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Hello America..again

It’s so awesome to see how God is working and even growing Healing Eyes support family.

I am sitting here alone writing thank you notes to those who gave over the last 3 months either regularly or spontaneous one time gifts towards the mission. Some of the most amazing gifts were given while serving in Africa. By both donors and the people in Uganda we serve.

footWhile there I got sick more than half of the time but we still persevered through the trials we faced. The local people weren’t always the nicest and even cheated me a few times. The people who drink the local brew all day were oblivious to their children with numerous wounds, many wounds weeks old and highly infected.

 

 

 

meetingThe community was still indifferent to the project Pastor John was trying to do and were turning on him because they thought he was just being greedy and seeking land for himself. We pulled a community meeting together and cleared up some of the rumors going around about what I was doing there and what the project was. The project simply is to buy land, build a real primary school for orphans and disabled, build a small clinic, and build up a community of widows forgotten amidst the HIV epidemic that wiped out many families.

 

IMG_1630We also have planted the seeds for theology training with the local pastors by sitting down one hot afternoon to talk about T.U.L.I.P and Pre-destination.

 

Did we succeed? YES! the district leaders pressured a man to sell us land and to even explain to the villagers why this project will help them. The leaders pleaded to show me more kindness and to look after my safety while there. The widows met and hopefully will be starting up a small savings group to try and create their own loan network. The  kids were treated and have started to learn basic first aid. Lastly, I am over my stomach illness, ear infections, and diarrhea. Hallelujah!

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Thank you for joining us on this story and praying for Healing Eyes and me. Please continue to follow the story as the rest of the year enfolds and I go back and forth between countries to raise money and awareness of how bad off most of the world is. Our monthly support is an encouragement when just a year ago it was about $50.

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We still need more monthly partners as the need in Uganda grows and also, well, I need to start getting serious about how to feed myself and pay for gas and my car insurance. Eventually I will be in Uganda long term and its crucial to go with support of friends and family here to keep God’s work going over there.

Thank you again

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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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Fundraising Goal a bit more God size

My post from yesterday launching the new Goal for Fundraising generated a blessing of a comment. As a result I am fixing my typo of $5,000 and upping it to the $45,000 I knew was needed for Phase 1 of Building a school.

I’m not sure if this is from me or from the Lord, but I feel like you should ask for more..this sounds strange sorry! But girl, some verse came to mind, Enlarge your Tents, strengthen your chords, He is doing a NEW thing! I think even bigger and greater than you can see right now. You’re gonna need more money girl. But be JOYFUL in this! Not fearful or overwhelmed.

After Andy died I flipped my bible open to Isaiah 54 which talked about a barren woman being blessed with children. This spurred hope in me and has continued to this day. Now a person I’ve met only once comments on my blog about ‘Enlarging my tent, strengthening my cords’, straight from that same verse.

So Bring it on! Let’s see what a mustard seed of faith can do and move a mountain. I bet before December 11 when I fly back to Uganda God can get at least the $5,000 raised.

Healing Eyes clear Goal:

  • 1 building with 4 classrooms
  • Toilets (4 latrines)
  • 1 Borehole
  • 2 acres of land


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Adopting full circle .. a memoir of the past 2 years

Can traveling the world over bring back a loved one? Nope
Can helping others bring back a loved one? Nope
Can remembering what life was like and allowing a small smile sneak through bring back a loved one? Yup

December 15, 2015 will be the big 2 year mark for the passing of Andrew Stacilauskas and he is never far from my thoughts. This blog/website has morphed into Healing Eyes and it all started back when we were trying to adopt a domestic infant baby because all efforts to create a homemade one kept failing. I have left behind that story of pain to move on to a story of life and what a journey it has been. Back when Andy and I were trying to have a child I remember that amazing day when we were successful and I screamed out, “Andy, I’m pregnant”! Then I saw the ultrasound and heard the heartbeat. Andy never got to hear it but he was so happy to hear about it when I said it was so real. All the thousands of dollars had paid off. Then it all fell apart one night when I had a terrible nightmare of losing the child, I woke up scared and Andy tried to calm me. That very day we lost the baby. Andy stayed home from work and comforted me like he always did. That loss changed us.

Why do I mention this years later?

Perhaps loss in all its forms has a way of changing us and creating a new improved version of ourselves. When all is taken away you see through different eyes and the unsurmountable seems that much possible because you have nothing left to lose. I think in the bible it references losing your self to find yourself, the real person God knew all along that you could be.

Missing a husband really stinks and shopping for groceries alone really stinks. So many things about being a widow really stink. But Andy I finally am a mother…just not quite how we envisioned it to happen. So all those years ago when we started this blog/website to raise funds to adopt a child has come full circle because today I am again asking for strangers to help me ‘adopt in spirit’ hundreds of children.

I am sorry if it seems I am always asking for money but the more kids God brings me keeps raising the need and I don’t want to die knowing I could have asked one more time to recapture my dream.

The total goal of $45,000 is to purchase land and build the first school building in Eastern Uganda for a school of orphans, disabled, and impoverished children in a village surrounded by Widows. First phase is buying the land before the end of the year!

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Snapshots of a journey

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What do we do when the Pain isn’t visible..

Welcome back to America.

