is a testimony from one of the team members:
From: Courtney Doan [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 12:04 AM
Dear Mr. Kendall,
My name is Courtney Doan and I am in charge of the Optometry team within my father's
ministry, the Good Samaritans. I am so sorry it took me so long to get back to you, but i wanted
to email you and thank you for all you've done for our ministry! As you requested, here is a
testimony from one of my members who went on our mission this past summer.
My name is Angela Le, during summer of 2015 I was fortunate enough to be able to go to Cao Bang, Vietnam with the Good Samaritan Medical and Dentistry Ministry (GSMDM) for two weeks. Being a Good Samaritan means to always “love your neighbor just as much as you love yourself,” the word “love” can mean many different things but in this case, “love” means to treat others with kindness and respect by helping them when they need it no matter what our differences are.
I was a part of the Optometry team in GSMDM, we were able to scan patients eyes with the auto refractor and distributed out hundreds of prescription glasses, reading glasses, and sunglasses to the poor in remote areas of Vietnam.
Handing out glasses was the most rewarding because we could see their expression change in an instant. An old man came in saying he could not see anything. After testing him, we found out that he could see, just not anything that was close to him. He later told me all he wanted to do was read the letters his daughter were sending to him from Saigon, Vietnam. After we gave him the correct reading glasses all I could remember was a huge and beautiful smile that stretched across his face. He could not stop smiling and laughing because he was just so excited that he could see clearly. At that moment all I could think about was the passage “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is shown in many different ways, the old man had much love for his daughter and was determine to stop at nothing to regain his sight in order to read his daughter’s letters.
The daughter never once stopped writing letters to her father, showing how much she cared, missed, and loved her father.
GSMDM shows love by helping the people of Vietnam in the name of God no matter what our differences are and helps give hope to the people. No matter how small or how different, love is love. We could not have achieved any of this without the support and generosity from the Kendall Optometry Ministry.
I have also attached a few pictures of the team on the field.
Thank you so much for everything!