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Africa

Not my prunes!

It’s with great sadness I must announce that sacrifices are to be made in preparation for departing this Sunday for Africa. My beloved Prunes can’t make the journey with me and so the African diarrhea will be highly probable while there. But it is for a good cause I say goodbye to my prunes because I am bringing some beautiful children’s books donated by the Theological Book Network in Kentwood Michigan. I know it’s a tough choice but as I sat looking at my 2 boxes that I can only get 50 lbs each in I thought well the kids sure would smile at the sight of colorful books.

March 13th I fly out again and begin another journey of discovery into the rabbit hole of Africa. What will I find this time? Who will I become? and most importantly what will we at Healing Eyes see revealed to us by God’s leadership?

Land? ….maybe
Laughter? …I hope so
Tears? …definitely
Worth it? …Definitely!
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We can feed 12 kids!

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The cost of going out to dinner with your sweetie can feed 12 of our kids at Buweboya. Wow!

The cost of our Sales Tax expense from the Chili Cook-Off could have paid for 12 kids to eat at school. Wow!

The cost of a pair of Gap Jeans could pay for 20 kids to eat at school for 1 month. Wow!

You get the idea by now…no matter how small you think a contribution is to our charity you are making a bigger difference than you think! Wow!

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When life isn’t as we want but as He wants.

“I am a stranger in a foreign land and quite worn from it. My time here feels like an eternity indeed! I long for home even though my home is gone. Where do I belong, Oh God, where do I call home? I feel lost in a sea of people, in both lands I am not at ease. Torn from my life, in grief I now live, longing for the day long passed.

When my husband held me at night and morning. But gone is he and I remain to wander the earth in mourning – but for how long will I roam? Is there hope for me? Can I ever smile again and feel safe?

My soul feels like dust and my bones are weak, if only you would save me from my grief and restore my splendor to what it was and more. Let my teachings not be in vain and don’t leave me in the shadows of death. A life bearing fruit again, where my education is used and I can prosper in my works.

I will praise you in the evening and praise you in the morning and wait in hopeful expectation for the plan you are artfully displaying before my tearful eyes. Let me see your beauty and not become bitter or angry at my circumstances but see beyond them knowing you are at work to rescue me.”

 – A widow cries for the past, journal entry from June 6, 2015 while serving in Kenya Africa (Sarah a missionary).

Psalm 116

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
    he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
    I will call on him as long as I live.

The cords of death entangled me,
    the anguish of the grave came over me;
    I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
    Lord, save me!”

The Lord is gracious and righteous;
    our God is full of compassion.
The Lord protects the unwary;
    when I was brought low, he saved me.

Return to your rest, my soul,
    for the Lord has been good to you.

For you, Lord, have delivered me from death,
    my eyes from tears,
    my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before the Lord
    in the land of the living.

10 I trusted in the Lord when I said,
    “I am greatly afflicted”;
11 in my alarm I said,
    “Everyone is a liar.”

12 What shall I return to the Lord
    for all his goodness to me?

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
    and call on the name of the Lord.
14 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
    is the death of his faithful servants.
16 Truly I am your servant, Lord;
    I serve you just as my mother did;
    you have freed me from my chains.

17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you
    and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the Lord
    in your midst, Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord.

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Q&A revisted

Is this a non-profit you started or another organization you joined?

Answer: It’s a brand new 501c(3) non-profit that Sarah started after becoming a widow at 33, it was started in 2014 and became an official 501c(3) 1 year to the date from the passing of Sarah’s husband.

What do you do?

Answer: Support a ministry team to train and educate the local leaders on how to administer the school and provide support for widows and orphans. Provide quality Christian education for orphans and impoverished children by constructing a school building. Provide meals to children who would normally go without. Support the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of widows and struggling families. Assist in community development.

What are your projects?

Answer: Project 616 and Child Sponsorship

How do you pay for all of this?

Answer: Donations from individuals and a couple churches. Fundraisers.

When does Sarah go back to Africa?

Answer: March 13

Do you have enough money to build a school and buy land right now?

Answer: Nope but we have faith.

How many times has Sarah been to Africa?

Answer: 4 in the last year

Is this an orphanage?

Answer: No it is not. The children go home each day to stay with caregivers or parents if they are alive.

Do you find homes for the orphans?

Answer: No there is no adoption program. The orphans are cared for by the village and grandparents.

How many kids are you trying to help?

Answer: About 200 kids currently learn under the 2 shade trees. There is no school building and the teachers are volunteers from the community. We want to buy land and build a school some day.

Do you feed the kids?

Answer: We are setting that up now for the 31 most needy children. It consists of Posha and Beans, a staple in Africa. But we still need help from donors like you to keep it going.

How does this affect me?

Answer: It doesn’t but it might be shocking to learn most of the world lives in extreme poverty and lacks common comforts like clean water, regular meals, quality education, and shelter. Long term what happens in Africa can play a part in our life here as we become more global and the pain of others impact our lives here.

What can I do to help?

Answer: Pray and consider donating monthly to help ministry costs which includes: financial help for Sarah (founder and missionary), feed and teach the children. Share with churches and pastors, volunteer your skills in grant writing or fundraising experience. Or just contact us to start asking more questions

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Starting small and growing

Grow with us and Learn with us in a foreign country.

