“Little Dresses for Africa” is bringing excitement to our village children! On January 21, a group of 7 from Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis will be the “donkeys” for Jesus, taking about 200 dresses that the women at the church have made for our girls. In the last few months, they have had old-fashioned sewing bees to make the dresses, and we are so excited to make the delivery next week! Not wanting the boys to be left out, the men got together and bought 150 pair of shorts, and others donated t-shirts. Thank you to Church at the Crossing and the women of Lydia Ladies for a job well done! For more information about “Little Dresses for Africa,” visit www.littledressesforafrica.org.
Matthew 25:35-36 says, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me…” This report from Davis tells how VPA was able to minister to “the least of these” this past week and shines a light on a critical need in Makutano:
A neighbor brought in a girl whose mother died when she was 5 years old. Her father has remarried, and the step mother had taken her out of school and has been cruel to the girl, who is now 13, by doing such things as burning her clothes. It was a dreadful situation. She has been going from place to place trying to find somewhere to stay, and at some point connected with this neighbor woman. She doesn’t own a single dress, and the neighbor gave her one so she could attend our school interviews. She is smart. Very smart–at the top of her class. We took her in. She will live in our widows’ village with two other children and go to our school, and we will feed and clothe her. Our critical need now is boarding facilities for vulnerable children like this girl. May the Lord open a way so that we get a dormitory for children who are mistreated and they can find a place of refuge.
Please pray with us that God will provide the funds we need to complete our classrooms and build boarding facilities for the children who need them! Thank you for your encouragement and support!