It’s never easy coming back because I know there will be no Andy to greet me at the airport each time I return. It’s never easy because I was in an intense environment on the go constantly but in Michigan I am forced to wait. No matter where I am in the world it seems returning is always difficult. BUT I have some real yellow eggs to eat for breakfast and hot water again. (the eggs in africa are white because the yolks never are yellow from lack of protein)
This trip was I think the most productive yet. We found the people at the school very welcoming and there was no culture of begging. It’s hard to find that in Africa as a lot of the time the presence of mazungoos has a negative effect of people begging for things. For this village we were the first white people to visit and I still find it hard to believe but that’s what they said and there actions backed it up. Now the difficult part is to keep a relationship going and not cause a ‘begging’ relationship. We took extra precautions to not hand out things or come in to try and fix things. Often its easier to just fix a building or hand out freebies to ease the immediate suffering. We made it clear that Healing Eyes wants to partner with them and we even shared the concerns we have seen in other areas so that they can understand us better.
We did investigate land and cost of building a school for them. We also expressed concern about the lack funds for the school currently and how we want to go back to America to try and help. We had a final meeting before we left to discuss whose doing what and it really felt like a partnership between cultures.
I agreed to go back to America and..
• share the stories of the orphans and widows
• to raise support to continue visiting them and helping the kids that are brought to the school
• begin fundraising for 1 school building/toilet/borehole
• and the most important one was to pray for them
They agreed to pull the community together to pray for us and find volunteers willing to farm the land in order to raise some money on there side. It was a hard sell to get them to see the hope of raising money in there village. Understandable since the school is barely surviving and no one has money. With some creative thought we landed on what if the land we want to buy can be purchased and then a crop harvested off of it to give to the building fund which involves the community. It’s a start at least.
I don’t know what God has up his sleeve for Healing Eyes and all the orphans and widows but it must be pretty big. Based on what I saw it has to be huge because I am overwhelmed by the sheer need I witnessed while there. Medical needs, educational, and outright need for compassion! Did you know that mothers will purposely distance themselves from there children as part of the cultural norm? No warm hugs and fuzzy feelings between mother and child. To hug is so strange there. It’s a way to prevent pain I guess when so many children die and adults die young.
Please continue praying for myself and Healing Eyes as a non profit. There is a huge step coming our way and it’s beyond my abilities to accomplish. If we could all gather our efforts we could make a huge impact in a tiny village where kids like Rose who burned her arm while making porridge can know she’s not alone. Instead of hiding in a sea of kids playing while she cried because no one even noticed she was in pain. That one girl brings tears to my eyes because no one even noticed she was hurting and it was physically visible on her arm. What do people do when the pain isn’t visible? How can they get the compassion needed to know there is a God and that humanity isn’t dead?
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What can I do?

A picture can share much more than words and as I am still jet lagged from travel it might be all I can share right now. My mind is scrambled and my body is depleted. What is left of me is a small shell of who I was and God knows what’s to come of it all. I’ve seen a lot over the past 4 weeks and I have had my heart ripped out, blown up, trampled, lifted, squeezed, and overwhelmed during it all.

What can I do?

I am not in control first of all and second God only knows what he’s going to do with all of this new information collected while in Africa.

The number one need is LOVE and Compassion to about 200 children and what appears to be 100 widows in the village. I went, I saw, and now I want to share with everyone what God is anxious to lay on all your hearts.

Stay tuned for more…and pray for Healing Eyes

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The Day is Approaching!

The Whoa Benefit Concert and
Silent Auction is really coming together

September 19th at 6PM
Located at Family of Christ Church
1100 Henze Rd, Comstock Park MI

Can’t make it but still want to Support Healing Eyes? You still can order a ticket just in case:)

Still have Awesome T-shirts for order too!

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What’s your story?

Who is this person?

I hardly recognize her…over the past 1 Year 9 Months and 1 Day a lot has changed….

Lost everything, Found Everything Again in God my first love, Found kids liked me, Found a new Me, Found Africa, Made friends on the other side of the world…ALL because…I took Faith and put it into Action even when it seemed impossible.

If we are not to boast about what God does in our lives to others how can others know the abundant life awaits them with One Step into uncertainty?

I almost am embarrassed by my story since it’s so small to the enormity of Loss being experienced elsewhere in the world. Sometimes reminders are good of where we were and where we are now going. I can’t wait to have a new video up of the Current Sarah and the Current Healing Eyes Ministry miracles.

September 19th 6pm. Healing Eyes and its partners presents
Whoa! Benefit Concert (1100 Henze Rd, Comstock Park, MI)

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Why should you care?

Scared to Death…Saturday is FASTLY approaching and somehow I have to show up confident and NOT a basket case to talk for 10 minutes in front of who knows how many people.

What am I talking about?

The WHOA Benefit Concert is THIS Saturday at 6pm at Family of Christ Church. Two amazing local bands are playing and one of them has taken over the entire planning…THANKFULLY! What do I have left to do but PRAY and pull my photos together in order for God to touch hearts in 10 minutes of me babbling on about Africa.

Why should you care?

Don’t…there are tons of other organizations doing huger relief efforts than me and they are experienced in doing it. A sure thing investing money in them. BUT what if we aren’t investing MONEY into Africa but instead we seek to invest in COMPASSION and LOVE? Could that me the niche for Healing Eyes that is sorely needed? To NOT throw material things at a problem but instead throw God, Love, and Compassion to those in need? It’s not physically tangible at FIRST but if you could see the smiles and the ripple effect of unselfish love given in order to just Build a Relationship. Later on the buildings and supplies can come but in truth we first need to just add that ‘flavor’ to the world and see how God can twist it into HIS plan. If that plan means buildings and supplies down the road than great…let HIM do it and not US.

All God wants is willing participants in HIS Plan and If Healing Eyes and little Sarah can be a partner to his plan and see what happens that HOW awesome would it be to connect more people in the GRAND scheme of HIS.

Join us This Saturday for MUSIC and fun. Should be some pizza slices to purchase and of course you get to hear a bit more about what Healing Eyes is up to with Project 616

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