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Trips with Student VOSH

Trips with Student VOSH

The Student VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) groups are excited and willing to come on board to support the HIS Vision Project as we continue through this transitional process into our new clinic! We are looking for licensed Opticians to come alongside to help teach them the profession. These VOSH students are currently planning trips for November and December of 2014, and need Optometrists who are willing to raise their funds and make a difference not only in the lives of these students, but especially to the people of Haiti. The people of Haiti are in dire need of proper vision care, which can drastically alter their way of life.

-Melinda Wilson, ABOC

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Vision has arrived!

Vision has arrived!

We are very happy to announce that the grand opening of our eye clinic in Cap Hatien, Haiti will be taking place May 17th!

The eye clinic will offer the following services to Haitians:

-Eye exams for all ages
-Treatment of a wide variety of eye diseases and infections
-Treatment of eye injuries
Currently, Haiti only has two practicing eye care providers, which is hardly enough to meet the needs of a population of 2 million people. As our eye clinic continues to grow, it will be able to bring many more services to Haitians. Our next step will be to implement a ophthalmic training program in which the Haitian people can earn a certification. This will ultimately bring employment opportunities and a better future to Haiti.

We have exciting opportunities ahead of us, but we can’t make it happen without your help. Donate today and help us continue to bring Haiti a better vision!

HIS Vision, Missions

HIS Vision Trips

HIS Vision Trips

All of us at HIS Vision are thrilled to see the progress of our eye clinic, as God has really paved the way to make sure His people in Haiti are being taken care of. With our celebration of the clinic Grand Opening in May, we are looking for two Optometrists to join us on one of our trips coming up in 2014 in order to continue the success of the clinic.

The first trip is October 6-15, and the following is in November with FCO, an optometric student group. We also host several customizable trips throughout the year for groups, and are in need for professional optometrists to go along with students on these trips. If not for the volunteers and support that God has so graciously provided, this clinic in Haiti would still be in the planning, and not the reality that it is today.

-Melinda Wilson, ABOC

HIS Kids, HIS Vision, Missions, Partnerships

Exciting News!

Exciting News!

We are pleased to announce our newest project, Caribbean Service Corps (CSC). This service opportunity focuses on giving sight to the physically and spiritually blind through several short term and long term positions in Haiti and St. Thomas.

CSC is a new program for those looking to be interns/apprentices, journeymen, and servant leaders in either Haiti or St. Thomas. Positions include working in the eye clinic, health promotions, social media, film/video, finance, children’s ministry programs, sports ministry, maintenance, optometry, ophthalmic technicians, and administrative support in a Bible college. These roles are essential to the overall mission of the HIS Vision Project to eradicate needless blindness and visual impairment worldwide.

If you are interested in getting involved with Caribbean Service Corps in any way, click here and tell us how you’d like to get involved. The Lord can use your skills and passions in ways you could never imagine!

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Let’s Get Innovative!

Let's Get Innovative!

We are so excited to announce our 2nd annual Innovative Conference this April 10, 2014 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm! This will be located at Liberty University’s Snowflex.

The Innovative Conference is a time that allows you to discuss what is going on within our organization and how you can get involved in changing the world!

We believe every life has significance to God, and that not everyone is as fortunate as we may be. The simple gift of your time could be the sole catalyst in a person’s life that moves them on to doing great things, creating a contagious fever of change.

That is why we host the Innovative Conference each year, to get the word out that God is alive and moving and at work. This conference allows you to get involved by sharing ideas, hosting events, going on trips and being a part of what we are doing, regardless of financial commitment.

Come out to hear about ways in which you can serve the community and the world. We have several opportunities to serve locally through internships, CSER credit for students, volunteer staff positions, events, and craft or eyewear drives. We also have a number of upcoming mission trips and long-term mission positions in St. Thomas and Haiti.

This will be an inspiring evening, fueled by caffeine, chocolate and good ideas! Come learn about several ways you can get involved at H.I.S Ministry (Humbly I Serve) and The His Vision Project, with donations from the White Hart and CAO Chocolates.

As we all work together to create an eternal change through Christ, we would love to get you involved as well!

