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Compassion changes lives

A little happiness on a gloomy Michigan day. We have raised $98 so far towards our cement budget of $2,100. Can you help put us over $100 before Midnight tonight? These 100+ kids really could use a roof over their heads during the rainy season. The rain there is very different than here in Michigan, when it rains there it creates rivers in the streets! With the threat of malaria from the increased mosquitos the need for a classroom with Walls and a Roof are increasingly important.

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Want to buy a bag of cement?

In January we built a temporary classroom for the children, however, now we need to start raising funds to build our permanent classrooms. We now have a time limit because of the District inspectors who come each school term to see if we met the minimum requirements of 4 classrooms, toilet, and fence. Of course have none of those met which means we can’t get a school license. Up to now we have been operating without a license and as more and more kids come this will not be allowed much longer. So we need your help to be official:)

As we slowly gather estimates I’ll share our needs as we go along. Right now the cost of cement is something I wanted to share with everyone in hopes of raising the funds to turn our humble stick shelter into a beautiful cement building.
CEMENT costs us: $6.50 per bag and we need a minimum of 300 bags to start with. So that is roughly $1928.57 for our cement budget. With your donation you will literally be setting the foundation of a school for orphans and disabled!

Buy a Cement Bag

$2,051 of $2,100 raised
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Donation Total: $7

Our Current classroom

Our tempoary classroom made with logs and sheet metal for the roofing. Eventually it will be mudded for the walls.

What we want our classroom to look like.

What we want our classroom to look like. Brick and cement structure with a strong roof to protect from the harsh weather.

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Poisonous revenge

This world has a lot of unbelievable things happening in it, especially when you wake up in the cozy suburbs of the Midwest and come to find out someone you know has been poisoned out of jealousy.

We have become close to a family in Uganda over the years and I think of them as my African family. One of the eldest brothers was poisoned a few hours ago and we are praying he can survive this evil act of jealousy. I met him a couple times and he seemed nice and had a nice home in the village, sadly people are jealous of that kind of success.

I am hoping for a miracle today that this family won’t lose a brother today.  Please pray for a miracle.

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Safely back in the states

Arriving back in America is always a long and tiring journey. Once back it’s filled with silence and regrets…did I do enough, what next?

Thank you for all the prayers and support these last 6 weeks while in Africa. We accomplished so much really! Right now I am exhausted and as much as I want to write some inspiring tale of the trip my brain is just refusing to be coherent, ha! so here is a link to our plans and just a couple photos of where we have come from:) Our next huge need is funds to build 4 classrooms on the land to get the district to license the village school properly, which also requires a real toilet on the land….God we need a miracle to get the funding this year.

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Waking up this morning after a terrible night battling a headache I dreaded getting up to face another day. A list of complaints popped into my head before even setting my foot outside the mosquito net. It is now Saturday and in my head I’m counting the days to when I fly back to the comfort of America. There is a short list of things to be completed this coming week but today is a slow day of sitting and waiting. A day of waiting can be very boring.

Do I sound grumpy?

I have learned a new trick to get the dirt off my feet and polish the roughness from my sandal worn heels. It seemed an obvious solution since in America we have those rough stones used in pedicures but I needed a child to teach me how to clean my feet. So now I am on day 3 of cleaning my feet and I’m happy to say they look white again! Take one basin and fill with water from outside and then take one bar of soap to lather the soles, find a rough edge of concrete and then scrub and rinse. Poof the dirt is gone!

During my feet washing meditation time I had a conversation with JaJa where she shared the most eerie news to me. It seems that last year in May when I was first living in this house and became sick that before she came to take care of me she heard a voice. She lives far away and the decision to come help me last year was a difficult one because it means leaving her crop behind but she prayed about what to do. She heard a whisper over her shoulder, “Sarah is my Ambassador”. She didn’t understand who said it or what it meant but later when she prayed she heard it again, “Sarah is my Ambassador”.

Last year I was so grateful when she came to help me because I was truly sick with parasites and an ear infection, she helped bring me back to health and raised my spirits when I was alone. It is reassuring to know God is taking care of me when I am in a foreign country, even when he doesn’t tell me how he is doing it. He works in whispers, those quiet moments when we ask him for help, He doesn’t always talk loudly so we must take the time to listen very carefully for that still small voice to speak the truth.

I know that today I am feeling a bit better and less pointless in being here because it seems God went ahead and told my JaJa I am ‘His Ambassador’. Perhaps you too are an Ambassador but no one has told you the good new yet…

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I guess this is what I am

Shut off from the outside world and now even separated from my new husband. So strange to say ‘husband’ again after losing my first husband to cancer. Yet here I am, 6 months married, back in Africa but not a widow this time. How did this all start?

A huge storm destroyed my past self and slowly over 3 years I am now a missionary in Africa? Is that what this is? Growing up I always saw missionaries as a married couple with at least 3 kids that went to live in a far away country to share about Jesus. Then what does that make me? I am married now but I am currently alone in Africa and I’m running an unthinkable business which has no profits. I have no kids and I don’t go knocking on huts sharing the news about Jesus.

Uh oh! Does that make me a failing missionary?

Perhaps God is working on a new definition of a missionary and ever so slowly revealing it before everyone’s eyes. Can a missionary be someone who goes out into the world to show the love of Jesus through actions? Sometimes it’s what we do that impacts lives more than our words. For instance here I don’t know the local language but I hope I am impacting lives by acting with love and compassion for orphans and widows. Each time I step out into the village all eyes are on me to see what I’ll do. Each time I feel overwhelmed by the task ahead of me. Bring healing to a broken community polluted with alcohol and stealing by showing a different way of behaving. Finding the local people with the same heart for orphans and empowering them to change the lives of hundreds while putting aside the hunger for money. That is something God has to do because it’s impossible for me to change hearts.

