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But its not how I imagined it

Often we complain about a life we wish we had and do everything the opposite of what God had in mind.  We ask Him to fix our lives and do this and that, but maybe all along he is trying to help but we refuse because its not done the way we think it should be. This is what I have been asking for. A life that’s full of adventure, travel, and not spent in routine each day. I’ve asked him to send me to Africa and to move the pieces of my life around to accomplish this goal. I want to help widows and orphans, build something larger than myself and comfort others in pain. To use my loss to further His plans for me. I think it was about a year ago when I started praying for that.

Since that time I have been to Africa 4 times, found a village with widows and orphans, been connected with people in Africa that can be touch-points over there, and He even answered my prayer about a place to live in Michigan while I am going in between countries. So if I lay out all the pieces it seems God has been answering prayers and quite sneakily moving the pieces around to accomplish my first said wish which was to be in Africa.

Human nature then kicks in and I regret my first request because to continue this mission it means sacrificing my comforts and my ideas. Now logically if I really trusted God I wouldn’t even worry about making sacrifices because it ultimately accomplishes the request to be in Africa and live a life of adventure and un-normal existence.  So why am I so conflicted?

It all comes down to TRUST! Do I trust Him to take care of me in a remote country where the danger level goes up and my comfort level goes down? Safety net gone along a very skinny tightrope. Will he catch me?

That’s the gamble in my human brain. But all shouldn’t matter when my soul will live on even after this short time on earth and why not live it to the extreme?! Why settle for less than what I want.

 

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Glamorous life of me

The not so glamorous side of traveling to exotic far off locations are the airports. After sitting in an upright position for 9 hours straight you just want to lay on a cold hard surface with a scarf over your head, right? I hope some day they get more couches and recliners in the Amsterdam airport. But until then I’ll have to make do with the floor this March when I fly again. That’s right the ticket is purchased and I am committed to go March to June of this year. What will I be doing this time?

Watching and learning how Buweboya runs it’s first term of school and meeting more of the kids one on one I hope. Often I go and it’s a whirl wind of business and never enough time to just ‘Be’. Well this time there will be a lot of ‘Be’ time for Sarah.

This trip is compounded more with the realization that I will be leaving my boyfriend behind and spending 2.5 months in a foreign country alone. Living with minimal comforts and figuring out how to make meals, wash clothes, and live each day without modern appliances. I know others have done this sort of thing but it’s all new to me. My last trips I had a cook or a guest house to stay in, but this time I’ll be running solo.

First obstacle to overcome is transportation. I won’t have a car this time and so I need to get from Entebbe to Tororo with prayer and I hope use the connections I have gathered on my last trips.

Second obstacle to overcome is eating. I don’t cook with a modern stove all that much as it is so I’ll try surviving on protein bars and water. Or perhaps find a cook ha!  I won’t be slaughtering and plucking my own chicken that’s for sure.

Last and hardest obstacle will be the cultural and emotional strain. Plan for this one is to Pray a lot while there!

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Two Widows and 1 Orphan

from different cultures and circumstances….
Does it really matter?

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Compassion to othersAssist orphans and widows through self sustaining projects and educationMake a difference in the flavor of the world we live in
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Pros and cons of a timeline that I don’t really like

Time for changes and sacrifices regardless of what is comfortable. It comes down to do I go in March or May to Africa and what is it we are trying to accomplish?

Let’s weigh the Pros and Cons of where Sarah lives….

I am being called back to Buweboya in March instead of May in order to be a part of the new school year and meet with parents. That’s a Pro.

I’ll miss comforts and relationships in Michigan.. That’s a con.

I can further Healing Eyes presence in Uganda and strengthen our understanding of what is needed for for the orphans and widows. Meet more of the kids one-on-one and learn there stories. Figure out what the immediate needs are. Watch our new pigs grow and give onsite reports back to Michigan supporters. Continue seeking land to build on. All sound like Pro’s.

