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Buweboya Vision School

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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$2,051 of $2,100 raised
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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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Personal Info

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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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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Uganda Update 1/18/17

It’s been a sad night here in Africa. Donald just left to fly back to America. He has a 6 hour drive at night, and then a 3 hour wait at the airport – all before his 20+ hours of flying. Pray he makes it to the airport with no car accidents… Traveling at night is dangerous in Uganda with the over loaded semi trucks that often tip over. (NOTE: He did make it with no car accidents…thanks for your prayers!!)
Tears were shed and this night will be a sad and lonely one. At least I have the 4 kids and jaja Margaret to keep me company. God will comfort.

There is a lot to do here and there are many sacrifices to be made for complete strangers and new friends. I received a letter from the man caring for our pigs today. It was so uplifting. He wrote, Aunt Sarah don’t be discouraged here and that often people will be against our work but the few that understand want us here. He wrote he is praying for my health and wished me to not be discouraged. It was as nice surprise and I will treasure his message, especially right now as I am a stranger in a foreign land. Oh he also wrote that it must be God’s doing sending me here since not many would come here and he’s glad I did. This letter was not only an encouragement in the fact that we are beginning to build relationships and some of the villagers really value our ministry, but it also felt like God was speaking through it to just encourage me and Healing Eyes in general in the work we are doing.

I still have a list of things to do. Many won’t be simple, like finding a way to pay for our new head teacher and the petrol and another girl I want to place in boarding school. This one girl pulls at my heart because she is 13 and is at this age where men will begin tempting her with sexual favors for something as small as pretty shoes and clothes. She is extra vulnerable to choosing the wrong path, and unfortunately these situations are very prevalent here. So I desire to remove her from these influences by placing her at a boarding school I found until we can build our school. Her name is Monica, and she currently lives with her grandfather who is very old. Her parents are gone. It’s difficult to pick and choose, but right now if I can find someone too partner with us for $35 a month it would change her life dramatically.

Why do I do this? Choose a lonely path for people who don’t know right from wrong and struggle with following Jesus? Who will cheat me at any chance? Because God said help the orphans, there will always be poor but it’s what we do today that honors God and makes Him smile.

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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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Smiling Again

It’s easy to get overwhelmed in the details of trying to save everyone. But a photo like this one of our boy Emma smiling at his boarding school melts the heart and reassures us we can make a difference. Many of you know the last 3 months have been difficult on a personal level since coming back to the states from Africa. A cancer diagnosis was a complete surprise and nearly stopped everything we started with Healing Eyes. We had just bought land in Africa and were feeling good about our progress and out of no where comes cancer again. Now only 2.5 months post surgery the feelings of Africa are slowly returning, like a slow ache forgotten for awhile but still persisting. Being detached from that day to day suffering makes it easy to NOT go back, but instead, turn my thoughts inward to protect myself becomes very attractive. It feels like I have earned some selfishness because of cancer….and yet…there still is that persistent ache I can’t shake.

IMG_0865This recent photo (only 2 days ago) says a lot because over time I have learned doing a little NOW can reap rewards LATER. Emma was placed in a boarding school for the deaf last year and while there he got a terrible abscess under his armpit that had to be cut out. But then he recovered and we moved him to another school closer to his village that also deals with deaf kids. He has partial hearing but because of his disability he can’t thrive in a government school or Buweboya vision junior school, we just aren’t equipped for teaching kids with disabilities. We don’t even have a real building yet at Buweboya. The point is we did take the step and over time Emma is smiling more. In the end I hope that is enough….to cheer up a child today.

 

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Food for thought

Sharing the meaning of life with others..

If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. Isaiah 58:10

We have faced difficulties and trials over the past few months, and yes, thought of giving up more than once. Even when the parents at Buweboya Vision Junior School tried to deceive us by not paying school fees and lying about their children being orphans we tried to seek out the children in true need. We are constantly reevaluating which children to help and sadly some of the children are being used by their parents to get their fees paid while others more needy suffer. How do we dig through the lies and deceitful behavior of the adults? Slowly…very slowly but in the end its still extremely difficult to say no to any of these kids because of the mere fact that they have very little because of the poverty in the area.

Thank you for helping the children eat today. Thank you for not turning away when asked to share your blessings with others. To Kickstart your support with a one time or monthly support ($5/$10 a month) click here

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Our Simon needs You

 

Simon is about 15 years old and attends Buweboya Vision Junior School. If you ever wanted to meet a boy with potential than this will amaze you. He walks miles to school each day, through a swamp and rocky terrain under a searing hot sun. During holiday breaks he will walk miles to get tutoring by a few teachers in the village. His mother is gone and is father is dead, due to suspicious circumstances surrounding his mother leaving. This boy just doesn’t give up! He is soft spoken but if you give him the attention he craves he will open up to you and reveal a very intelligent young man desperate for an education. I would like to say that our school is established enough to give a good education but right now with no building and volunteer teachers, basically, the kids are not learning to their potential. I want to give this ONE boy a better chance and place him in a private boarding school for $38 a month for 1 year to see what he can do when given an opportunity.

So if you have a heart for giving this year and want to change a life please consider joining Healing Eyes in making the impossible possible for a boy abandoned and forgotten in Eastern Uganda.

Sign me up here: Yes, I want to help Simon

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Patiently letting the dust settle.

Been silent for awhile but as you can imagine it’s been quite a couple months of changes.

In Africa we are continuing to work on registering our land title and begin talks on how to develop the land. We are  in ‘savings’ mode with some our donations coming in to be ready to start fencing and drilling for water. A fence and water can seem a bit dull but as with everything when it first starts out there is the foundation that has to be laid first. This foundation is proving to be a very difficult task and here we thought finding land was difficult!

Our foundation in Africa consists of basic trust building right now. We are known in the village as people with money and those that hold the key to a new school in their community. As always it is Their community and not ours, which means we have to be patient and enlist them to have some value in the project. What is growing to be difficult is the strain on communication from email and phone while still getting things done without being pushy and ‘know it all’ sounding.

As of now the pastor has become ill and this is slowing progress but in a way helping us more with being patient and slow in moving forward. Some of the dust needs to settle there first. A phased approach needs to be implemented and lots and lots of research before putting all the generous donations from supporters to work.

We wait on God for how He is going to move some pieces around with my health, my new marriage, and the ability to work remotely from the states. Thankfully the ‘my health’ part is improving every day and you couldn’t even tell I went through cancer a month and half ago.

Thank you

~Sarah

4 acres of land

4 acres of land HealingEyes.org purchased.

Well

The Well full of bacteria and parasites .

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