Ret Pray Love Foundation

Christ-Centered. Eyecare. Ministry.

aka RPLF   |   San Antonio, TX   |  www.RetPrayLoveFoundation.org

Mission

Ret.Pray.Love.Foundation was incorporated March 23, 2018 with a vision to be the foremost Christ-centered eyecare ministry, focusing on physical and spiritual well-being throughout the world.  Our mission is simple:  create a world where everybody sees better both physically and spiritually. Our purpose is to provide eyecare while fulfilling the call to share God’s love.

Notes from the nonprofit

With countries lifting COVID travel restrictions, RPLF is excited to return to the mission field in Spring 2023 to Peru and Guatemala. Our new Board of Directors is busy restructuring and implementing applicable programming. Upon completion and approval by the Board, same will be share here and on our website.

Ruling year info

2018

President

Lee S Peplinski O.D., F.A.A.O.

Secretary / Operations Outreach Coordinator

Rayanne Peplinski

Main address

3103 Eisenhauer Road #L-23

San Antonio, TX 78209 USA

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EIN

82-4915247

NTEE code info

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Ret.Pray.Love.Foundation aims to be the foremost Christ-centered eyecare ministry, focusing on physical and spiritual well-being throughout the world. Our purpose is to use our gifts to provide eyecare while fulfilling the call to share God's love. Our values include Bold Courage, Compassion, Excellence, Faithfulness, Servanthood, Integrity, Humility and Partnership.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Eyecare Outreach Clinics, Education & Discipleship

Ret.Pray.Love.Foundation has led several missions into Nigeria, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Peru. The Board of Directors consist of 2 lay persons, 4 licensed practicing Optometrists holding current licenses and insurance through their employers. We have partnered with Kentucky College of Optometry and the New England College of Optometry, as well as the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists International, to make better eyecare providers through education and interactive/hands-on learning while opening the spiritual eyes of the Optometry profession toward compassionate clinical care. Our goals while in the mission field are to empower people to self-manage ocular health needs, partner with local health authorities to foster empowerment of Public Service Education and with spiritual leaders to form a bridge from physical health to spiritual well-being through prayer and connection to the local church.

Population(s) Served

A team of 34 persons with Ret.Pray.Love.Foundation (RPLF), including 9 optometrists, 11 student doctors from New England College of Optometry FCO, 9 student doctors from Kentucky College of Optometry FCO, 1 PhD administrator, and 4 family members, partnered with Jimmy Squires Ministries (JMSM) for their first medical eye care and evangelism mission in communities around Bayamon, Puerto Rico in May 2019. JMSM has been serving these communities and helping their recovery ever since Hurricane Maria, including Ingenio/Toa Baja, Corozal, Bayamon, Arecibo, and Manati.


An amazing 1440 patient exams were completed, and more importantly 250 salvations for Christ! The synergy of the teams was truly a gift from God, providing for both the physical and spiritual vision needs of those served. Each patient had an opportunity to be prayed over, and connected with a local church community.


As a result, over 639 pairs of reading glasses, 216 prescription glasses, more than 634 sunglasses, numerous safety glasses, and countless artificial tears were provided to these patients. In addition, 70 patients received prescription eye drops for their medical eye condition (thanks to our generous sponsors!).


Medical eye problems identified included 112 patients with glaucoma or as a glaucoma suspect, 257 cataract patients with 37 referred for surgery, 34 diabetic retinopathy referrals, and 27 various other med/surg referrals.


Of more significance and of greater lasting impact, the ministry team was able to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in each of these communities. In the process over 500 bibles were provided, along with bible tracts to encourage the local churches. Support and supplies were provided to local pastors in each community to help them continue in their ministry.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
Economically disadvantaged people

A team of 4 optometrists and 9 evangelism ministry members with the Ret.Pray.Love.Foundation partnered with FCO-Nigeria and the Benue State government for the first eye care, medical outreach, and evangelism mission in Makurdi and surrounding communities. After more than two years of preparation headed by Dr. Kingsley Alohan, with support from the Benue State Ministry of Health and Governor Samuel Ortom’s administration, we arrived to serve the good people of Benue State.

An amazing 473 patient exams were completed (and documented), with more than 150 additional encounters where reading glasses and sunglasses were provided! This is a tremendous accomplishment since the Ministry of Health had no prior experience with the unique demands of an eye care mission, and the team had no prior mission trips to Africa. These patients presumably had no other access to eye care services, thus meeting a dire need in the communities served.

As a result, over 400 pairs of reading glasses, more than 400 sunglasses, numerous safety glasses, and countless artificial tears were provided to these patients. In addition, 123 patients received prescription eye drops for their medical eye condition (thanks to our generous sponsor Allergan!).

