Little Dresses For Africa-The Rest Of The Story

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Dear Friends,

Back in April, even though I don’t sew, I participated in a sewing event organized by our church to sew dresses for little girls in need throughout the world. And this event was specifically for Africa. (You can read more about this event in an earlier blog titled “Little Dresses For Africa”).

There was a lot of conversation while the dresses were being sewn and I spoke with an older lady who has sewn more then 250 dresses for this cause. In the course of our conversation she told me that she had not seen a picture of one of her dresses on a young girl and how much she would like this opportunity. I shared that I was going to Kenya and offered to take some of her dresses with me. I told her I would try to deliver the dresses to girls in need and, if they would allow, to take their pictures. The sole purpose of this endeavor would be to bring those pictures back to her. As you can imagine, she was thrilled with this plan.

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After the sewing event I was given a box of new dresses by another group. Between the two groups I almost filled a duffel bag with dresses for our trip. During the first 6 weeks we were here I waited with anticipation that God would give me an opportunity to deliver these dresses. Nothing happened. I declared to Terry, “I am not packing up these dresses and taking them back home with us! God better bring some girls to me.” And true to God, two opportunities presented themselves in the last three weeks and I have been able to be God’s hands and feet. What an honor and privilege.

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The first opportunity was with a neighbor. This family has two young daughters, ages 3 and 8 months. The 8 month old has had substantial medical issues and is not developing as she should. Kenya does not have medical insurance or financial assistance programs to help out with such situations. As you can imagine their medical bills are great.

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The family was grateful for the two new dresses God had me bring to them.

This past Saturday God brought the second opportunity for me to deliver the remaining dresses. Our house help, Mama Kingsly, has an 8 year old daughter who has friends that are in need. After explaining about the dresses she invited us to her home to deliver them and to take pictures. (You can read about Mama Kingsley in a blog post titled “House Help” and about her neighborhood and home in the last blog post titled “Different Neighborhoods People Call Home”)

We went to her home and sure enough the number of girls that showed up was the number of dresses I had. It is always amazing to me when God works like that. Here are two of the pictures I will be taking to the lady who has made dresses since 2008.

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As we were getting ready to leave Mama Kingsley’s home I heard the young girl’s voices in Swahili outside the door to her apartment. Mama Kingsley turns to me and says, “Do you hear them singing? They are singing, ‘Our God is Amazing, He has blessed us.’” I could only weakly smile in response as I was overwhelmed with awe.

Until next letter,
Laurie

P.S. If you wish to learn more about Little Dresses For Africa the website is:
http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/

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20 thoughts on “Little Dresses For Africa-The Rest Of The Story

  1. That is sooooooooooooo awesome …. God knows everything … down to exact numbers and timing! What a thrill to be the “special delivery person!” Thinking of you often and sending up prayers. Are you going to be able to see Andy and Heather and family? When do you return to the states? I bet it’s just around the corner. THANKS for taking us along on your adventure! Hugs … Patti

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    • Hello Patti! Thank you for your encouragement and prayers. We are heading home August 29, a little less then 2 weeks away. Since we are flaying through London we are stopping over for 2 days and get home Sept 2. We will not get to see Andy, Heather and family. The first 2 months we were here they were in Scotland on deputation and this last month we have not been able to get over to them. It seems we are close but we would actually have to fly which can be a bit pricy. Love to YOU and Stan!

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  2. Laurie, thank you for the work you are doing there. You and Terry are an inspiration to others to go all in and follow God. Love your blog posts that are letting us join you on this journey. I can’t wait to hear what God has been teaching the two of you. God Bless.

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  3. Thank you for leading this charge! It is so amazing to see how this is blessing families! Thank you so much for the stories, pictures and all the love and prep that went into this project! To God be the Glory!

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  4. Thanks Terry and Laurie for all your work on this project. Our God is amazing! Keep up the great work–you are an inspiration to all of us!

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing this post with us! You have no idea how much this has encouraged me to think outside of the box. The dresses are a wonderful blessing for those little girls and their families. It is so cool to see God’s plans unfold perfectly. Praying for you!

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    • Janelle, thank you for your commenting, it gives us great encouragement when we read comments like yours. Thank you for your prayers, they are a blessing.

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  6. Terry and Laurie, thank you for following God’s best for your life. It is encouraging to us at NewPointe in Canton to see God work through you in Africa! I love the dresses, the uniqueness and bright colors sure does bring hope. We will continue to pray for you both and all that God has for you!

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  7. Laurie, thank you for all you’re doing to bless these precious people with the little dresses! Love this story and love your heart for Jesus and ministry!

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  8. Terry and Laurie, thank you for sharing. How awesome to be able to witness the rest of the story. Thank you for all you’re doing. You remain in our thoughts and prayers. God bless!

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  9. Laurie, how exciting! We are starting this ministry at New Pointe Community Church Dover Campus. This inspires me to get things moving along! Thanks for being a shining example of being God’s hands and feet to those less fortunate.

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