HIS Vision, Inspirational, Missions

In It for the Long Haul

In It for the Long Haul

A Post By Haley

For those of you who don’t know me, I am not really a kid person, especially those I don’t really know and newborns. I like them; they are cute and funny, but I don’t really want to pick them up and cuddle them with their snotty noses and drool. I will never be one to ask a stranger if I can hold their baby or touch their pregnant stomachs – ew.

But, one night everyone was going to the orphanage, I thought, ‘eh- I just worked all day, the last thing I want to do is have a bunch of kids I don’t even know touch me and ask for hugs.’ But everyone was going, so of course, I wasn’t going to be lame, so I went.

When we got there it was just what I expected. Lots of kids and lots of touching. I was overwhelmed as I found myself suddenly surrounded by what seemed like hundreds of children- but turned out to be only about 35.

Little girls tugging on my arms asking what my name was and wanting to show me all their friends; I was thinking, ‘Okay, this is cute, but I’m ready to go.’

Then the kids started singing and I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, am I in Annie right now? How cliché is this. American girl goes to Haiti and gets her pictures with a ton of cute kids. Great, I can check this off my Facebook profile picture bucket list.’

So annoyed that I was actually there experiencing something that so many young girls long for, I politely listened to the kids.

I mean, it was cute.

As I stood there listening, all of a sudden I felt 25 pounds heavier –so confused, I looked to my right and a child had appeared on my hip! I thought, “Wait, how did that kid get up here?” He must have shimmied up onto me like I was a tree, because I know I didn’t pick him up. Comfortably situated on my hip, he said, “BonSawh (goodnight).”

‘Oh no! This kid is on me, touching me, touching my hair, I need to get him off of me,’ was my immediate thought.

Then the kids started singing again, “Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord.” And this kid- oh my goodness, started belting it out as loud as he possibly could.

I couldn’t help but burst out laughing at him, his head bobbing up and down, shouting the words so loudly.

The joy I felt through that child, just being held and enjoying singing together- made me cry happy tears. Hashtag, cliché embarrassing girl moment; hashtag, please don’t judge me for this, I know it’s cliché.

To be honest, I was thinking about how great these kids have it. Living in Haiti, in an orphanage where they are receiving an education, have two meals each day, and a place to sleep; they were so fortunate.

After the singing was finished, we had to go. I tried to tell this kid goodbye. “Ovawah,” I said. He didn’t let go. So I waved, that’s universal in every language, right? He clung on even tighter. So then, being afraid I would be left behind and stampeded by children, I started walking to catch up with the team.

I asked the little boy what his name was; he didn’t know what I said. A little girl came over and told me, “His name is Samuel.” Then she disappeared like a ninja; these kids were everywhere.

So I sat down on the ground and told him “Ovawah Samuel.” I basically pried the child off me and looked at him; he was sad. I was sad and also confused.

I started walking away and turned back to look; he was still standing there, watching me walk, as kids dodged around him running and skipping. Hurrying my walk- I turned around later; he was gone- probably had already forgotten me, playing with his friends.

I left feeling conflicted that night.

First, I actually ‘had a moment’ with a child I didn’t know and couldn’t communicate with. That was weird.

Second, those kids, for being in Haiti, are pretty well off. But is that really well off? How much more could be done to help the other kids who are on the streets?

Third, so many people come down to play with the orphans and leave. Or they come in and provide a care and then go. Personally, I’m learning the value of working with something sustainable.

This whole experience made me so happy that HIS Vision is not short term. We are in for the long haul; we are in Haiti to make a difference and we are determined.

It takes many people with all different talents and abilities to make a difference. If you are interested in Haiti and want to work with something sustainable and long term, let me know! We would love for you to come, have a couple cliché moments and meet some Samuels of your own.

HIS Vision, Inspirational, Missions

Erin Shares Her Experience in Haiti!

Erin Shares Her Experience in Haiti!

One of the first things I noticed in Haiti were children walking to school in perfectly clean, pressed uniforms. For most, the pants and skirts were made of wool. Hot, hot, hot temperatures and wool would make any child complain, but not in Haiti. School is available for very few. It is a privilege. Children recognize the sacrifices made for them to get an education and value the opportunity to learn. Maybe this is why so many visitors to the clinic expressed such gratitude when they were given glasses.