Medical eye problems identified included 105 newly diagnosed glaucoma patients (with treatment and referral), 72 cataract patients with 59 referred for surgery (drops provided), 10 diabetic referrals, 2 pterygium surgery referrals, and several various other med/surg referrals. Of note, the prevalence and severity of the glaucoma encountered was far greater than anticipated, requiring aggressive medical therapy.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people

April 2023. RPLF will provide eyecare in Santa Rosa, Peru, regardless of ability to pay while partnering with local health authorities, facilities and spiritual leaders, to empower people to self-manage ocular health needs. Our team will utilize personal gifts to share the Gospel forming a bridge from physical health to spiritual well-being through prayer and connection to the local church. RPLF will assist in training local leaders and teachers to perform eye screenings as well as provide education and interactive/hands-on learning for eyecare providers while opening the spiritual eyes of the Optometry profession towards compassionate clinical care.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
Economically disadvantaged people

March 6th-11th & 11th-18th, 2023. RPLF will provide eyecare in the mountain communities of Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala, regardless of ability to pay while partnering with local health authorities, facilities and spiritual leaders, to empower people to self-manage ocular health needs. Our team will utilize personal gifts to share the Gospel forming a bridge from physical health to spiritual well-being through prayer and connection to the local church. RPLF will assist in training local leaders and teachers to perform eye screenings as well as provide education and interactive/hands-on learning for eyecare providers while opening the spiritual eyes of the Optometry profession towards compassionate clinical care.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
Economically disadvantaged people
People with vision impairments
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

"Changing Life Through Lenses" Program 2019

Essilor

Affiliations & memberships

Essilor Changing Life Through Lenses 2019

Fellowship of Christian Optometrists International Nigeria 2018

Fellowship of Christian Optometrists International 2019

Fellowship of Christian Optometrists International 2020

Restoring Vision 2020

One Sight 2017

One Sight 2018

One Sight 2019

One Sight 2020

Christian Medical & Dental Association 2019

Christian Medical & Dental Association 2018

Christian Medical & Dental Association 2020

Restoring Vision 2019

Restoring Vision 2018

Christian Medical & Dental Association 2021

Restoring Vision 2021

One Sight 2021

Fellowship of Christian Optometrists International 2021

Benevity Causes Portal 2020

Benevity Causes Portal 2021

Kentucky Nonprofit Network 2019

Kentucky Nonprofit Network 2020

Kentucky Nonprofit Network 2021

Kentucky Nonprofit Network-Best Practices Partner 2020

Kentucky Nonprofit Network-Best Practices Partner 2021

GMHC Medical Missions 2020

GMHC Medical Missions 2021

Mission Increase Foundation-Ministry Partner 2020

Mission Increase Foundation-Ministry Partner 2021

Christian Medical & Dental Association 2022

Kentucky Nonprofit Network-Best Practices Partner 2022

Kentucky Nonprofit Network 2022

Benevity Causes Portal 2022

Fellowship of Christian Optometrists International 2022

Restoring Vision 2022

One Sight 2022

Mission Increase Foundation-Ministry Partner 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Eyecare Outreach Clinics, Education & Discipleship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Operations Outreach Coordinator was able to travel to the mountain communities situated near Copan Ruinas to hold Teacher Vision Screening Trainings for 5 community schools.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Eyecare Outreach Clinics, Education & Discipleship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These 5 community school teachers were able to screen every student grade 1-6 in their respective schools.

Number of clients who self-report increased skills/knowledge after educational program/intervention

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Eyecare Outreach Clinics, Education & Discipleship

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

To know that each student's vision was screened was a blessing to RPLF. Results were forwarded to RPLF to process necessary reading glasses for visually challenged students.

Number of products distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Eyecare Outreach Clinics, Education & Discipleship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our mission partners will be able to distribute the reading glasses to those that were identified as visually challenged this next month.

Number of Salvations for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Eyecare Outreach Clinics, Education & Discipleship

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Children were given the opportunity to see Jesus' love in action through these teachers and to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Goals...
*Providing eyecare throughout the world, regardless of ability to pay.
*Utilizing personal gifts to share the Gospel.
*Forming a bridge from phsyical health to spiritual well-being through prayer and connection to the local church.
*Partnering with local health authorities, facilities and spiritual leaders.
*Empowering people to self-manage ocular health needs.
*Making better eyecare providers through education and interactive/hands-on learning.
*Opening the spiritual eyes of the Optometry profession towards compassionate clinical care.
*Developing corporate partnerships to share in our mission.

Our Stratgeies...
*Sharing from abundance of gifts.
*Seizing the opportunity to give back.
*Recognizing the chance to minister to a patient's spiritual needs.
*Appling Scripture and devotionals in health care practices.
*Appling Scripture and ministry component into Continuing Education courses for Optometry profession.
*Identifing countries and connections already established.
*Developing corporate partnerships.

Our Values...

