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Out of Harm’s Way

Some stories cannot be told until they are many months old. In this case, it’s a couple of years. Even the timeline needs to be cloaked in secrecy.  An older man brought a 27-year-old lady we’ll call Cebile to a Luke Commission ou...

A Story for the Ages Starting with a Three-Year-Old

“And a little child will lead them” was played out at The Luke Commission hospital recently. A three-year-old girl told a group of adults, “Please forgive her.” What were the adults’ responses? Laughter and mercy a...

One Circumcision May Lead to Many in One Family

He brought his fifth son to be circumcised at age 10. Now he will tell his four older sons “to go to The Luke Commission when you come back next year.” Roy smiled and openly celebrated that TLC was in his community and supported by USA...

Where the Roads Lead…

The roads to outreaches may be dusty and bending, but they are well traveled alongside bypaths and footpaths.  Most Emaswati reach The Luke Commission outreaches by walking—up and down mountains and hills, over crests and through tall g...

Nighttime! That Makes Outreaches Special

A special aura descends over a Luke Commission outreach when day turns to night. At dusk, patients may become a little impatient because their homesteads are far away, and they wonder if they came too late. Once darkness settles in, however, patie...

“I See. I Watch.” And What Does She See?

Linah waited quietly for a wheelchair at a Luke Commission mobile outreach in her rural community.  A sudden stroke a few months prior took away her clear speech and her ability to walk, but not her ability to observe with her eyes and to rea...

HIV Struggle Starts on the Inside, Shows on the Outside

Many times with HIV+ patients, it is difficult to get the story beneath the story, to know exactly the best way to counsel and to support. Often, patients are afraid loved ones will leave or look down upon their diagnosis. But as in most cases, wh...

Three Wheelchairs Later, She’s Still Thankful

“When I walk on my hands and pull my legs behind, I get sores on my feet and hands,” said Sibongele. Then she demonstrated. “But when I have my wheelchair, I can ‘walk.’ My life is better.” At age 39, Sibonge...

Who Wants the Sick Baby and for How Long?

When a mom and a grandma fight over a sick baby, what is The Luke Commission’s response? Does TLC get involved, even if the outcome is unknown and the details are confusing? Since “every last one” is important at TLC, the answer ...

Peace on the Miracle Campus Animates Eye Patient

Occasionally, eye patients speak fluent English and express their gratitude to The Luke Commission with infectious exuberance. Such was Tami Gwebu, a 39-year-old Liswati (person from Eswatini).  “This team is fantastic. I’m so ...

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