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calling my bluff

Hello everyone from Africa. Karibu (you are welcome)

We are nearing the end of our research mission with the school called Buweboya vision junior school (pronounced boyaboya). 

It has been quite overwhelming and completely God directed as it’s very clear the vast size of all to be done. When “I can’t” it means God Can. 

We leave Monday night already and I’m sad already since I’ve gotten close to more kids. Many orphans and numerous adults. It’s very clear that rev john Wilbur who started the school a few years ago has a heart for disabled and orphaned kids. I believe him to be true and genuine in his faith in God. He humbles me beyond words. If each of you could see the means at which the school is run with such little it would be shocking to you. The school is struggling and based on what we have seen it can’t survive much longer at its rate of growth and expenses. 

So now what?

God has led me to some cheap housing to stay longer term next year to continue Healing Eyes mission to bring compassion and support. I keep thinking cardboard box but I stars he led me to some new bungalow type buildings with a gate and guard. So it seems on my return I will be safe and sound. Soo God has shown his cards and is calling my bluff ha! Now I can’t run and hide back in America. We leave Uganda with clear intentions to return to help orphans and widows. How? A humble school to start and a whole lot of compassion. There is land, workers, children, and connections with govt and a man with a social services degree he’s just sitting on. God has given the tools and location and now it’s time to follow through. We can’t wait to share more about healing eyes project and the clear vision forward!

Ah forgot…we had quite a patience opportunity at a hospital up north yesterday and let me say Appreciate American health care! I’ve been in a lot of hospitals and I nearly ripped my hair out at this hospital. We brought 3 boys and left with one X-ray (dried in the sun) and one diagnosis to amputate a leg. 

Today we went to a second clinic in a village with a girl who burned her wrist making porridge from 2 days ago. She was crying by a tree and the other kids giggled while I tried to see why she was crying. Her arm was infected so we left immediately. A better experience at the clinic but not sure how well the girl will follow thru on the pills as she is just 8 yrs old and reliant on herself. 

These medical experiences are truly just the beginning as I found another boy with the enlarged head which is common and expensive to treat. Cure hospital is near but the surgery is expensive. 

I’ll say goodnight for now. 

Pray for us as we struggle with strained hearts for each kid and the seemingly impossible project ahead. 

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What does Go mean?

Go he says!

Go now he says….

Ok then I went and now what? Arrived Tuesday night..Wednesday was spent waiting for travel..Thursday we waited all day for our lost luggage. 

We spent today mostly playing Go Fish in Kampala, not quite what I expected but do we ever know what to expect when we Go?

My little brain didn’t fully realize the motives behind the waiting game, Go Fish game, and the lost luggage from our flight but God did. So we prayed frequently today as we got impatient and ornery at each other. Fought off a few fights and survived the day quite contently. 

Our results?

  1. We met a pastor and arranged the visit to the remote school of orphans.
  2. We got drinking water supply
  3. Exchanged money
  4. Got a car
  5. And since we waited all day for our lost luggage we have our friend coming with us tomorrow as our guide again. She originally couldn’t go until Friday evening but now since we delayed our long trip (from Wednesday) to the east of Uganda she can come with. 

Even though the day seemed long and unproductive by American standards we did a lot on God time.  

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fragile steps forward. Don’t drop me

I have neglected blogging lately. It’s been a whirlwind of emotions and busyness for me. My Africa plans are changing last minute on where we will stay. The car rental is changing. It’s all madness! But that is what happens with Africa. Go with limited plans to enjoy God’s plan. 

We leave in Monday night and it seems too soon. Much prayer is needed on this trip. The first mission trip solely as Healing Eyes! My own ministry ! Well God’s ministry and I’m just following but still it’s scary. 

The concert pulled in the funds needed to further the hopes of project 616 and the people in Africa. Much rides on relationship building and I pray I won’t screw it up. 

This is truly where the weak follow the strong and the unknown is quite apparent. Take the leap…right off that waterfall. 

Isaiah 54…sing barren woman you who bore no children. For more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband. 

Let me know screw this up….

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The Day is Approaching!

The Whoa Benefit Concert and
Silent Auction is really coming together

September 19th at 6PM
Located at Family of Christ Church
1100 Henze Rd, Comstock Park MI

Can’t make it but still want to Support Healing Eyes? You still can order a ticket just in case:)

Still have Awesome T-shirts for order too!

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What’s your story?

Who is this person?

I hardly recognize her…over the past 1 Year 9 Months and 1 Day a lot has changed….

Lost everything, Found Everything Again in God my first love, Found kids liked me, Found a new Me, Found Africa, Made friends on the other side of the world…ALL because…I took Faith and put it into Action even when it seemed impossible.

