Canvasback Impact

Opening Their Eyes

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript



Series Code: CI

Program Code: CI000009S

00:01 It's fun to kind of watch the policemen here,
00:04 flagging all the various cars but you know all of these cars
00:07 have people in them.
00:09 Many people without Jesus Christ,
00:11 and that is the gospel commission
00:13 to go into all the world and share Jesus.
00:16 Now sometimes we think of all the world
00:18 is a very localized area here or here.
00:21 But, you know, down here in the islands of Micronesia,
00:24 there are people who need to hear
00:26 the precious gospel of Jesus also.
00:28 And Jesus with that commission of going all the world
00:31 set out a very specific line
00:34 of what I like to call the cycle of evangelism.
00:37 Some sow plant seed,
00:41 others water and still others harvest the seed.
00:45 Canvasback fits especially in that first one,
00:48 sowing a lot of seed, changing hearts and lives,
00:51 bringing them to an awareness of who Jesus is,
00:54 His incredible love, just one miracle at a time.
01:16 So you feel that the risks
01:19 would outweigh the benefits
01:22 for that left eye.
01:24 Okay, and then let's put it up, come again I ask you.
01:28 Thank you so much, man.
01:31 Okay, I want to put an eye drop in your right eye, okay.
01:35 This is a glaucoma or eye pressure drop.
01:38 Look up high.
01:42 Close.
01:43 You know he's very valuable.
01:46 Quite a few patients when we go on mission trips like this
01:48 that have brown cataracts that his was extra, extra hard.
01:52 Yeah.
01:54 So the normal techniques I would use to fractionate it
01:57 and suck it out pieces would have been done
02:01 more harm than good
02:02 compared to what we did is use a larger incision,
02:04 bring it out like delivering a baby,
02:06 just bringing a lot of away piece,
02:09 and that's what we did.
02:11 That's what that photo we took.
02:14 So not everything's good news?
02:16 That's right, in his other eye we had bad news for him.
02:19 If there's eye pressure, if his eye was,
02:22 it was earlier on in the process
02:26 we could have done a lens exchange
02:28 and maybe a corneal transplant but as it is he was sick enough
02:32 that we know from experience we operated on eye
02:35 with that little pressure that in case,
02:37 it's not the matter of raising the pressure
02:39 that the, when eye get sick
02:40 it actually starts to shut down fluid production.
02:43 And this is why an eye can go in,
02:45 it's in the early stages what we call phthisis
02:48 which is the fancy medical term for so sick
02:51 that it starts to shrink.
02:54 So that's down.
03:04 Just turn it up and push a little bit.
03:06 It'll just fall out in there.
03:07 Okay, let me give somebody.
03:09 Yeah.
03:11 There seem two things.
03:13 Right, cataract, also retina failure.
03:18 So these guys fish all night to bring in a catch.
03:21 The first one was close to 80 pounds.
03:24 These guys look like they caught bigger fish
03:26 and they just, it's the luck of the draw.
03:31 Now by the end of the day,
03:33 I assume they pretty much sell all these out.
03:35 Yeah.
03:36 In the morning people, especially the markets,
03:40 they come in the morning and just buy that markets
03:44 but you know people who are selling food
03:46 first times and they didn't buy it.
03:49 So most of it for the restaurant
03:51 and really the tourist industry then.
03:54 Tourists don't usually come and buy fish here.
03:57 Tourists don't come to the restaurants?
04:00 Oh, yeah, they go to the restaurant,
04:01 but not in here.
04:03 Yeah, now that's what I meant.
04:04 Yeah, yeah.
04:05 Eat everything at the restaurants.
04:07 So it doesn't end up on the table typically,
04:09 maybe the locals.
04:11 No.
04:12 Only few locals will come and buy.
04:16 Those fishermen if they have a good catch,
04:18 usually fishermen can make some good money.
04:20 Oh, yeah.
04:22 Now how much does a fisherman have
04:24 in the cost of his equipment for a boat and thing?
04:26 How much does a boat cost?
04:27 Oh.
04:29 Boats will cost you, it depends.
04:31 The smaller boat will cause you maybe 4000, 5000.
04:34 Lot of money.
