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Widows in need feel the same as me.

Tears fall from my heart today and I am overwhelmed by grief and loss. Our society teaches us to hide the pain and as a result those in need hide and are helpless for attention. When we expose ourselves to being vulnerable we are at our lowest yet highest point of help. While in the village I met with widows…we put out a word of mouth call for all widows to come hear from a Mazungoo (white foreigner). I expected 15 ladies but instead 70 came and 2 men. As I sat in the wooden chair in the grassy field near a mud hut I thought, ‘Seriously?’

I talked for 2.5 hours straight! With 2 translators by my side I slowly spoke words foreign to me, words I still have no idea how I came up with. God knew what to say that day and he knew how to pull those embarrassing tears right out of me for all to see. Somehow I tied those tears into the speech about not being ashamed and that tears release the pain of loss. At some points they all clapped after I said something that touched their hearts, so amazing to see words in action after waiting so long for God to use me like I thought he would. It felt so like a sermon in the woods that day and living out the abundant life promised to us. If only it was possible to be abundant without fear and doubt threatening the foundation of it all.

I shall remember that day forever.

Can we make a change with faith?

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The Day is Approaching!

The Whoa Benefit Concert and
Silent Auction is really coming together

September 19th at 6PM
Located at Family of Christ Church
1100 Henze Rd, Comstock Park MI

Can’t make it but still want to Support Healing Eyes? You still can order a ticket just in case:)

Still have Awesome T-shirts for order too!

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What’s your story?

Who is this person?

I hardly recognize her…over the past 1 Year 9 Months and 1 Day a lot has changed….

Lost everything, Found Everything Again in God my first love, Found kids liked me, Found a new Me, Found Africa, Made friends on the other side of the world…ALL because…I took Faith and put it into Action even when it seemed impossible.

If we are not to boast about what God does in our lives to others how can others know the abundant life awaits them with One Step into uncertainty?

I almost am embarrassed by my story since it’s so small to the enormity of Loss being experienced elsewhere in the world. Sometimes reminders are good of where we were and where we are now going. I can’t wait to have a new video up of the Current Sarah and the Current Healing Eyes Ministry miracles.

September 19th 6pm. Healing Eyes and its partners presents
Whoa! Benefit Concert (1100 Henze Rd, Comstock Park, MI)

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Why should you care?

Scared to Death…Saturday is FASTLY approaching and somehow I have to show up confident and NOT a basket case to talk for 10 minutes in front of who knows how many people.

What am I talking about?

The WHOA Benefit Concert is THIS Saturday at 6pm at Family of Christ Church. Two amazing local bands are playing and one of them has taken over the entire planning…THANKFULLY! What do I have left to do but PRAY and pull my photos together in order for God to touch hearts in 10 minutes of me babbling on about Africa.

Why should you care?

Don’t…there are tons of other organizations doing huger relief efforts than me and they are experienced in doing it. A sure thing investing money in them. BUT what if we aren’t investing MONEY into Africa but instead we seek to invest in COMPASSION and LOVE? Could that me the niche for Healing Eyes that is sorely needed? To NOT throw material things at a problem but instead throw God, Love, and Compassion to those in need? It’s not physically tangible at FIRST but if you could see the smiles and the ripple effect of unselfish love given in order to just Build a Relationship. Later on the buildings and supplies can come but in truth we first need to just add that ‘flavor’ to the world and see how God can twist it into HIS plan. If that plan means buildings and supplies down the road than great…let HIM do it and not US.

All God wants is willing participants in HIS Plan and If Healing Eyes and little Sarah can be a partner to his plan and see what happens that HOW awesome would it be to connect more people in the GRAND scheme of HIS.

Join us This Saturday for MUSIC and fun. Should be some pizza slices to purchase and of course you get to hear a bit more about what Healing Eyes is up to with Project 616

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Want to Partner in Prayer and Support?

Can’t make it to the Benefit Concert September 19th? Still want to support Healing Eyes work in Africa and bring compassion to a child who desperately needs it? Want a more one-on-one experience with helping missions and seeing what your donation actually goes for?

I can tell you this that Healing Eyes is not like other non-profits and not like all the other humanitarian relief efforts. We are purely about bringing compassion, hope, and love to a child screaming out for attention when all around is loss and despair. These kids aren’t just faces on a poster, they are kids I have met in person and some I have even built a friendship with. Soon I will be going back to Africa to seek out what we can do for a tiny school far off the beaten track. To see what the need is and to validate the need is genuine, and above all just to meet people I meet along the way that God puts in my path. It can be as simple as a hug and a smile to that child being forgotten on the dusty red road. Either way now is the time to consider partnering in pray and support for my passion laid on my hear that I can’t seem to shake. I have seen too many wide eyed children with dried tears on there faces and the look of hope on there face that someone will see them and come back to play. It’s as simple as playing with a child and teaching them about God’s love and the Love we all need to show to each other.

