Luke 4:18-19 has many times been referred to as Jesus' manifesto. In it he says that he has came to
Proclaim good news to the poor (check)
Proclaim liberty to the captives (people come to the
Mission on parole...so...check)
Set at liberty those who are oppressed (recovery, check)
Recovering of sight to the blind (che...wait a minute, hmm, not so sure I can check that one)
Now by no means am I claiming to be doing these all like Jesus does everyday. In fact, I struggle often to keep the main thing the main thing. But the recovering the sight to the blind has always felt like that was one kept exclusively for Jesus. Until today. Enter my friend Richard.
Richard is someone I've grown really close to. He is struggling with issues in life, but has tons of potential. He has shown himself a natural leader here at the Eugene Mission and is spending time at recovery meetings and in Bible studies everyday. He moved off the streets and into the Mission and has began to realize t…
I want to start by saying, in no way is what we have chosen the best or only way out there.We just feel it's our way this season.
But here is why we chose this path: When we moved to Oregon we knew our oldest would be going into school. The great thing is that there are many options for school here. Private Christian Schools, homeschooling, and the county even let's you enter lotteries for any of the many public elementary schools around. So when the day came, Audrey and I had much to talk about.
We really felt that God had led our family to try our best to make big decisions as missionaries walking in faith. This led us to believe that the school that was literally just around the corner from our house was a prime mission field. The coolest part is that Decmeber got to be the lead missionary here. She would dictate relationships and she would be at the center of decisions of our family involvement. This has been so beautiful to watch.
So here is where we are at. In less than 24 hours around 70 people joined in together and raised over $1700 to help bring sight to the blind. The blind in this case is my friend at the Eugene Mission, Richard. This afternoon I broke the news to him about how many of you had joined in to help him see again. He broke down crying in disbelief. Then we prayed and gave God glory for providing when it was thought impossible.
A couple of months ago Richard had began seeing doctors to see what had happened with his eyes. He found out that he had cataracts growing over his eyes, but it was fixable. The problem is that any charity funded agencies were only going to help with medical, not optical issues. The surgical assistant told Richard he would need $1700 to get the procedure. We talked to the lions club, but depleted funds left them with no way to help. We gave up. Then the scripture convicted me and led to the 17 challenge that happened yesterday. God did amazing things. Check…