HIS Kids

New Basketball Court Coming to St. Thomas!

“If there is basketball, I’ll be at camp every morning right on time… even early,” previous camper Jaquane said.

The one thing the kids at Seaside Adventure Camp love is basketball! The court is a place of competition, team building and a place where they can be a star!

“I love basketball! I am going to play in the NBA and help take care of my mom and sisters,” Jaquane explained. After his mom was diagnosed with cancer, Jaquane was determined to help provide for his mom and family needs. Right now, the 12-year-old cuts grass to help raise money to go to camp and help provide for his family. He and his sisters even share basketball shoes because they cannot buy two pairs.

Jaquane is currently saving up to buy a pair of Lebron’s, to help him prepare for the NBA.

Last year, the Sherwin family expressed interest in serving with Humbly I Serve (HIS) in a service project way. After discussion and seeing the needs for positive activities for kids the Sherwin and Lucas families signed up with Humbly I Serve to take on a much-needed basketball court project!

This court will be placed at Grace Baptist Church in the Fortuna community that HIS has been working in for five years.

Together, the families make the perfect team; the Sherwin’s have had experience in pouring concrete from previous missions trips and Ethan Lucas has worked multiple jobs in construction. They are excited to be able to use their past experiences to help expand the Humbly I Serve programs in St. Thomas!

This court will mean more than just fun for the kids. This project will enable Grace Baptist to have even more resources to reach out to kids throughout the year. Humbly I Serve is excited to offer sports outreach and youth ministry internships in conjunction with Grace Baptist Church starting this summer. These internships are in St. Thomas and last between six weeks to four months. Students will have the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of kids like Jaquane.

“We know Melinda personally and her heart for the kids of St. Thomas. This is something we want to be a part of. We want to impact the kids even though we can’t be there for camp,” Rene Sherwin said.

The team’s goal is to pour the concrete, paint the lines, and set up the hoops-all in one week! Youth outreach is one of Humbly I Serve’s focuses and since both families are involved in youth ministry here in the states, they understand the importance of impacting the younger generations.These families have captured the vision for long term relationship building and want to enable Humbly I Serve and Grace Baptist Church to make an even greater impact throughout the year.

“We love that HIS reaches people in a practical way to meet their spiritual needs,” Rene Sherwin said. “HIS has also made it easy to be a part of their organization and since we love what they do, we want to do anything we can to help spread the Gospel.”

The Sherwins and the Lucas’s leave June 8 for their week of impact! Pray for funding, supplies and safety as they prepare and go! This trip will give children in the Fortuna area the opportunity to be involved in sports, but they also spend time in a Christ centered environment.

If you would like to donate to the basketball court project, please click HERE. If you are interested in serving in St. Thomas long or short term, click HERE for our Caribbean Service Corps information.

HIS Vision

HIS Vision Project Reaches Locals Through Sponsor Sight Program

Proper vision can be the deciding factor between a child getting a complete, healthy education or that same child missing out on everyday learning because s/he cannot see the board at the front of the room. The National Commission on Vision and Health states that “80 percent of learning occurs through the eyes” and “healthy eyes and vision are important to a child’s ability to succeed in school and later in life.”

Unfortunately, vision health has become a serious public health problem in the U.S. Not only are many children lacking proper eye care, but the concern for middle aged and aging adults is also rising. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), 78 percent of aging adults are affected by vision loss. “The number of blind and visually impaired people is expected to double over the next 16 years,” Brenda Heinke Montecalvo, O.D., AOA Vision Rehabilitation Section Chair, said. It seems that, despite the continuous growth of science and technology, complications with vision are actually increasing. The issue is not going away.IMG_9041

However, it is not too late to create hope and be the change! The team at HIS Vision has been reaching local people with free eye examinations and glasses through the Sponsor Sight Program (SSP) since Fall 2012. SSP was created to help impoverished families in the Lynchburg Region 2000 area receive the needed eye care that they cannot afford.

