HIS Kids

Melinda and Haley’s St. Thomas Adventures

Thankyou picThe month of March was exciting, overwhelming at times, testing, and a blessing to Humbly I Serve’s Chief Officer Melinda Wilson and Senior Director Haley Barker! Starting on March 11, Melinda and Haley flew to St. Thomas in the Caribbean and covered a lot of ground during the following 10 days or so. We were so excited to welcome them back to the U.S. and hear about all that happened during their trip. From fundraising to meeting with organizations to catching up with past campers, it has a been a wild ride and we could not wait to tell our followers all about it!

With Seaside Adventure Camp just a couple months away now, Melinda and Haley did all they could to prepare for the upcoming two weeks of fun, sun, and Jesus with the kids of St. Thomas. They completed a lot of necessary marketing, fundraising and the overall framework for camp. They met with several sponsors and organizations such as Blue Water Bible College, Grace Baptist Church, Best Western, Frenchman’s Reef, Senior Frog, and WALA Paintball among others.

We are thrilled and thankful to announce several donations and partnerships such as the following:

  • Senior Frogz is offering their pool, volleyball court and lunch for a day
  • West Indies Co. is donating juice, soda and water
  • Best Western Emerald Beach is partnering with us for a beach day
  • the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts has awarded us a grant
  • Caribbean Buzz Helicopter
  • Seven Seas Corporation, Quantico Consulting Services, Spartan Concrete made generous donations
  • Marriott Frenchman’s Reef – the Cove is holding a fundraiser to help support campers who may need financial help to attend camp

Melinda and Haley were also able to reconnect with a previous camper named Jacquian, who had invited them to his basketball game. As they spent the evening with jacquian, he could not stop talking about last year’s camp and how he hopes to come again this year. His improvement in school and among his peers since last year was an incredible testimony to Melinda and Haley. They were so happy to catch up with him and see how well he was doing.IMG_3205

Overall, Melinda and Haley’s trip was a great success and the team is grateful for these new partnerships as well as the continuous support in the Virgin Islands. Melinda and Haley want to extend a warm-hearted thank you to everyone in St. Thomas that donated items, sponsored and partnered with us. Although things are beginning to come together for Seaside, there is still so much to be done. We still have spots open for male camp counselors and we are also seeking camper sponsorships. For only $85, you can sponsor a child to come to camp for two weeks and give him or her an adventure of a lifetime. Finally, we are in need of many crafts and are looking for people, churches, businesses and organizations to host a craft drive. For any more information about Seaside Adventure Camp, our organization or to sponsor a child, visit our website.

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Internships With Humbly I Serve Available for Upcoming Semesters

“Interning with Humbly I Serve has been such a growing experience and professionally fulfilling for me!” – Jason (Spring ’15)

“This has been a semester full of growth and learning, especially about nonprofit organizations.” – Brittany (Spring ’15)


To land a job, you need experience. To attain experience, you need a job. To look presentable for an interview, you need money. To have money, you need a job. The cycle is vicious! Internships are unique in that they offer beneficial experience for college students who are looking for opportunities to learn outside the classroom without requiring job experience. Humbly I Serve Ministries is looking for people passionate about learning in their particular field of study and gaining “real-life” experience. We want to partner with students excited to work, learn, grow, and become valuable assets to future employers. We do not hire students simply for coffee runs or paper copies. Rather, we work directly with students every day to aid in their learning process, in order that they be prepared for whatever lies ahead after graduation.

Humbly I Serve offers various internship opportunities each fall, spring and summer semester, such as Administration, Graphic Design, Public Relations and Communications, Marketing, Health Promotions, Social Networking, Finance, and others.

Many students who have interned at Humbly I Serve came out with a deeper understanding of how nonprofit organizations operate as well as what it means to apply their specific set of knowledge and skills to an organization or company. For more information about internships, job descriptions, or to set up an interview please visit our website or email us at info@humblyiserve.org.