If we are not to boast about what God does in our lives to others how can others know the abundant life awaits them with One Step into uncertainty?

I almost am embarrassed by my story since it’s so small to the enormity of Loss being experienced elsewhere in the world. Sometimes reminders are good of where we were and where we are now going. I can’t wait to have a new video up of the Current Sarah and the Current Healing Eyes Ministry miracles.

September 19th 6pm. Healing Eyes and its partners presents
Whoa! Benefit Concert (1100 Henze Rd, Comstock Park, MI)

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Why should you care?

Scared to Death…Saturday is FASTLY approaching and somehow I have to show up confident and NOT a basket case to talk for 10 minutes in front of who knows how many people.

What am I talking about?

The WHOA Benefit Concert is THIS Saturday at 6pm at Family of Christ Church. Two amazing local bands are playing and one of them has taken over the entire planning…THANKFULLY! What do I have left to do but PRAY and pull my photos together in order for God to touch hearts in 10 minutes of me babbling on about Africa.

Why should you care?

Don’t…there are tons of other organizations doing huger relief efforts than me and they are experienced in doing it. A sure thing investing money in them. BUT what if we aren’t investing MONEY into Africa but instead we seek to invest in COMPASSION and LOVE? Could that me the niche for Healing Eyes that is sorely needed? To NOT throw material things at a problem but instead throw God, Love, and Compassion to those in need? It’s not physically tangible at FIRST but if you could see the smiles and the ripple effect of unselfish love given in order to just Build a Relationship. Later on the buildings and supplies can come but in truth we first need to just add that ‘flavor’ to the world and see how God can twist it into HIS plan. If that plan means buildings and supplies down the road than great…let HIM do it and not US.

All God wants is willing participants in HIS Plan and If Healing Eyes and little Sarah can be a partner to his plan and see what happens that HOW awesome would it be to connect more people in the GRAND scheme of HIS.

Join us This Saturday for MUSIC and fun. Should be some pizza slices to purchase and of course you get to hear a bit more about what Healing Eyes is up to with Project 616

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Who are We?

What is Healing Eyes all about?

Check out the About page to learn more and remember to share with a friend.

Is your heart open to the possibility of partnering with us and have that one-on-one connection with a small ministry? Check out the Partner With Us page to learn how.

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Want to Partner in Prayer and Support?

Can’t make it to the Benefit Concert September 19th? Still want to support Healing Eyes work in Africa and bring compassion to a child who desperately needs it? Want a more one-on-one experience with helping missions and seeing what your donation actually goes for?

I can tell you this that Healing Eyes is not like other non-profits and not like all the other humanitarian relief efforts. We are purely about bringing compassion, hope, and love to a child screaming out for attention when all around is loss and despair. These kids aren’t just faces on a poster, they are kids I have met in person and some I have even built a friendship with. Soon I will be going back to Africa to seek out what we can do for a tiny school far off the beaten track. To see what the need is and to validate the need is genuine, and above all just to meet people I meet along the way that God puts in my path. It can be as simple as a hug and a smile to that child being forgotten on the dusty red road. Either way now is the time to consider partnering in pray and support for my passion laid on my hear that I can’t seem to shake. I have seen too many wide eyed children with dried tears on there faces and the look of hope on there face that someone will see them and come back to play. It’s as simple as playing with a child and teaching them about God’s love and the Love we all need to show to each other.

Help bring the Flavor back to the world we live in and join me on making a difference in a life. One tiny little life at a time. When I returned this last time to Uganda and saw little Billah running down the hill to greet me again my heart was shaking. Tears were rolling down her face and her little hands were shaking in my shaky hands. What a blessing that comes from difficult times and what hurts is I know there are hundreds of other kids like her that are worse off and are not as lucky as her to know God is listening.

If you want to donate $8 for a Ticket to the concert but not show? That’s ok! I’ll still stand up for an empty auditorium with a smile, knowing I already have your support in spirit.

Follow this link and click the PayPal button to make your $8 count. You won’t regret it…you will begin a journey with me as I share stories of who I meet and how your partnership changes lives. I’m not a big company and I get none of the money, every penny goes to the ministry’s efforts to getting a foothold into Africa.

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The lie of the ‘phase’ argument

I have often wondered if this time of my life is a ‘phase’ or a ‘season’. Often strangers and friends have said to me that perhaps it’s just a phase I have to go through and then things will go back to how they were. It’s all fine and dandy to have such a spiritual high in life and then return to what is normal. I’m re-reading the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis and have run across a passage in it that illustrates such a quandary I find myself in repeatedly.

“A direct attack on his faith..persuading him that ‘his religious phase ‘ is just going to die away like all his previous phases? The mere word ‘phase’ will likely do the trick. You keep him well fed on hazy ideas of Progress and Development and the Historical Point of View, I trust, and give him lots of modern biographies to read? The people in them are always emerging from Phases, aren’t they?”

