operating eyeglass clinics to meet a very common and pressing physical need while sharing the gospel
Want To Help?
Go on a mission trip with us.
The need for this ministry is tremendous in third world countries. We need people who want to do ‘hands on’ work in a third world country helping those who are too poor to help themselves.
What does this entail?
1) get a passport, 2) pay the cost of the trip – usually around $1,500, 3) commit time for the trip – 7 to 10 days total and 4) have a desire to help others. You do not need any special knowledge about optometry or running a medical clinic. There are 5 simple tasks we perform during a clinic and we will train you how to do each one.
If you live near Jefferson City Missouri or Camdenton Missouri you can help prepare used eyeglasses to be usable again. About six times a year we have a washing/sorting event. We will wash 5,000 to 8,000 glasses each time and remove the ones that are not usable anymore. This takes a lot of manpower. We hold these events at both Concord Church in Jefferson City and First Baptist Church in Camdenton. An email notice is sent out when one of these events is scheduled. You can request to be added to this email list to receive these notifications.
Pray for the ministry.
This is usually listed last on a list for helping but should be first. There have been many incidents of things happening around a mission trip that have the fingerprints of the evil one on them. We have a prayer coordinator who keeps a list of people who have volunteered to pray for us. She sends out prayer requests at various times as the needs arise. You can volunteer to be on this list by contacting Diann Rivera at email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fill out the form at the bottom of the page to get involved!
Donate new or used eyeglasses
There are three options to do this:
Many Lions Clubs around Missouri have collection boxes for eyeglasses so this is the easiest way. We get 90% of our eyeglasses from the Lions Clubs around the state. They are a great service organization and a major supplier of eyeglasses for this ministry
Mail eyeglasses to Larry Merry, 2609 Tanglewood Dr., Jefferson City, MO 65109
Drop them off at the Concord Church office at 3724 W. Truman Blvd, Jefferson City, MO 65109.
Donate funds for the ministry
This ministry runs entirely on donations and 100% of all donations goes to the ministry. We have no paid staff, everyone is a volunteer. Fill out form below to get started!
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