Sunday, March 13, 2011

Another God Sighting

Another example of how our preparations for Africa have been used and applied right here in Salem....

One of the goals on this trip is to teach national women how to crochet with "plarn" (plastic yarn) made from discarded bags. Our hope is that they will make goods to sell at the market, thus earning income. We'll try and get some photos posted of the bowl, shoe/loafer, and wallet/purse already made. But, if you can't wait for that, click the link below for some google images showcasing the possibilities!

Now, back to the God Sighting. We have been caring for a dog whose owners have been homeless since late December. They are now in a shelter but can't take the dog, so, while they are getting back up on their feet, we are "foster parents" to a spry 12 -year old American Eskimo. Her owners come about once a week to visit. During a recent visit, the plarn project came up and I learned that the wife loves to crochet! Well, it wasn't long before I found myself showing her a sample and encouraging her to make and sell goods for income. Hellooo! That is exactly what we're going to be doing in Africa.

I guess God is giving some opportunity to "rehearse"...while pointing out that missions in Burkina and missions in Salem have more than one common thread.

Speaking of threads, here's that link I mentioned:,or.r_gc.r_pw.&pdl=300&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&biw=1344&bih=545

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