This village needs prayers. Yes it’s a cliche and sometimes overly used but when you are open enough to see that prayers can be answered it TRULY is an amazing thing to see. We have a new head teacher that I pray will help weed out those undermining the project but we need a way to pay her. How God? You gave us a talented person with the heart and now it’s our faith in You to provide. Somehow we also need funding to drill a borehole for water on the new land, as well as build toilets for the children and a permanent classroom for at least 4 classes. How?!

So this is who I am now… not a graphic designer working for a great company that provided all I needed. Not a widow lost in despair over the loss of a past love. I have beaten cancer now myself and remarried to an amazing guy with the heart for the suffering too. So this is who I am now….a survivor? No, not a survivor…but a believer in an invisible friend that some people have no use for nowadays with so much conveniences in life to give us the comforts we crave without believing.

Deep down we all feel an emptiness that we try to fill but never succeed… Can you believe in someone who believes in you? He believed in me enough to plop me in what seems like the hottest, most difficult place in Uganda. He brought me out of sorrow and confusion to a life filled with hope. He gave a barren woman children in the strangest way. Now what will He do?

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Frustration and Anger

This might be my last post before we fly out and after an unexpected shuffling of our luggage capacity it already feels like we are being attacked. I am thankful though that unlike last time, where I was made to unpack my luggage on the airline floors for weight restrictions, this time we at least found out Turkish Airline has even lighter requirements before leaving home. So after a lot of anger and frustration about ditching some of the things we are bringing in order to cut down on weight I am going to breathe in and out and brace myself for more.

In Africa a lot worse things happen to bubble up the anger and so if God wants us to travel lighter this time I will look at it as a blessing instead of an irritant. The Airline is not going to prevent me from bringing my teddy bear though, ha ha, he and the duck have to fly.

Let’s all pray for smoother sailing on Saturday at the airline and also an extra dose of grace and forgiveness to share with everyone we meet.

It’s been 6 months since leaving Africa and this trip has so many blessings to come out of it that no matter what the devil does do to discourage us we are on the right path and will persevere. I’m excited to see my kids again and give lil Mary a big hug and giggle as she walks in the flip flops that are too big for her tiny little feet.

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Will you help Juliet?

Everything is AWESOME when you work as a team!! 🙂 Yes I just plugged the song for the Lego’s movie in comparison to a our AMAZING progress in sponsoring our children.

We have 9 New Sponsorships!!!! 9!!! Yes that is something to SHOUT about.

I’m going to push my luck and ask if anyone out there would be willing to take on little Juliet for 1 year of education at $35/month. Her brother, Brian, was recently sponsored and it would be a shame to send him to school without his sister.

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For an additional $7 a month your donation to Healing Eyes Medical fund will help other children and families living in poverty with urgent needs such as HIV/AIDS, malaria treatment, deworming prevention, and common bacteria infections requiring antibiotics.

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Emma is growing up

This is part of the job that makes the struggle worth it!

A little over a year ago I met Emma and his mother and to see the transformation take place in this boy’s smile and demeanor is completely God’s hand at work. This is exactly why we should take notice of the suffering half way around the world.

Emma is partially deaf and was thought to be dumb. When we met him he was sitting on the ground with kids half his age all around him in a kindergarten class. He didn’t hear well or follow the teacher and so everyone just thought he was dumb because he was different. Through the help of a friend in St. Croix we were able to move him to a school for the deaf and then just recently we moved him to a school with kids of various degrees of deafness and/or special needs and he’s really blossoming. Emma has a new sponsor now in Michigan and we are excited to see what the new school year will bring. Each update warms my heart and shows progress amidst so much struggle to move a few feet forward.

If you have been thinking of sponsoring but needed another reason to say yes I hope this can show the affect your giving can have in lives so far removed from our own. See our Kids here.

It’s overwhelming to look at the tremendous need and quantity of kids, even the painful task of choosing who is more needy then the other is daunting but I’ve learned God has a child in mind for everyone.

Sometimes that child comes into our life in strange ways but comes nevertheless.

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Looking Back

It was 3 years ago when we became an official charity, it also was 3 years ago tomorrow when Andy died.  How did this all start and where are are we headed anyways?

Well, it was a cold winter day in Michigan 3 years ago when the worst thing could have happened. The ending of one life and the beginning of another. Then 1 year later a charity was born. Then 1 year later a village was found with widows and orphans living in extreme poverty. Now it’s 2016 and another year has passed and it’s time to really put action behind our words. We have 6 kids sponsored, 3 of them just in the past 2 weeks! We have land in Africa that needs a school building built on. All of this is impossible to dream up and even more impossible to accomplish. Where is the money coming from to build? No idea! But somehow there is a way and in 1 year it’s going to be fun to look back at what we accomplished.

This New Years Eve we head back over to Uganda and with each visit we get a little further along. We have kids to check on, land to develop, and so many untold adventures ahead of us. With our new sponsorship program we have so much to keep us busy. It’s hard to imagine that some kids can’t go to school, don’t even have enough money to eat, or even have a bandaid to prevent infections.

We need your prayers now more than ever because this next stage of Healing Eyes will be even harder than when it first began out of great loss. Now we walk further into unknown territory and need to learn how to navigate so many areas completely unknown to us. Like building a school thousands of miles away in a 3rd world country with little money on hand! Yikes!

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