We have been busy stitching away, preparing Quilts to send to different orphanages. One of our most favorite ways to get them there is through the families that are traveling to these different countries to pick up their adopted children.. Last week we sent another batch with a family that is adopting children from Ethiopia.
We also received a wonderful gift last week, a young girl who has never quilted, Went to the fabric store, bought a lot of fabric and a rotary cutter and cut 100 quilts for the orphanage and provided the flannel backings for all of them.
The following is an article that I wrote for my church website about the delivery of some quilts. Thank you all for your help, if you have any questions, email me anytime.
Enjoy this beautiful fall weather.
In Gods Time
For those of you that don’t know, my children, Stacey and her husband and John and his wife are each adopting two children from Ethiopia. We should have four more beautiful grandchildren by next spring. (Our daughter Amy is also expecting, so that will make it number five) Through this entire process we really wanted to do more to meet the everyday need of so many children, one thing we decided we could do was to start making quilts and begin the shipment of quilts to countries such as Ethiopia , Uganda and Haiti.
At the same time I began reading stories about adoption and missionaries in these countries. One story that really moved me was Kisses from Katie. The book is written by Katie Davis and it is about her life in Uganda. Katie originally was from Nashville Tennessee, she went on a Mission trip to Uganda, she then returned to Uganda with an amazing passion to serve Jesus. She now lives in Jinga, Uganda, she is only 22 years old and is in the process of adopting 13 young girls that live with her. I was so moved by her story, I contacted Amazima ministries and ask them if we could send Katie and her 13 daughters quilts. The response from Amazima ministries was yes. They asked us if we could mail the quilts directly to Katie. I told them that I would be mailing the quilts at the end of the week.
I went to the post office to pick up boxes for shipment to Uganda. There was a 50% chance that they would not make it to Uganda. The post office worker gave me some boxes and told me that I ought to look into using the vacuum bags to reduce the bulk to ship the quilts.
I looked at some area stores for the vacuum bags, couldn’t find them anywhere so I ordered them from a lady on eBay. They were going to be shipped all the way from California. In the meantime I chose the 14 quilts that we were going to send to Katie and her girls. They were arranged in a nice pile waiting to be mailed. The eBay lady delayed the shipment a couple more days. I was so frustrated so I prayed about it, God knew how I felt and that it was important for me to get these quilts to Uganda.
The vacuum bags arrived but life here was really busy the next week, the quilts just sat. Every time I walked past that pile, I kept thinking I need to get those quilts in the mail. I began to think that they were never going to get there because of all the delays.
Another weekend went by, I told myself on Monday morning, I was not going to do anything else but get those quilts in the mail. Sunday night Stacey called me and wanted me to babysit Monday morning, I told her that would be fine but one of my goals that was to get those quilts ready. It had been almost 2 weeks of delays. The grandchildren arrived, I brought out the vacuum cleaner and we tried to get the quilts ready. Believe me the vacuum bags do not work as well as they do when you watch the TV commercials.
I was trying to do the best that I could, I figured I could be to the post office when Stacey returned the next hour. She didn’t return on time, she called an hour late and said I am sorry mom, the meeting ran long. I began to tell her about my frustration with the vacuum bags, she said she would hurry home and help but asked if she could stop to fill up her car with gas because she was on empty.
In God’s time. I cannot even tell you how many delays there were. I looked at everything as delays, I didn’t think about the fact that God had other plans. Stacey did stop for gas that morning , She ran into a friend , Dede, and they began to chat. Her friend, Dede at the gas station was going to Uganda that week. Not only was she going to Uganda but she was actually going to Jinga, Uganda , she was actually stopping by Katie Davis’s house to where the quilts were going. She would be happy to deliver the quilts in person.
It just brings tears to my eyes every time I think of all of the delays that God put in my life so that the quilts could be delivered safely. Not only did we send the quilts to Katie and her daughters but we also packed another bag of quilts so that Dede could pass them out to the orphanage that she was going to be working in.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. Jeremiah 29:11-12 Next time that you have a delay, just remember that God has other plans.