Healing Eyes is a charity that you can grow with instead of being lost in those larger charities. If your the type that likes to see something begin from the ground up and hear amazing stories of God working in broken lives than go no farther.

Today I woke up to an email from Uganda from the pastor there who was bringing one of our boys to a boarding school for the deaf.

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Our Emma has safely arrived and joined the baby class, even though he is about 8 years old already. We are so excited to have our 4th kid placed in an already established boarding school. We are praying he adjusts well and finally gets the education he craves.

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We also found out great news about our 2 kids who had surgeries in January, Sinambio and Sarah.

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Buckle up John

seatbeltDo you take for granted knowing how to put a seatbelt on?

My friend in Africa who has started a school for the orphaned, disabled, and impoverished children in his village had never worn a seatbelt. On my last trip we showed him how to ‘buckle up’ and we all had a good laugh. Just think what life is like without wearing a seat belt! Trusting God each and every day for everything…

Maybe we look too hard for that ‘Seat Belt’ to wear each day to keep us safe from life when we can lose everything even if we are buckled in.

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Unfortunate accidents leave 2 of our Kids injured

Andera and Simon Peter are two kids in the Buweboya community who have had a bit of bad luck lately. Andera was bitten by a snake and is recovering. Simon Peter has hurt his chest after falling from a Jack Fruit tree, it is unknown if he has any serious injuries because they are unable to get X-rays at a clinic due to the distance and cost. Please pray for these kids to recover and start school. The information I receive is over email currently but I am looking forward to being there March 13 to see in person how the children are and how we are progressing at the school.

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Widows everywhere can relate

Adjustments everywhere and all the time…the life of a widow living a very odd life. When I get comfortable in one spot I move again and then shortly after I move again. Why? God works quite clearly when my comfort is taken away and his work begins. Yesterday I moved to a new home in the country while I am in America and even though it’s not what I wanted to do per se I was still thanking God for finding me a new home and providing help to move my couch. I thanked him for the hot shower and roof over my head, for my couch and bed in now located in one room, and I thanked him ALL night long as I lay wide away listening to every single creak in the floor boards and creepy footsteps above my head.

The life of a widow….solitude after 14 years with a man at my side. Time may heal a great loss but it sure does mess up your ‘normal’.

James 1:27…Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

I know I’ll be ok as the years pass by and the memories fade of my husband. New memories will appear and many more losses will happen until I am no longer here on this earth. One thing for sure is I’ll look after other widows and orphans in there distress because I understand what those lonely dark nights feel like and the tightening around ones heart as they relive each past memory over and over. The best part is that we can all look after orphans and widows together, while on this earth, by taking a chance on a little non-profit called Healing Eyes founded out of loss and a reawakening of what is important in life. Compassion pure and simple.

Compassion can change lives and we can show you how by partnering with monthly support. Join us for an unbelievable adventure into Eastern Uganda where a village of orphans, widows, and impoverished children are surviving each day.

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Partner in Confidence: Safe and Secure.. Your personal information is encrypted and transmitted without risk using a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol. We are a 501c(3) non-profit organization making your donations tax deductible (receipts mailed at the end of each tax year)

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Q&A

Is this a non-profit you started or another organization you joined?

Answer: It’s a brand new 501c(3) non-profit that Sarah started after becoming a widow at 33, it was started in 2014 and became an official 501c(3) 1 year to the date from the passing of Sarah’s husband.

What do you do?

Answer: Support a ministry team to train and educate the local leaders on how to administer the school and provide support for widows and orphans. Provide quality Christian education for orphans and impoverished children by constructing a school building. Provide meals to children who would normally go without. Support the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of widows and struggling families. Assist in community development.

How do you pay for all of this?

Answer: Donations from individuals and a couple churches. Fundraisers like the upcoming Chili Cook-Off.

Do you have enough money to build a school and buy land right now?

Answer: Nope but we have faith.

How many times has Sarah been to Africa?

Answer: 4 in the last year

Is this an orphanage?

Answer: No it is not. The children go home each day to stay with caregivers or parents if they are alive.

Do you find homes for the orphans?

Answer: No there is no adoption program. The orphans are cared for by the village and grandparents.

How many kids are you trying to help?

Answer: About 200 kids currently learn under the 2 shade trees. There is no school building and the teachers are volunteers from the community. We want to buy land and build a school some day.

Do you feed the kids?

Answer: We are setting that up now for the 31 most needy children. It consists of Posha and Beans, a staple in Africa. But we still need help from donors like you to keep it going.

How does this affect me?

Answer: It doesn’t but it might be shocking to learn most of the world lives in extreme poverty and lacks common comforts like clean water, regular meals, quality education, and shelter. Long term what happens in Africa can play a part in our life here as we become more global and the pain of others impact our lives here.

When is your next fundraiser?

Answer: February 19th at Gaines Church we are holding a Chili Cook-Off and Silent Auction. Come learn more!

What can I do to help?

Answer: Pray and consider donating monthly to help ministry costs which includes: financial help for Sarah (founder and missionary), feed and teach the children. Share with churches and pastors, volunteer your skills in grant writing or fundraising experience. Or just contact us to start asking more questions

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