04:36 Yeah, but the nice one like mine,
04:38 maybe that's $8,000 $9,000.
04:42 A boat then costs more than a car.
04:43 You were telling me yesterday, some cars are $2,000.
04:46 Yes.
04:49 Few people have boat.
04:50 More people have cars because cars are really cheap.
04:54 How much of the economy is fishing
04:57 still here for the islands?
05:00 You know, we rarely export fish.
05:04 So it's the economy
05:06 and what we are getting from fish is the license
05:08 that these people are giving us.
05:10 So about two, three, about up to maybe almost $3 million.
05:14 So the big... A $30 million.
05:15 The big fishing groups from other countries.
05:18 Yes.
05:19 But the small one, they just come here,
05:20 and people, less people are fishing now.
05:23 So we just buy...
05:25 Buy all the fish. Yeah.
05:27 Do these all gill nets?
05:29 Now they catch it by nets?
05:30 No, no spear.
05:31 Nighttime they go spearfishing.
05:33 This all spearfishing? Yeah.
05:35 They're busy. That's a lot of fish to catch...
05:36 Oh, these guys they go down
05:38 like some of them will go down like 70-80 feet.
05:41 And they're just snorkeling doing it.
05:43 Wow.
05:46 It's amazing.
05:48 It's just like, you know, you use tank,
05:49 you go down 90-feet, 70.
05:51 These guys are fishing way down.
05:53 Now I've been scuba diving for a lot of years
05:56 but, boy, when you just snorkel,
05:57 that takes a lot to go down and find a fish
06:00 and spear it and get back up before you run out of breath.
06:04 You know, fishing is an industry
06:07 as old as time itself really.
06:09 Matter of fact, even Jesus after the resurrection,
06:11 He met with the disciples.
06:13 He saw them out on the lake, He called to them,
06:15 they've been fishing.
06:16 They came in
06:18 and there was a beautiful little fire with fish
06:19 laid on the fire
06:21 to provide them some sustenance.
06:23 Fishing as an economy here that's dwindled over time.
06:26 Now there's very few fishermen in comparison
06:29 to the worldwide fishing
06:30 that goes on China and Japan and many other nations.
06:33 They're taking most of the catch,
06:35 which leaves very little
06:37 for the nationals here in Pohnpei.
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07:41 Well, Bruce had been asked several times by Dr. Gino
07:45 to come to Pohnpei and I guess any mission,
07:49 but particularly here to work on all the equipment.
07:53 And Bruce didn't want to go without me.
07:55 So it worked out for me to go with him.
07:58 And I'm really glad that we got to go together,
08:00 we have lots of projects at home.
08:02 And, but this is, this is much more important.
08:06 Helping people, these people really need some help
08:09 and we're able to give it actually quite easily.
08:13 It's a little different.
08:14 I'm a college professor, and I teach computer classes.
08:18 I think that, yeah, just extra hands
08:21 makes the work lighter.
08:23 And that's true here too.
08:26 But I mean, and she took some time
08:29 to train a little bit before she came,
08:31 and I'm sure she felt like,
08:33 you know, she was in overhead.
08:35 But when she started here,
08:36 but at least she had a little exposure to it
08:39 before she actually started doing that.
08:42 And she's familiar with the equipment
08:46 from kind of mechanical standpoint,
08:50 because she's a dealer for the autoclaves
08:55 that we're using here.
08:57 And so she set up for, for us to go
09:01 and get factory training for servicing.
09:05 So that, yeah, she sat through those classes with me.
09:10 Yeah, for me probably six months ago,
09:14 because I started getting emails
09:19 from Dr. Galvin of stuff that wasn't working,
09:24 that they would need help with
09:27 and I actually then
09:31 was able to get some equipment that needed repair
09:36 and fix it at home and send it over here.
09:40 So when we got here, we had pieces
09:42 that were already working.
09:44 And then we'll leave those here for them
09:48 to continue using stuff that anybody could do.
09:53 When we first got here,
09:55 all, everything needed to be unpacked.
09:57 And so that's a big job in itself.
10:00 Containment, almost a containment room.
10:02 Yeah, a lot of, a lot of big box crates.
