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Pros and cons of a timeline that I don’t really like

Time for changes and sacrifices regardless of what is comfortable. It comes down to do I go in March or May to Africa and what is it we are trying to accomplish?

Let’s weigh the Pros and Cons of where Sarah lives….

I am being called back to Buweboya in March instead of May in order to be a part of the new school year and meet with parents. That’s a Pro.

I’ll miss comforts and relationships in Michigan.. That’s a con.

I can further Healing Eyes presence in Uganda and strengthen our understanding of what is needed for for the orphans and widows. Meet more of the kids one-on-one and learn there stories. Figure out what the immediate needs are. Watch our new pigs grow and give onsite reports back to Michigan supporters. Continue seeking land to build on. All sound like Pro’s.

I’ll miss comforts and relationships in Michigan.. That’s a con.

Seems I might be outnumbered here on Pros. Anyone have a heart for helping fund my next airline ticket to Africa? Donate

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Bringing knowledge to the hungry

One of the passions we hold for the future is setting up a library for local pastors to gain theological training which currently is hard to come by in Eastern Uganda. This last December we partnered with Theological Book Network to bring 50 lbs of theological books to the pastors at Buweboya. It was fun and rewarding to see there smiles as we brought knowledge to there fingertips. This is just the first step forward in an overwhelming task at hand to make disciples of others and educate leaders of communities about God.

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We just couldn’t say No to these 2 kids

 

Healing Eyes has made some exciting progress since going out on a little faith and a lot of uncertainty. We just got an update from Africa that our first surgeries happened on January 4th! We prayerfully await more news about our 2 little children who needed the surgery for a herniated belly button. This was only made possible through prayer and by willing hearts here in Michigan to pay the necessary medical fees.

When Jake and I were in Tororo this past December we first visited a government hospital but were very cautious as we know they overcharge Mazungoos because we represent money. After several hours we left disheartened by the blatant dishonesty and deceit for the cost of a surgery but we didn’t give up. A few phone calls and perseverance led us to another private hospital near by and we got a fairer price by not showing our white skin there, but instead we sent the local pastor with the children to avoid any perception of Mazungoos being a party to it. We are slowly learning and pray for guidance as we navigate this shady arena of medical healthcare in Uganda. Our only hope is the children received good medical care and are recovering nicely. One thing that is hard for people to wrap there minds around is that these hospitals are not clean, organized, or even run with the best interests of the patient in mind.

We hope to have more updates as the days go by on these 2 kids but please PRAY for them because without being there in person I am worried for there recovery and proper treatment. But first steps are done and now we wait…

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Been away..

two weeks of full on exhaustion and emotional warfare….but worth it?

A smile from a person in need of compassion does fill the gaps left in my heart. Even though many nights I was tormented by dreams of Andy and his confusion over being dead for 2 years I found some solace in the mission at hand. It’s true that in all areas of the world pain is universal but in one village the pain has no hands willing to help it. 

The concept of helping each other and being honest in relationships is under constant attack there. I like to say the mission motto was all around Trust building this time. It’s never easy trusting strangers and we can’t go in blindly trying to fix what We think is broken. In time God has a plan and for some strange reason he is using us here in America to plant that seed of compassion.

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Merry Christmas and Thank You for Praying

As I find myself in a bit of transition again I think how blessed I am. This past year has been very eventful with 3 successful trips to Africa and real direction for Healing Eyes I finish off the year with 1 more trip to Africa. The season is changing and snow is coming and I am thankful for everyone who has prayed for me, supported me financially, and been an encouragement to me during my grief and upheaval in life. The non-profit is gaining momentum and I can’t deny God behind it all even when I begin to doubt.

So what have we accomplished this year?

Started a relationship with a pastor in Manafwa District (Eastern Uganda near Kenya) who has a school for impoverished children.Started the first steps towards surveying 2 acres of land in order to build a real school building and develop the community.Helped bring 5 kids the gift of education by either sending them to an established boarding school and/or seeing to there immediate physical needs through support from individuals in Michigan.Strengthened our board of directorsConnected with new churches in Western Michigan

 

So what do we plan for 2016?

Live in Africa for 4 months starting in March.Start a pig farm to support widows and orphans in Eastern Uganda.Grow our partners to build a primary age school.Find resources to build a library and develop a discipleship program for local pastors.Start a bible study for widows in Eastern Uganda and be God's hands and feet through compassion.Find sponsors for the 199 children attending Buweboya vision junior school.

IfIMG_8101 you want to help support the ministry one-time and monthly donations can be made online or by mail by sending a check made out to Healing Eyes to 3250 Dawes Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. All donations are tax-deductible and you will receive at the end of the year for tax purposes.