Bold Courage. We accept the risks and challenges of bringing eyecare and the Gospel to a world in need. Hebrews 13:5-6

Compassion. We show God’s love, grace, and mercy through our interactions with others. Psalm 86:15

Excellence. We provide outstanding quality and the highest standard of care wherever we serve. Galatians 5:13-14

Faithfulness. We are committed to being obedient in following God’s will to love others through the ministry of eyecare. Revelation 2:10

Servanthood. We are the hands, feet, and voice of Jesus Christ to the underserved throughout the world. Colossians 3:17

Integrity. We firmly adhere to the highest standards of personal actions, spiritual faithfulness, and professional ethics. Titus 2:7

Humility. We value others above ourselves to glorify our Father in Heaven. Philippians 2:3

Partnership. We build relationships on the foundation of God’s Word and love for others. Acts 2:46-47. Not limited to: communities, mission organizations, ministries, schools, churches, local and national governments, health authorities, facilities, spiritual leaders, caregivers, prayer warriors, donors, industry and corporate entities, eyecare providers, friends, family, and teammates.

An "Until All Can See" Peru Service-Learning Vision Mission Trip is scheduled for May 16-22, 2021 in the community of Santa Rosa (about 45-1 hour NW of Lima). RPLF will take a team of 6-8 doctors and several lay persons to provide no cost medical eyecare, vision care services, glasses, and mission work to those in need in the area. The team will be loving, serving and giving hope to the least of these in the surrounding communities of Santa Rosa/Ancon. Our goals while in the mission field are to empower people to self-manage ocular health needs, partner with local health authorities to foster empowerment of Public Service Education, and parter with faith-based local leaders to form a bridge between physical health to spiritual well-being through prayer and connection to a local church.

Ret.Pray.Love.Foundation held free eyecare clinics in the surrounding areas of Santiago, Dominican Republic and in four days was able to complete 671 clinic exams, 234 school screenings and provide medications, readers, sunglasses and safety glasses to those served.

Ret.Pray.Love.Foundation visited Benue State, Nigeria July 21-29, 2018 serving alongside the Fellowship of Christian Optometry International Nigeria to host multiple free eyecare clinics for the people in the surrounding communities of Makurdi. RPLF was able to conduct continuing education courses for local Optometrists in the areas of dry eye, punctal plug insertion, and Glaucoma Awareness. RPLF is currently schedule to return to Markundi, Nigeria October 10-16, 2021 to host a Glaucoma/SLT & Discipleship Conference.

RPLF will also conduct a scouting mission to Yoro-Yoro, Honduras June 21-29, 2021 to meet with local leaders, Pastors and the teachers at Victory Christian School serving as the only bilingual school for the entire area which was hit hard by COVID-19 then two back-to-back hurricanes last year. RPLF will train VCS teachers how to conduct eye screenings, align with local leaders to prepare and schedule several outreach clinics and Public Service Campaigns in March 2022, and support Pastors with Discipleship training and encouragement.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Regardless of race, religion, economic capacity or region, RPLF partners with in-country missionaries, health officials, and governments to provide comprehensive eye examinations, reading glasses, sunglasses, safety glasses, eyeglass repair kits, cleaning cloths, and Bibles to children, women and men free of charge. Vision and eye health plays a primary role in a student’s development and ability to learn. RPLF's Student Vision Screening Program is designed to identify those students who might benefit from improvement in their visual skills. Having this knowledge helps teachers and parents become advocates for helping students follow through with a referral for an examination after a vision screening, and the importance and benefit of seeing an eye doctor.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Based on prior year feedback, RPLF has been able to streamline our eyecare clinics in registration, patient history, and dispensing. We added asme-language Prayer Partners and Bible distributions to our clinics. We have also been able to give our patients a more thorough eye exam experience and extra perks such as lens cleaning cloths, glass cases, and repair kits without charge.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Ret.Pray.Love.Foundation encourages an open and inclusive multi-level participation in the destination we serve so the host community plays a vital role in setting the strategy, delivering actions and activities, and monitoring progress. All partners are able to provide input approving, supporting, or disagreeing with any given action, and may also possess knowledge that our leadership may be unfamiliar with. We require a sustained process of interaction and coauthoring and capacity to control or prevent damaging practices or activities. Due to COVID-19 and the inability to conduct mission trips, RPLF financially supported partners on the ground to distribute food and medical supplies to those desperately in need.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Ret Pray Love Foundation

Board of directors
as of 07/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Keith Slayden

Ret.Pray.Love.Foundation

Term: 2021 - 2023


Board co-chair

Mrs. Rayanne Peplinski

Ret.Pray.Love.Foundation

Term: 2022 - 2024

Aaron McNulty

O.D., RPLF

Nicole Pogue

O.D., RPLF

Heather Horn

RPLF

Keith Slayden

O.D., RPLF

Rayanne Peplinski

RPLF

Lee Peplinski

O.D., RPLF

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/24/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/29/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.