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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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Widows in need feel the same as me.

Tears fall from my heart today and I am overwhelmed by grief and loss. Our society teaches us to hide the pain and as a result those in need hide and are helpless for attention. When we expose ourselves to being vulnerable we are at our lowest yet highest point of help. While in the village I met with widows…we put out a word of mouth call for all widows to come hear from a Mazungoo (white foreigner). I expected 15 ladies but instead 70 came and 2 men. As I sat in the wooden chair in the grassy field near a mud hut I thought, ‘Seriously?’

I talked for 2.5 hours straight! With 2 translators by my side I slowly spoke words foreign to me, words I still have no idea how I came up with. God knew what to say that day and he knew how to pull those embarrassing tears right out of me for all to see. Somehow I tied those tears into the speech about not being ashamed and that tears release the pain of loss. At some points they all clapped after I said something that touched their hearts, so amazing to see words in action after waiting so long for God to use me like I thought he would. It felt so like a sermon in the woods that day and living out the abundant life promised to us. If only it was possible to be abundant without fear and doubt threatening the foundation of it all.

I shall remember that day forever.

Can we make a change with faith?

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What can I do?

A picture can share much more than words and as I am still jet lagged from travel it might be all I can share right now. My mind is scrambled and my body is depleted. What is left of me is a small shell of who I was and God knows what’s to come of it all. I’ve seen a lot over the past 4 weeks and I have had my heart ripped out, blown up, trampled, lifted, squeezed, and overwhelmed during it all.

What can I do?

I am not in control first of all and second God only knows what he’s going to do with all of this new information collected while in Africa.

The number one need is LOVE and Compassion to about 200 children and what appears to be 100 widows in the village. I went, I saw, and now I want to share with everyone what God is anxious to lay on all your hearts.

Stay tuned for more…and pray for Healing Eyes

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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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