 

Testimonies of Past Interns:

“Interning at Humbly I Serve over the past few months has been a gold mine of experience … At the end of the day, what I’ve realized is that (we can) stop and pray together, laugh and spend time working with our different personalities and talents (while) bringing eyesight to the people around us.” – Elias (Fall ’14)

“This has been the best internship I could have possibly imagined. Not only did I learn a lot about myself, I learned a lot of skills that I can use in my future career … I loved that we got together twice a day to pray. This helped me in my spiritual walk with God, but it was also a great time to get together with other interns and connect with them and see how God was using them.” – Jasmine (Summer ’14)

“I spent the whole summer working as (Humbly I Serve’s) Content Manager, working on newsletters, sending out emails, crafting press releases, among other tasks. And this was like other jobs that I have done, but what made it a real special place for me was being surrounded by good people whom I enjoyed their company, but also ones who really had a heart for the Lord.” – Daniel (Summer ’13)


 

AVAILABLE INTERN AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Accounting

Finance Intern

 

Communications

Trade Show Coordinator

Marketing Intern

Grant Writing Intern

Donations Relations

Public Relations

Social Networking

Content Manager

Cinematic Arts Intern

 

Administration

Administrator to CEO

Administrative Assistant

 

Health Promotions

Event Research Intern

Event Coordinator

School Liaison

Haiti Health Promotions

Monitoring & Evaluation

GIK Coordinator Intern

Education Promotion

 

Youth Ministry

Theater Curriculum Coordinator

Children’s Outreach

Camp Development Intern

Youth Ministries Intern

Camp/Training Curriculum

 

Business

Internal Business Development

Haiti Business Development

St. Thomas Business Development

Marketing Development

 

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

HIS Kids

Camp Counselor Positions Still Needed for Seaside Adventure Camp

We need YOU to contribute to the work God is doing through Humbly I Serve in St. Thomas


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Are you looking for a new and exciting adventure this summer? Do you want to be a difference maker? We want you to partner with Humbly I Serve on our mission trip to Seaside Adventure Camp this summer and help bring needed change to the island of St. Thomas! Much work still needs to be done to point these people to Jesus every day; we must not only help through spiritual provision, but physical as well.

As one of the Virgin Islands (located in the Caribbean), St. Thomas is a beautiful, exotic, and breath-taking place to live. However, most of natives have never heard of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of the children are forced to bypass the normal pleasures of childhood in order to provide financially for their families. Rather than playing with their friends or doing homework, they spend their weeknights and weekends soliciting to strangers simply to help put dinner on the table.

IMG_2975For two weeks of the summer, Humbly I Serve’s project, HIS Kids, brings Seaside Adventure Camp to the shores of St. Thomas. We strive to bring uplifting activities to relieve children and teens from the pressures of life such as teen pregnancy, broken families, gang violence, drugs, and alcohol. Whether it’s working in the kitchen, playing kickball with the youngsters, leading Bible studies, or waking up just five minutes earlier every morning to pray for the thousands of lost souls, we need your help! Whatever your passions or skills, you will be able to use them to further the kingdom of God and show Christ to the people of St. Thomas.

If you are interested in being a camp counselor for Seaside Adventure Camp this June 18-July 5, you can check out our website for more information or to apply!


Create hope, be the change, join the movement.

HIS Vision

SECO 2015: A Privilege for HIS to Attend

The team at Humbly I Serve was honored and excited to attend the 2015 SECO event, “Where Sight Meets Vision,” March 4-8 in Atlanta, GA. We were blessed with the opportunity to share about our organization with hundreds of people. SECO International is commonly known as the “largest optometric educational meeting in the world.” For years, thousands of national and international eye care professionals, vendors, optometrists, and other ophthalmic personnel have attended the annual SECO conventions (source). Although we were just one booth among many, we were able to make connections with individuals, companies and organizations across the country.

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Image taken from SECO2015.com

To sum up the event, SECO offers many educational classes (CMEs) doctors need in order to renew their license each year. Thousands of doctors come out for these courses, and we were able to meet many of them on the showroom floor, which is where our booth was located among others who were selling lenses, contact solution, machinery, etc. We were able to talk to doctors about potentially working with us at our HIS Vision clinic in Cap-Haitian, Haiti or about potentially donating frames, recycled glasses, old machines, financially, etc. Many students also came through and showed interest in our yearly trips to Haiti.

“People would walk by and I would say something like, ‘Hi! Have you ever heard of the His Vision Project?’ and then introduce them to our organization,” Lindsey, Director of Programs, said.

