"and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3
Most of you know I love *LOVE,* I love weddings, wedding dresses, flowers, and yes, even Valentine's Day! This year, I want to do something that I am REALLY excited about! Something special I have been dreaming about for a long time and I want to give you an opportunity to share in my joy!
Most girls dream of their wedding day and plan it down to every last detail. Women in Uganda often do not get this opportunity. Weddings are very expensive, as are wedding gowns. Most women end up cohabitating to avoid these costs. As many of you know, I work with women/girls who have been sex-trafficked, abused, raped, discarded, and abandoned.
Most of them never dream they will actually have a wedding day. Or a man who loves them. When I took my first group of child mothers/child soldiers into a HOME, one thing we prayed for and dreamed for, is that someday they would get married.
This year I have several of them who will have that dream, and will enter a covenant marriage with a man who loves them. For a woman with a difficult past, this is a huge dream come true.We can bestow beauty and praise upon her, instead of a spirit of despair.
I want to make that day as special as possible.The beautiful thing is we have a team of 12 from Alethia Church in Harrisonburg, coming over to Uganda this March and they can carry extra supplies for us! I'm asking that you send those wedding dresses you hold so dear that are sitting in your closets, or those bridesmaid dresses you've been wanting to get rid of to us----- so that we can make a girl's dream come true!
- Wedding dresses (in good condition--larger sizes especially wanted)
- Wedding shoes, accessories
- Bridesmaid dressesto: Zion Project
4729 Palmer Rd, Massanutten, VA 22840 by UPS or Fed ex only- no USPS by February 25th.
I've also dreamed with Pst Ron & Joy for a long time that we would have a MASS WEDDING in Gulu to marry all those people who don't want to cohabitate, but truly want to enter into a COMMITMENT of marriage. We have many women who've been sex-trafficked or left the sex industry to start a new life and they want to have a covenant marriage, but cannot afford it.
You can help them!We're even hoping we can turn this into a little boutique or business for some of our women to run! Yeah when we dream, we dream BIG! :)
If you would like to contribute to this dream please consider giving Zion Project a donation:
http://zionproject.org/donate.htmlor send a check to
P.O. Box 321
Quinque, VA 22965
put "mass wedding" in memo.
(this is Pauline--one of my girls getting married this year who will hopefully be wearing my wedding dress very soon!) with much love and hope,