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Africa

First of my Firsts in life

What if you grew up your whole life without swinging on a swing? This was Billah’s first time on a swing set and visiting a zoo. She also saw a lake for the first time. Where she lives there are no swing sets and children’s idea of leisure is sweeping the compound.

Billah’s situation provides a glimmer of hope in an area of high poverty and little opportunity to women, girls, and children. This is an area that offers little hope for the future. Show them that their lives matter by changing one girl’s life forever and giving her the chance for a life experience like no other girl in her village has known. Billah wants to some day become a doctor, who knows if this is the beginning of a journey that can lead her to save lives in the future.

If we all donated $20, and had a few friends and relatives donate, this little girl and her community could see a much brighter future. Please help us reach our goal today. Online donations are SSL secure and tax deductible.

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February Update

February was a fruitful visit to Uganda. We held a tailoring graduation for seven of our ladies finishing two terms with us. Our first grade class was started in our 1 room classroom and we had one day where we held a sporting event for the 11 kids. Each child participated in long jump, 40 yard dash, vertical jump, and much more. It was a very hot day but we enjoyed every minute. Thank you for being a monthly supporter of Healing Eyes. All of your donations make these moments possible!!Looking for more monthly partners…please pray about joining us for 2019 healingeyes.org/support

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We are asking for her

Sometimes giving up is the right approach. Impossible…Improbable…Inconceivable. The 3 I’s of defeat. For the last few years Healing Eyes has overcome some huge obstacles and God has brought us through each time. He always comes in just in the knick of time.

We needed land.. He provided. We need a car..He provided. We needed police assistance..He provided. We needed medical help…He provided.

This time we need support to help Billah study in America and the deadline is a bit too close for comfort. By early April we need to come up with $9-10,000 to register her at the Christian School that would sponsor her Student Visa. Without that money in such a short time we can’t do it. So I give up and turn it over to God and perhaps 9 anonymous people that would feel the pull to donate $1,000 each for a little girl to have an experience of a lifetime. I’d be lying if I didn’t have some self-motivation here because I’ve always wanted to care for a child and to be a mother, Billah isn’t my child but she is very special to me and has touched my life in so many ways. Shown me that I do like kids and that they sometimes like me. God may never bless me with a child of my own but I know that my life is even richer having met Billah and other kids like her in Africa. God uses the smallest people in our lives to make the strongest impact in our hearts.

Help us to share back the joy Billah has shown us over the years by giving her the chance to study in Michigan for 1 school year. She might discover the love for dance, arts, music, and sports. She could be a future doctor who saves a life. She could be the one help another missionary some day. God only knows what the future holds for her. Pray for us to know when the right time is and if it’s NOW.

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PO Box 88202, Grand Rapids, MI 49518

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Change a life – Billah

Back in 2015 you might remember a young girl named Billah that I met in Africa. She became a pull for me to return to Africa several times over the year which led to me meeting many more children, that have touched my heart. A series of events later unfolded that led me to Marumba village where the land is that we bought and where tailoring classes are now held. God used a little girl to touch so many lives for Christ. Now Billah has, thanks to donations from a sponsor, been attending a Christian boarding school in mable 
Billah has reached the age and maturity where it might be possible for her to study abroad at a private Christian school in Michigan. Her family has welcomed me into their lives and her older brother just finished Medical school thanks to another sponsor in Michigan. The family is very open to Billah studying in America.
We would love to welcome Billah into our home for the next school year this August. We are looking into Grand Rapids Christian Schools which has an International Program for foreign exchange students. They can sponsor her student visa once all the necessary paperwork and approvals are processed. We are asking now for prayers and support to raise the tuition needed for her to study at 7th or 8th grade level.
As you can imagine an opportunity like this will forever change Billah’s trajectory in life, as well as her family. In Uganda to study at High School (or even elementary school)  is a privilege few children can afford. 
Please pray for us and Billah as we see what God has in mind for this wonderful child of His. 

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Cuteness

A child showing off a cute little dress made by our students at Sisiyi Falls. WE started a pilot program for 3 months in this remote village to see if the community would accept the opportunity to learn how to sew. We took on 7 ladies who paid a reduced school fee to learn the basics of tailoring. We’ve been blessed with a great teacher who teaches in English and came prepared to class. Our manager got his first exposure to how to manage the project and to work as a team with others in our main village an hour away. Electricity isn’t reliable in the village and communication wasn’t always good but God turned it all around and made a difference. We hope to continue the class but need to see if it is something needed in the community long term. Prayers as we consider next steps on keeping this class open another 3 months and if more sewing machines should be invested into the small project.

For now these ladies have showed their commitment and interest in the program which speaks loudly to if it can continue to work.

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Tailoring graduates

We haven’t always had a smooth transition into different programs we try in the village but after some bumps we have been blessed with 5 young ladies to complete the 6 month program. They learned the basics of peddling the sewing machine, hand sewing, shirt, pants, dresses, uniform design. It’s our hope that these ladies will not have some skills to take farther into life at a future job or more advanced classes at a technical institute. Keep them in your prayers as we also begin to welcome more ladies into the tailoring program.

