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Compassion…Community…Partners Needed.

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Widows everywhere can relate

Adjustments everywhere and all the time…the life of a widow living a very odd life. When I get comfortable in one spot I move again and then shortly after I move again. Why? God works quite clearly when my comfort is taken away and his work begins. Yesterday I moved to a new home in the country while I am in America and even though it’s not what I wanted to do per se I was still thanking God for finding me a new home and providing help to move my couch. I thanked him for the hot shower and roof over my head, for my couch and bed in now located in one room, and I thanked him ALL night long as I lay wide away listening to every single creak in the floor boards and creepy footsteps above my head.

The life of a widow….solitude after 14 years with a man at my side. Time may heal a great loss but it sure does mess up your ‘normal’.

James 1:27…Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

I know I’ll be ok as the years pass by and the memories fade of my husband. New memories will appear and many more losses will happen until I am no longer here on this earth. One thing for sure is I’ll look after other widows and orphans in there distress because I understand what those lonely dark nights feel like and the tightening around ones heart as they relive each past memory over and over. The best part is that we can all look after orphans and widows together, while on this earth, by taking a chance on a little non-profit called Healing Eyes founded out of loss and a reawakening of what is important in life. Compassion pure and simple.

Compassion can change lives and we can show you how by partnering with monthly support. Join us for an unbelievable adventure into Eastern Uganda where a village of orphans, widows, and impoverished children are surviving each day.

Ministry Support

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Personal Info

Donation Total: $35 Monthly

Partner in Confidence: Safe and Secure.. Your personal information is encrypted and transmitted without risk using a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol. We are a 501c(3) non-profit organization making your donations tax deductible (receipts mailed at the end of each tax year)

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Q&A

Is this a non-profit you started or another organization you joined?

Answer: It’s a brand new 501c(3) non-profit that Sarah started after becoming a widow at 33, it was started in 2014 and became an official 501c(3) 1 year to the date from the passing of Sarah’s husband.

What do you do?

Answer: Support a ministry team to train and educate the local leaders on how to administer the school and provide support for widows and orphans. Provide quality Christian education for orphans and impoverished children by constructing a school building. Provide meals to children who would normally go without. Support the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of widows and struggling families. Assist in community development.

How do you pay for all of this?

Answer: Donations from individuals and a couple churches. Fundraisers like the upcoming Chili Cook-Off.

Do you have enough money to build a school and buy land right now?

Answer: Nope but we have faith.

How many times has Sarah been to Africa?

Answer: 4 in the last year

Is this an orphanage?

Answer: No it is not. The children go home each day to stay with caregivers or parents if they are alive.

Do you find homes for the orphans?

Answer: No there is no adoption program. The orphans are cared for by the village and grandparents.

How many kids are you trying to help?

Answer: About 200 kids currently learn under the 2 shade trees. There is no school building and the teachers are volunteers from the community. We want to buy land and build a school some day.

Do you feed the kids?

Answer: We are setting that up now for the 31 most needy children. It consists of Posha and Beans, a staple in Africa. But we still need help from donors like you to keep it going.

How does this affect me?

Answer: It doesn’t but it might be shocking to learn most of the world lives in extreme poverty and lacks common comforts like clean water, regular meals, quality education, and shelter. Long term what happens in Africa can play a part in our life here as we become more global and the pain of others impact our lives here.

When is your next fundraiser?

Answer: February 19th at Gaines Church we are holding a Chili Cook-Off and Silent Auction. Come learn more!

What can I do to help?

Answer: Pray and consider donating monthly to help ministry costs which includes: financial help for Sarah (founder and missionary), feed and teach the children. Share with churches and pastors, volunteer your skills in grant writing or fundraising experience. Or just contact us to start asking more questions

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Who..What..Where..

Who are You…and Who do you want to be?

2 years in the making and we are growing! How do we grow? With a lot of patience and faith to connect others with a dream and a passion to help orphans and widows. With a handful of dedicated supporters I can honestly say I feel like we are on the right track and the Healing Eyes team is growing.

What are we about?

It used to just be about Sarah’s story and a rediscovery of faith in God. For 2 years that small seed has been nurtured and spread across the world but now it’s more than One seed. Compassion is changing lives by connecting with more and more people who also want their life to be about something more. To make a difference in the flavor of the world and see what comes out of a little faith in God.

Healing Eyes has connected with orphans and widows in Eastern Uganda, we see a chance to put a little effort into a plan to grow that relationship and bring education along with hope to hundreds of people. We see a school full of children that need a chance. We see widows abandoned and struggling in need of a chance. We see despair in the eyes of the forgotten and abused. We see God wooing our hearts back to a simple solution….to show love in its pure and simple form.

In return each person that partners with Healing Eyes will see a piece of them live on and know even the smallest steps can make a difference in eternity. Enjoy the ride and live beyond our abilities!

Who are we now?

Our Board of Directors has grown and become stronger with 4 dedicated individuals: Cindy Smith, Donald Hendriksen, John Steele, and Shawn Pearce. We have had volunteers participate in 2 annual fundraisers: Chili Cook-Off and Whoa Benefit Concert. We have had another missionary join a mission trip in December: Jacob Burnside. We have local friends in Africa working closely with the children and providing for their needs, as we begin to establish our presence in Uganda for 2016. We have partnered with a handful of churches in the Grand Rapids area to share the mission and gain support: Gaines Church, Family of Christ Church, Sycamore Community Baptist Church, and more to come.

Continue to pray for Healing Eyes this year and consider partnering on a monthly or one-time basis to stay involved with the mission. Sign up here

A little glimpse at our past and how we began…

 

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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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Bringing knowledge to the hungry

One of the passions we hold for the future is setting up a library for local pastors to gain theological training which currently is hard to come by in Eastern Uganda. This last December we partnered with Theological Book Network to bring 50 lbs of theological books to the pastors at Buweboya. It was fun and rewarding to see there smiles as we brought knowledge to there fingertips. This is just the first step forward in an overwhelming task at hand to make disciples of others and educate leaders of communities about God.

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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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Been away..

two weeks of full on exhaustion and emotional warfare….but worth it?

A smile from a person in need of compassion does fill the gaps left in my heart. Even though many nights I was tormented by dreams of Andy and his confusion over being dead for 2 years I found some solace in the mission at hand. It’s true that in all areas of the world pain is universal but in one village the pain has no hands willing to help it. 

The concept of helping each other and being honest in relationships is under constant attack there. I like to say the mission motto was all around Trust building this time. It’s never easy trusting strangers and we can’t go in blindly trying to fix what We think is broken. In time God has a plan and for some strange reason he is using us here in America to plant that seed of compassion.

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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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