Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.
Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people. Rev 19:7-8
We, as followers of Jesus Christ, are anticipating the joy of that day when we stand before him as his bride. We’ll be dressed in radiant white garments of righteousness, purchased for us by our Bridegroom himself!
There are many young couples in Haiti who are longing for the day when they can happily say we’re “Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get ma-a-arried.” But unfortunately, that day is far off for many, because the brides can’t afford to buy a wedding dress! The Hopewell Network has come up with a creative way to help!
We have an opportunity to provide wedding gowns for brides in Haiti who are unable to purchase gowns for themselves, and at the same time provide an income stream for the Grace Assemblies Churches! What an awesome idea!
The custom of renting wedding gowns is common in Haiti. The Hopewell Network is undertaking a creative mission to collect and ship used wedding gowns to the Grace Assemblies, which can then rent them out to benefit brides and help provide much-needed income for the churches.
There are many wedding gowns in our communities that can be gathered to bless those less fortunate in Haiti. Some women would be delighted to part with their gowns for a good cause, others not so much. But all women (men included) could be on the lookout for gowns in thrift shops or elsewhere. Perhaps your local bridal shop might be willing to donate a gown or two. You may want to take this issue of Streams Newsletter to help explain our creative mission project.
Let’s get the word out! Let your friends, family, and those in your congregation know that wedding gowns should be brought to the local Hopewell Network churches by June 11. The gowns will then be packaged and shipped to Haiti. We will also be collecting funds to cover the cost of shipping. Thanks for helping us spread the vision and run with it for the glory of God’s kingdom!
By Anita Malizzi,