 

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What’s been happening?

We have slowed down in Africa because of health issues back in the USA but the local team in Uganda is still moving on with the projects we started. The 26 sponsored kids in boarding schools were visited and we saw to their medical needs. Kids in Uganda get dewormed every 3 months. It sounds strange but it’s a simple tablet that can really improve quality of life with all of the bacteria in food and water that causes stomach issues. This inexpensive tablet isn’t given regularly in the villages but at boarding school it’s a must. If you ever see sores on legs and arms that look kind of like blisters that is a sign of an infection/parasites inside the body that often can be treated with a simple deworming tablet.

Our tailoring at Sisiyi falls is in its last month of trials. Prayers are needed on if we have the manpower and ability to continue it. We have 7 students studying and 1 teacher coming 3 days a week. We started it 2 months ago for a trial period of 3 months. So far it’s very promising and we will soon have to decide if we continue a second term or not. What would cause us to not? Well, it comes down to the community involvement and interest in the project, finances, and staffing. It seems this village is more perceptive to the tailoring school but as we have learned in the past it takes time and patience to see what really can be sustainable in the villages. We have 2 sewing machines being shared amongst 7 ladies and as they begin to move to using fabric instead of cement papers we will really need to make a decision on buying more machines.

Back in the USA, I have had surgery for my cancer reoccurrence and should be starting my radiation treatments soon. It’s pretty straightforward treatment plan but in life it seems not everything goes as plans. Prayers needed for patience during this time and also guidance on what the future of Healing Eyes will look like in the coming months of 2019.  We have been blessed with people to help from Africa with our children in boarding schools and young ladies in the tailoring classes. You have to start somewhere and right now we are getting our bearings and learning patience:)

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The battle is over!

After a year long battle, God worked a miracle this past June and the contested land title we thought was lost was safely recovered, with the help of the local government and police station. As some of you may remember we ran into some troubles after purchasing 4 acres of land for the organization and someone we had trusted had turned on us. God used that difficulty to show us how to rally the community and local government to help us reclaim the land title. If we hadn’t had this battle we never would have met the governor, mayor, and so many community members that stood up for us this past year. We learned many lessons and understand how to navigate the political arena a bit more, as well as how to stay safe in the future.

Thank you for all the prayers and support during this difficult year of struggle. Now that we have survived the battle what do we do next? First thing is to breathe and let the dust settle to allow for a peaceful way forward.

The mud house on the land got a makeover and has 2 rooms now and a beautiful new roof and brick walls. We hope this will allow the community to see us as continuing on but also allow for a slow transition into a bigger facility we someday want to move towards. We planted several mango trees for shade in the future and to bring life to a barren land. We are very thankful to be where we are and following God’s timing amidst it all.

Lastly and most important, our 24 kids are studying in nearby boarding schools that we have partnered with in mbale and tororo. These kids have grown over the past 2 years and their smiling faces remind us why we do what we do. Each time I visit I am surprised by the all the hugs and smiles that greet me.

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It takes a village

PRAISES All around today as Healing Eyes made progress in the community. Children are studying and widows are learning new skills. It’s just a blessing to see and warms the heart for what’s to come. At times it is too difficult to continue (well most of the time) but when we start to see the parents and community leaders joining us in our efforts here it does bring hope. I don’t know what the future holds or how I’ll manage to go on in this country but God has a plan…  It just will take  A LOT of patience to follow it and to have faith in God’s direction.

It’s lonely in Africa and I miss my husband and my home with less bugs and food that isn’t just potatoes… But tomorrow is another day and I never know what to expect:)

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Isaiah 54

On my refrigerator are magnets of each of the 23 kids we have sponsored through Healing Eyes and families in Michigan. When I look back at how we started and that this website was actually used be an Adoption Story blog and later a Cancer blog that it seems fitting that today it’s full of children’s smiles. It’s not what my heart wanted or desired but God wanted these children to have a chance in life and to bless our lives in the process. I wanted a traditional family with 1 or 2 kids, drop them off at school and picking them up, going to concerts and sport events cheering on my child. But sometimes in life we don’t get what we want but we get what God wants. I have to smile when I see these kids of mine on my refrigerator every day, knowing that they are a part of my life and there joys and sadness are a part of my life now.

It’s a holiday break right now in Uganda and our kids are back in the villages and perhaps some of them are changed after being away for 3 months. I hope they have learned something in school and can now see life in the village with more opportunities than before. That our little orphan ‘Mary’ will now smile more, and have more confidence because she can go to school now.

“Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.” (1 Chronicles 4:10)

“Sing, barren woman,
    you who never bore a child;
burst into song, shout for joy,
    you who were never in labor;
because more are the children of the desolate woman
    than of her who has a husband,”
says the Lord.
 “Enlarge the place of your tent,
    stretch your tent curtains wide,
    do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
    strengthen your stakes.
 For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
    your descendants will dispossess nations
    and settle in their desolate cities.

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