Just a few short months ago, eye care was not available to most Haitians, but the clinic makes it possible for students with poor eyesight to continue their studies and aspire to a better future. So many patients couldn’t help from grinning when they realized they could read small print easily.

Even though I am not a doctor and only played a small part in the clinic, I felt I got the greatest reward since I was the giver of the glasses and got to hear and see the appreciation of the blessing of sight.

It was an honor to be a part of making a difference in the lives of hundreds of people in one week’s time.

To learn more about the HIS Vision Project visit our website. To help give the gift of sight for those in need donate here and provide opportunity today!

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The Journey of Kyle Milligan

The Journey of Kyle Milligan

Kyle Milligan is a Liberty University student who is studying Advertising and Public Relations. Clothed with such a big personality, her professor noticed her and referred her to Humbly I Serve! The LU professor thought she and Humbly I Serve’s Business Development Director, Haley Collins would get along great. Although Kyle didn’t know much about the organization, she took a leap of faith and met with Haley.

She immediately felt a connection with Humbly I Serve, specifically the project HIS Kids that offers positions with our Seaside Adventures Camp in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Because of her love for missions, camp counseling, and St. Thomas, V.I. joining with this project was the perfect fit.

Of course, journeying to an island, even though it is part of the U.S., there is bound to be some surprises. She describes the most difficult part of her journey as being unprepared for the many cultural differences. She had to really rely and trust in the Lord to appropriately respond to the campers and their parents.

She is changed forever.

She immediately fell in love with the children she met and each has made an impact on her life forever. She has a connection with the children and talks to many weekly. She hadn’t even landed in her home country before she knew God was calling her to be involved in long term missions.

Kyle talks about Abel:

When asked what experience she will never forget, there was no hesitation on her part.

“Oh, there is no competition that the kid who forever changed my life was Abel. Abel is a 15 year old boy with an amazing story. Abel was always the kid acting up and getting into trouble during camp, but he is an incredible boy. Abel is the oldest of 3 children. He and his two siblings John and Sarah lost their parents when they were very young. Instead of going into Foster Care, their aunt in St Thomas decided to adopt them. They live in a tiny house with 6 other kids and many times have to go beg for money in the street to buy food. You would never know any of this just by talking to Abel, he is one of the funniest and most caring kids I’ve ever met. He wants to be best friends with everyone and after that friendship is made, he will always have your back. I only discovered Abel’s story after sitting down and having a serious 20 minute conversation with him that changed my life forever. “How could a kid who has lost everything still have so much joy”?

Kyle has a huge burden to help people and is filled with joy she simply cannot contain in ministering with us in St. Thomas, V.I.

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Let’s talk about Vanessa Park

Let’s talk about Vanessa Park

Who is she?

Vanessa is studying Public Relations and Advertising at Liberty University and always wanted to work for a non-profit organization. Immediately speaking with her, you can feel her warm heart and how it’s focused on people. She ultimately strives to meet them where they are and help in any way possible.

She defines herself as a west coast girl who grew up in California and Colorado, thrilled to hopefully one day go back. Her ideal dream job would be to do something that allows her to have a family and work while still being a wife and mom.

Her father has been a huge inspiration to her throughout this career process. Her inspiration with him comes from how he’s established his own business nearly 20 years ago, creating his own marketing and designing ads himself. With his wealth of business experience, she feels at ease getting any type of advice from him.

Vanessa at Humbly I Serve:

As a Public Relations Intern at Humbly I Serve, she has gotten an astronomical amount of insight into what a job after college will entail.

She has learned so much in her time here; the greatest benefits have to do with nonprofits functions, establishments, and the creative thinking that goes into working at an organization. All these skills she will use for a long time.

In addition, Humbly I Serve has taught her how to affordably plan and execute good events and campaigns, helping her to reach her aspirations and follow through with her dream of working with children.

Vanessa reminisces about her first day at Humbly I Serve “…it was crazy, but I immediately knew I was gonna learn a lot”.

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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.