Help bring the Flavor back to the world we live in and join me on making a difference in a life. One tiny little life at a time. When I returned this last time to Uganda and saw little Billah running down the hill to greet me again my heart was shaking. Tears were rolling down her face and her little hands were shaking in my shaky hands. What a blessing that comes from difficult times and what hurts is I know there are hundreds of other kids like her that are worse off and are not as lucky as her to know God is listening.

If you want to donate $8 for a Ticket to the concert but not show? That’s ok! I’ll still stand up for an empty auditorium with a smile, knowing I already have your support in spirit.

Follow this link and click the PayPal button to make your $8 count. You won’t regret it…you will begin a journey with me as I share stories of who I meet and how your partnership changes lives. I’m not a big company and I get none of the money, every penny goes to the ministry’s efforts to getting a foothold into Africa.

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Blurred lines between work and pleasure

Too often depression and sadness blinds our sight. It’s easier to concentrate on doom and gloom than seeing they joy around us. Yesterday I asked for a blessing and to expand my territory. Those of you who know from past posts that is a prayer I use cautiously. It seems whenever I use it I am blessed that very day, but only when I truly ask with a heart seeking it.

My days are blurred between what is employment and what is a vacation in this journey of mine. Too often I refuse to accept a break out of guilt of did I do enough to deserve it. Running a tiny non-profit just getting off its feet is frustrating and time consuming but without set hours I can’t tell which hours are for work and what is free time. Did I accomplish enough today to allow for fun tomorrow? Through my eyes I see little progress and insurmountable odds against me.

If I step back and list what God has done and what I have done I see progress. However, the progress wasn’t by my doing. The benefit concert coming up was my cousin’s idea after picking her brain. Or was it God using her? Next, were the 2 bands I found led to me by God or my own effort? Anyone can argue this in either direction but I can say I have no experience organizing this type of event and yet it’s happening. God saw to it that I was put with the right people who also have faith and the skills needed. Relieving me of the heavy burden.

Perhaps life is about sharing what God can do to others through a actual actions. If so then I have another example of God working his agenda through me.

I prayed for a chance to sail out to buck island while on st Croix and he arranged one for me yesterday. Once on the sailboat I sat quietly since I knew few of the people going. As we sailed off one of the ladies on the boat started talking to me and I found out she used to be an executive director for a non profit and was in charge of grants and fundraising. Early this month I have been praying for people with fundraising skills and those with a passion for helping others. He answered it through a leisurely boat ride on crystal blue water one afternoon. So was I working or enjoying free time? Will this new connection lead to more support for Healing Eyes? I have no clue as I’m not in control …God is and I’m just hanging on for the ride.

I only pray now for strength to withstand the waves of doubt and grief as the journey becomes more perilous in my eyes but clearer through His.

In a month I’ll be heading to Africa again. This time, however, I have no road map and no fellow ministry to rely on. Just a series of events leading up to the trip that have compiled a huge portfolio in God’s favor.

I’m ever a skeptic and always questioning but I still can believe in something I can’t see because it has worked out for the good so far. Why would it stop working now?:)

 

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Can you help make this all happen?

This is insane and beyond possible. But I believe it IS POSSIBLE! When was the last time you BELIEVED in something when no one else did? When did you wave your hands in the air and beg for others to be excited like you? When did you see a vision and no on else did until it was proven to be possible?

When did you have to do something uncomfortable but found the strength to pull it off?

Now I like facts and sound instant gratification with proven results. Holding a benefit concert with unknown possibilities should be nerve racking BUT I know it’s going to work out because it already is. What?

I have a venue and I have a team of volunteers ready to pull it off. Need more proof that this is more than a whim and a lame fundraiser? Ok! I’ve collected several silent auction items all by walking into businesses and asking even though it made me extremely uncomfortable and scared. Sometimes we have to STEP out on a ledge and jump to see what happens…and Sometimes when we do it may just surprise us all.

So! Keep on believing and Keep on dreaming because I’ve seen it happen too many times where things just FALL into place. Although everything around us may crumble and life gets smashed on the rocks by the waves of grief and loss we still can find those calm moments where a bit of Hope shines through.

Why does this Whoa Benefit Concert matter? Because we all need to show support when others are beaten down and cast aside and because it’s time to Support Healing Eyes and move this Project 6’16 forward in a BIG way. So come on out September 19th and experience a MIRACLE and hear some good music. You may even catch a bit of the PASSION behind this mission of a little widow and some little orphans far far away.

The cover charge is a DONATION of $8-$10 and we do hope you can help change some lives by participating in the launch of Project 6’16!

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It’s time for us to do something

There are children standing here,

Arms outstretched into the sky,
Tears drying on their face.

No Bravery

Houses burnt beyond repair.
The smell of death is in the air.
A woman weeping in despair says,

No Bravery

There are children standing here,
Arms outstretched into the sky,
But no one asks the question why….

