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Blessed by others

We were blessed with a donation today of 15 Study Devotional to minister to the widows in Uganda! This will be a great opportunity to reach out to more ladies for Christ and build up the relationships we need in the villages surrounding our land. I can’t wait to get back over there and start finding homes for these books to bring encouragement to the ladies there. It was also shocking to find out that Ada Bible Women’s group has raised enough money for us to purchase 3 more sewing machines to start up our tailoring program. Who knows what else God has planned for Healing Eyes but it’s true that when one door closes another will open and right now this path we are on is exciting to see new people partner with us. Now Healing Eyes has a pig project and in time, and lots of prayer, we might just have a small training program to teach widows how to sew as a way to support themselves.

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Pigs are Growing Up

Our piglets are growing up slowly in Uganda. We had two separate litters over the year and another on the way. We hope to expand to a different breed this summer which grows bigger and sells for a higher cost at the market. Even though one of our adult female pigs died a couple weeks ago it’s still encouraging to see these new lives grow up and create income. It is taking longer than planned to breed and sell in order to stop buying pig feed but we are hopeful it will pick up this summer.

The goal is to keep a steady cycle of piglets and adults sold to market for money and that should feed the pigs and also have some profits left over to put back into the community.

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WE did it!

God is great…really He is.

We have raised the entire $185 to purchase 1 sewing machine to start up a tailoring program in Uganda. Now I need to find a teacher and a sponsor to pay for her salary for 6 months.  I am really in awe on how fast God worked on buying this sewing machine for us:)  Pray for a teacher to come our way that an be trusted and that we can afford.

Pictures to come soon of our machine that will be the beginning of new hope for a few widows in need. I’m excited! 🙂

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Discouraged..Dismayed…

Tired….

A hurricane of deceit came through and has left us picking up the pieces, the project took a beating this week and we have felt the aftermath of this evil attack. The bible was used as a weapon to inflict even greater wounds than imaginable. It is true that words cut deep!

But now what? Now What…..

Keep our eyes opened for that nudge from God … the tricky part is to see it when it happens and not missing the chance to take it. A month and half to go before stepping back onto the battlefield. It really feels like that now, going to a country that doesn’t really want us there, visiting a village that only wants us to give money and supplies and then walk away. The struggle is that todays organizations and missionaries are seeing that doesn’t help people long term. Yet, that is what the people are used to and will try all means possible to get their way. It’s down right discouraging to hit the wall every time we try to do things differently.

Try to hold onto the small successes to see the big picture. The pigs project is coming along so that makes 1 person willing to try something new. The tailoring program has some positive opportunities ahead, now we have to see if it will take hold and prosper. Child sponsorship has brought hope to 13 kids. These successes will have to do for now as we wait and see what lies ahead.

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Another Faith Step

With every step forward we take a step back but if we never took a step we would never know what could happen. So today I have purchased a sewing machine to use for a tailoring project. It will start very small but could be the beginning of something to encourage widows who have so little.

This week I have been accused of not caring about orphans and widows, I can’t lie, it has hurt me greatly. How can I recover from such hurtful words and the use of bible verses against me? I guess it’s just going to be through pure determination to not give up and try another door that has opened up to me. Of course it was a door I hesitated to open last year but better late than never I say:)

Now I took a bit of a leap in faith because I only raised $90 to cover the sewing machine and I am short $90 still. Plus I haven’t really found a way to pay a teacher the monthly stipend yet. But I think God will work that detail out for me like he always does.

So the plan is start with 1 machine and then find maybe 3-5 widows in need and begin teaching tailoring as a income generating trade for widows. This can work!

Please pray for us to raise the money needed, our budget will be about $600 to run for 6 months plus the remaining $90 to pay off the sewing machine. Pass this on to anyone that would want to finance the project. All donations are tax deductible too.

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Change come Slow but it Does Happen

Today I met with a consultant at a firm here in Michigan that helps non-profits write their story and raise funds. It was a great discussion and reminded me that I need to share with all of you more of our Successes.  It’s easy that we start to get overwhelmed by the impossible and think nothing ever happens for the better and what is all that money really accomplishing on a culture that just won’t budge. We always hear about Africa this and that and the evil that happens and the cheating and stealing, just seems downright hopeless.  Let me tell you it actually is Not hopeless and this is why.

Martin:

Our boy Martin came to us with eyelids that dropped too low and was causing him to bend his head back to see the chalkboard. He had grown up with this condition and his grades were failing, other kids mocked him, and he felt hopeless. Now today in the picture with the red shirt Martin is standing straight, he can see, his tears are gone, and he has hope at boarding school.

Sponsored kids in Boarding School:

Meet the children whom you have changed the course of their lives through partnering monthly with Healing Eyes. Billah, William, Emma, Charles, James, Martin, Margaret, Rose, Simon, Brian, Samson. Each child here now has the opportunity to learn and break free from poverty because they are learning skills for their tomorrow. These children have Hope again because of your partnership. To think we started with just one little girl named Billah 2 years ago:)

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The community has started to build a fence:

On 4 acres of land in Uganda, just last week, we mobilized Ugandans in the village to plant seedlings as an inexpensive fence. We researched a steel fence  and realized the cost was too high and God showed us a creative way around the problem that was cheaper. What a blessing it is to see kids smile while doing good in their community. Perhaps it is through these small efforts that the adults in the village can see how hard work, honesty, and love can improve their lives through Christ. We can’t change a culture, and we don’t want to, because God made each of us unique for a reason but He did ask us to be compassionate and loving for our neighbors. This is where you have the opportunity help change a village to see compassion in action by helping Healing Eyes continue it’s mission in Uganda through partnership on projects like these.

