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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

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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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.

HIS Kids, Missions

Beyond the Beauty

Beyond the Beauty

If you were to ask anyone who has traveled to St. Thomas about their experience, they would describe it as paradise.

Most families travel to the Virgin Islands to capture memories through photos and experiences. Many travel here for vacationing including activities such as scuba diving, sailing, parasailing, anybody’s idea of “getting away”.

But for locals, it is much, much, different.

Many of the people who live on the island are limited in what they are able to do. Many children result in hazardous activities such as gang violence and drug abuse.

The Virgin Islands have an exceptionally high rate of juvenile violent crime arrests.

This is where you come in. We need your help.

HIS Kids provides the children of VI with a positive environment away from daily distractions and pressures to creatively evaluate their relationships with Christ through various camp activities integrated with Biblical principles.

JOIN WITH US.

-Serve as a camp counselor
-Host a craft drive to provide supplies for the camp to be productive
-If you cannot physically go, sponsor a camp counselor or a child in need to attend camp

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A Guest Post by Jennifer Kujawski

A Guest Post by Jennifer Kujawski

There is no price to be put on experience, nor any adequate words to describe its importance to your life. All the money and things in the world come nowhere near the value of having your view of the world expanded.

In one word, St.Thomas was “unexpected.”

It had been a last minute decision for me. I had heard about the trip from Liberty University but casted it aside as I didn’t have the money. The thought crossed my mind, but I supposed what God wanted to be would be.

A woman from Humbly I Serve came and spoke to my church The Kirk in Lynchburg, asking for supplies and for counselors. I felt a tug on my heart, but I knew being a college student, balancing so much financially as it was, I couldn’t do it. I remember sitting in the congregation telling God simply that if He wanted me to go, He would have to provide the money.

Ironically the day after I got back home, I went to visit someone I hadn’t seen in a while, and out of nowhere I was telling her of the St.Thomas Camp, and needing 2,000 dollars. I had no idea where it came from, but what happened next surprised me even more.

“I can give you that.”

And with those five words I saw God’s provision and was on my way to getting ready for St.Thomas.

We often hear of God providing incredible things to people in the Bible, and in devotionals, so to see Him work in my everyday challenges and needs was awe-inducing.

Of the whole trip, the memory that sticks out most is the last night when the pastor in charge of the whole program on the island came up and spoke to us counselors. At this point, we were all worn down to exhaustion, and sick, and to be entirely honest, discouraged, but what he told us made it all worth it. I had spent the whole time wondering if we had made any difference at all, and as he went on to tell of of all that had happened, how it had truly impacted the kids even though we may not have seen it, I knew it was worth it. His enthusiasm and energy about the turnout, and the overall excitement as he spoke brought it into perspective that none of our efforts were in vain. It was a physical, emotional, and spiritual struggle, but God used that for something good and to touch the lives of children that may otherwise not be noticed, and appreciated for the worth they hold. It reminded me that serving isn’t always about feeling good, but using everything God has given you, as imperfect as you are, to make an incredible difference.

It taught me how present emotions don’t impact God’s power and ability to do incredible things in any the situation. And unlike other mission trips where you leave and are done, as soon as I stepped off the island, my Facebook account was flooded with friend requests from campers, which ultimately made me knew it was worth it.

My joy was not in that I had increased the number of people I knew, but that despite my shortcomings, these children still wanted to be my friend and keep in contact, and that means more than anything in the world to me.

In St. Thomas, God allowed me to meet some incredible people, and I am so blessed to have been able to volunteer with the other counselors there. I have so much respect for every single person that worked there, and I know each one of them are the reason the camp made the impact it did.

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Pray for Haiti and the Team!

From March 4-13, 2013, HIS Vision is invading the country of Haiti with the powers of light, love, and sight. We are engaging in battle against the powers of darkness that have oppressed the country for far too long, and we invite you to be a warrior alongside us.

Though some of us will be on the front lines, we need many supporting forces to stay behind and join the fight through prayer. We can do nothing without the Lord leading our actions and a powerful prayer force behind us. “The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4).

On this trip, the Haiti team will be shining as a bright light in a spiritually dark part of our world. We are entering the territory of an unrelenting enemy that manifests itself through the prevalent Haitian practice of voodoo.

Paul acknowledges that the battle is not necessarily a physical matter in Ephesians 6:12 when he says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

Forces of darkness can cripple our efforts by thwarting our plans, distracting us from our purpose, or attacking individual team members.

This very reason is why we crave your prayers. The team can do nothing in Haiti without the supernatural strength that comes from the Lord. You are the watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem in Isaiah 62:6-7. The family members, friends, and supporters who we leave behind can still participate in our adventure by joining us in prayer, the most powerful weapon we have. Pray that we have energy, that we stay encouraged, that we remain unified as a team, and pray for this dark country of Haiti that is dominated by spiritual darkness and voodoo.

We cannot minimize the immense power we contain by pleading with the One who governs the universe by feeling like we are not as effective if we do not physically go to a third world country. On the contrary, those who we have left at home have the immense task of supporting the team in a vital way. Nothing has ever been accomplished for the Lord outside of prayer, and we have a huge task ahead of us to complete.

“Now to him who his able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever” (Ephesians 3:20).