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Do you see the forest or the trees? 

 

Vision and the mission get confused a lot as we move forward. How do we make it easy for people to participate in the mission by seeing the vision of the founders. All said and done it comes down to what the heart feels and what the eyes see. Do you feel something missing in your life? Missing in your walk in faith? Do you see a glimmer of excitement and possibilities in what the world offers you?

We have a purpose that’s both too exciting and too big for us to undertake alone and that’s where we need you to trust us with the empty spot in your heart today. That sense of wanting to do more with the resources given to you but not knowing how that sometimes leaves a tinge of sadness on your mood.

Do you see the forest or the trees today?  It’s easy to see a bunch of trees all together to form a forest and miss that one tree standing to the side in need of a little watering. No matter where you go in the world you see the same things. A bunch of trees (people) all trying to be noticed in a crowd. One day a bunch of kids played football for the first time and screamed and yelled and laughed for hours in the hot son. A small good deed but in that kid’s life for ONE day they could escape from the hunger and neglect of their reality. All those small moments add up to a blessed life but none of it is possible without each of us saying yes to the question. That question is can You help put to use your resources today and catch a glimpse of a vision where orphans can feel noticed, neglected can get an hour of attention, and the wounded can get a bandaid put on with a touch of love mixed in.

 

AnneWoundOne day a girl of about 11 years walked several kilometers to find an adult to clean the gaping hole in her leg that was festering for a month. She had a mother but the same story we hear every day is the mother is too poor to pay for treatments, or the father is too drunk to take notice, or even worse the child was never taught to SEEK help when HURTING.

Healing Eyes was founded out of pain and loss, it has gone through many ups and downs on what it’s trying to accomplish and where it needs to be. Buy land, build a school, take in children, so many earthly things to be done.

One reoccurring theme is to just BE there and SHOW compassion to those hurting even when we don’t have all the answers. Make Love your Aim in life ~1 Corinthians 14:1.

If you feel empty today and want to experience a blessed life please consider giving what God has already given you. We can build something today that’s bigger than us. ~2 Corinthians 9:11

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Unfortunate accidents leave 2 of our Kids injured

Andera and Simon Peter are two kids in the Buweboya community who have had a bit of bad luck lately. Andera was bitten by a snake and is recovering. Simon Peter has hurt his chest after falling from a Jack Fruit tree, it is unknown if he has any serious injuries because they are unable to get X-rays at a clinic due to the distance and cost. Please pray for these kids to recover and start school. The information I receive is over email currently but I am looking forward to being there March 13 to see in person how the children are and how we are progressing at the school.

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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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Feeding the Children

One of the steps we are taking with Buweboya is to provide meals at the humble school under trees and grass roofs. Since the school was started by Pastor John he has been scraping by with little and the children ‘persevere’ through the mid day sun without food. There are about 31 of the most needy children that we are trying to focus on as we begin this journey with the pastor there.

In December we left behind a small amount of money to test the waters of trust and communication. We didn’t know the estimates to feed the children and so we took a leap of faith.

It’s not going to be easy and there will be set backs but for now we have been notified that some posha and beans was purchased to start school lunches. I wish I was there to see it and verify everything is moving smoothly but this is where we want to put the responsibility on the leaders there. Why? Because we can’t just go in and ‘fix’ or ‘run’ the show…but we can walk alongside them and encourage them to keep trying.

We are short however in feeding all 31 of the kids and we ask for your help in raising another $162 to at least get this lunch program started off right.

 

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Glamorous life of me

The not so glamorous side of traveling to exotic far off locations are the airports. After sitting in an upright position for 9 hours straight you just want to lay on a cold hard surface with a scarf over your head, right? I hope some day they get more couches and recliners in the Amsterdam airport. But until then I’ll have to make do with the floor this March when I fly again. That’s right the ticket is purchased and I am committed to go March to June of this year. What will I be doing this time?

Watching and learning how Buweboya runs it’s first term of school and meeting more of the kids one on one I hope. Often I go and it’s a whirl wind of business and never enough time to just ‘Be’. Well this time there will be a lot of ‘Be’ time for Sarah.

This trip is compounded more with the realization that I will be leaving my boyfriend behind and spending 2.5 months in a foreign country alone. Living with minimal comforts and figuring out how to make meals, wash clothes, and live each day without modern appliances. I know others have done this sort of thing but it’s all new to me. My last trips I had a cook or a guest house to stay in, but this time I’ll be running solo.

First obstacle to overcome is transportation. I won’t have a car this time and so I need to get from Entebbe to Tororo with prayer and I hope use the connections I have gathered on my last trips.

Second obstacle to overcome is eating. I don’t cook with a modern stove all that much as it is so I’ll try surviving on protein bars and water. Or perhaps find a cook ha!  I won’t be slaughtering and plucking my own chicken that’s for sure.

Last and hardest obstacle will be the cultural and emotional strain. Plan for this one is to Pray a lot while there!

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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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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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Returning to the familiar and finding its changed

Does it seem strange to you that life continues when you lose someone? Everything that was is no more and things that are similar are completely different yet the same. To all the widows out there I’m sure you can relate. Today I joined a gym to try and build up my strength for Africa as well as emotional stamina the physical is just as important. My husband and I went to the YMCA when he was going through cancer, it helped with his strength and constant nerve pain from the surgeries. Now I am going to a different gym but even though its not the same place and he is gone now it still is similar to what was. The weight lifting machines are there and the indoor track mimics the other but this time it’s a new memory. Perhaps new memories are what is important when moving on in life after tragic loss. The new memories don’t push out the old but instead fill in the cracks of the shattered life left behind. Perhaps over time those memories will create a beautiful mosaic of filtered light that blends the two lives into one.

I have to make another sacrifice for this new found hobby, no more internet. Trade in the wifi for some exercise to save $19.99 a month from Comcast. Every penny counts to stretch out my time as a ‘missionary’. It was a bit humbling when filling out a form about income when I scribbled a big zero in for annual salary. Slightly insane when today I counted up the kids in uganda that I have given my resources, time, and love to. Total tally is up to 199 little faces and 3 others in another village. It should scare me knowing I have no income and I’ll be homeless come March while packing crates to move to Africa to live a very very very sobering life. All with the knowledge that my boyfriend will be staying behind and I’ll be solo for months in a far far far away land. Is that the beginning of a book? Once upon a time in a far far far away land lived a small girl with 199 children plus 3 who thinks it possible to feed them all.

Flip the story on it’s head and it should read.

Once upon a time there lived a God who picked up one shattered life and plopped it in a far far far away land to live among the least of these. Burst into song, shout for joy, because more are the children of the desolate woman
    than of her who has a husband, says the Lord.

Enlarge the place of your tent,
    stretch your tent curtains wide,
    do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
    strengthen your stakes.
 For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
    your descendants will dispossess nations
    and settle in their desolate cities.

 “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.
    Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth
    and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
 For your Maker is your husband—
    the Lord Almighty is his name

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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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