Our Current Missionary Endeavors
Gift of Sight Campaign
Water Well Project
Computer and Art Learning Center
Education Resources for Serabu Children
Resource Center for the Blind
Southern Eye Clinic of Serabu continues to expand its services. The clinic now sees patients
at 10 outreach (another village) clinics in addition to the main clinic in Serabu. In 2011 the
Clinic treated over 7,000 clinic patients and over 500 surgery patients. A record 214 surgeries
were performed during our most recent trip ending 1/21/12.
Thanks to the incredible efforts of Jari Dystra and Advent Presbyterian Church (Germantown)
Serabu is receiving seven deep (up to 300’) water wells to service the seven population areas
of the village. Construction of the wells began in late January and will be completed by the
end of February, 2012. Jari and her Prayer Warriors have delivered literal life to Serabu. She
and her education team will travel to Serabu in June to teach the whole village about clean
water and sanitation concerns. The days of walking miles to gather poor quality water are over
for these needy people!!!!
Thanks to the generosity of the Murchison family (Dallas, TX) a computer & art center is
being developed next door to SEC of Serabu. Formerly know as the Songu House, this home
was 85% destroyed during the rebel war in the 1990’s. Renovation of this home should be
completed by May with a grand opening ceremony anticipated in June 2012.
If Cindy Allbritton (nurse missioner on most recent trip) has her dream, every child in Serabu
will go to school, from PreK to grade 12, on scholarship. Cindy was so touched by the plight
of these needy people that she vowed to help out with tuition/education resources God
bless you Cindy!!!
Thanks to the support of SEC of Serabu and sheer determination of Mr. Abu Aback (our
blind friend) the first step of developing this resource center has been accomplished with
the purchase of property in the Bo city limits. Bo is the second largest town in Sierra Leone
and is located about 35 miles (2 ½ hour ride) from Serabu. The next step is to secure
funding to build a facility that will host a number of support resources for blind people.
Despite his handicap, Abu has accomplished much in his life and hopes someday to share
his dreams and accomplishments with other blind people in need of help.
This brave young woman continues to Improve every day. After extensive abdominal
surgery to remove several growths and a variety of abnormal tissues, Elizabeth in on the
mend. The fluid on her abdomen is slowly being reabsorbed and she is now exploring
options to practice her nursing skills here in Memphis on a permanent basis. Special
thanks to Dr. Gordon Kraus, Dr. Martin Fleming, and Methodist Hospital.
New and Used Glasses Donations
“YOU CAN HELP”
RECYCLE YOUR OLD GLASSES!
helps restore vision to the poor and impoverished citizens of Sierra Leone. When these
Donating your old and used glasses to the Southern Eye Institute, a non-profit 501-3c charity**,
glasses are received, a group of volunteers clean them up, read the Rx and package them to
be shipped to the Southern Eye Clinic of Serabu, Sierra Leone, West Africa. Glasses are then
dispensed to the visually impaired 100% free of charge! This process restores sight and in
turn creates a life changing event for the patients and their families by helping them become
PLEASE HELP US IN THE GIFT OF SIGHT CAMPAIGN FOR SIERRA LEONE! !
MAIL DONATIONS TO:
Southern Eye Institute
Attn: Tom Lewis
5350 Poplar Ave, Suite 925
Memphis, TN 38119
** ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE - TAX ID# 20-3606453**