There was one distinct time I remember while in Africa and after I just found the school near the border of Kenya and Uganda. I had just spend about 4 weeks in Kenya and not all of it was a blessing like most think will happen when serving God. Often we never see the blessings that come from our labor but we have faith some good will come out of our strife. My health was poor and my spirits were low but I was hopeful God would still follow through on his promise to show me the widows and orphans he kept speaking of to me. It was an amazing story of how I found the school and if you care to read it again you can follow this link, Coincidences lead to truth.

But it was that very night after being blessed by God that the devil or evil one, however you want to label that unnerving feeling, decided to slither on it and put doubts in my head. He used some other foreigners visiting the area to put the word ‘phase’ into my heart. One lady said to me, ‘maybe it’s all a phase in your life and you can go back to graphic design, but it’s great your doing what your doing’. Just like that the familiar doubt creeped back in and I went to bed crying and with a tight chest full of doubt and fear.

Maybe I am crazy!

Maybe I did go too far in all this hope and faith crap and now I am stuck in the middle of Africa with no one to bail me out. Literally alone in a jungle sleeping in a tent with the realization of how stupid all of this was. Since something like this happened before I tried to repeat words in my head, ‘No it isn’t a phase and that I experienced too many coincidences to not see them as miracles and guidance from God’. I like proof and God did give me proof that day and so I pushed back the evil thoughts of doubt and phases to eventually fall asleep in the pitch-black darkness of the night.

You see it’s right when we learn something new or get closer to affirmation that God exists and that our purpose in life is simple. The evil will creep in and stomp on those hopes the instant we find answers to that small voice in our hearts. In Africa it is a full frontal attack on people because they don’t have all the comforts of modern civilization to lull them into a ‘normal’ life of ease. I never want to return to thinking that ‘religion is all very well up to a point’. Neither do I want to fall into the habit of thinking my religion is better than other religions when life comes down to Love and Compassion! Not taking what is given to us at face value in the bible and questioning it all and reading it and willingly asking God to explain it to me with any method he chooses. If it’s by throwing me in a third world country with only faith than I’ll do it because that is living…that is truly seeing faith in action…and it is about bring ‘flavor’ to the world we live in and not mediocrity. Likewise God can use people in modern life to make a difference in those around them even if its by living vicariously through those God says, ‘Go’, to.

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Blurred lines between work and pleasure

Too often depression and sadness blinds our sight. It’s easier to concentrate on doom and gloom than seeing they joy around us. Yesterday I asked for a blessing and to expand my territory. Those of you who know from past posts that is a prayer I use cautiously. It seems whenever I use it I am blessed that very day, but only when I truly ask with a heart seeking it.

My days are blurred between what is employment and what is a vacation in this journey of mine. Too often I refuse to accept a break out of guilt of did I do enough to deserve it. Running a tiny non-profit just getting off its feet is frustrating and time consuming but without set hours I can’t tell which hours are for work and what is free time. Did I accomplish enough today to allow for fun tomorrow? Through my eyes I see little progress and insurmountable odds against me.

If I step back and list what God has done and what I have done I see progress. However, the progress wasn’t by my doing. The benefit concert coming up was my cousin’s idea after picking her brain. Or was it God using her? Next, were the 2 bands I found led to me by God or my own effort? Anyone can argue this in either direction but I can say I have no experience organizing this type of event and yet it’s happening. God saw to it that I was put with the right people who also have faith and the skills needed. Relieving me of the heavy burden.

Perhaps life is about sharing what God can do to others through a actual actions. If so then I have another example of God working his agenda through me.

I prayed for a chance to sail out to buck island while on st Croix and he arranged one for me yesterday. Once on the sailboat I sat quietly since I knew few of the people going. As we sailed off one of the ladies on the boat started talking to me and I found out she used to be an executive director for a non profit and was in charge of grants and fundraising. Early this month I have been praying for people with fundraising skills and those with a passion for helping others. He answered it through a leisurely boat ride on crystal blue water one afternoon. So was I working or enjoying free time? Will this new connection lead to more support for Healing Eyes? I have no clue as I’m not in control …God is and I’m just hanging on for the ride.

I only pray now for strength to withstand the waves of doubt and grief as the journey becomes more perilous in my eyes but clearer through His.

In a month I’ll be heading to Africa again. This time, however, I have no road map and no fellow ministry to rely on. Just a series of events leading up to the trip that have compiled a huge portfolio in God’s favor.

I’m ever a skeptic and always questioning but I still can believe in something I can’t see because it has worked out for the good so far. Why would it stop working now?:)

 

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