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What do we do when the Pain isn’t visible..

What do we do when the Pain isn’t visible..

Welcome back to America.

It’s never easy coming back because I know there will be no Andy to greet me at the airport each time I return. It’s never easy because I was in an intense environment on the go constantly but in Michigan I am forced to wait. No matter where I am in the world it seems returning is always difficult. BUT I have some real yellow eggs to eat for breakfast and hot water again. (the eggs in africa are white because the yolks never are yellow from lack of protein)
This trip was I think the most productive yet. We found the people at the school very welcoming and there was no culture of begging. It’s hard to find that in Africa as a lot of the time the presence of mazungoos has a negative effect of people begging for things. For this village we were the first white people to visit and I still find it hard to believe but that’s what they said and there actions backed it up. Now the difficult part is to keep a relationship going and not cause a ‘begging’ relationship. We took extra precautions to not hand out things or come in to try and fix things. Often its easier to just fix a building or hand out freebies to ease the immediate suffering. We made it clear that Healing Eyes wants to partner with them and we even shared the concerns we have seen in other areas so that they can understand us better.
We did investigate land and cost of building a school for them. We also expressed concern about the lack funds for the school currently and how we want to go back to America to try and help. We had a final meeting before we left to discuss whose doing what and it really felt like a partnership between cultures.
I agreed to go back to America and..
• share the stories of the orphans and widows
• to raise support to continue visiting them and helping the kids that are brought to the school
• begin fundraising for 1 school building/toilet/borehole
• and the most important one was to pray for them
They agreed to pull the community together to pray for us and find volunteers willing to farm the land in order to raise some money on there side. It was a hard sell to get them to see the hope of raising money in there village. Understandable since the school is barely surviving and no one has money. With some creative thought we landed on what if the land we want to buy can be purchased and then a crop harvested off of it to give to the building fund which involves the community. It’s a start at least.
I don’t know what God has up his sleeve for Healing Eyes and all the orphans and widows but it must be pretty big. Based on what I saw it has to be huge because I am overwhelmed by the sheer need I witnessed while there. Medical needs, educational, and outright need for compassion! Did you know that mothers will purposely distance themselves from there children as part of the cultural norm? No warm hugs and fuzzy feelings between mother and child. To hug is so strange there. It’s a way to prevent pain I guess when so many children die and adults die young.
Please continue praying for myself and Healing Eyes as a non profit. There is a huge step coming our way and it’s beyond my abilities to accomplish. If we could all gather our efforts we could make a huge impact in a tiny village where kids like Rose who burned her arm while making porridge can know she’s not alone. Instead of hiding in a sea of kids playing while she cried because no one even noticed she was in pain. That one girl brings tears to my eyes because no one even noticed she was hurting and it was physically visible on her arm. What do people do when the pain isn’t visible? How can they get the compassion needed to know there is a God and that humanity isn’t dead?
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