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Last but not least, The PIGS!

We can’t forget our oinky little friends that have shown us success in the small projects. Two pigs purchased last year by a family in Michigan have now given birth to 2 litters of pigs. Even more encouraging is the man behind taking care of the pigs who is now sharing ideas with us on how to improve the project and keep it sustainable. Sadly one of our adult pigs died last week due to pneumonia but we still see the fruits of our labor in Uganda. One man understands the future outlook more than the immediate gain of money. Bam! That kind of knowledge is earned and not given through money. Thank You God for speaking to the hearts of the broken and inspiring change to take root. We hope to help sponsor the man’s education to finish his business degree, he had to put it on hold due to lack of money, if we can help him finish his education than he can help his community think differently with business.

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So where does this leave us for tomorrow? Persevering in a difficult land filled with deceit, theives, murder, hoplessness, and despair. However, we know we have all of you joining us in this journey and God’s love to direct us. Partner with us today in one of our many ministry needs by monthly giving, we promise to be honest and straightforward on where your money goes and share in the hard times we face while serving in Africa. As some of you know many will try to steal from us and the devil is already trying to make everything fall apart but we know that it’s the journey the produces the best results and it will not be a boring journey.  Our needs are simple

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Why Should We Care?

Has Anyone ever wondered why should we care about others in Africa? It just seems like they always are needing support and always looking for handouts… why don’t they do something for themselves?

Yes I can see that side of it but here at Healing Eyes we are always encouraging and thinking of ways to have a community involved on both sides of the world. It takes a team of people working to make all of this happen. It takes donors giving of their finances and it takes those on the receiving end to put some volunteer and backbone into the project. It’s so fun to see it when both sides work together.

In Kampala right now is our friend Kaleb researching prices of materials to build the school. While in Tororo we have our other friend, Eddy, putting his heart into helping the village he grew up in by providing quotes on cement and transport. It’s so cool to see how God places people and resources in your hands when you need it to fulfill His plan.

We have enough money to buy 165 bags of cement so we are more than half way to 300 bags! Yay! You can buy a bag of cement for only $7 today and help on this side of the world.

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Four boys with hope

Four boys stuck in the middle of a difficult life.

James was born with a short leg and deformed foot. Charles was born completely deaf. Emma has hearing loss. Little Martin born with an eye impairment.

Through help from partners we have been able to show them the love they deserve and started them off on a journey of hope. These boys are now attending a local boarding school that is trained to handle these various disabilities. It’s exciting to build something that can change lives thousands of miles away from snowy michigan.

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Un-harden our hearts

This is what the Lord says to the people of Judah and to Jerusalem: “Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns” – Jeremia 4:3
 
Jeremia told the people to break up the hardness of their hearts as a plow breaks up unplowed ground – soil that has not been tilled for a season. Good kings like Josiah had tried to turn the people back to God, but the people had continued to worship their idols in secret. Their hearts had become hardened to God’s will. Unless their hearts were broken and cleaned up, the good seed of God’s commands could not take root. Old habits and hidden sins had to be uprooted and rejected. Likewise we must remove our heart-hardening sin if we expect God’s Word to take root and grow in our life.”
It’s not easy when we come across real life situations of this bible verse. The hearts have become very hardened at Buweboya and at times causes extra worry on our part. But I have hope in God because He knows it exists and is working to pull those thorns out and create a fertile land to be used for His Glory. It will take time but slowly after much digging we will break through and create a place for orphans and widows to feel safe, nurtured, loved, and informed so they can go forth and tell generations to come on how Jesus saved their village.
We know that right now we are impacting lives and that people are watching our actions and words very closely. It is through our actions that will show God’s love and turn hearts back towards him.
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Show compassion to orphans and widowsChild Sponsorship in nearby boarding schoolsFundraising to build 2-4 classrooms in Uganda for elementary age childrenSelf Sustainable pig farm adventure
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Building a future for the broken hearted

The future generations will build up the community and through our works today the fruits of our labor will be seen. Today we can’t see the benefits of our struggle in the village and tomorrow it might be a little clearer but it’s the change that comes from the children that we hope the most impact will be realized.

So many difficult phone calls this week with Africa and the challenges we face. It’s as if everything is against breaking through the barriers of lying, stealing, pride, carelessness, and exhaustion. The hurdles we face this year are coming in the forms of pride of men in the village who can’t see past their own selfishness to be recognized. The vast piles of paperwork needed to become a NGO in Africa. The uneasy feeling of not knowing where money will come from to build the classrooms needed. In the middle of all this are the children that just want to go to school today and eat lunch. So easy to forget the simple fact that the orphaned need a place to study other than under a mango tree. We must get these children out from under the trees and into a clean and ‘real to the touch’ classroom made from cement and steel.

To do this we need support from individuals, businesses, churches, mysterious strangers who can give $7 for a bag of cement to reach our goal of $2,100. Slowly we can eat away at the materials needed and then by this fall, We Pray, build classrooms.

Right now we have kids in boarding schools in other towns but this can’t be long term because the widows and families want to visit their children but can’t afford the transport. In time we will have classrooms so all the children can stay in the village to learn and be loved. It’s a slow process full of so may twists and turns it’s almost like a soap opera with the amount of drama that materializes.

The cost of a cement bag is the equivalent of giving up 2 cups of Starbucks coffee or a lunch at a fast food restaurant. Wouldn’t it be great to see that $7 go to something that lasts longer and impacts hundreds of children who have no chance without you.

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