We have been invited to Kenya! There is a team of 6 volunteers headed to Kenya in March of 2019. They will be visiting four locations in and around Nairobi and training the blind they meet there. The invitation was sent from Paul Mugambi, a blind man living in Nairobi where he is a huge advocate for the blind. You can check him out at http://www.mugambipaul.com. We recently had a successful fundraiser to help assuage the costs of the trip. One of the team is even planning on filming and putting together a short video on this trip. We'll keep you posted.
Our second trip is in April 2019 as one of our group has plans to head for Papua New Guinea to meet and work aboard a YWAM Medical Ship out of Australia. We are considering partnering with this YWAM group as they have outreaches into many of the isolated villages around the island. There are ophthalmology clinics on board that screen people of the villages for surgical procedures and those they cannot help we would step in and train to use a cane and present them with an audio bible. You can see what this group does at https://ywamships.org.au.
We are excited to announce we have added a new board member, James Boehm. Jimmy, like a few of our board member is blind. He lives in Nashville, attends Vanderbilt University and has started a not for profit to refurbish used canes called You Cane Give. His website is www.customcane.com. He has also agreed to take used slates and stylus’ that we can pass on to blind organizations that ask for them. Jimmy is a perfect fit for the board and we welcomed him on the board in January. If you have any, or know of someone who does, please have them contact Jimmy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blessings to all of you out there in our world,
This is a very exciting month for Global Cane Outreach, we have Guy Crook headed off for Guatemala with a suitcase full of canes and bibles, going to a school for disabled, there not only will he be training and decypleing and cane training blind folks, but also the local missionaries that live there so they can continue to train.
We have Mike Snyder taking off for South Africa with 82 canes and will deliver them to the schools for the blind that we have been in contact with. Also, he will have a opportunity to spend a little time with the people we have been fortunate to spread God’s love in the pest.
Last, but not least we have Mike Graham headed to Honduras. Mike has a lot of canes and Bibles that he also has packed and ready to bless some people in that country.
I just cannot express how excited I am to see Global Cane Outreach growing each year. How wonderful it is to spread the good news of God and give spiritual and physical independence. We have a local school that is having a jog-a-thon today all the way from 5 years old to 14 years old. They have asked for sponsorship to use as a fund raiser for two organizations, one of them being Global Cane Outreach. I feel very touched by this generous gift, not only by the money that will be given, but the effort these children will be giving.
I would also like to let all of you that shop on Amazon that you can go to Amazonsmile.com and choose Global Cane Outreach, we are the one in Scotts Valley, Ca. and we will get a small percentage of your total purchase.
Thank You so much for your prayers and well wishes, I really do think God is listening!
In Him, Blessings, Beverly Crook
I would like to share with everyone about the first person that we gave a cane to in South Africa in 2010.
I would like to take a little of your time and share with you some
of the experiences that I had on our mission trip to Southern Africa
We took off on the big bird in the sky on Feb. 27 and returned on
the 22nd of March. The first two weeks were spent on missions in an
area called Ntabamhlope it is right out of the city of Estcourt about 2
hours Northwest of Durban. Then the last week we went on vacation in game
reserves, watching and listening for animals and birds, in which we
found lots. It was quite exciting, especially sharing the street with
hippo's. We were in a Land Rover but I can say I was just a little scared.
The mission trip was the best ever. I am so happy to say that adding the
talking bibles to Global Cane Outreach turned out to be a
wonderful thing. Now not only do we get to serve the blind but also
those who want to know about the Bible and cannot read.
In going hut to hut we came across a little 6 year old blind boy
that no one knew about. This little one captured and broke my heart
all at the same time. He lives in a house with over ten children and
he just sat alone with his head hung down. The only response he had
with anyone was when he heard that I was blind also; we hugged for
a long time. Sure did want to take him home with me. On March 24th
he was taken to the hospital and it was told he is totally blind and it is
due to gonorrhea that he was born with. Had it been treated this would
have not happened. A small blind school an hour away in Pietermaritzburg
has agreed to take him. He was most excited when he found out that he
would get food every day. There are more problems though. He does not
have any papers as the dad is unknown and the mom has been missing for
5 years so the government will not pay for him. It is going to cost $300 a
Quarter plus the cost of uniforms (unknown) to keep him there. If you can help in any way, with prayer, money, spreading the word to friends and family all would be appreciated.
Another thing that happened is that we were able to go to a blind school in Durban. I took canes and talking bibles and a few other little things. What I found out is they too are really in need, they make and sell baskets and make furniture, etc. to help keep going but they need some things. The preschoolers stay here and the older ones come during the day. Here is a list of some of the things they could use: Picture books for blind children, Braille items to learn by, talking watches, talking clocks, calculators, liquid level indicators, canes, puzzles, basically any universal items for ages children to adults. If you have any extras of these things that you do not use anymore or have too many of, it would be wonderful for you to send them to us and we will get them to the school. Also if you can spread the word about this it would be greatly appreciated.
Well, there were lots more experiences but these are the ones I especially wanted to share with all of you. Thank you so much for your prayers , help and support!