I just got a package of beautiful baby dolls from Michigan, made by Laurie C., and I couldn't wait to show you. Each one is different from the others and full of details.
I love the bow on this one. I'm going to have to make some for my own baby dolls.
This one has a kerchief. And the happiest face imaginable.
This dolly is a different, more complicated pattern. It makes her seem like the big sister of the group.
They are ready for hugging!
Since we only have 5 days until the end of the drive, it's time to talk seriously about some things. Today is Monday. The end of the drive is Saturday. If you are mailing your baby dolls, then your deadline is really only 2 days away. It's time to start finishing some baby dolls.
I say this because I know that some of you aspired to make quite a few dollies, but your workspace still looks like this:
Or even this:
Now, I love an assembly line as much as anyone, maybe more. It's how I make almost everything. But there is a time to work on things one-at-a-time, and time that is today. Regardless of how many you intended to make, a pile of baby doll arms is not going to be fun for any Haitian child. Pick up one of your dolls and finish it completely today. Because one finished dolly is going to make a huge difference in a child's life. Much more than 20 piles of unfinished dolly parts.
I know that the finishing touches of these dolls take the most time, and that can be frustrating when you want to finish a whole bunch. But while you are hand-stitching those faces, or adding those flowers to their hair, consider this. Take that time to really think about the life of the child who will get your dolly. Pray specifically for her. You don't know her name, but God does. Maybe this is the first prayer anyone has ever said for her.
Pray for her safety.
Pray that she is allowed to reach adulthood.
Pray that she finds a loving family.
Pray that she doesn't go to bed with an empty tummy tonight.
Pray that she knows real love.
Pray that she finds Jesus.
Pray that she would know the love of Jesus, and become a light in Haiti.
Pray that she would become a leader, and lead others like her to the Truth.
And keep praying for her after you send me her baby doll. There is a reason I asked you to make these dollies. It would have been much more simple to run to the dollar store and grab a bunch of toys to stick in a box.
But we aren't just sending toys.
We are making a connection between two worlds.
And the time you spend in prayer over the children who will hold your dollies are worth every minute. More than we'll know in this lifetime. Imagine what it might be like in Heaven someday. Seeing someone you've never met walk up to you and say, "I know you. You prayed for me when I was a child. And now we have eternity to get to know each other."
That's why I asked you to make these dolls.
So spend a few extra minutes today finishing a baby doll or two.
And send them to:
Baby Dolls for Haiti
c/o Faith Bible Church
1437 W. Pleasant Run Rd.
De Soto, TX 75115
The deadline is July 28th, so if you are mailing them, you'll need to get them in the mail by the 25th to get here on time.