10:07 And so then one of the things that they wanted done
10:11 is they had a couple of new pieces of equipment
10:14 that they had gotten here,
10:15 but they, they just been sitting in the box
10:19 because they didn't have anybody to put them together.
10:21 And one was a surgery microscope.
10:24 Another was retinal camera.
10:26 And so, I actually didn't do all of that,
10:30 I just helped out in parts and other people,
10:34 you know, took it out of the box
10:37 and got stuff ready so that I could stay on task
10:41 with some other things.
10:42 A lot of the stuff that I've worked on,
10:44 it's some of its similar, but it's not the stuff
10:48 that I've actually been trained in
10:51 or, you know, had experience with.
10:53 So it's taken a little more time.
10:56 And the internet,
10:57 internet's not quite as good of the access here.
11:00 Normally I'd, you know, for stuff that
11:04 piece of equipment that I haven't worked on before
11:07 I would get on YouTube
11:08 and see if I could find
11:10 some instructional stuff on there.
11:12 I kid people and tell them
11:14 I'm a doctor that I'm a neurologist.
11:19 And I, so I have a doctorate in neurology.
11:23 But, so I've got some stuff on YouTube, too,
11:26 that you know, showing how to work on different lasers
11:30 or stuff like that.
11:32 But...
11:33 Right, yeah, we had some catching up to do.
11:36 We had to be ready Monday morning.
11:37 Surgeries right away.
11:40 Yeah, that first day, we were pretty wiped out.
11:44 Oh, and we're having a great time
11:46 meeting some of the people here.
11:49 We haven't had a chance
11:50 because of the extra day they get here
11:54 to really look around or see stuff
11:56 a lot of times more,
11:57 you get a chance to go walk and it's dark already.
11:59 But we did get one evening to get out a little bit
12:03 while it was still daylight.
12:04 So that's kind of fun.
12:06 And just the sea and the water so close and...
12:11 Well, part of it is,
12:13 you know,
12:17 for the people that that came on the team,
12:20 Dr. Gino, Dr. Marshall.
12:24 Yeah, those guys are part of my family.
12:26 So you know that, if they need help,
12:28 I want to help them out.
12:30 So that's, that's part of it.
12:31 And then the people here, you know, to help them
12:36 and, but not only to help them,
12:39 but to just get to know them a little bit,
12:41 and have a chance to interact
12:46 and share what, what's going on in their life
12:50 and what's going on in our lives.
12:52 And so, that, that's part of it, too.
12:56 But, yeah, we, where I work,
12:59 there's lots of doctors that are doing missions.
13:03 You know, I'm really, really honored
13:05 to be a part of that group.
13:06 And there's a doctor
13:08 that goes to Ethiopia every year.
13:12 A doctor that goes to Fiji.
13:15 Doctor Gino that does somewhere in the Marshall Islands
13:18 or the Micronesia every year.
13:23 There's a doctor that goes to North Korea at once a year.
13:29 And so, you know that that's the thing.
13:31 They've all been asking me and I've been kind of
13:34 just taking care of them when they're at home.
13:37 This is a big job in itself.
13:38 So I've kind of put it off.
13:40 But yeah, no, after this experience,
13:44 I think I would, you know, if we can work it out,
13:48 I think we would do it again,
13:49 if there was a situation where we think
13:51 our skills would help out so.
13:53 Oh, absolutely, absolutely.
13:55 I've really enjoyed giving the people,
13:57 you know, I'm back in the surgery area,
13:59 and they're several of the Pohnpei people here
14:03 that work for the hospital and we get to spend,
14:06 we get to spend a little time visiting.
14:08 And it's neat to see the difference in culture.
14:11 One thing is their sense of time, or lack thereof.
14:17 They're very easygoing.
14:18 They're never in a rush, which you know,
14:21 sometimes that's good for us to see.
14:23 You know why let, why just rush through life.
14:25 Let's take a little time.
14:27 But sometimes there is a need for schedule, so.
14:31 Well, I think that the Canvasback
14:34 they're doing a very needed service.
14:39 When the one night that we did get
14:42 to walk around a little bit,
14:45 you don't have to get very far out it away
14:47 from the center of town to see
14:50 that the residents here really don't have much
14:53 and as far as anything that's extra,
15:00 you know that their lives are pretty much just sustained.
