People call Lazarus ‘the blind one.” His eyes are clouded probably by cataracts and age and even the multiple glasses we bring and he tries on, don’t seem to help. Surgery, so common here for cataracts, is unheard of in his village of Yambio, South Sudan. But Lazarus comes most days and works on our craft projects: he is “famous” for being the stenciler of our bark cloth cards. Lazarus is also known for carrying small blocks of wood to protect his hands, as he propels himself on the ground. You see, Lazarus is one of our people who has a three wheel adapted bicycle, originally brought over by some Norwegian missionaries. With this bicycle, he can be at eye level with his peers and keep up with the walking and biking traffic on the roads; otherwise he is on the ground—often mud, always dirt. But like most everyone else at Hands of Mercy, Lazarus’ smile and countenance tell a different story: a life, reclaimed by Christ, is never a life blinded by the circumstances of what he could see, but a life with a future and a hope that sees beyond disability to a forever and ever life, seeing Jesus face to face!

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