July 26, 2016 Update and Hello from Rachel

Team 2016 heads out!

Chief T well 2016 child at the well

A child enjoys fresh water at Chief Kachindamoto’s village, supplied by LDFA.

In less than a month, Team 2016 will be headed out to love and support the people of Malawi, Africa.  We have developed deep and lasting friendships with so many and excited to see them again.  When the vision team went in April 2016 we scouted two new villages north and south of Lilongwe.  We promised them each a well and we will be going back to celebrate the opening of that fulfilled promise.  God willing, we will once again share songs and prayer and food and of course your little dresses and also britches for boys among other things.  We are once again planning to support Ministry of Hope and their mobile medical clinic.  It’s always an emotional but fulfilling day.  We will be shopping in town for supplies such as oil, sugar, salt, soap, rice, Bibles, and other essentials to deliver to the widows and child-headed families.  We call these Buckets of Hope.  We take them personally to the most vulnerable and visit the recipients in their homes and hear their stories and we are blessed beyond measure.  Our goal is 600 at $20/each. Please be assured that money donated to a specific project goes ONLY to that project so let us know when you give if you have a preference.  It’s amazing to think about the lives these gifts will bless.  We heard from one widow that she literally did not know what she was going to eat the next day until we brought her a bucket. Praise the Lord. Talk about tangible hope! 

We will be leaving August 24th and after 24 hours of travel, will arrive and hit the ground running.  It’s a tough trip and not for everyone but our team can’t wait.  We are excited to paint the alphabet on the walls of the new primary school in Mataka Village, and organize the distribution center, and hold the babies at the crisis center.  We ask for your prayers for safe travel in these uneasy times.  We ask for your prayers for a united team, each with our own quirks and idiosyncrasies.  We ask for good health and we ask that we do no harm while we are there and that we return with full hearts ready to continue the work that all of you so lovingly support. IMG_1732

Chief Theresa Kachindamoto in person in the USA!

Exciting things are happening.  You may have seen on Facebook that we opened ticket sales a tad early for the Michigan Big Dinner as well as tickets for the Rome Raffle, which is now open to all of you.  If you are looking for a reason to come to Michigan, the night planned here for 11.12.16  is reason enough.  The internet is buzzing with articles on Chief Theresa Kachindamoto. She is the woman Chief from the Dedza district of Malawi, who is making it her life’s mission to end child marriages. She has successfully returned over 1000 little girls to school and released them from being child brides. She’s simply amazing and you will have a chance to meet her at the BIG DINNER at the Riverview MetroCity Church campus on 11.12.16. You do not want to miss this!LDFA_2016_PcardBack_625x45_001Dinner, amazing speaker, silent auction and to take the night right over the top…the one and only Chad Dohring will be performing and releasing his long awaited worship album, “Carry Me” with proceeds to benefit Little Dresses for Africa. I cannot begin to tell you the excitement of this night. The generosity of Chad is humbling and exciting! Tickets are now on sale on line and will be limited to the first 500 people. A night at the new Riverview campus, Senior Chief Kachindamoto in person, Chad performing, and all to benefit Little Dresses for Africa. Tickets are $35.00 and it’s a steal. Grab them while you can.

If you have not signed up to host your own BIG DINNER at your home, church, school or community center, it’s never too late.  Sign up at www.ldfaconnect.com/thebigdinner .  Remember, any size dinner is great.  Big or small, simple or fancy.  Be part of transforming thousands of lives as we join together in a single night. Check the website often to see what new items are available for your BIG DINNER and be sure to sign up for the LDFA Hosts FaceBook page where ideas and encouragement can be exchanged. SendDown_Template2T-shirts will be available soon so stay tuned. Be sure to let me know how many copies you’d like to order for your guests of our theme song “Send Down” by Erik Grant Bennett.  This makes an amazing take home for your guests and will keep the message alive as they “keep on telling the story, giving God all the glory.”    Also available for download on ITunes.

Italy? What?  How???

Jet to Europe with your $1,000 airline voucher and experience Italy like never before!  The package includes six days and five nights for two at “La Tana dell’lstrice.” This romantic bed and breakfast is set among the backdrop of vineyards and rolling hills. The B&B on-site owners will embrace you warmly from the moment you arrive. You and your guest will be treated to world class wines at a wine tasting, an exceptional dining experience, as well as a guided tour of  the vineyards.  The Bed and Breakfast is located in Civitella D’agliano Viterbo, about 50 miles NW of Rome, Italy. This amazing raffle has been made possible by friend and supporter, Myra Moreland and Little Dresses for Africa, and is valued at $4,000.00.  Tickets are $100/each and is open to everyone, but tickets are limited to the first 150 people, so get yours fast.  To purchase tickets, contact us personally or buy them on line at RomeRaffle. The winner will be announced at the BIG DINNER 11.12.16.

I know this is a lot to take in and we are excited and know you are too.  Thank you for being part of the change and for your generous support of Little Dresses for Africa.IMG_1831 Keep Sewing!  We’re not going to run out of kids that need us!

Love,

Rachel

 

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