According to Lindsey, who spent the full four days at the event, said countless people committed to donating much-needed items such as lenses, frames, lightly-used glasses, equipment and funds to Humbly I Serve. We raised $1000 by selling our “Join the Movement” t-shirts and hand-painted canvases at the expo. Lindsey, being the outgoing, people-person she is, loved meeting and talking to new people. She was overwhelmed by the generosity of these people throughout the convention.

“It was really neat to hear doctors, students, and others be so willing to give their time and money for people they might never meet. I found it encouraging to see that all these people who don’t necessarily need to give were so eager to offer help,” she said.

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Humbly I Serve was set up at booth 249 during SECO 2015.

A big thank you goes to the SECO Administration for donating the booth to us, making it possible for all these donations and connections to be made with our organization!

Thank you to Bosch + Lomb for generously donating 12 boxes of contact solution to The HIS Vision Project. (They also had a latte maker in their booth, and Ed, one of the managers, was kind enough to bring over a caramel latte to help Lindsey after witnessing her yawning!)

Thank you to everyone who supported His Vision or visited our booth during the expo. Overall, this was a wonderful opportunity to simply raise awareness about our organization. We are eternally grateful for all that God has done just during the first few months of 2015. We are incredibly eager for everything coming up in the remainder of the year!

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Image taken from SECO2015.com

HIS Vision

Eye Ball 2015 A Big Success

Thank You to Everyone Who Gave


10422004_797223097013721_5365936291711452745_nThe HIS Vision Project is thrilled to announce that the second annual Eye Ball Masquerade Gala was a phenomenal success! With over 100 attendees and the incredible help of many volunteers, interns and organizations, we were able to raise $9,000. The generosity of our sponsors and supporters made it possible for Humbly I Serve (HIS) to be fully sustained for three months! We cannot begin to describe our excitement and gratitude for all that God has provided during the past few months of planning, fundraising, and prayer.

“The support from the local community for this event was overwhelming, uplifting and encouraging. I’m so thankful for all those that participated. The funds raised will make a difference to the lives in our community and abroad,” Melinda Wilson, CEO and Founder of HIS, said.

For those of you who do not know, The Eye Ball, which took place Friday, Feb. 13, was an exciting night filled with food, music, casual and ballroom dancing, a silent auction table, photo booth, and speaker Jessica Hodges.

Jessica is a gifted writer, wife of almost 20 years, mother of four and an interior designer. Currently, Jessica is writing a book about the adoption of her youngest son, Knox. She has a Facebook page called Walk Humbly, where she encourages others through what God has been teaching her.

We were touched to hear Jessica speak at the Eye Ball this year as she gave her testimony. She shared the journey God has taken her through the process of adopting her son and all that He has taught her.

10996041_797223630347001_590980462908667011_nJessica also expressed the importance of vision and eye care for children, as she couldn’t imagine having a child with poor vision and not being able to properly take care of him. She dove into the mission and vision behind Humbly I Serve and the importance of supporting the organization.

Along with Jessica’s testimony and the exquisite meal, the guests enjoyed a live band, dancing, or taking fun photos with props in the photo booth. We were filled with joy as we saw the enjoyment, laughter, and connections throughout the night.

Leah Seavers, one of our interns here at HIS, had the privilege of being involved in both the planning and attendance of The Eye Ball. From painting picture frames days before the event to being the event photographer, she experienced all of that hard work and preparation come to fruition the night of the ball.

“I heard everyone’s comments about how they were impressed with this year’s event, which was really encouraging to me,” Leah said.

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Leah said she really enjoyed walking around to take photographs and watch the guests and couples mingle. Seeing as it was one day before Valentine’s Day, there was no better time to host a Gala for all those lovely couples looking for a new way to spend the holiday. Although there were many aspects to the evening that contributed to the overall entertainment, Leah said her favorite part was watching guests get into the photo booth to take silly pictures with their friends and loved ones.

The team here at Humbly I Serve is thankful for the opportunity to raise money and reach people for the cause of Jesus Christ all while having fun.

A big Thank You goes to Harman Eye Center, Seckman Printing, Grinnin’ Booth, Financial Advisor Jeff Boyer, Gaudium Photography, and Boonsboro Country Club.

“Providing eye care to needy residents of Central and Southside Virginia has always been extremely important at Harman Eye Center and Eye Surgery Center of Central Virginia,” Mary Harman, Administrator, said. “We are very happy to once again support the HIS Vision Project to benefit others in need of eye care.”