Aneesa Crowley and her two sons of Madison Heights, VA is one of many families that has benefited greatly from the Sponsor Sight Program. Before having eyeglasses, Aneesa’s son, Avrett, had a difficult time seeing the board in class. “Every time the teacher would write something on the Smartboard, I always had to get up out of my seat and then walk up to the board to write it down.”  Avrett said. He was constantly squinting, tilting his head from side to side, leaning forward and straining to get a good look at what was written on the board. His education experience was suffering. Aneesa said her boys’ classroom experience improved greatly after SSP and their passion for reading was also revamped due to proper eye care.

“Their self-esteem had improved (and) being able to be a part of the classroom atmosphere as well as participating in class. They could respond to questions that were being asked or respond to something being read on the board. I’ve seen a big improvement with them, especially as far as grades … They enjoy reading, so it’s hard to read when you can’t see.” Aneesa said.

The benefits are endless.

Qualified single parents and children are able to accept examinations for free because of people like YOU. For only $30, you can sponsor someone in need of an examination and pair of glasses. You could be the change to help with a child’s education. You could be the change for a parent looking to provide for his/her child. Whatever the circumstance, there is an ever growing number of people in need, and Humbly I Serve is looking to reduce that number. Help us reach others with vision!

To see Aneesa’s full story, to apply for the program, or for more information about becoming a sponsor, check out our website HERE.

HIS Vision, Missions, Partnerships

One Small, Crucial Step

One Small, Crucial Step

It is so great to see the progress that has been made, since the first talks of opening an eye clinic in Haiti, to it becoming a reality. As we start operations, another need presents itself, and that is the funding of salaries for the five members who will be working in the clinic for the first six months. The total amount needed is $25,000, which will pay the wages for the employees for these starting months until the clinic becomes self-sustaining. This is but one small step in delivering the crucial care that these Haitians need more than ever. Join us as we help change the lives of these people.

Donate today!

HIS Vision

Make Vision Care a Reality

Make Vision Care a Reality

Did you know that in Haiti, a nation of approximately 10 million people, there is roughly one eye doctor for every 200,000 people, where as the United States has one for every 6,000 people? And most of these doctors are near the Haitian capital, which leaves many who cannot travel without a means of seeking the help they need, which can aid these people in escaping a life of poverty and just allowing them to live a more productive life.

Most of the eye health problems that Haitians suffer with are curable diseases, that with proper care, these people could live normal lives. Imagine getting hit in the eye with a branch, or sustaining what we may call a minor injury. Most people in the United States could just go and see an eye doctor. But in Haiti, not having eye care readily available, a minor problem can quickly turn into a huge issue. Help us in being part of this change, and make vision care for all the people in Haiti a reality.

Donate today!

HIS Vision, Partnerships

Small Needs for a Big Cause

Small Needs for a Big Cause

We are relieved to finally have all of our equipment shipped over to the clinic in Haiti! It has been a long process, but God has been so good in bringing all the little details together. We are so grateful for those who have generously donated and contributed to the cause that this clinic stands for. There are just a few more needs before the clinic can be fully operational:

-Edger
-Visual Field Machine
-Stock Lenses

Help make vision possible. Consider giving today!

Partnerships

A Creative Way to Give!

A Creative Way to Give!

We would like to introduce a new, quick and easy way to donate to Humbly I Serve through your purchases on Amazon. With no cost to you, Amazon will donate to us 0.5% of your purchases made through the new AmazonSmile Foundation.

In order for your purchases to go towards Humbly I Serve, follow these easy steps:

1. Go to smile.amazon.com
2. Log In
3. Type in “Humbly I Serve” to choose us as your organization

It’s as easy as that!

Once you’ve chosen our organization, it stays linked to your account on Smile.Amazon.com. This is the same as shopping on Amazon.com, however, the only way they can track orders and give a portion to our ministry is to shop at Smile.Amazon.com. We recommend saving this link to your web browser.

Thank you for joining our partnership with AmazonSmile! And thank you for your continual support towards our ministry and willingness to give through creative outlets!