Thursday, February 19, 2015

Meeting Sharon.

{This is an update of sorts to Sharon's story.  If you have not read the first part yet, please go read it here before reading this one.  It explains a lot of the back story.}
Sharon and I
"Sharon's at the office and she wants to meet you," my mom said.  I grabbed my camera and we hopped in the car and drove down to the office.
When we got there the social worker introduced us and one of my first thoughts was how much weight she's lost since the picture I saw of her in December.  They showed us a purse that Sharon had made.  I have no idea how they did it, but it is pretty cool anyways.
A few weeks back we had asked Sharon (by a message through her mom) to make potholders.  One of the missionaries (Auntie Lisa) is going back for furlough and had offered to buy a bunch and take them back as gifts if Sharon could make them.  Sharon didn't know what exactly a potholder was, so we called Auntie Lisa and asked her to bring a sample down.  When she arrived, we began discussing the project.  The social worker asked her if she thought she could make one or two samples this week to bring and show us.  She and all the other ladies around started laughing.  "I can make ten in a day!" she said.  She told us that all she needs is dye to make colored mats.  Hopefully, we can get her started so she can make lots of these for Auntie Lisa to take back and for us to sell to teams when they come.  This will be a huge help to Sharon and I could tell that she enjoys making them and having a part in raising money for her surgery.
Talking about the potholder project
Sharon holding the bag she made.
I'm so glad I got to meet Sharon yesterday.  It is so good to have a face, a voice, a person to think about as I am working on this project.  Leaving the office yesterday, my mom and I were talking about how much more urgent her situation has become.  The doctors have also told her that she cannot go to school because 'her heart is too weak.'
Last week I was given the opportunity to write a guest post about Sharon on another blog.  It has been quite a bit harder than I was expecting.  After yesterday I started really trying to pick up speed to get it done.  Please pray as I am finishing it up.  I have a few people proofreading it right now and hopefully I can get it posted this weekend.  Please be praying for that and for Sharon's heart to be in a good enough condition until we have raised enough money for her to India and get surgery.
If you have not donated to Sharon's heart project yet, and you would like to, click this link, click on ‘Gwartney family’, and make sure to put in the comments (or note to seller), ‘Sharon’s heart project’.  100% of your donation will go to Sharon’s fund.  If any extra is collected, it will be used for medical projects for other people in our community.  If anything should happen to Sharon before her heart surgery or should we raise more than our goal, any remaining funds will also be used for other medical projects in our community.
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1 comment:

  1. Dearest Carolina, I am visiting from Moriah's blog, Uniquely Fashioned For His Glory, and I want you to know that I am praying for dear Sharon... This post you wrote about meeting her was truly beautiful and you have touched my heart this morning with your love for her and also your faith in the One True God that He will prevail.
    Blessings to you and much love in Jesus!