Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Gnomes 4 Japan!
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!