Those lyrics are from the song by James Blunt called ‘No Bravery‘. I have seen children with arms in the air and tears stained on there faces. There faces lit up with hope! There faces beaten down by despair.

There ARE children standing here with outstretched arms waiting for someone to do something when they can not.

If not us than Who? There is another song called ‘Do Something‘ by Matthew West. Why doesn’t God do something? He said I did, I CREATED You!

Can you help me, a nobody sitting in a one bedroom apartment with doubts and fears like you? I want to find at least 20 people to give $20 each so I can go back to Africa in October with the school fees for little Billah and William in hand. So I can go to Billah’s mother and say she doesn’t have to be afraid anymore because her youngest child will stay in school, get the needed supplies, and have the prayers of hundreds of people back in the United States. That William will be able to go to boarding school and improve his self confidence in school and not be lost amidst the hundred of other faces in the poor village school. With these 2 kids we can Do Something and begin a transformation in there lives and the other little lives yet to be found on my travels.

Share $20 and I will show YOU what Doing Something can really do!

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Vulnerable to rejection and hopeful for the future

What I dislike about following God and his vague approach to mission work.

First…the Rejection and vulnerability I am now facing

Second…Not knowing what the next step is when he says , ‘Go’

Third…and most irritating… The tightness in my chest that comes from a day of worrying and stressing about how will I pull of an event I have never done before and engage strangers in my endeavor by COLD calling businesses for sponsorship. Seriously God! Really! ME! I am an I-N-T-R-O-V-E-R-T not a social butterfly. Ahhhhhhh.

Anyone want to do missions work or run a non-profit? Think twice, it is not glamorous and its quite difficult. Yea you get to travel and see new things and meet strangers but you are the Minority in a world that is foreign to you. I think at this point I would prefer to be in Africa as a foreigner than fundraise in America. Give me a Boda Boda and a taxi full of people all sweaty and grumpy any day! 🙂

Ok…Sorry God for grumbling but I can’t be alone in this feeling. Other missionaries and non-profit owners have to get to a point where they want to crawl in a dark hole and hide for days to make the voices stop. Positive note I have cute pink nails and have submitted a request to DesignOne to donate to the benefit concert, I didn’t pass out when talking to the manager and I got to submit the request online.

I have 3 people so far of the 20 I need to give $20 each for Billah and William’s schooling. Yay!!! That makes it all worth it! The smile on little Billah’s face when I tell her she can go to school and her mother can worry less. A close friend of mine, a very sarcastic and blunt friend, said ‘Sarah, I can say ONE word to you that will make you keep trying….BILLAH’. She was right and I strongly dislike her for her rightness and using my weak spot to not give up.


Donate Button with Credit CardsHealing Eyes, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization based in Western Michigan. If you would like to partner with Healing Eyes on a one time or monthly basis, please make your checks payable to Healing Eyes, Inc. and mail them to 4160 Blue Heron Dr SE, Apt 302, Kentwood, MI 49512. 

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Kids are everywhere in the world..Near and Far

How too spread yourself all over the world in search of helping others. 

  • First you need to find an island to keep going back to.
  • Second you need to go a bit farther and find a third world country to embed yourself into.
  • Then you need to just flop between those while maintaining a little stable place in the states.

Does that make sense? Or is it beyond normal way of living? I’m starting to think maybe it’s a bit over the top but then again isn’t God over the top in his demands? I don’t want to try and use God as the scapegoat here on why I travel so much but it really feels like I have a draw to both lands. It’s those kids! Those endearing and precious kids that pull at the soft part of my heart I thought long dead since losing my baby. Never in my life did I think I could like kids or even want to be around them. Is it ironic my name is ‘Sarah’ and that in Africa they kept asking ‘Where is your husband, Abraham?’

Did Sarah in the bible ever think it possible to have a kid so late in age when an angel said she was gonna get knocked up? I think she probably thought that was a bit insane and didn’t make sense. Just a hunch.

Now today a year and half after Andy died I have kids in 2 areas of the world. Soon I might have hundred of kids who know who I am and I get attached to. Whatever will I do if I get attached to 185 orphans in Uganda?! And me Teach!? Really?

Can God really be doing this and truly that ironic to bless another ‘Sarah’ with children? Sing barren woman, she who never bore a child, more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband….   Really? Perhaps I am overthinking it and over-blogging but sometimes there is just too much coincidences to deny it all.

Healing Eyes is returning to Uganda in Sept 28 – October 27th Officially! This time it’s a mission with a simple purpose..to build a relationship with a man struggling to fulfill his dream to provide education for 185 orphans and disabled kids in a school made up of a tree, sticks, and some mud. We want to see how we can help him reach his goal to help others. We would love to have others partner with us in prayer and listen to what God lays on your heart. My heart has reached it’s limit for now and its maxed out on love for the day…

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