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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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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

Imagine

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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Giving Tuesday and Healing Eyes Qualifies Just in time!

You can give with confidence knowing the money goes directly to those in need of compassion.

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Survey and purchase 2 acres of land in Eastern Uganda Manafwa District Building fund to construct a 4 classroom building to teach children age 1-16

 

 

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What does You helping really do this Giving Tuesday

It’s just great to see the progress of our new page called ‘Our Kids’. Sometimes you have to start somewhere and we are starting one little heart at a time with our kids in Uganda. We are a little charity with Big dreams to impact the flavor of the world and show compassion to those we find. Right now we have around 185 kids to care for and if you check out our new Our Kids page you can see some of them so far. So take a minute and peak at a few of the Most Needy kids. Check back often as I am updating it regularly and adding more kids and info on each of them.

As we start to get up and running we will be changing and improving as we go along. It’s pretty exciting seeing a dream come to reality.

We know it’s hard to gain trust and build relationships in life which is why we go for transparency with your donations. Right now 100% goes directly to the ministry. What does this mean? Well we have no employees yet and we have no overhead of a building. So when you give $35 a month or one time gift, that all goes to the ministry. Honestly at some point as we grow Sarah (the founder) will need a payroll as you can’t eat fake food in America but for now we put all the money back to the kids, widows, and those we find in Africa that are in need of a bit of compassion. While I am in Africa I use your money to get from village to village and find the kids with either a physical injury or an emotional need and act immediately to provide help. While in Africa there is lodging, transportation, and food to keep me going in order to find each child… and your donation helps keep me going.

If You tell me You want the donation to go to a specific fund I will honor that request (Unrestricted One Time Gift, Building Fund, Sponsor a Child)

This Tuesday is #GivingTuesday for charities and I hope you will think of us and our dream to bring compassion to orphans and widows.

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What would YOU do when faced with an impossible situation?

It only takes one step to impact change and sometimes it comes in the smallest packages. Little Rose burned herself on porridge and no one tended to her wound. But how could they when even they have no where to turn for help. The clinics set up to help them for free charge fees when they should not. The cost of a taxi to town is beyond there payroll.

What would you do when you have no options?

I am just thankful we were there when she burned herself in order to take action and get the antibiotics needed. None of that would have been possible without those silent helpers who donate a little here and there to help us help others.

We are a small charity for sure and finally getting our feet wet with a more specific purpose. To help these children out in a village located in the Manafwa district outside a city called Tororo. The school was started a few years back with the hope to provide a safe learning environment for the orphans, disabled, and impoverished children in the area when the Government school wasn’t fulfilling that need. So yes we are small and yes we are just learning the ropes but IMAGINE what we can do with ONE child at a time shown that bit of COMPASSION we are led to do. So let it begin with little Rose receiving that compassion and attention she needs.

Thank you my new partner in this big journey ahead.

Check out the ‘Our Kids’ page to see other children we are helping through this ministry of compassion. Your gift of $35/month goes to help those with the least and furthers my, Sarah’s, dream to bring great joy out of great suffering. I am not searching anymore for where I belong or what I am to do…

We are to build a school of compassion and help anyone who is blinded by pain

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Possibilities of what we can do together

It’s my hope to share with all of you the little moments spent with children in Africa so that you can imagine how much it helps to just ‘Be’ in the presence of others. We are a small charity but with your help we can help many. First we want to at least get some school fees paid and perhaps a school uniform for those that couldn’t afford one because it raises self esteem. When I go back in December we might even start a pig farm to help the people living there support themselves and the school they hope to build because it’s the right thing to do. Imagine what you could do with a little dose of Possibilities! With one step forward you can partner with us to make sure each child gets that firm hug and eye contact to know compassion is real because deep down all we need is a hug some days.

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Say hello to Mercy

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Simon says

Hi!

His mother poisoned his father and than left him and his brother in 2012. He really likes reading the bible.
He told me his favorite subject in school is Science. Although I doubt it, he told me he likes the color red, but that was after several kids before him told me the same answer.

What I remember about him was one afternoon I was sitting with a group of kids reading the bible and when I stopped to pause (because my stomach was ill) and picked up reading again he corrected me on where I left off in reading. He had been leaning over my shoulder the entire time following my reading of a Psalm. The font was very small but he was so intent with what I was reading he picked up on every word I spoke!

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It’s Easy to move a mountain

New look for Healing Eyes and even better direction for the long term goals we hold dear. Where do we stand now?

We stand on the edge of the abyss and now its time to JUMP or walk away. Put all the talk of ‘doing’ something to reality. But HOW?

EASY!

Help purchase 2 acres of land in Eastern Uganda for a village to then build a primary school on. No problem! The way I see it is if God didn’t want us to help this small village he wouldn’t have led me right to there doorstep back in June (Read more…)

So now after returning from the October trip we have more insight as to what we can come alongside the village with. It’s more than building a school, it’s building an ongoing relationship with a community of orphans and widows. Does it scare me?! Yup!

How can you help? I’m glad you asked:)

It’s as easy as Click..Pray…Wait

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