EVENT DATE: May 27, 2014
AMOUNT RAISED OFFLINE: $1,500.00
I love the city of Tacloban, where I stayed much of my two years in the Philippines. I learned language in this city, and the staff of the Hope Foundation taught, loved, and protected me. Last year, on November 8, 2013, a typhoon tore through this city, taking over 8,000 souls as it barreled across the Philippines. My friends Larry & Bobbie Womack have operated Hope Foundation for 27 years, teaching and serving the poorest communities with feeding programs, medical missions, and community development. After the storm, 4 million people were suddenly homeless--including the Womacks, whose entire house and school compound were washed away.
In North Carolina, on January 18, 2014, on a chilly winter afternoon, Tray brought a picnic for lunch, and we ate on my back deck next to the fire pit. Afterward, he said “I love you” for the first time and then dropped to one knee to ask if I would become his wife. “Yeah!” came the grinning, nodding reply. We called our parents and families and celebrated with our friends that evening, excited to be entering this new season of our lives. Dress shopping plans, registry suggestions, and potential dates were discussed at length. It was a beautiful day.
In the midst of planning, however, the recovery of Tacloban and the surrounding areas has remained on our hearts & minds. Filipino friends who served as the staff members of the Womacks’ foundation suffered the devastating loss of loved ones and all material possessions.
In light of our prayers for the most basic human needs, even a relatively inexpensive $270-wedding dress seemed unnecessarily extravagant. It became obvious to us that the money that would be spent on our behalf could instead be invested to providing long-term solutions for deep physical and spiritual needs half a world away.
After talking and praying together, we have decided to do away with most of the wedding expenses and instead have a "recycled" wedding to help our friends. Therefore, rather than spending any money on a dress, alterations, a professional photographer, a fancy venue, beautiful flowers, or decorations, we are going to try and raise funds to help rebuild from the storm’s rubble.
While we do have a small registry of some essentials, we have set a goal of $3,000 to somehow contribute a drop in the bucket to help this beautifully hope-giving ministry. Please join us in prayerfully considering how the generosity we have received can be sent forth to facilitate the healing of precious broken hearts and souls.