My favorite dress is white, knee length, v-neck with lace at the collar. She has a favorite dress, too. My favorite soda is an ice cold Coke in a glass bottle. She has a favorite soda, too. She has a favorite song, with a favorite dance. She has a favorite friend to laugh with and a favorite elder with which she seeks council, just like me. What happened to her was not her fault. She did nothing wrong. She is still beautiful. She was raped by a group of men who took from her. In the midst of her horror, she fled her country and found refuge at a camp in Uganda. There she was given shelter, counseling, food and basic medical help. Due to the physical trauma she endured during the rape, she is currently confined to her home.There is another woman. She is a stay at home Mom with two little boys. Her husband is a mechanic. She lives in a modest Indiana home with an open door where Friday night’s people gather to enjoy a pitch in meal. She's been sewing for years. I remember sitting at her kitchen table pummeling her with questions while we pieced together quilts for my children. She is sewing right now.The sewn feminine products will make their way to the post office. They will travel the world and end up in Uganda eventually making their way to the home of our beloved woman in need. With our products and a little help from her friends she will be given a freedom that was once taken from her. She will be able to stand and walk and meander. She can feel dignified in her posture. She'll be able to show off her favorite dress and share her favorite soda with her favorite friend.
JADE METZ is a missionary in Uganda, and the creator of The Dignity Project. For the majority of her life, she struggled with who she was. Often, she felt her personality was 'too big' or 'too strong' and she should shrink in order to be accepted. It wasn't until God planted her family's feet in those red dirt roads that she began to embrace who she was designed to be. While driving to nearby African villages in a 4X4 dodging ruts and blazing dirt trails, she discovered that God designed her to be wild and brave. He needed a wild and brave woman to go out and be with these that He has loved for so long! As she fought to restore dignity for suffering women, she discovered God didn't want her to shush up. No! He wanted to use her big, strong voice for His good to speak up for those who needed a voice. As African pastors introduced her as 'the woman who isn't afraid to hold dirty children' she realized that her leaky eyes and tender heart need no apology. God's heart is a soft heart. There’s no shame in hurting with those who hurt or crying for those who cry. Christ gives us the freedom to be exactly who we are supposed to be. He is our wholeness. Journey with Jade on Facebook. Join The Dignity Project's incredible sewing tribe.
Persimmon Prints is donating 50% of all sales on 3/29-3/31 directly to The Dignity Project's fundraising efforts to on behalf of two fistula surgery recipients. You can also donate directly to this cause here.