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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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A heart filled thank you to Cordless Network Services for donating a total of $4,593.00 in optical displays for our clinic in Haiti! This generous donation will help our Haiti clinic prosper rapidly. We feel so blessed to have such wonderful quality of items in our clinic and optical.
CNS Frame Displays provides optical professionals with essential components to create a unique and functional showroom. Their innovative products allow companies to think outside the box through creating unique eyewear presentations. CNS has over 22,000 individual clients worldwide providing solutions to large entities.
Thanks again to Cordless Network Services for playing a huge part in our professionalism at the HIS Vision eye clinic in Haiti!
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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 live music by the Sway Katz, dancing and dinner! 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.
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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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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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 putting together the equipment shipment to 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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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.
Haiti 2014 Trip Dates:
St. Thomas Trip Dates:
June 18-July 6
These are going to be trips filled with incredible miracles that you do NOT want to miss out on.
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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.
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Thank you for joining with us this year to change lives both physically and spiritually.
This year 2013, YOU have contributed to:
1,363 eye exams
912 glasses given out
84 total overnight campers many of which were given scholarships
(MANY of these children sponsored)
We encourage YOU to be a part of the continual growth that Humbly I Serve is rapidly experiencing.
With only three years as an organization, God has done some WONDERFUL work!
Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving.
We appreciate you.