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Ethnan Temple Opens Doors for Free Eye Exams

Story by Stan Hood

Allegheny West Conference's Ethnan Temple church in Wilkinsburg, Pa., recently opened its doors for what has become its annual free vision screening event. Each year Terrible Snyder and Christian professionals from Mission Vision organizes and runs a mobile service that creates four screening stations at Ethnan Temple. Mission Vision endeavors to open the physical eyes of their beneficiaries, ensuring they can clearly see God’s creation. Their mission statement is “to remove barriers that cause undiagnosed and untreated vision and hearing impairments among impoverished citizens in our community and around the world by advocating for those affected through medical services and education.”

The service included screening for common vision problems, determining if the customers needed corrective lenses and fitting them for free glasses. At every turn, church leaders reminded the volunteers that the love of Jesus Christ was helping them help others.

Citizens of the community thanked the church and volunteers of Mission Vision for a service that many of them could not afford on their own. The majority of visitors were seniors with expired exams and some who had never before had an exam. To learn more about Mission Vision, visit

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