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Also, a special Thank You to the generosity of local businesses who put together the silent auctions. Without all of our sponsors, this event could not have been a reality! We look forward to seeing you all again at next year’s Eye Ball! You can see our Facebook page for more photos of the event.

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!

HIS Vision

Help Local Children See a Brighter Future

Help Local Children See a Brighter Future

The Sponsor Sight program is a unique opportunity that allows children who have no means of affording regular eye care the chance to do so by contributable donations and us working with our partner providers. Simply put, someone donates $30 to help a child in need, and this money gets partnered up with a child, who then receives care from the doctors we work alongside, and a child is able to see better.

This is a cheap alternative for those who can’t afford eye care for their children, and can also help prevent misdiagnosis of other problems such as ADD, when really the child has been struggling to see. This can lead to children receiving better education because they can see the board in class and be able to read properly.

This is just one easy, affordable way that we can all come together to help aid in our local Lynchburg community. Will you be part of the change?

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From Personal Experience

From Personal Experience

My name is Daniel Bartlett and last summer I decided to do my internship at Humbly I Serve. I enjoyed their mission and saw that God was doing something there, although I didn’t have the full blast of exactly what it was. It also met a requirement for my Journalism degree, so I came on board, and looking back on it now, I’m glad I did.

I spent the whole summer working as their Content Manager, working on newsletters, sending out emails, crafting press releases, among other tasks. And this was like other jobs that I have done, but what made it a real special place for me was being surrounded by good people whom I enjoyed their company, but also ones who really had a heart for the Lord.

It probably took about a month into my internship before God really started working on my heart. I did a lot of work with the His Vision Project mostly. And we all know how it is; you hear some statistics, see some photos of the hurt and turmoil that is amounting in these other countries, and your heart becomes stirred. All of which happened to me, but even more so, because I was the one doing a lot of the research that went into gathering these facts, and really digging into how the other part of the world lives, and what I saw shocked me.

I’ve never been out of the United States, but I know that there are some hurting people living in some pretty rough places all around the world. We’ve all seen it somewhere or sometime, probably on TV or online or on a billboard; People who are hungry, thirsty, in pain or with disease. This is so sad to see, people suffering, struggling with no one to help them. But is there really no one to help them? The even sadder fact is that there are more than enough people to help. Although many will see, very few will actually do something about it.

And I’m not just talking about people who are able to give money, although this is a great means of helping, but even just giving their time, their company and just being there with these people to love them when they have no one else to do so. If Christ was still walking this Earth, I believe that he would be out there on the front lines, ladling food for the hungry at a soup kitchen or helping a woman carry fresh water back to her village for her children or just sitting, listening to a person’s story, because everyone has one. So what’s yours? What’s mine?

I am realizing more and more each day that we’ve only got one shot at this life, and every day we are one step closer to eternity, and tomorrow is never guaranteed. I just found out this week that my friend’s brother just came down with a rare form of bone cancer, and he is not even twenty years old. Nothing is guaranteed. Nothing is lasting. Nothing but one and that is God. He is unchanging and his promises stand true.

And when we stand at those pearly gates, and stand before our God, what will we have to show for ourselves? That we accumulated wealth, had nice things and lived a comfortable life, or that we pushed through the muck and grime, gave all we had and held nothing back, and now, huffing and puffing out of breath, we stand before Jesus at God’s right hand, probably a little smelly and sweating, feeling accomplished and confident. Christ smiles and hands us a white robe, and we hear, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

This is beautiful music to my ears, but this is ahead of us for all who believe. But now is not the time to linger, now is the time to act, to persevere, to take ourselves where we may not always be comfortable going, do things we may not want to do. Or maybe you do, if your heart is in the right place. I know I only have one shot, and I want to make it count. How about you?

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!

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A Call to Train Young Professionals

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God’s ability to provide has been a blessing and comfort as things have progressed with the eye clinic in Haiti, and we look forward to what he has next in store for us at HIS Vision. Another need that has arisen is to be able to teach and train future Opticians at the clinic in Haiti. We are looking for licensed Opticians to come alongside these trainees and teach them the profession. The trips can be broken up into short-term trips, and would meet a major necessitate for getting this clinic on its feet, and allowing the people of Haiti to become self-sustaining.