Kathi gave a Dignity:Liberia presentation at a “Women on Mission” meeting in 2016 that I attended. Linda Thornsberry is on the board and we attend the same Bible Study. Linda learned of my history with mission work yearly since 2010. In 2017, I had the opportunity to support these wonderful women, never dreaming my sewing skills would be a special need. Everyone has a special skill. Don't underestimate.
When I am not spending time with my six grandchildren, I can be found in the local fabric stores, planning my next project. Anything from Easter dresses to embroidered tee shirts for my family pops out of my sewing machine.
This will be my first organized mission trip and I am looking forward to witnessing what God has in store.
I look forward to my third trip to Liberia and spending time with the girls at the Fistula Rehab Center, seeing the new classroom building in use, and enjoying the new palava hut with the girls. This is a special opportunity to help introduce my friends and new team members to what Dignity:Liberia does and the reality of life in Liberia.
I heard about the Dignity:Liberia program through Linda Thornsberry, who is a member of my church Bible Study Group.
Kathi visited our study group and told us about the work Dignity:Liberia is doing in that country. I really enjoyed her testimony and desperately wanted to contribute; however, I didn't commit to actually taking the trip to Liberia right away. For the last couple of years, I helped out by making personal hygiene kits and dresses for the girls there.
After thinking about my involvement in the program over the past couple of years, I decided to jump in all the way and commit to going to Liberia to help teach the women how to sew the kits. I feel like God has blessed me with both the means and gifts. This is an excellent opportunity to put both of those things to good use. I thought that if I didn't go now, I might never go, so I decided a couple of months ago to make the journey.
I am excited to see what God will do with me when I am actually there. I have seen pictures of the Liberian girls wearing dresses I have made in the past, but I know it will be even better to see them in person.
I am a retired corrections officer. I have done missions in Alaska, Illinois, and Nicaragua for nine years now. I love being the hand and feet of Jesus. I am anxious to see what He is doing in Liberia and join Him.
I once had the opportunity to join my church ladies group in sewing dresses and making hygiene kits for Dignity:Liberia. Kay Green invited me to join in on this trip. We enjoy traveling and doing missions together.
I am a retired math teacher and play the roles of mother, wife, and volunteer. I first heard of Dignity:Liberia in the WMU MOSAIC MAGAZINE in July 2013. Kathi came to the Baptist Home in Chillicothe, Missouri, to tell us about Dignity: Liberia and help the ladies start sewing dresses for the project. When delivering their dresses and meeting Linda, my church involvement grew. We sewed many more dresses and hygiene kits and sewed on site with First Baptist Church of Lee's Summit, Missouri.
I have done missions work in Belarus, Taiwan and Nicaragua and am very excited to arrive in Liberia, work with Dignity:Liberia, make new friends and help empower the Liberians to new heights and dreams, all the while giving credit to God for this opportunity.
This trip will be special because for nine years these ladies have been making dresses, hygiene kits, and book bags for the Fistula Survivors. I know they have made over 700 dresses and I am excited for them to finally meet the survivors and teach them how they make the things they make! They are a representative group of seamstresses that have worked so hard for Dignity:Liberia so I think it will be very satisfying. We are getting closer to purchasing land for the maternity home and that is very exciting.