This blog is going to be an easy blog thanks to a girl who emailed me 4 years ago. Libby Brady emailed me in November of 2008 sharing a gorgeous photo of her daughter. Still have the photo. A few years lady she told me of a mission trip she was going on. Matilda Jane helped. Below is a post about another mission trip she just took. Thanks Libby for letting us help. – Denise
from Libby Brady’s Blog….
The hugest. chunk. of my heart.
is in Kenya with these beautiful people.
It is crazy how now when I board the airplane to return to the United States after being in Africa, it feels like I am leaving home.
I already start feeling that knot in my stomach of homesickness.
I am already swallowing hard, letting the tears fall for the faces and
people family I am leaving.
I immediately begin the countdown until I land on their soil again.
March. April. May.
That is all I have left to wait and prepare for my return to my friends in Kenya.
My husband and I are so blessed to be able to take students each summer on a missions trip to love on the people of Kenya
for the students to fall in love with serving others.
Part of the preparation for each trip is gathering supplies for us to take with us to give to the orphans & children & adults & hospitals. The smiles that come to our friends faces when they see the supplies & gifts we bring is unexplainable. Many times we gather items that are NEEDS & these people need these items to survive. to live.
When we get to take colorful clothes & toys that are extras for the children,
IT IS SO MUCH FUN!
A few years back, I emailed Denise, the owner of Matilda Jane Clothing and asked her if she could send some colorful headbands, something fun for the kids at the orphanages & hospitals to have. She immediately replied to my email and said
Within just a few days we had boxes & boxes of clothing to take with us.
I couldn’t believe that this company cared this much for people in another country they had never met.
We packaged everything up & spread the beautiful colors & textures from
all over Kenya. If we passed a group of children, we stopped & gave them all new outfits.
You should have seen those smiling, laughing faces
the splash of color we left them wearing!
Year after year we return & we see them wearing those same clothing, some are ripped & torn.
They wear them every day!
Each year we ask for more clothing from Denise to take back & each year the boxes become more abundant.
The reaction is the same every time they are delivered to my home.
I can see the other side of this delivery. I can already see my little friends in their new outfits. I can already see the smiles tugging at the corners of their mouths. I can already hear the
meaning “Thank you”. I can already feel their arms being thrown around me. I can already see them lining up to dance and hear them singing for 30 minutes
letting us know just how excited and thankful they are.
So, to me,
Matilda Jane is not just an adorable clothing company.
It is a Gift.
To me. To them.
Thank you, Denise & all of the Matilda Jane Team.
One place that we get to visit while we are in Kenya is
We don’t get to see the children receive the clothing here, we leave them an outfit or 2 for each of their orphaned children.
They save them for Christmas and Julie, the founder sends me pictures of them after they have opened their Christmas Present from Denise.
Look at these little adorable faces on Christmas Day at NV!
This last image is probably my favorite.
All of the children were leaving this specific gathering and I glanced up to see these sisters walking
hand in hand
down a little dusty trail toward their mud hut.
I couldn’t help but smile thinking about how blessed I am that these beautiful little children have changed my life.
Matilda Jane wants to give one my readers a
$50 Gift Card
How awesome is that?!?
All you have to do is both of these:
1. Share the link to my blog on your Facebook or Twitter page.
2. Leave a comment on this blog – tell me which of the above pictures is your favorite & make sure you leave your contact info.
I will be randomly drawing a winner on Monday & announcing it here on the blog!
Thank you for reading my heart today.
It is quite full.