Helping the Blind

Helping the Blind

Helping the Blind

Of all the physical disabilities, blindness has got to be the worst. If you are maimed, you can still move around, albeit with difficulty. However, when you are blind, you are plunged into a world of darkness, and vulnerable to every conceivable danger.

When she was young, she had eye disease which was not diagnosed properly, so she became blind in both eyes. She wanted to become a Buddhist nun and live out the rest of her life in a nunnery, but her mom said they cannot afford it, (essentially you have to give the nunnery a large sum of money for them to take care of the blind person), so she married her off to a KMT soldier twenty years her senior instead. They had one son, who is autistic, and one daughter, who got married and moved away. Then her husband had a brain tumor and died, leaving her to look after their autistic son.

Our hosts sent her a grace meal everyday. Her neighbors were jealous of the fact that she received the meal while they didn’t, especially since her husband left her a survivor benefit at half his monthly pension. Actually the meal was also offered to them, which they declined, but despite that fact they remained mean to her. Although both her eyes are blind, one is open while the other is shut. So they suspected that she could still see, and thought she was a spy when she was standing around while they were talking.

The pressure on her was so great that she wanted to commit suicide, but last Dec. she attended an evangelistic meeting at the church. The songs presented were in her native Hokkien, which touched her greatly, but she was too shy to raise her hand when the evangelist gave the invitation. However, subsequently our hosts visited her at home and she prayed with them to receive Jesus as her Savior.

Because of her blindness, she could not go to church on Sundays. And although she professed Christ, the pressure from neighbors is such that she still offers food to idols on pagan festivals. If able-bodied believers find it hard to resist the pressure, it is even harder for the disabled. Pray that she could have proper follow-up to withstand such pressure. Since she can’t read, perhaps an mp3 could be used to provide her the instructions.

Our Lord’s ministry involved all the physically challenged. Mt 15:30 Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. What about yours? Do you avoid them because they are inconvenient and take too much effort, or do you embrace them because that’s what the Lord did? It tells volumes about who you choose to serve.

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  • Chris Pui  On May 6, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Great sharing dad.

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