15:05 And that's about the, what they have,
15:09 and the first day at clinic here
15:12 that that was a real eye opener for me.
15:15 Because, you know, it wasn't just the clinic waiting room
15:19 that all the halls in the hospital
15:22 were full of people sitting with a hope.
15:26 They didn't have appointments,
15:28 sitting with a hope that they could get some care.
15:32 And so, that, that really
15:37 affected me for coming.
15:41 It'll be exciting tomorrow morning,
15:42 we get to see some of the...
15:44 We're always in surgery week.
15:46 So we see the certain that those patients
15:48 but we don't get to see the results.
15:50 But we'll have that opportunity tomorrow when they,
15:52 you know, remove the patch and get to see their reaction
15:56 to having vision again.
15:59 So for Canvasback, I'd say that,
16:02 that would be the real reason for supporting Canvasback
16:06 is because of the opportunity
16:09 that they're providing for these people
16:11 to get some care that they wouldn't get there.
16:14 There are a lot of them, there's no way they could buy
16:17 a ticket to get off island, to go somewhere else
16:20 where there might be somebody that could give them the care.
16:25 So that that's I see the big part of Canvasback.
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17:34 There were so many times when Jesus found Himself
17:37 by the seaside teaching and preaching
17:39 and sharing about God.
17:42 Jesus was God, but He came down here
17:45 to planet earth in human form.
17:47 So that He might share with people who God really was
17:49 because the devil had lied.
17:51 The devil still lies about how Jesus really is
17:55 who God really is.
17:58 He came down here to die for you and for me.
18:01 One day toward the end of His three and a half years
18:04 of earthly ministry, they captured Him,
18:06 they took Him, they beat Him,
18:07 they did all these things to Him,
18:09 and finally He stood before Pilate.
18:11 Pilate was the Roman who held Him up
18:14 before the people and asked
18:16 whether He should be crucified or not.
18:19 But then he said a very interesting thing.
18:22 He looked at Him and he said, "Behold the man,
18:25 behold the man."
18:27 I would invite you today to behold the man.
18:30 We behold Jesus, the great teacher
18:32 who overlooking the Sea of Galilee
18:34 begin sharing things that no one
18:37 had ever shared before.
18:38 Things have changed, hearts and lives, changed my life.
18:41 Maybe it's changed yours.
18:43 Behold the man, we see Jesus, who told the disciples
18:48 to cast out and go to the other side of the lake.
18:51 How in the middle of that lake He controlled the storm
18:53 because He was the creator of the universe.
18:56 Peter came to Him and said, "You know, Lord,
18:59 they've told us to pay taxes."
19:01 Jesus said, "Go to the sea, catch a fish, the first fish
19:05 and pull out a coin out of his mouth
19:08 and use that to pay taxes."
19:09 And that's exactly what he did.
19:11 Seems maybe hard to imagine hard to believe,
19:13 but not for the creator of the universe.
19:16 The disciples one time were fishing out on the sea.
19:20 They were casting their nets, they fished all night long.
19:24 And Jesus stood by the seashore and He called out to them,
19:28 "Cast your nets on the other side of the boat."
19:31 Well, it turned out that was the side
19:32 between He and the disciples.
19:36 They cast the nets in, after a little bit of argument
19:39 because they were seasoned fishermen.
19:40 They didn't want to listen to Jesus.
19:42 Cast the nets in, the catch was huge.
19:45 They pulled up this mighty catch.
19:47 Why? Because Jesus was the creator.
19:50 I invite you today to behold Jesus as the creator.
19:54 And Jesus we see Him just before the time
19:57 of the crucifixion.
19:58 He's in a Garden of Gethsemane.
20:01 He stayed under a tree,
20:02 He poured out His heart to the Father
20:04 because as the God man, He taken on human form,
20:07 human life and a young man in his early thirties,
20:10 He didn't want to die.
20:12 He really didn't want to die says, "Father, please,
20:14 if this cup can pass from Me, let it be so."
20:18 No word, nothing.
20:20 "Nevertheless, Father, not My will,
20:22 but Your will be done."