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Pigs in the horizon

If I knew 5 years ago that I would be about to buy some baby bigs in Africa to try and create a self-sustaining income for a community of widows in Eastern Uganda I would most likely think that was a joke. Seems the joke is quite real and this Friday I will be taking off to Africa yet again with cash to purchase 3 baby pigs, 1 boy and 2 girls, for the widows to raise up and begin a pig farming enterprise. Possibly the most unforeseen plan I could imagine but that must be why its perfect!

Now what to name the little piglets…

Thanks to the help of some friends in Michigan we have 2 drinking fountains out of PVC pipe tailored for pigs to bring with, which should put the farm a cut above the other farms by providing accessible water that has little waste. We also found the plans for it on another blog that has some great photos on how to make one yourself. So now with a little more of God’s direction we shall find the pigs, install the watering fountains, vaccinate, and plant the virtual seeds for the village to start earning some income for a school. Phase 1 of God’s plan…now if only I could figure out why there is a little voice saying we need more than 2 acres of land to start. I guess the next couple weeks might reveal the answer to that one!


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our newest member on this crazy mission who will be accompanying me on this trip in hopes of finding answers he is looking for, Mr. Jake! Seems familiar as I think it was back in January when I was first starting out in Africa and seeking what I was looking for. Who knows what he will find but we are so HAPPY to have him come along and see what’s in store for him.

Jake comes from a church in Michigan that I was connected with through a friend at my former employer Steelcase. A lady I never even knew when I was working at Steelcase but felt touched by my story and began following this very blog and praying for me and the journey I was on. If it wasn’t for her I would never have met the church or the pastor and his son Jake. So it takes time to find where God leads you but if your slightly patient he will connect the dots. Jake is in college currently but he has served in Uganda several times and his heart wants to be NO where else after he graduates. He worked at Rafiki Foundation in Kampala for 6 months and has many children there that call him friend. Thank you for coming along and being willing to help ‘the least of these’ by making a different in the ‘flavor’ of the world we live in (Mark 9:50)


 

 

 

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Radically change the life of another

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radically changing the life of a child living in extreme conditions in Manafwa Uganda. You can help us be God’s hands and feet on earth through improving their circumstances by providing better education, medical conditions, nutrition and even encouragement. We ask you to come along side us and support the mission by becoming at $35 per month partner; because together, through Christ, we can do it.

Another way you can help is through one-time donations to help build a school. The community has been wiped out by aids, malaria and extreme poverty, producing many orphans and widows. Be a part of building a school and library as a witness of the love of Jesus. You will also help empower the widows to see past their current poverty and become self-sustaining through equipping them with agriculture and other business instruction.


One School Building with 4 classrooms = ~$24,000
One Borehole = ~$8,000
Toilets with 4 stalls = ~$4,000

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Returning to the familiar and finding its changed

Does it seem strange to you that life continues when you lose someone? Everything that was is no more and things that are similar are completely different yet the same. To all the widows out there I’m sure you can relate. Today I joined a gym to try and build up my strength for Africa as well as emotional stamina the physical is just as important. My husband and I went to the YMCA when he was going through cancer, it helped with his strength and constant nerve pain from the surgeries. Now I am going to a different gym but even though its not the same place and he is gone now it still is similar to what was. The weight lifting machines are there and the indoor track mimics the other but this time it’s a new memory. Perhaps new memories are what is important when moving on in life after tragic loss. The new memories don’t push out the old but instead fill in the cracks of the shattered life left behind. Perhaps over time those memories will create a beautiful mosaic of filtered light that blends the two lives into one.

I have to make another sacrifice for this new found hobby, no more internet. Trade in the wifi for some exercise to save $19.99 a month from Comcast. Every penny counts to stretch out my time as a ‘missionary’. It was a bit humbling when filling out a form about income when I scribbled a big zero in for annual salary. Slightly insane when today I counted up the kids in uganda that I have given my resources, time, and love to. Total tally is up to 199 little faces and 3 others in another village. It should scare me knowing I have no income and I’ll be homeless come March while packing crates to move to Africa to live a very very very sobering life. All with the knowledge that my boyfriend will be staying behind and I’ll be solo for months in a far far far away land. Is that the beginning of a book? Once upon a time in a far far far away land lived a small girl with 199 children plus 3 who thinks it possible to feed them all.

Flip the story on it’s head and it should read.

Once upon a time there lived a God who picked up one shattered life and plopped it in a far far far away land to live among the least of these. Burst into song, shout for joy, 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.

 “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.
    Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth
    and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
 For your Maker is your husband—
    the Lord Almighty is his name

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I love you 

The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”
—Jeremiah 31:3

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

—Lamentations 3:22–26

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