Susan Spess Shay

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Project Lydia

I got my “real” computer back last night. Wow, it’s like coming home to get my fingers back on this keyboard. Nice!

We met #1 son and DIL for dinner last night so we could get it back. While we were there, I gave DIL a little gift I bought her in Kansas. It’s a long necklace, made in African women.

You know, it really is a Small Town World, and the women who make these things are our neighbors in this SMT!

I bought my goodies from the woman in the middle of this picture. She’s a missionary to Uganda, and very interesting! (There were lots of vendors at the festival, but this is the only one I bought from.)

You can read all about it at http://projectlydia.org/ The woman was nice, sincere and had a lot of love for the women she works with.

The women hand make jewelry, dolls, small bags woven from food packages (like Doritos and Lays) and banana leaf baskets to sell so they can support themselves.

 I bought necklaces

and a basket.

The necklace can also be worn like a multi-strand bracelet.

And the best part? They’re made from recycled paper. Magazines, mostly, I think. And they have six layers of varnish on them.

The baskets are made from banana leaves, right out of the women’s gardens, so there’s almost no overhead. The had all sizes, with the most expensive costing around $40.00. Not a bad deal!

I think I might have to do more shopping online. They really have some great stuff. Practically everything is made from recycled products. (Save the planet.) The prices are right. (Save the wallet.) AND you’re helping other women. (Save a soul.)

Don’t you love it?


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Please, Pray For Sandee

I’m going to cut to the chase, guys.

My friend, Sandee Wagner and her husband Bert are in Tunis. I don’t know if you keep up with world news or not (I don’t) but there’s some awful stuff going on.

I just saw on the Internet that the body count from the rioting in Tunis is over twenty.

The American company Sandee’s husband works for had everyone come to the Golden Tulip Hotel so they’d be together and “safe”.   (The picture of Sandee is from her website. Don’t you love her beautiful red hair?)

Unfortunately, the Wagner’s household goods just got to them a few weeks ago. Sandee spent the week before everything blew up unpacking. 

Her landlord called to tell her their rental house was broken into. Guards have been put at her house, but she has no idea what’s been stolen or broken.

She has a fantastic attitude, though. “It’s all just stuff.”

Please, put Sandee and Bert and the others in Tunis on your personal prayer lists, and if you have a church pray list and/or chain, add them to it, too.

You can read about it first hand on Sandee’s blog.

Please, don’t forget to pray.