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Compassion changes lives

My hands are tied and as much as I want to be in America I need to be in Africa. Here we are used to instant replies to emails and constant communication over text and voice but in Africa it can get a bit sporadic. It’s frustrating when I need to see in person the status of the school and the kids but this means I have to Go.

Part of starting a non-profit and building a relationship with an entirely different culture is the patience opportunities and trust building exercises. Add to that the fact that many organizations misuse donated funds and donors are leery on trusting fledgling organizations I feel like I am up against impossible odds. When all I want to do is run over to Africa and see the kids and learn there stories but I can’t just do that when I have to play several different roles in keeping Healing Eyes alive and getting funds. All of this while grieving my dead husband and waking from a night full of nightmares and memories of my past that cause an aching stab in my heart. Meanwhile I know as much as I want to throw money at the problem in Africa it won’t fix anything because it all comes down to Compassion changing lives. Tricky part is we are in a ‘money’ society and so money can get the material needs necessary: food, education, medical. The hilarious part is in Africa they think I have money growing on trees but truthfully I don’t even have money coming in to support myself doing this.

Why am I even doing this?!

IMG_6875-0Because of faces like Phen and William and the realization that most of the world doesn’t have safe drinking water or food without feces in it which leads to an outbreak of Cholera (which is happening in Sironko district near Billah’s home). My eyes can’t close to what I have been shown….but I really want to erase what I have seen because it means, well it means I could go back to who I was even though that isn’t true either. Is this the battle of all missionaries? What happens when you are a widowed missionary?

What have I seen?

Imagine a place where kids are running around everywhere. Now imagine some are 9 years old and they are carrying another baby on there back, not there child but a random child. Now see a widow with nothing and with her husband gone she now has to carry on planting a crop in the hot sun for a harvest that will bring in little. She has let’s say 5 mouths to feed. Now put all of that in a culture where men have more authority and where even the men make barely anything for income. This isn’t woman’s rights outcry but basic human needs outcry.

IMG_1935Now imagine a 8 year old girl with a burned wrist and she has to listen to the pharmacist explain dosage and takes the medicine, she is now responsible for everything said and taking the pills and applying the cream. Oh and she also has to continue with chores which include: chickens, babysitting, cooking, bathing, collecting firewood, farming, and school work. All of this in the hot sun, flies swarming, animal feces, and little drinking water. This will truly bring up a resilient young lady who is humble and quiet but if she never sees who God is through Action than it might result in a child lacking emotions, feelings, empathy, compassion, and incapable of sustaining healthy relationships.  All because she was taught only to fend for her materials needs in a harsh world lacking any understanding of compassion and love.

How can I keep being Compassion in Action? …..
With support from You!

 

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You just need to laugh at yourself

supporting a missionary can be fun..and rewarding when you get to see photos like this. I am eating something we normally don’t serve out of a chicken. In Africa it is an honor to be given this piece of meat and even more if you’re a woman.

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But its not how I imagined it

Often we complain about a life we wish we had and do everything the opposite of what God had in mind.  We ask Him to fix our lives and do this and that, but maybe all along he is trying to help but we refuse because its not done the way we think it should be. This is what I have been asking for. A life that’s full of adventure, travel, and not spent in routine each day. I’ve asked him to send me to Africa and to move the pieces of my life around to accomplish this goal. I want to help widows and orphans, build something larger than myself and comfort others in pain. To use my loss to further His plans for me. I think it was about a year ago when I started praying for that.

Since that time I have been to Africa 4 times, found a village with widows and orphans, been connected with people in Africa that can be touch-points over there, and He even answered my prayer about a place to live in Michigan while I am going in between countries. So if I lay out all the pieces it seems God has been answering prayers and quite sneakily moving the pieces around to accomplish my first said wish which was to be in Africa.

Human nature then kicks in and I regret my first request because to continue this mission it means sacrificing my comforts and my ideas. Now logically if I really trusted God I wouldn’t even worry about making sacrifices because it ultimately accomplishes the request to be in Africa and live a life of adventure and un-normal existence.  So why am I so conflicted?

It all comes down to TRUST! Do I trust Him to take care of me in a remote country where the danger level goes up and my comfort level goes down? Safety net gone along a very skinny tightrope. Will he catch me?

That’s the gamble in my human brain. But all shouldn’t matter when my soul will live on even after this short time on earth and why not live it to the extreme?! Why settle for less than what I want.

 

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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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The gift of compassion this season

What starts from the small is even more precious. Over the weekend we were blessed with 3 new supporters for 3 of our new kids.

Little Mercy Age 7 who was orphaned and lives with one of the volunteer teachersLittle Rose who had the terrible burn on her wrist from porridge. She was crying one day from the burn and we got her the necessary antibiotics to clean the wound.Lastly Emma Age 8 a boy with a very bad hearing impediment. While at the school we met him but sadly never got the chance to take him to the clinic. Hopefully in December we can get him all taken care of with medical and educational needs.

We may not have a school building but we do have a start at showing compassion to these children!

We have a Mission Statement…a Goal….and the start of many compassionate opportunities.

 

 

 

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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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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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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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