why, you ask because THREE CORDS started up! with the help of my amazing friends here: christy florida, abby lynch, and diana weibe, we were able to paint the room next to the prosthetics lab, decorate it, and get it nice and ready for the women to come to work this week. and they did! and here's the thing: they LOVE it. i think these women would come to make these beautiful creations even if they weren't getting paid, because it is so fun for them to get to work with their hands. we as humans were made to create, and be creative, just as our God is. it is just so fun to watch these women pick out their colors and put so much heart into each little project they begin.
THREE CORDS is the name of the company, named because our main product, a braided headband, has three cords, but mostly because of the verse in the Ecclesiates that says "a cord of three strands is not easily broken...blessed is the man who when he falls down, he has somebody to pick him up." we talk a lot about how this is what our relationship with God and our community should look like. with God and our fellowship of believers, we cannot be broken... instead, God is making us new every day. these women are truly tasting redemption as they regain the confidence that they have worth in Christ. in haiti, when you are an amputee, you are led to believe that you are no longer whole. you are seen basically as a vegetable, who is unable to do anything except beg on the side of the road. Before this, most had not left their respective tent city ONE TIME. they were always in their tents, with absolutely nothing to do. they couldn't even dream that they would ever be hired for anything, as there are thousands upon thousands of two legged people that can't even get a job because haiti has no economy. now, if you can imagine, these women are SO thankful for this opportunity to work, to sit with a group of women on a regular basis who have similar circumstances as them, so they can encourage each other. i wish you could see them sing and pray and laugh as they work. it is truly amazing!
here are some pictures of the beautiful craft lab and the beautiful women that work in it! the last picture is me walking in a tent city visiting some of my friends.