Looking for a new way to help out your global neighbors?
How about providing affordable eye care for those that would otherwise never have access?
Eyejusters is a new company seeking to put adjustable eyeglasses in the hands of people living in the developing world. If you haven’t heard of adjustable lenses before, they differ from traditional glasses in that no prescription is needed – it is a “one-size-fits-all” model.
Eyejusters allows the lenses to be changed at any time, preventing the need for optometrists from being on-site whenever eyes change. Buying new glasses in the United States or Europe can be outrageously expensive even for those with means. But in other parts of the world, the access doesn’t even exist without technology like this.
At $40 a piece, this makes for an excellent ministry idea for local churches. Something like this works best if you already have a relationship established with a global community, but is a way for the entire church to get involved.
For instance, my church takes regular mission trips to China and Mexico, and will be going to Belize this year. Obviously, not everyone in the church is able to go on mission trips, and it can often be hard for those not going to feel involved in the process. However, a fundraising effort focused on raising money to provide eyecare could bridge that gap. And at $40, there’s no worry that if some large goal isn’t reached, then nobody gets care (such as with trying to build a school, treatable water system, etc).
If you work in a smaller church that cannot fathom putting together an international mission team, opportunity still exists through ecumenical partnering. Find a church in your area that is already planning an international mission trip, and see if they would be open to bringing adjustable eyeglasses with them. Chances are, they would be – especially if you raised the money.
To see how these adjustable eyeglasses work, check out this great video:
What are your thoughts?
Would your church get behind a mission opportunity such as this?
Learn more on the Eyejusters website.