Giving sight to the blind

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

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 that God has an amazing plan for his life.  One of his big issues is this.  He is nearly blind.  Good news is that it is treatable with surgery.  Bad news, he doesn't have any insurance to cover it.

This brought me to today's idea of bringing sight to the blind.  The procedure will cost $1700 dollars to have his sight fixed.  What if 100 of us out there in the world decided together we would restore sight to the blind.  It would cost us $17 each.  

Here is the 17 challenge.  100 people.  17 dollars.  Sight restored in Jesus name.

I will keep the list and update on here and facebook where we stand.  Leave a comment or email me if your in. I will send you an address to mail the check. Let's do this.  If your blogging I would love to share in this experience together.  Feel free to reword this and see who is interested.  

Just from talking to people today as I write this the 17 list has began

1.  Quinton and Audrey Williams $17
2.  Doc Judice $20
3.  Dana Eck $17
4.  Wes and Megan Cannady $17
5.  Nick and Brandi Longshore $17
6.  Marribell Baranca $17
7.  Roy and Rebecca Busby $17
8.  Trevecca Winters $17
9.  Zach Houchens $20
10.Lynn Cogswell $20
11.Barb Puttman $20
12.Wade and Kerrie Williams $170
13. Dawn Vaughn $17
14. Jessica Martinez $40
15. Bret Gilchrist $17
16. Taylor McMurtry $17
17. Jon and Lisa Peters $17
18. Michael Cecil $17
19. Adam and Hannah Bright $17
20.  Andrew and Danae Jones $34
21. Alan and Regina Crowe (Mom) $17
22. Gabe and Amy Jung $17
23. Josh and Marcie Crump $100
24. David and Kristi Pair $17
25. Brian and Casey Simpson $100
26. Jason Jackson $17
27. Ethan Holub $17
28. Luis Corona $17
29. Ben Todd $50
30. Jeb Naylor $17
31. Adam and Andy Sullivan $20
32. Erik and Miranda Emmanuel $17
33. Ricky and Hilde Williams $34
34. Faye Upton $34
35. Jordan Buckley $50
36. Mallory Martin $50
37. Jason and Brittany McCullars $50
38. Sheri Zamrock $17
39. Ben Salter $17
40. Michael and Jenifer Rhoden $34
41. Jud Babcock $100
42. Justin Butler $17
43. Richard McCullars $17
44. Derrick May and Thania Hernandez $33
45. Alec and Holleigh Woodward $34
46. Jack Tripp $20
47. Alice Bowen $20
48. Bobby Cochran $20
49. Kyle Evans $17
50. Kevin Yarnall $20
51. Ron and Nancy Montgomery $17
52. Anonymous $83
53. Dustin McCullars $50
54.  Found on the ground outside: The Last $5

We hit $1700 dollars in 20 hours.  Praise God.

After care help for Richard
1. John Jones $17


  1. Replies
    1. Always inspired by you and Wade's heart

  2. We're in for $50.

    1. On your Bday no less. Thanks man. Love you guys.

  3. We are in too... Mark us down for $50

    1. Thanks so much Mallory. Amazing when we can come together as the church no matter how many miles separate us.

  4. I'11 give $100. Let me know how to send it. Get in touch w me on FBook.


    1. I'm humbled Jud. It's been too long since we've talked. We got to get together next time I'm in Bama.


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