I’ll miss comforts and relationships in Michigan.. That’s a con.

Seems I might be outnumbered here on Pros. Anyone have a heart for helping fund my next airline ticket to Africa? Donate

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Bringing knowledge to the hungry

One of the passions we hold for the future is setting up a library for local pastors to gain theological training which currently is hard to come by in Eastern Uganda. This last December we partnered with Theological Book Network to bring 50 lbs of theological books to the pastors at Buweboya. It was fun and rewarding to see there smiles as we brought knowledge to there fingertips. This is just the first step forward in an overwhelming task at hand to make disciples of others and educate leaders of communities about God.

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We just couldn’t say No to these 2 kids

 

Healing Eyes has made some exciting progress since going out on a little faith and a lot of uncertainty. We just got an update from Africa that our first surgeries happened on January 4th! We prayerfully await more news about our 2 little children who needed the surgery for a herniated belly button. This was only made possible through prayer and by willing hearts here in Michigan to pay the necessary medical fees.

When Jake and I were in Tororo this past December we first visited a government hospital but were very cautious as we know they overcharge Mazungoos because we represent money. After several hours we left disheartened by the blatant dishonesty and deceit for the cost of a surgery but we didn’t give up. A few phone calls and perseverance led us to another private hospital near by and we got a fairer price by not showing our white skin there, but instead we sent the local pastor with the children to avoid any perception of Mazungoos being a party to it. We are slowly learning and pray for guidance as we navigate this shady arena of medical healthcare in Uganda. Our only hope is the children received good medical care and are recovering nicely. One thing that is hard for people to wrap there minds around is that these hospitals are not clean, organized, or even run with the best interests of the patient in mind.

We hope to have more updates as the days go by on these 2 kids but please PRAY for them because without being there in person I am worried for there recovery and proper treatment. But first steps are done and now we wait…

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Been away..

two weeks of full on exhaustion and emotional warfare….but worth it?

A smile from a person in need of compassion does fill the gaps left in my heart. Even though many nights I was tormented by dreams of Andy and his confusion over being dead for 2 years I found some solace in the mission at hand. It’s true that in all areas of the world pain is universal but in one village the pain has no hands willing to help it. 

The concept of helping each other and being honest in relationships is under constant attack there. I like to say the mission motto was all around Trust building this time. It’s never easy trusting strangers and we can’t go in blindly trying to fix what We think is broken. In time God has a plan and for some strange reason he is using us here in America to plant that seed of compassion.

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Merry Christmas and Thank You for Praying

As I find myself in a bit of transition again I think how blessed I am. This past year has been very eventful with 3 successful trips to Africa and real direction for Healing Eyes I finish off the year with 1 more trip to Africa. The season is changing and snow is coming and I am thankful for everyone who has prayed for me, supported me financially, and been an encouragement to me during my grief and upheaval in life. The non-profit is gaining momentum and I can’t deny God behind it all even when I begin to doubt.

So what have we accomplished this year?

Started a relationship with a pastor in Manafwa District (Eastern Uganda near Kenya) who has a school for impoverished children.Started the first steps towards surveying 2 acres of land in order to build a real school building and develop the community.Helped bring 5 kids the gift of education by either sending them to an established boarding school and/or seeing to there immediate physical needs through support from individuals in Michigan.Strengthened our board of directorsConnected with new churches in Western Michigan

 

So what do we plan for 2016?

Live in Africa for 4 months starting in March.Start a pig farm to support widows and orphans in Eastern Uganda.Grow our partners to build a primary age school.Find resources to build a library and develop a discipleship program for local pastors.Start a bible study for widows in Eastern Uganda and be God's hands and feet through compassion.Find sponsors for the 199 children attending Buweboya vision junior school.

IfIMG_8101 you want to help support the ministry one-time and monthly donations can be made online or by mail by sending a check made out to Healing Eyes to 3250 Dawes Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. All donations are tax-deductible and you will receive at the end of the year for tax purposes.

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