Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Gnomes 4 Japan!

Our new friend, Mary Spaar, is a 6th grade student at Redeemer School in Winston Salem. After the recent earthquake and tsunami, Mary wanted to do something to help the people of Japan. As she and her family thought and prayed together, they realized two things: (1) The spiritual need in Japan is just as great as the physical needs in the aftermath of the disasters, and (2) Although the physical needs of the people in Japan are great, there are going to be a lot of organizations like the Red Cross on the field laboring to meet those needs in the days to come. 

After talking and praying with her mom, Mary came to the conclusion that God was leading her to find a way to help support missions in Japan and heard about our family from a mutual friend.  She contacted us in March to ask if it would be alright for her to do a fundraising project to help send us to Nagoya to share the Gospel with Japanese people in the wake of the tsunami.  We were blown away by Mary's heart for the Japanese to hear the Good News of Jesus, and humbly accepted her gracious offer.

Over the next month and a half, Mary and three of her good friends (Meredith, Sophie, and Ellie) took orders for handmade gnomes like the ones pictured here. Her plan was to sell her creations for $3 each and donate the proceeds to our support account.

As we corresponded with Mary and her mom over the weeks that followed our initial conversation, it was apparent that Mary had received more orders than she'd originally dreamed possible.  Her mom told us that her original goal was around 30 gnomes, which would've raised around $100 for her to contribute to our account.  However, orders soared and when all was said and done, Mary had filled orders for more than 125 of these wonderful little gnomes!  Each gnome was made to order and customized according to the wishes of each individual.  There were gnomes with beards, buttons, and stars...and even "army gnomes" sporting machine guns for Mary's boy-customers!

Gina and I continue to be amazed at the ways God is providing for this calling.  This time, he's chosen to use the artistic talents of 12-year-old Mary Spaar.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!


  1. Hi Sinks - would you let Mary Spaar know that we linked to your story about her gnomes on the MTW Facebook page? Sweet story! Thanks.

    Marty Davis, MTW

  2. Jeremy, I was thinking that these gnomes are so adorable that the children in the disaster region might also love to receive one! I wonder if Mary and her friends might like to make some and send to us...we are taking a team up on June 15th, and one of our focuses is going to be outreach to children...just a thought! amy

  3. I'll certainly send the idea to Mary and see what she says!