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

Third Annual Golf Tournament

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We are thrilled to announce HIS Vision’s Third Annual Golf Tournament, to take place September 26, 2014!

This is an exciting time for Humbly I Serve and the HIS Vision Project, as we embrace the local community, as well as our neighbors among the nations. All proceeds of this event will go towards providing eye care to those in need as a means for education and to eradicate poverty.

The tournament will take place at Ivy Hill Golf Course in Forest, VA. Tee time will be at 12:30 pm following lunch at 11:30 am. Cost is $75 per person, or $300 per team of four.

HIS Vision is a project of Humbly I Serve that is dedicated to helping children and young adults see a brighter future through eye examinations, medical treatment, and prescription glasses.

We can’t wait to see you there!

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An Exciting New Partnership!

An Exciting New Partnership!

We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Coastal Vision, a family eye care provider with four locations in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, VA areas. The optometrists at Coastal Vision provide comprehensive eye care and excellent services to their patients.

While speaking with Dr. Beach, co-owner and doctor of Coastal Vision, we learned about his passion for giving back to the community. “For me, giving back is an act of gratitude for the blessings I’ve been given and it’s an expression of faith in a greater purpose,” Dr. Beach said.

Dr. Beach started his own practice six years ago from scratch and understands the difficulty of lacking resources to give on a larger scale. However, he still found ways to give in small increments. After joining with Dr.’s Nilsson, Lin, and Wang to purchase Coastal Vision in 2013, he knew this was their opportunity to give tremendously more than they had previously.

The doctors at Coastal Vision soon began the “Coastal Vision Cares” Initiative in which they donate a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair purchased. This allows patients to be a vital part in the process of giving back.

After learning about the HIS Vision Project, Dr. Beach contacted CEO Melinda Wilson to learn how to get involved and make an impact alongside our organization. To date, Coastal Vision has donated 450 pairs of glasses to HIS Vision Project in a matter of only two months.

Coastal Vision hopes to continue donating an average of 200-225 pairs of glasses per month to HIS Vision. We cannot express our gratitude enough for their partnership with us; we are thankful for their willingness and passion to be on board with our vision.

For more ways to partner with us or make a donation, please click the photo.

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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

HIS Vision

Eye-Ball Masquerade Excitement!

Eye-Ball Masquerade Excitement!

Our His Vision Project is partnering with Harman Eye Center of Lynchburg to host the first annual “Eye-ball” Masquerade!

This will be an exciting time for the Lynchburg community including entertainment with dinner and wine. We will have a live orchestra with a lot of dancing for the guests to enjoy. Throughout the gala, we will have a silent auction with outstanding give-a-ways that you do not want to miss!

This exciting event is expected to have 200-250 people in attendance, so save the date! Come out, support the organization and have a “ball”! 😉

The first annual “Eye-ball” Masquerade will be hosted on Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. at West Manor Estates. Tickets will be sold for $85 per person and $150 per couple.

 

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Harman Eye Center has always been committed to providing excellent service to each of their patients. They strive to meet the needs of their patients and provide high quality service.

The His Vision Project is a non-profit that works to provide eye care to impoverished communities locally and internationally in Haiti. It was founded in 2010 by Melinda Wilson in Lynchburg, VA. The first Haiti eye clinic established will be January 2014!

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Equipment Being Shipped to Haiti!

Equipment Being Shipped to Haiti!

Hello all! GREAT News! Our prayers have been answered. The nonprofits Gleaning for the World and Food for the Poor have partnered with the His Vision Project to send our container of $10,000 of optometry equipment overseas to Haiti!

Talk about a wonderful praise to the Lord!

Gleaning for the World provided transportation of the shipment to Norfolk, VA, and Food for the Poor will be handling the shipment of the container.

All of our equipment for the eye-clinic will be sent to Haiti to be ready in January 2014 for the opening of HIS Vision’s FIRST eye clinic! Our Haitian doctor, Dr. Wesley, received training from the Virginia Eye Clinic, Harman Eye Center, and Dr. Netland at the UVA ophthalmology department and is red on site to serve his first patient at HIS Vision’s Eye Clinic beginning in January 2014.

PR Interns Paige McGugin and Vanessa Park put together the equipment shipment to Haiti!

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Guest Post by Dr. Wesley, Our Doctor in Haiti

Guest Post by Dr. Wesley, Our Doctor in Haiti

I am in a country where it’s not easy for people with good health to get a good life, in a country where it is very difficult for people who have both eyes that work very well to get daily tasks completed.

It is unbelievable to imagine how difficult things are for those brothers and sisters with eye trouble who don’t have access to eye care.

In the North Region of Haiti where I have been living, there are more than 2 million people. There is only one opthamologist working in the government Hospital. People who need to see that Doctor for eye trouble have to wait for an appointment between 1 to 6 years. Some other private clinics near are very expensive so poor people can’t get treatment. Generally, they listen to radio to know when eye missionary doctors are coming to offer check ups, medicines, or glasses.

So you can imagine, how happy the people were in the north region, when Humbly I Serve/HIS Vision came with a project to start a sustain eye clinic in the Region of Cap Haitian. And also had the plans to train general Doctors in eye care.

Since HIS Vision started many mobile clinics, change has been realized in churches, orphanages, schools, and other general clinics. A lot of people have testified how great God is for that project. Many people have testified how their lives have been changed since they received some eye medicine or some glasses.

Actually in the general clinic where I work everyday, I receive more people asking when HIS Vision eye clinic will be definitely open.

Like that you can understand when people decide to help Humbly I Serve in the project, it’s something that you do for all the country with nice people. It is something that you do for the glory of the Lord, so that God will then bless you back.

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New From Haiti

New From Haiti

The New York Times wrote an article on the desolate situations Haiti is currently facing. At five of Haiti’s 24 garment factories, it was found that “the majority of Haitian garment workers are being denied nearly a third of the wages they are legally due as a result of the factories’ theft of their income” (Group Says Haitian Garment Workers Are Shortchanged on Pay, 2013).

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Jobs create opportunity, exactly what our eye-clinic provides.

The long-term plan is to start an optometry training program.

Our clinic provides SUSTAINABLE change to each individual providing an opportunity for the entire Haitian community.

Join us in helping Haitians see a brighter world.

HIS Vision

The HIS VIsion Project

The HIS VIsion Project

You can now donate a pair of old eyeglasses through the HIS Vision Project to a child or young adult in need. Humbly I Serve will be traveling to impoverished areas in the Caribbean and Central America to perform eye examinations, give medical treatment, and prescribe glasses so that quality of life can be improved one person at a time. Check http://www.hisvisionproject.com to find the nearest collection site. Help change the life of a child by offering your used eyeglasses today.