As many of you know, I have been busy raising funds and awareness for my short term mission trip with Little Dresses for Africa. In five months I will be there, serving the people of Malawi! People have been so generous: contributing toward my trip, making dresses for the little girls, making beads for me so that I can sell bracelets, and donating supplies. This has indeed become a community effort!
I had an article in the local paper called The Patch to promote my dress making party. Some UCONN journalism students saw my article and interviewed me for a school project. They will also document my sewing party, so I’ll have some wonderful footage of the day! Wayne Norman from the local radio station (WILI) had me on his show last week and will also do a follow-up with me when I return from my trip! Things are moving forward and God is good.
One special woman from Canada sent me 23 little dresses to take with me to Africa! They represent hours of work and I know they will make some special little girls very happy! Originally I was making dresses to take in honor of each of my sponsors, but I’m realizing that that will take some serious time. I’d really have to ignore my children in order to pull it off. So, these beautiful dresses will go to Malawi in honor of my sponsors, but they were not made by me. They were made by Phyllis Brewster of Surrey, BC Canada. Many thanks to my mother-in-law who introduced Phyllis to my mission.
Here I have six little dresses going in honor of the following people (in order shown, from left to right):
Victoria Saunders, Toronto ON – a friend of Earl’s while he was at McGill. She doesn’t even know me! How cool!
Cora Lynn Deibler, Storrs CT – a very fine illustrator from UConn’s School of Fine Arts. She designed the banner on Earl’s website: www.earlmacdonald.com
The Nebbia family, Wales MA – Aaron was a former student of Earl’s and his dad, Eric, is a fabulous drummer. I became friends with Cheryl through them and she just has a heart of gold!
Dan Luddy, West Hartford CT – another former student of Earl’s! Thank you!
Phyllis Brewster, Surrey BC – the lovely lady who made these dresses! What a blessing! Thank you!
The Trombley family, Worcester MA – I have known my fabulous friend Liza since middle school! I spent so much time with her family growing up and have such great memories of them all!
I’m gearing up for our sewing party on Saturday! I’ll take an army duffel bag with me that will hold 150 dresses! So, sew on my friends, sew on!