20:23 That happened three times,
20:25 not My will, but Your will be done.
20:28 Finally, He was completely resigned to the fact
20:31 that He would do the Father's will,
20:33 He chose to do the Father's will.
20:36 He was then captured taken to Pilate.
20:38 We're back to that scene, Pilate says, "Behold the man."
20:42 And then they took Him to Calvary's cross.
20:45 He laid down on that cross willingly
20:47 because that's why He came to planet earth
20:49 in order to die for you and me.
20:51 Laid there as they counted those nails into His hand,
20:54 into His feet.
20:57 He was bleeding, hanging there.
20:59 He looked at the crowd, said, "Father, forgive them.
21:03 They don't know what they're doing."
21:05 Truly, they didn't.
21:06 They were crucifying God Himself.
21:10 And then they took Him, placed Him in a tomb.
21:14 I've had the opportunity to be in that tomb,
21:17 to lay almost in that tomb.
21:21 And guess what? The tomb was empty.
21:24 I've had the wonderful opportunity.
21:25 The team and I have to film all over the world,
21:29 many places, and we filmed pieces of Buddha here,
21:32 pieces of Buddha there,
21:33 pieces of this one here, this one there.
21:36 They all integrate, but not Jesus,
21:38 that grave is empty,
21:40 because the Father called Him forth.
21:42 He raised to eternal life.
21:45 What a God we serve.
21:46 And He said, you know, this same Jesus,
21:48 He's going to come again in the same way.
21:50 He's going to come back to planet earth,
21:53 and He's going to take those to Himself
21:54 who committed their lives fully and completely to Him.
21:58 Today, behold Jesus.
22:00 When you behold Jesus, you see Him with Your own eyes.
22:03 He will change Your life.
22:10 All the stuff taped in this room, I take it,
22:11 that's not the normal scenario your team's doing.
22:15 Yes, it's genius, too.
22:16 I think if you look around every cabinet's packed
22:19 with equipments, but none of is ours.
22:22 And you can't take theirs out, right?
22:23 So they bring these bags and they tape them up
22:25 and label.
22:27 My daughter did the last year and my son did it this year,
22:29 they put it all up. Yeah, it makes it much easier.
22:32 It really helps with inventory too.
22:34 For example, we only have six air filters left to air,
22:37 you know, gas cases.
22:38 And so we can keep track of that.
22:40 And then what happens? Then we talk about recycling.
22:43 We're using, yeah, safely, yeah.
22:46 It's the mission field where we've got to do something.
22:48 It is, it is. You can't compromise.
22:50 So tell us before the patient shows up,
22:51 what's going to be happening here today?
22:53 All right.
22:54 So we have an elderly patient
22:56 with unusual disease for this area.
22:59 It's called age related macular degeneration.
23:02 And this happens to the elderly.
23:04 And the average lifespan is not very long here.
23:08 I know in Majuro, I believe it's like 55.
23:10 So I'd imagine it's not too different here.
23:12 So this is a disease that happens after age 50.
23:15 I got to stop here 'cause the average age is 55.
23:19 That's it. I believe it is in Majuro.
23:21 Like now for here, I suspect it's a little longer but...
23:24 But somewhere in that neighborhood.
23:25 Yeah, which is scary.
23:26 So definitely a lot shorter than it is.
23:29 It is, like infant mortality is really high.
23:31 It tends to spike, you know, infant mortality is high.
23:34 And then there's one more point in your life if you make it
23:36 through the 20s, then you're very likely
23:38 to make it to your 50s.
23:40 Wow, okay.
23:41 So this person has that particular...
23:43 They do.
23:44 They have age related macular degeneration,
23:46 which in the US is the number one cause
23:47 of vision loss in our retired population.
23:51 Here, you know, there's not very many retired
23:53 elderly people, but we have one
23:55 and she has cataract in both eyes.
23:58 And she has advanced age related
24:00 macular degeneration.
24:01 There's two types, a dry type, which is usually more mild,
24:04 slow progressing.
24:06 And then a wet type.
24:07 And the wet type is when you have bleeding
24:09 in the eye and rapid vision loss is severe.
24:12 What it does it cause central vision loss
24:14 and can cause peripheral
24:15 and very rarely like 1% of the time.
