29 December, 2014 - Steph Gaut
What an incredible year it’s been! Together, we’ve been able to change the lives of people with disability in developing countries.
Through Miracles Day, collectively we helped restore sight to 18,534 of the world’s poorest people living with cataract blindness. That’s 18,534 lives changed forever! It was so inspiring to have four of our Christian radio station partners join us in Tanzania. Over Miracles Day, they were able to broadcast to you live from Tanzania their first-hand experience as they witnessed the journey from darkness to sight unfold before them during cataract surgery.
Back home, we’ve hosted over 20 public events around the country where we’ve been privileged to meet so many members of the CBM family! It’s been a wonderful way to meet so many supporters face-to-face and hear your kind words.
One of CBM’s major events for 2014 was the inaugural ‘Luke14 Honest Conversations’ conference held in Melbourne in July. This conference was an incredible event, aimed at equipping Australian church communities to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. It was fantastic to see over 100 people come together to participate in workshops, and learn from some dynamic guest speakers.
As you’re probably aware, this year hasn’t been without its challenges – we’ve been greatly strengthened by the powerful and encouraging prayers and support from around the country. You have helped us to keep the most vulnerable people safe during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the Cholera outbreak in Sudan. Through prayer and giving, you have brought great comfort to people living in poverty with disability, as well as our co-workers, staff and volunteers.
Your ongoing support will help us continue to work with local partners, based in countries as diverse as Vietnam, Kenya and Bangladesh, to name just a few. We’ll be looking at new and interesting ways to share stories of the life-changing work that is made possible only through the support of people like YOU throughout 2015.