How to Bestow Beauty

February 14, 2012

me wedding dress

“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!

Please send

  • Wedding dresses (in good condition–larger sizes especially wanted)
  • Veils
  • Wedding shoes, accessories
  • Bridesmaid dresses
    to: 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.html

or send a check to
Zion Project
P.O. Box 321
Quinque, VA 22965
put “mass wedding” in memo.

with much love and hope,

Sarita

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16201196716853610532 Laura Rennie

    Can’t wait to see you NEXT WEEK and serve the beautiful women and children you work with. I’ll be bringing some jewelry and my wedding shoes! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10485947471235633035 Amy

    Sweet Pauline!! So thrilled for her to be married, and the new baby. Please give her hugs and kisses for me!!

    -amy