Do Not Be Afraid

I’m struck this week by the number of times in the gospel narrative of the birth of Jesus that I find the words, “Do not be afraid.”

– When the angel of the Lord appeared to Zacharias in the Temple to announce the forerunner of the Christ, he said, Do not be afraid.”
When God sent the angel named Gabriel to visit Mary to reveal to her God’s plan to send His Son, he said, “Do not be afraid, Mary.”
When Joseph was struggling with Mary’s pregnancy and whether to follow through on his marriage commitment, an angel of the Lord spoke to him in a dream saying, “Do not be afraid.”
When an angel stood before shepherds in the darkness of the Bethlehem countryside to announce the birth of Jesus, he said to them, “Do not be afraid.”

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2016: A Year in Review

This year has been a busy year for With Open Eyes. If you visit our Facebook page, you’ll see some of the amazing stats that we’ve shared. We hope that you will praise the Lord with us for all that He has done in the last few years. Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude.

But today, I want to share one aspect of the ministry we don’t talk about all that often. Our humanitarian efforts. These efforts to help the underserved and unreached in our world came from the heart of our co-founder, James Harrison. He would constantly tell his dad, “We need to do something to help these people.” Humanitarian work and support was his heart. Read more

We Have So Much to Be Thankful For

As Thanksgiving looms, here at With Open Eyes we’ve been taking stock of all the amazing things the Lord has done in the past year. 2016 has been a difficult year for the world. From a contentious election to disasters worldwide, to hardships and persecutions for the church, it is easy to look at this year and feel exhausted and tired.

Yet, we are grateful that through challenges, difficulties, celebrations, and victories, Jesus has been with us. His name has been proclaimed throughout Africa as our brothers and sisters have planted churches and preached the gospel. We praise the name of the Lord for the mighty work He is doing in refugee camps through medicinal help, missionaries who visit, and the men and women who help their people through compassion, a listening ear, and ministry. Read more

Why The Election Doesn’t Change Who We Serve

Last Tuesday, we in the United States held an election to determine who will serve as our next president. As always, there were strong opinions and emotions on both sides leading up to the election and since. I heard many say prior to Tuesday that this election was the most important in our history. Others said this election will determine the future of our great nation.

Today there is much anxiety and uncertainty in our country. Read more

A Talk with Pastor Benson: Our With Open Eyes Mobile Messenger Trainer

Last week, we had our friends from Kenya come to visit us for a few special events in Charlotte. Pastor Simon, one of our board members and our very first mobile messenger, Benson, our mobile messenger trainer and Pastor Daniel, one of our mobile messengers all came with stories about what the Lord is doing in Kenya and Africa through their work and With Open Eyes.

I sat down with them and asked them to share a little bit of background on how they are connected with WOE and how they came to know Jesus. They also share a few stories about work they’re doing and how we can specifically pray for them and their work. Read more

Meet Pastor Daniel: A With Open Eyes Mobile Messenger

wednesday-october-26Last week, we had our friends from Kenya come to visit us for a few special events in Charlotte. Pastor Simon, one of our board members and our very first mobile messenger, Benson, our mobile messenger trainer and Pastor Daniel, one of our mobile messengers all came with stories about what the Lord is doing in Kenya and Africa through their work and With Open Eyes.

I sat down with them and asked them to share a little bit of background on how they are connected with WOE and how they came to know Jesus. They also share a few stories about work they’re doing and how we can specifically pray for them and their work.

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Catching Up with Pastor Simon: Our First Mobile Messenger

1nbr8440Last week, we had our friends from Kenya come to visit us for a few special events in Charlotte. Pastor Simon, one of our board members and our very first mobile messenger, Benson, our mobile messenger trainer and Pastor Daniel, one of our mobile messengers all came with stories about what the Lord is doing in Kenya and Africa through their work and With Open Eyes.

I sat down with them and asked them to share a little bit of background on how they work with WOE and how they came to know Jesus. They also share a few stories about work they’re doing and how we can specifically pray for them and their work.

Read on to learn how Pastor Simon came to the Lord, why he thinks humility is essential to service and how you can pray for him and his family. Read more

A Trip to Uganda: Wendy’s Story

Earlier this week you read about our coworker and friend Savanna who is on her first trip with With Open Eyes. Today, we’re so happy to have our friend and faithful ministry partner, Wendy. She shares about what she’s looking forward to this week and how she became connected with WOE. Read more

A Trip to Uganda: Savanna’s Story

This week, we have several team members traveling to Uganda to aid in work happening in refugee camps. We are grateful for their hard work and covering them with prayer as they come alongside pastors and churches who are preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ under difficult circumstances.

Our team is also taking the time to offer humanitarian aid to Uganda. We’re helping those who need medical attention in the refugee camps, as well as ministering to women and coordinating outreach to children and teens. We are expectant that our team will come back with stories of impact to the glory of Jesus!

But this trip is special for two women who are traveling with us this week. Savanna and Wendy are first-timers in traveling with WOE. Because they’ll offer fresh and unique perspective on this trip, we sat down with both of them before they left and asked them a few questions about how they were feeling and what they were looking forward to on this trip.

Savanna’s story is below, and we’ll share Wendy’s later this week! We’ll also be catching up with both women after they get back to hear about all that God did on their travels! Read more

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