Inspirational

Shannon’s Intern Experience

I am a journalism student. I spend the majority of my time reading, writing, reporting, and just trying to become better at what I do. When I began thinking about what I wanted to do for internships, if we’re being honest, a nonprofit was not in the forefront my mind. However, after an entire semester of working for one, I am so incredibly glad I did. I have learned things about dedication, hard work, and stepping out of your comfort zone here that a for-profit may never be able to teach me. I think that the most beneficial experiences we have are when we are taught to appreciate something bigger than ourselves. It would have been easy to make this internship all about myself. That is what an internship is for anyway, right? That it’s purpose is to serve me; my learning, my resume, my experience, etc. Thankfully, that was not the case.

Although I did learn many things for my own benefit, such as learning how to write as the face of an entire organization, how to meet deadlines, and how to take constructive criticism, the greater thing is I learned more about Humbly I Serve, how nonprofits operate, serving others and ultimately serving God. I learned how to push through those random days that consist of seemingly tedious tasks when, in reality, everything we do its for a bigger cause. Every email sent and every small task counts and that is what makes this internship so worthwhile.

Humbly I Serve is unique in the way that it not only tries to help people through the gift of physical provision (eye glasses, eye clinic, Seaside Adventure Camp, etc.), it reaches people with the love and gospel of Jesus. Giving a pair of glasses to someone who needs them has a temporary, earthly significance. But by providing those glasses, we have the opportunity to bring that person into a relationship with Jesus Christ. At that point, it becomes an eternal significance.

I may not be the person going to Haiti or St. Thomas or directly speaking to someone about Jesus, however, I can write a blog or newsletter that helps send someone else to do that.
No matter what the task, it has eternal value and that is how God uses us to expand His kingdom. I never had to question whether or not my work is making an impact because I know that God uses everything for His glory. In reality, what may seem like ordinary work to others is truly a blessing if I am able to bring glory to God. It is the most beautiful picture painted by the perfect Artist.

These are just a few of the things I have learned by interning at Humbly I Serve and if you are reading this, debating whether to pursue an internship with HIS or not, I would encourage you to try it. Eventually, I will be another intern elsewhere and I will have a career after college, however, I know that this experience will affect my future endeavors, wherever they are. Everything I do will be for God’s glory and there is nothing greater than learning that. I am blessed to have been Humbly I Serve’s writing intern!

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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 Vision, Missions, Partnerships

Educational Program in Haiti

Educational Program

Haiti, a country of about 10 million people, suffers from inadequate treatment for vision conditions and diseases, most of which are easily curable, a luxury that we as Americans do not have much concern with. But poor eye health contributes greatly to poverty, while leaving many others unable to receive proper education, or uphold a job, which turns back towards poverty. It is a vicious cycle that many cannot escape without the help and commitment of others willing to step in to aid in this terminal situation.

We are in need of Opticians who are eager to help in the writing of our Opticianry program for our Haitian clinic. These will be used to help educate Haitian students, which not only helps establish the work that is being done there, but allows these students employment opportunities, which ultimately leads to change. Create hope, be the change, join the movement.

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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!

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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”.

HIS Kids, HIS Vision, Missions

Join Us as We Go

Feeling like you are ready for a break away from monotonous?
Feeling like you are ready to experience something different?
Feeling like you are ready to travel to a new land?
Feeling like you are ready to join with others to change the world?

JOIN US AS WE GO.

We cannot change the world on our own.

Upcoming Trips:

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Haiti 2014 Trip Dates:

January 6-15
May 12-21
October 6-15

Info@hisvisionproject.org

» www.hisvisionproject.com

 

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St. Thomas Trip Dates:

June 9-22
June 18-July 6

haley@humblyiserve.org

»www.humblyiserve.com
These are going to be trips filled with incredible miracles that you do NOT want to miss out on.

 

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Meet and Greet

We will be hosting a meet and greet Tuesday, November 5th at 5:30-6:30pm at our office .

This is a great chance for old, new and current volunteers and interns to learn about more ways to get involved and to share their experiences with one another.

Bring a friend and stop by for some light refreshments and casual conversation!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Success!

Success!

A shout out to all of our wonderful participants at last night’s scavenger hunt! Not only were the games exciting, they were able to informative about the need for spiritual and physical provision locally and globally.

We were able to utilize World Sight Day to really engage students on Liberty’s campus and inform them that being involved is very simple.

There are 3 ways you can get involved:

1. Sponsor a child to recieve eye-sight for $30! http://www.hisvisionproject.com/#!sponsor-sight

2. Buy a HIS Vision T-shirt for $20! https://www.booster.com/hisvisionproject

3. Help ship a pair of glasses to Haiti for just $1!

If any of those things seem like too much, simply get involved in our HIS Vision Club on campus and help us spread this need to others!

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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.