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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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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 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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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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Will Africa expose something?

Soon I will be getting on a plane again and this time traveling to a country beyond my experiences so far. It has been on my list of places to discover and now I’ll be serving there for 2 and half weeks alongside another Non-Profit.

It has been a hard two weeks with the holidays and facing memories left dormant from when he passed away. Each time I pull at the wound and discover new things about myself. Now I leave again and without a clear direction or what to expect. My internet connection will be limited and so blog posts may decrease but rest assured when I get back I am sure something will be different in me again. What I do with that is a huge unknown but at least I would have listened to a dream in me. A dream to travel and explore, to see how others live, and how others cope. This world is vast and not everyone lives the so called ‘comfortable’ life. Can I survive in such an environment? Only one way to find out….and that is to Go!

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Love hate relationship

There is a mosquito hunting me. I can hear him buzzing in my ear and then he’s gone. One mosquito can cause so much frustration!

and that leads me toooooo…. MY JEEP

It’s a love hate relationship with my jeep. We might be on the mend again with our friendship as long as she keeps cool and doesn’t blow her lid again. Her radiator cap was the problem today and hopefully it’s snuggly secure and won’t let off steam anymore. I am going to ignore the burning smell by the driver’s side tire, hoping it was just a random smell and not the brakes or something worse.

Now that mosquito may be carrying a virus that I do not care to experience and yet it really wants to share it.

Card from my favorite girl

Today Grecia made me a cute card that I wasn’t expecting. She was very quiet and well behaved which I also was not expecting. So even though it seems everything else around me is buzzing at least today I was blessed with this beautiful card..

It seems me going to Africa is having a bigger impact than I had thought on the kids. I started going through my stuff in order to downsize a bit in order to have room to ship donations back to Michigan with me for Africa. I am always downsizing and packing, never able to stay settled long in one place. It has some positives but really hard to feel at ease anywhere. It’s preparing me for something more in life, hardening my shell as one of my past managers would have said.

Every little thing is gonna be alright!

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What’s a Squirrel?!

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Why does he keep calling me Mommy?

Made the Squirrel craft today. I figured screw trying to pick only the easy crafts with the Boys and Girls club because of the chaos there. We are going to use glue and get messy! The kids loved the ‘thankful squirrel’ craft and most of them survived the trip home I hope. This one boy really wanted to make one after he finished his homework so I gave in because I am a softy for him. We sat together and worked on it one-on-one and he is proudly showing off his squirrel in the above photo. At one point i was getting faint from lack of food and the yelling kids so he shared his cheetos and cheeze crackers with me. See God provides:)

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Showing off their Squirrels. One Kid thought it was a beaver.

 

The kids are still excited for my Africa trip and enthusiastic to make rubber band bracelets. Today I ran out completely, they just devour them. Hopefully tomorrow I can find the new shipment of rubber bands at the post office. It’s so cool to see how much the kids want to be a part of something and to be noticed for their accomplishments. We have a little over 100 bracelets made so far!


Got to take 5 kids to the beach on Saturday and it was quite an adventure again. Piled them up in my jeep and gave them another day to remember, for me and them. At the end one of the new boys I just met didn’t want to leave me, he kept trying to sneak back into my jeep when I turned my back. I wish I could put into words the day but perhaps the photos can speak for themselves. I’m making some big leaps towards meeting the mothers of these kids and I wonder if somehow I can grow those connections and not just the kid ones. I mean the adults matter too and perhaps that’s a piece forgotten on the island here when the kids get all the photo ops and special programs.

 

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Be Patient amidst the storm

With trepidation I went to the boys and girls club. I hadn’t been there for weeks since I was off island and there was so many days of no school before I left. I walk in and there is just one boy there so far and he sees me and smiles, he asked me why I hadn’t been there for weeks. He really stressed the ‘weeks’ part, he had been counting. Another of the boys found me and asked why I hadn’t been there for so long. The boy said his dad was gone too and that everyone was leaving him lately, he listed me high in the list of people missing. The first boy ran and told the other couple kids there, screaming Miss Sarah is back. One of the girls came running out screaming Miss Sarah and hugged me.

Perhaps I was missed. I still was so scared to go today since the staff doesn’t really like me. My fear was overwhelming me of not being accepted. Silly me, if the kids missed me than that’s enough to make it worth it. Why do we complicate things in our adult like brains?

Towards the end I was just playing with a couple small girls that wanted to color and so we worked on a Hello Kitty someone mailed me. Every moment is an opportunity to teach them manners and how to share it seems. Then we had to clean up afterwards and the one girl decided to misbehave for me and threw a pencil in the garbage on purpose. I told her that hurt my feelings and she ran off and sulked in a corner. I coaxed her out and taught her about forgiveness….that I wasn’t mad at her but just sad she didn’t listen to me. Eventually she liked me again and wanted hugs and kisses. While this mini drama was unfolding one of the staff members was yelling at everyone and just a general mood of pain fell on the place. Hard to explain unless you have been there but its odd how one person can create a feeling of fear in the building. At that moment I realized a bit why I was there and so singled out….I am rather quiet and soft spoken and work under the radar of others. The kids find me and I smile and help them, so as long as I can keep that perspective I’ll survive.

Slow and steady…Patient and Calm…amidst the storms of life.

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Boing Boing..Jump

My day wasn’t supposed to be all kids but it ended up being that way. I am floundering around and each day it seems I never know what will happen. Today I was with the kids at the club all day and we went to the beach for most of it. As usual I was awkward when I first arrived and shy around the kids.

The staff members talked to me more today, yay! I’m making progress in being accepted.

Then little ‘Happy Feet’ came by and she is so full of life. She has 3 names but today it was mainly Happy Feet. All day she was my little shadow, from bouncing around to being a fish she rode in the water, this little girl kept me jumping. By the end of the day she was tired and grumpy and laid on my lap crying. I taught her lessons on sharing food with others, being nice, how to work a camera, and finally she taught me love. There is a boat we have to take to the beach we bring them to and at the end of the day she got on the first boat back to the mainland while I was on the second. When I got off she was waiting for me, she was explaining to the staff member she was waiting for Miss Sarah and pointed at me. She said she loved me and missed me. As if I had been gone long since it’s just a 2 minute ride in the boat.

Whatever did I get myself into?

They have offered me a staff position when school starts, possibly teaching computers in the lab (it’s a tiny lab so nothing high end). Also seems I may have a graphic arts opportunity in creating a promo flyer for future donors. Today God has thrown more ideas at me and I am spinning. So many kids and I have no idea what to do.

Pray for discernment on this coming school year…it seems I have too many options on what to do.

 

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