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Vision and Mission

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Vision Statement

Empowering the poor through sight restoration on a global scale in the name of Christ.

Mission Statement

We equip, enable, and train leaders in sight restoring skills and in Christ-like qualities through international mission endeavors, training camps, conferences, digital resources, networking, and devotionals in order to give high quality vision care to the physically and spiritually blind around the world.

Key Verse

Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. ~ Matthew 20:34

Background

Vision Outreach International began in 2001 through short-term mission endeavors. Since that time VOI has grown into a MAJOR advocate for helping the blind and the poor in under-served regions of the world. Not only do they send teams abroad, they develop ophthalmological surgical trainers and ancillary leaders who are encouraged to train others in the International MSICS (Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery) technique.

Through their Global Sight Alliance (globalsight.org) web portal, they develop  a network of like-minded organizations, connecting  quality eyecare professionals with the greatest needs around the world. In addition, they have created an international network for collaboration and education through their web portal, which provide learning through multiple articles, webinars, and videos.

The groundwork was laid well before David N. Brown, M.D. (OPH, 95), took his first trip to Kenya in 1998. After completing his ophthalmological residency at the Cleveland Clinic in 1995, he joined Great Lakes Eye Care, a Christian Ophthalmological group practice in St. Joseph, Michigan. If not for the group's "like-mindedness" and support, Dr. Brown says that he would not have been able to go to Africa.

"The physicians at Great Lakes Eye Care have been a major factor in what I have been able to do," Dr. Brown says gratefully. “I've taken long leaves of absence, working overseas in the developing world. They have been a major support for me to being able to do that.”  Vision Outreach International was birthed several years later.

 

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