24:18 And we have a one percenter with us today.
24:19 So her blood broke through the retina,
24:22 spread out from the center and is in outer edges.
24:24 So what we're going to do is take the cataract out,
24:27 and then take the blood out of the eye,
24:30 and then check the macula.
24:31 We haven't really seen it yet.
24:33 We're presuming that's the diagnosis
24:34 because we could see the other eye.
24:36 So this is the removal of the cataract
24:39 in removing the blood
24:40 is that one part of the surgery or...
24:42 That's two separate parts, yes.
24:44 So traditionally, cataract surgery
24:46 and then they'd come back weeks or months later,
24:48 and do the other eye.
24:50 But since she here only two weeks?
24:52 All in one day, yeah. Okay.
24:55 So we'll get the blood out of the way
24:57 and then we'll check the macula,
24:58 and it's very possible we'll have
25:00 some healthy tissue back there
25:02 and make a huge difference for the patient.
25:04 But it's more likely that they'll be a scar
25:07 in the center.
25:08 And will make a moderate difference for the patient
25:11 meaning we can bring back her peripheral vision,
25:13 but she'll still have a blind spot
25:14 in the very center,
25:16 but peripheral visions usually much you walk around ambulate,
25:19 so you don't need someone taking care of you 24/7.
25:24 You're here two weeks, of course,
25:25 this time unfortunately you got cut short
25:26 because there was an emergency on the plane.
25:28 You had to go back to Hawaii. Yes.
25:30 But so you lost a day.
25:32 But typically, how many patients can you do?
25:35 How many cataract surgeries can you do?
25:37 So on a mission trip?
25:40 Well, the cataract surgeons, I'm a retina surgeon,
25:42 but so the cataract surgeons, I believe they did
25:45 a little less than 200 cataract surgeries alone.
25:48 So over 200 retina also. Two hundred?
25:50 Yeah, we're two weeks. So divide that by 10.
25:53 You know, 20 cases a day, so.
25:55 So it's what, in the US
25:59 a couple hundred thousand dollars worth of surgeries?
26:01 Yes. All free?
26:03 Yes. All free.
26:04 Wow. Praise the Lord. Yes.
26:07 Now, in your side of things, the retinal surgery.
26:10 You and I were talking some basic,
26:11 you have performed the first one
26:13 you think have been performed in Micronesia?
26:14 Correct.
26:16 Yeah, in last year, the first one
26:18 in the Marshall Islands.
26:20 I did have the benefit of speaking
26:21 with the retina specialists
26:22 who came out there two years before me.
26:24 The folks are doing the first retinal surgery
26:26 and he brought all the equipment.
26:28 And he found out there's no compressed gas
26:29 that you can run on the machines
26:31 when he got there.
26:32 So with that warning, I called out Atkin
26:34 and told them the situation
26:35 and their team at their research lab,
26:38 went out and purchased air compressor
26:41 and got the specs on it
26:42 and they made the fittings and adaptings
26:44 and they were amazing.
26:45 Oh, yeah, they were amazing.
26:47 I think they're trying to avoid credit for it,
26:49 but they deserve it.
26:51 My husband and I founded
26:52 the Ministry of Canvasback Missions
26:54 38 years ago to serve
26:56 the island nations of the Pacific.
26:58 From those humble beginnings, our medical
27:01 and dental super teams have been changing lives
27:04 and bringing hope to so many people.
27:08 Our teams volunteer their time and resources,
27:11 and all of our services are free.
27:14 But it does take funding to make it all happen.
27:17 That's where you come in.
27:19 Your financial support is needed.
27:21 Please join us in changing lives,
27:24 one miracle at a time.
27:28 You know, if you'd like to be
27:29 a part of this exciting ministry,
27:30 you can write us at Canvasback Missions,
27:32 940, Adams Street, Suite R, Benicia,
27:35 California 94510.
27:38 You can log on to
27:41 or call us at (707) 746-7828.
27:46 Thank you for watching.
27:47 Please join me again for another exciting
27:49 island adventure.
27:50 Remember, Canvasback is making an impact on hearts and lives,
27:54 one miracle at a time.


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