Kendall Optometry Ministry, Inc
What you see to the left is the reason for our existence.
Organizational Mission Statement (Updated 8/3/2010)
With primary emphasis in underdeveloped countries all over the world, Kendall Optometry Ministry was established to spread the Word of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is accomplished by providing glasses to improve the vision of people living in these and other underdeveloped countries. These impoverished people can now see to read their Bible, and also improve their standard of living.
Each year numerous mission and humanitarian groups travel from the United States to underdeveloped countries throughout the world. Those groups which have optical teams are frequently not well prepared, utilize untrained personnel and have little participation and guidance from professionals. Often large optical teams run by professionals are unaware of new automated methods to properly utilize the huge available supply of used prescription glasses.
Kendall Optometry Ministry first discovered the shortcomings in optical ministry during a mission trip to Honduras in August, 1999.
Project Mission Statement
Kendall Optometry Ministry provides equipment, computer software, and training literature. This allows the creation of an organizational structure for effective optical ministry. The structure allows the creation of proficient teams consisting of professional optical personnel and non-professional volunteers or non-professional volunteers alone. Specially designed computer software allows the data collection, cataloging, inventory control and automated selection of used prescription glasses. These computer programs efficiently interface to numerous modern lensmeters (to measure the glasses) and autorefractors (to measure the eyes) providing the match of glasses to patient.
Kendall Optometry Ministry also provides a completely assembled and organized optical mission kit to be used by professional and non-professional volunteers.
Techniques and software developed by the Kendall Optometry Ministry allow teams to effectively assist 3-5 times as many people as before. Many teams have reported that nobody was ever turned away without significant improvements in their vision. In most cases very long lines are shortened or even eliminated.
Other Cooperative Organizations
Kendall Optometry ministry works closely with these organizations:
(38 teams to Honduras and 23 to Nicaragua)
2. Indiana Lions Club Distribution warehouse of Upland, Indiana.
3. Texas Lions Club of Midland Texas.
4. Woodridge Baptist Church - (Trip to Kenya)
5. Dr. Doug Horner of Indiana University School of Optometry.
6. Dr Ian Berger of Infocus (non-profit organization promoting
7. Methodist missionary team in Sulphur, La.
8. VOSH International - Robert Merriam.
Founder and Executive Director.
Holland Kendall, BSEE, MCP
Members of the Board of Directors.
Holland Kendall, BSEE, MCP, President
Dr Sammy Rose, OD (Vice President of Optometry Consultation)
Bobby Willoughby (Vice President of Technical Support)
Daniel J. Fox (Vice President of Customer Support)
Donald F. Sisco
Others soon to join.
Kendall Optometry Ministry was incorporated in September, 2003 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in the state of Delaware. Primary business is being done in the state of Kentucky.