For being a mom of three boys, I sure do have some pretty dresses at my house 🙂
Thank you Julia for donating these!
We were able to tuck a small gift for Namusubo Kulusumu into the suitcase we sent to Uganda in July. For those of you who are new here, it is because of a little gift-filled shoebox that Carter (my oldest son) packed for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child a couple years ago that 500 Dresses made a connection with a church in Iganga, Uganda. That connection ultimately led to shipping a suitcase stuffed with dresses, shorts and sewing supplies.
Florence (Pastor’s wife at Faith Power Assembly Church in Iganga) was so sweet to take this photo of Namusubo receiving her journal and gel pens.
If you have never taken part in Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, I urge you to consider it. You never know who might receive your gift. Maybe a little girl in Uganda, whose family’s eyes will be opened to the love of Christ.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
Thank you to Rick Brown (To The Feet of the People in Haiti), for taking this photo when he delivered some of our dresses.
From what I understand, his team spent a week loving on orphan children and building some playsets at an orphanage near Les Cayes.
Thanks again to all who have sewn for us and donated in various ways. I’m looking forward to seeing what God has for us this fall 🙂
I am absolutely honored to have had one of my devotions published at The Upper Room yesterday. The devotion was written a couple years ago, but the point is still the same. If you just do the little thing that God is asking you to do, he will show you the next thing. After a while you will look back and be amazed at what he has done, step-by-step, little-by-little through you.
I was asked by The Upper Room earlier this summer to write a blog post to go along with the devotion as sort of a follow-up. I was thrilled to do that too. And I’m excited to respond to the people who read the devotion and contacted me because they want to get involved in the ministry 🙂
We had quite a few dresses left after our shipment to Uganda, and yesterday I had the opportunity to send them along with a group of people from our church heading to Les Cayes, Haiti. This is a totally different ministry than we normally send to, and as you can see from the map above, it is in a totally different part of the county. They will be distributed at an orphanage run by Global Compassion Network.
This means we’ve diminished our supply, so head to your sewing machine and get to work 🙂 And while you are sewing you can pray for Rick, Mark, David, Gary, Juli, Emily, Joann, Melonie, Deann, Kacie, Craig and Lenna who are probably in the sky somewhere as I type.
Below are the dresses we sent. Maybe you see one of yours.
A number of people have asked me about the place we send the dresses and formal gowns in Haiti. The following is taken directly from Mission to Haiti’s website and summarizes the history and current mission. You will not see anything about the Dorcas Ministry Shop (bridal store). It is a new endeavor and different from their main focus of child sponsorship.
A Brief History of Mission to Haiti
In 1960, Bill Nealey, Sr. was invited to visit the country of Haiti. Bill and Ann had only been married for two years and were serving in their first church in Tampa, Florida.
Bill flew to Jamaica in a Pan-Am jet and then changed to a smaller plane to fly to the country of Haiti. At that time, the International Airport didn’t exist. As the small plane flew over the mountains of Haiti, Bill could see hundreds of little villages. He wondered if the people who lived there had ever heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Missionaries met Bill at the small military airport in Port-au-Prince. Within a few minutes they arrived at the mission compound. The next morning, scores of people began arriving to ask for food. They were the poor people of Haiti. Bill had never seen such poverty.
On Sunday, Bill went with the missionaries to have service in the mountains. It was the first time that Bill would have the opportunity to preach the Gospel to the people of Haiti. It was this experience that led to the beginning of Mission To Haiti.
A few years would pass before Bill would have the opportunity to visit Haiti again. In the early 1970s, Bill was invited to go to Haiti for the second time. He and another pastor spent a week in a small community near the border of the Dominican Republic. This experience was even more eye opening than his first experience. On this trip, Bill realized that the Lord was leading him to begin a full time work in Haiti.
After taking several teams to Haiti to help a church in a rural community, Bill and Ann decided that the Lord was leading them to begin a ministry in Haiti. Bill resigned at the church where he was pastoring, and on January 1, 1981 Mission To Haiti was born.
Mission To Haiti is primarily a child sponsorship organization. We are presently working with 12 churches which all have Christian schools. More than 4,000 children attend these schools. We believe we are ‘transforming Haiti one child at a time’.
After 31 years, the Lord continues to bless the work and ministry of Mission To Haiti, with 12 churches and schools, a food program, and a medical clinic.
One of my dearest friends in this world is named Mara. She is the only Mara I have ever known in my 37 years on this planet. (After babysitting our three boys for years, she and her husband just had their first baby, whom I am in love with though I’ve only met her once…but that’s beside the point.)
I was perusing the sponsorship page at Mission to Haiti and saw this sweet little girl’s photo.
Here is her bio:
Love Mara lives in the rural community of Guedon. Her father is a farmer and her mother is unemployed. Jobs are not always available. Love Mara has 2 sisters and 1 brother.
For fun, Love Mara enjoys playing dolls with her friends. She is in Preschool 1 where her favorite subject is writing.
With that name and that beautiful little face I had to introduce you to her. Maybe someone out there wants to become an answered prayer for Love Mara and her family.
Corey and I have been sponsoring children through Mission to Haiti for 17 years, and have met all three of our sponsor boys. Mission to Haiti does a fantastic job with the support money they receive and these kids’ lives are changed because of it.
If someone out there decides to sponsor Little Miss Love Mara, will you let me know?
Here’s the link to get you started – Mission to Haiti sponsorship