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The Way Melinda Sees It

The Way Melinda Sees It

If I had to use one word to describe my trip to Haiti, it would be refreshing. Going with a team of seven, five of which had never been to Haiti with HIS Vision before, I was quickly reminded of why I had such a passion to help this country. Seeing the team’s reactions to the poverty and lack of eye care, created an even more burdensome longing to bring hope to the Haitians.

I was so content when I saw the equipment patiently waiting our team at the clinic. It was almost as if the boxes shouted, “You did it! We are here and the hard work paid off!” I was happy!

Then the happiness morphed into anxiety.

While the satisfaction of completing stage one was wonderful, the thought of starting phase two was almost too much.

I looked around at the the new tiles, windows, doors and electric work that had been completed. The beautiful detailed paint job caught my eye. My mind compared and contrasted the differences from the first time I stepped into this building. A dirt floor now replaced with tiles. Broken walls were now standing straight. Garbage piles around the rooms transformed into piles of bubble wrap and cardboard boxes holding glasses. I realized the Lord had done a miracle.

I put my fear behind me. Using the hard work that had been completed as my inspiration, I became energized. The second phase was going to become a reality, the HIS Vision Clinic would be opening in the spring! It was finally coming together and it was incredible.

For the clinic, our main need at this point is Ophthalmic Equipment:
– Edger
– Auto Refractor
– Visual Field Machine

We saw around 400 patients this trip. Our team ferociously tackled the task to give everyone special care, meeting all their needs individually.

Leaving Haiti I felt free. We completed so many tasks, including getting our NGO status in Haiti. We set up the clinic and now it’s a matter of tying up loose ends and a few pieces of equipment. This trip was a milestone; it was refreshing and I was often reminded, “with God, nothing is impossible.”

A gigantic heartfelt thanks to all who donated equipment, finances and time to make this dream a reality.

-Melinda, CEO

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Feeling Like Sharing Today

A post from our Founder/CEO Melinda Wilson

“Feeling like sharing today…..

Over 30 years ago my family was packed, had a great tough truck, financially funded and ready to serve the Lord in Haiti. My mom just told me that my brother Todd Bellew was almost Haitian not a Trinidadian! (-: All that planning and preparing and only to find out that the Visa was denied for our entry. Looking back we can see that God’s way was the best!

Scrolling forward to present (well 2012), the Lord clearly opened doors in Haiti for me. Being a hypochondriac, I was not excited! However, once I landed in Haiti and literally witnessed the Lord opening doors to minister and meet needs there my fears quickly dissipated. God gave me such a peace.

What’s even more amazing to me is that what God was calling me to help provide, I had never planned for my life. Eye care? First of all, when I met my husband I had never even heard of an Optometrist. That could be due to the fact that I was raised in the caribbean that had little to no access to eye care. Well being the good and supportive wife that I am, I had quickly became interested in eye care and even became a licensed Optician. I began to love helping people see and even more helping educate people about the need for proper eye care.

Unlike my parents or our family’s situation those 30 years ago, God provided a way into Haiti for me. However, all the funding, vehicle needs and details were not clear. And several things are still not clear. What is clear is that God has called me to complete a task that is much bigger than I can accomplish. Exactly how that will all work out? I am not sure but I am trusting in Him each and everyday! There are times when I feel so discouraged and wonder why am I even doing this. It can’t be done. God lifts me up and I continue to move forward in faith. I am willing to move or let God move through me.

Don’t miss out on something God is calling you to do even if it seems ridiculous. Or even something that you may feel is simple. When you are called you are not alone, He is with you every step of the way. Sometimes God does not call us to a place but a process.

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Thank you mom and dad FrancesDennis Bellew for choosing to follow Christ’s calling on your lives even though many times it was tough! What once was solely the caribbean, God has broadened the field of your service to Him to reach the lost in other parts of the world that you never imagined. And thank you for sharing our Haiti family prayer card with me this morning.”