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Africa

Want to Partner in Prayer and Support?

Can’t make it to the Benefit Concert September 19th? Still want to support Healing Eyes work in Africa and bring compassion to a child who desperately needs it? Want a more one-on-one experience with helping missions and seeing what your donation actually goes for?

I can tell you this that Healing Eyes is not like other non-profits and not like all the other humanitarian relief efforts. We are purely about bringing compassion, hope, and love to a child screaming out for attention when all around is loss and despair. These kids aren’t just faces on a poster, they are kids I have met in person and some I have even built a friendship with. Soon I will be going back to Africa to seek out what we can do for a tiny school far off the beaten track. To see what the need is and to validate the need is genuine, and above all just to meet people I meet along the way that God puts in my path. It can be as simple as a hug and a smile to that child being forgotten on the dusty red road. Either way now is the time to consider partnering in pray and support for my passion laid on my hear that I can’t seem to shake. I have seen too many wide eyed children with dried tears on there faces and the look of hope on there face that someone will see them and come back to play. It’s as simple as playing with a child and teaching them about God’s love and the Love we all need to show to each other.

Help bring the Flavor back to the world we live in and join me on making a difference in a life. One tiny little life at a time. When I returned this last time to Uganda and saw little Billah running down the hill to greet me again my heart was shaking. Tears were rolling down her face and her little hands were shaking in my shaky hands. What a blessing that comes from difficult times and what hurts is I know there are hundreds of other kids like her that are worse off and are not as lucky as her to know God is listening.

If you want to donate $8 for a Ticket to the concert but not show? That’s ok! I’ll still stand up for an empty auditorium with a smile, knowing I already have your support in spirit.

Follow this link and click the PayPal button to make your $8 count. You won’t regret it…you will begin a journey with me as I share stories of who I meet and how your partnership changes lives. I’m not a big company and I get none of the money, every penny goes to the ministry’s efforts to getting a foothold into Africa.

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The lie of the ‘phase’ argument

I have often wondered if this time of my life is a ‘phase’ or a ‘season’. Often strangers and friends have said to me that perhaps it’s just a phase I have to go through and then things will go back to how they were. It’s all fine and dandy to have such a spiritual high in life and then return to what is normal. I’m re-reading the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis and have run across a passage in it that illustrates such a quandary I find myself in repeatedly.

“A direct attack on his faith..persuading him that ‘his religious phase ‘ is just going to die away like all his previous phases? The mere word ‘phase’ will likely do the trick. You keep him well fed on hazy ideas of Progress and Development and the Historical Point of View, I trust, and give him lots of modern biographies to read? The people in them are always emerging from Phases, aren’t they?”

There was one distinct time I remember while in Africa and after I just found the school near the border of Kenya and Uganda. I had just spend about 4 weeks in Kenya and not all of it was a blessing like most think will happen when serving God. Often we never see the blessings that come from our labor but we have faith some good will come out of our strife. My health was poor and my spirits were low but I was hopeful God would still follow through on his promise to show me the widows and orphans he kept speaking of to me. It was an amazing story of how I found the school and if you care to read it again you can follow this link, Coincidences lead to truth.

But it was that very night after being blessed by God that the devil or evil one, however you want to label that unnerving feeling, decided to slither on it and put doubts in my head. He used some other foreigners visiting the area to put the word ‘phase’ into my heart. One lady said to me, ‘maybe it’s all a phase in your life and you can go back to graphic design, but it’s great your doing what your doing’. Just like that the familiar doubt creeped back in and I went to bed crying and with a tight chest full of doubt and fear.

Maybe I am crazy!

Maybe I did go too far in all this hope and faith crap and now I am stuck in the middle of Africa with no one to bail me out. Literally alone in a jungle sleeping in a tent with the realization of how stupid all of this was. Since something like this happened before I tried to repeat words in my head, ‘No it isn’t a phase and that I experienced too many coincidences to not see them as miracles and guidance from God’. I like proof and God did give me proof that day and so I pushed back the evil thoughts of doubt and phases to eventually fall asleep in the pitch-black darkness of the night.

You see it’s right when we learn something new or get closer to affirmation that God exists and that our purpose in life is simple. The evil will creep in and stomp on those hopes the instant we find answers to that small voice in our hearts. In Africa it is a full frontal attack on people because they don’t have all the comforts of modern civilization to lull them into a ‘normal’ life of ease. I never want to return to thinking that ‘religion is all very well up to a point’. Neither do I want to fall into the habit of thinking my religion is better than other religions when life comes down to Love and Compassion! Not taking what is given to us at face value in the bible and questioning it all and reading it and willingly asking God to explain it to me with any method he chooses. If it’s by throwing me in a third world country with only faith than I’ll do it because that is living…that is truly seeing faith in action…and it is about bring ‘flavor’ to the world we live in and not mediocrity. Likewise God can use people in modern life to make a difference in those around them even if its by living vicariously through those God says, ‘Go’, to.

