JANUARY 11, 2014 NEW DIMENSION FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH NEWSLETTER Happy New Year Saints, NDFGBC 107 SOUTH CANAL STREET TUPELO, MS 38801 Happy New Year Saints, 2014 promises to be an exciting year for New Dimension. The first full year of being in our new church home. I can’t wait to really get busy this year doing the work of the Lord. Our theme this year is: “if you can see it, you can achieve it.” Saints, set your aims high and reach for the stars it is yours for the taking. What makes it possible for us to achieve what we see is first pursuing the “Glory of God” or God’s presence. With God’s presence literally there is nothing we cannot do. Second, is to put in the body of work; that is, doing what it takes to achieve your dreams, visions, and inspirations. I believe 2014 will be a banner year for the Saints of God. I conclude by saying “we can see it and we will achieve it!” Currently, 2.7 million people in the United States over age 40 have glaucoma. There are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it's permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Glaucoma is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians. Over 2.7 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of them don’t know they have it. The World Health Organization estimates that 4.5 million people worldwide are blind due to glaucoma. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight. It can affect people of all ages. Vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve. This nerve acts like an electric cable with over a million wires. It is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Organization. In the most common form, there are virtually no symptoms. Vision loss begins with peripheral or side vision, so if you have glaucoma, you may not notice anything until significant vision is lost. The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to get a comprehensive eye examination. Then, if you have glaucoma, treatment can begin immediately. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness among AfricanAmericans. And among Hispanics in older age groups, the risk of glaucoma is nearly as high as that for African-Americans. Also, siblings of persons diagnosed with glaucoma have a significantly increased risk of having glaucoma. There is no cure for glaucoma yet, however, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss.