ABC News is reporting that while Americans will be attending church this Sunday, Cindy McCain the woman who could one day be first lady will be walking around a garbage dump, far removed from her comfortable life in Phoenix.
This is the other side of Cindy McCain – not the model-perfect spouse of the candidate who wears pearls and designer clothes. On this side of the world, she wears old hiking boots, puts her hair up in a ponytail and wants to “get to work.”
It’s not a newly invented Cindy McCain either. She’s been volunteering on various missions for years. You just might not have heard much about it.
On Thursday, she visited a hospital in the coastal Vietnamese city of Nha Trang with the organization Operation Smile.
I hope Mrs. McCain and her husband’s campaign will make this information better known.
Operation Smile is a wonderful ministry that provides free facial surgery to fix cleft palates, cleft lips, or severe facial deformities.
In fact, the ministry reports that they have given out more than 115,000 surgeries in 26 countries.
In her interview with ABC News, Mrs. McCain said, “A simple $286 surgery can change a child’s life forever.”
She went on, “A child that would probably be kept in a closet or kept in the back part of the house and never really be seen by family friends or neighbors … can not only come out but can have a productive, fulfilling life.”
“I have a very soft spot in my heart for Operation Smile,” McCain said. “I think many times I gain more from this than the people that we help do because it revitalizes me. I think you can lose track of things inside a campaign bubble, so I think it’s very important to get out and go back to what I do best and love most and that’s this.”
Amen, Mrs. McCain, amen. And, I think this report will be music to the ears of millions of evangelical Christians and other faith-based voters.