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Blurred lines between work and pleasure

Too often depression and sadness blinds our sight. It’s easier to concentrate on doom and gloom than seeing they joy around us. Yesterday I asked for a blessing and to expand my territory. Those of you who know from past posts that is a prayer I use cautiously. It seems whenever I use it I am blessed that very day, but only when I truly ask with a heart seeking it.

My days are blurred between what is employment and what is a vacation in this journey of mine. Too often I refuse to accept a break out of guilt of did I do enough to deserve it. Running a tiny non-profit just getting off its feet is frustrating and time consuming but without set hours I can’t tell which hours are for work and what is free time. Did I accomplish enough today to allow for fun tomorrow? Through my eyes I see little progress and insurmountable odds against me.

If I step back and list what God has done and what I have done I see progress. However, the progress wasn’t by my doing. The benefit concert coming up was my cousin’s idea after picking her brain. Or was it God using her? Next, were the 2 bands I found led to me by God or my own effort? Anyone can argue this in either direction but I can say I have no experience organizing this type of event and yet it’s happening. God saw to it that I was put with the right people who also have faith and the skills needed. Relieving me of the heavy burden.

Perhaps life is about sharing what God can do to others through a actual actions. If so then I have another example of God working his agenda through me.

I prayed for a chance to sail out to buck island while on st Croix and he arranged one for me yesterday. Once on the sailboat I sat quietly since I knew few of the people going. As we sailed off one of the ladies on the boat started talking to me and I found out she used to be an executive director for a non profit and was in charge of grants and fundraising. Early this month I have been praying for people with fundraising skills and those with a passion for helping others. He answered it through a leisurely boat ride on crystal blue water one afternoon. So was I working or enjoying free time? Will this new connection lead to more support for Healing Eyes? I have no clue as I’m not in control …God is and I’m just hanging on for the ride.

I only pray now for strength to withstand the waves of doubt and grief as the journey becomes more perilous in my eyes but clearer through His.

In a month I’ll be heading to Africa again. This time, however, I have no road map and no fellow ministry to rely on. Just a series of events leading up to the trip that have compiled a huge portfolio in God’s favor.

I’m ever a skeptic and always questioning but I still can believe in something I can’t see because it has worked out for the good so far. Why would it stop working now?:)

 

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The island is my home for two weeks again. Strange being back here after Africa and experiencing so much while there. This land feels calm and peaceful compared to Africa. I remember when I first came to the island I was scared and unsure of the differences I saw. It seemed dangerous and forboding. Now it seems tame compared to Africa 

There always is perspective on places once your eyes are opened to more. 

The Whoa benefit concert is still on for September 19th in Michigan and I have awesome volunteers working on it as I sit here. Wondering why I’m here and what God will do this time. Already he introduced me to a couple who has a sailboat at the airport. Already he has provided a car for my travels. And above all that he has blessed me kids that missed me and beg to see me. How insane is that! A few years ago I would never spend a day with kids! I was in the misery of fighting cancer with my husband and watching him starve each day. His bones whitheree away and his soul threatened to be swallowed by the pit. Those last months were hard on us both and many regrets were made but even now God loves and has meaning for me. So crazy to think I couldn’t stand God most of my adult life and now I am living solely on Him. 

I do hope others will start to take up there cross with me and see the pain we hide ourselves from. So much need out there and so little time. Lives are short! And so much flavor to be added to those we meet each day through our own testimonies and search for meaning in our strife. 

Join me. Join Us at Healing Eyes to do what we need to do. Stand up and Do something for the powerless and distraught. There voices are muffled by the evil around us that we can’t see. Lulled into our comforts of life and blinded by our own pain. Oh what beauty can be lived if we each take a moment to see the person next to us and ask..How are you really?  

If your in Michigan sept 19 at 6pm come hear music and hear more of our passion. Bid on some awesome items for auction and make a difference in the Flavor of the world around us. 

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Can you help make this all happen?

This is insane and beyond possible. But I believe it IS POSSIBLE! When was the last time you BELIEVED in something when no one else did? When did you wave your hands in the air and beg for others to be excited like you? When did you see a vision and no on else did until it was proven to be possible?

When did you have to do something uncomfortable but found the strength to pull it off?

Now I like facts and sound instant gratification with proven results. Holding a benefit concert with unknown possibilities should be nerve racking BUT I know it’s going to work out because it already is. What?

I have a venue and I have a team of volunteers ready to pull it off. Need more proof that this is more than a whim and a lame fundraiser? Ok! I’ve collected several silent auction items all by walking into businesses and asking even though it made me extremely uncomfortable and scared. Sometimes we have to STEP out on a ledge and jump to see what happens…and Sometimes when we do it may just surprise us all.

So! Keep on believing and Keep on dreaming because I’ve seen it happen too many times where things just FALL into place. Although everything around us may crumble and life gets smashed on the rocks by the waves of grief and loss we still can find those calm moments where a bit of Hope shines through.

Why does this Whoa Benefit Concert matter? Because we all need to show support when others are beaten down and cast aside and because it’s time to Support Healing Eyes and move this Project 6’16 forward in a BIG way. So come on out September 19th and experience a MIRACLE and hear some good music. You may even catch a bit of the PASSION behind this mission of a little widow and some little orphans far far away.

The cover charge is a DONATION of $8-$10 and we do hope you can help change some lives by participating in the launch of Project 6’16!

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Feeling judged by others

When you make the decision to go to church there are a lot of things that deter you from following through. I don’t know about you but I know I couldn’t stand going to church for many many years when I was married. Few factors played a role in this fear of churches though. One being it feels like when you first walk in everyone stares at you and is judging you on your appearance and your morals. They don’t know you and you don’t know them but in your head you can feel the judgment piercing your thoughts. You may go there with some built up pain over life and events and feel as if anything you have done is far worse than what any of these other church goers have done, again judgment sinks in.

Second, you know you’ll listen to a sermon about something that may or may not cause you to cry. Which means others will now stare at you some more as you feel more and more isolated from those around you. Then not only do you feel judged but then you are judging others because you are thinking they must be better than you because they go to church all the time. And why aren’t they crying if you are crying, their has to be something wrong with you then.

Maybe no on else thinks like this?

I am starting my day today with hope. Ironic as saying that just now reminded me of the baby we lost that was named Hope and how Andy’s last words was he was going to take care of her in heaven. The past can never truly escape us but we can choose to live in the Now and let go of past pain and guilt, otherwise, life will be rather morbid and angry.

I start today with Hope. Hope for the benefit concert. Hope for little Billah in Uganda. Hope for Healing Eyes. Hope that somehow I’ll get some shampoo as my hotel size samples has exhausted itself.

If you fear churches but still want to come to the benefit concert than trust me when I say there will be no boring sermon and no judging stares. It’s a building full of people who have the same curiosity over life very far way and what we all should have a desire to do, helping orphans and widows who have reached the end of their hope in a series of unfortunate events.

Can’t make it on Sept 19th because your out of state? You still can support Healing Eyes by donating $8 for an absentee ticket. that is about 28,600 shillings in Uganda and would pay for one night lodging in October when I return to those orphans and widows in a distant land.

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Can it be as easy as saying Yes

Don’t judge an event by it’s cover and never doubt that when God says DO something that he won’t follow through.

What do you think of when you hear Benefit Concert or orphans in Africa?  Lots of cliche’s I bet and also completely over done publicity on needing to help the starving in Africa. I know it’s real and I also found photos of kids starving and all the hopelessness there too overwhelming to even think I could do something. Well that was 3 years ago back when life seemed simpler.  But life can still be SIMPLE, really!  If we just take a moment to view one child who captures our hearts and then connect with a few more as we open our hearts to more we can see how plausible it is to help the helpless. Orphans are supposed to be cared for and widows should step out and take charge. Through our weakness God can shine through and do all the work.

Case in point..

Tonight I met with some awesome people about the benefit concert. Never met them before and was going on a leap of faith it would turn out beneficial and that it was the right direction for Healing Eyes. I even ordered the post card mailers with there address on it for the venue before meeting them. Leap of Faith here we go.

What happened?

Well I was shown again how small I am in the grand scheme of things and that God already had it covered. I sat back and listened to this group of professionals plan out each part of the event, down to permits and parking and even filling holes in the grass. I just had to share my passion and my story as to why I am doing all of this and sit back and let God do what he had already laid ahead of me. Silly Sarah…worrying about how impossible a concert would be. It’s all taken care of and is definitely a GO!

If you want to see miracles than just come on by Sept 19th from 6-8pm and hear some good music and listen to me share my passion again for what we found in Africa to sink our teeth into as a non-profit. It really is amazing and so not me behind it all.

I’m just a little widow who gave it all up to find my first love again after my life was taken away…finding it amidst one small girl by a waterfall and hundreds of orphans luring me back home.

Go To Whoa a Benefit Concert  to order your ticket and sit front row to a miracle in the making

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Take a chance on the impossible

If life is a series of events than who can say each moment is supposed to be happy and free? If hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life then should we always HOPE for more? Can we hope for more than we feel worthy of and why does every step forward feel more impossible than the previous?

You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid…

Is the bible a nice ‘story’ or a test of our faith?  For too long I have played it safe on this blog and have censored my constant questions in my head. It may seem I have it all figured out and my faith is strong but I am reminded daily how I forget easily what faith is. Right now I am censoring my own thoughts so I don’t jinx somehow the results of success. If i begin to doubt myself than others will and then the whole thing falls apart. Power of Attraction!

Are the most successful people always confident in themselves and only ATTRACT success?

Do photos of sad kids ATTRACT hope or despair? I have a longing that Healing Eyes won’t crumble and that it will grow stronger. Longing to help the neglected and forgotten. Longing to see hope return to these little EYES.

…longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

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September 19 6-8pm join Healing Eyes for it’s first Annual Whoa Benefit Concert. Location: 1100 Henze Road
Comstock Park, MI. Discounted tickets now for $8 or suggested donation of $10 ($25 family) at the door.

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