I had to go to the bathroom.
in the outskirts of Lima, Peru
Dust-covered village, not a porta-potty in sight – understatement
so I ask my translator and soon we’re following a man to his house
Dirt steps, hollowed out rooms, feels kind of like the Flintstones
The father tells his family someone is here and they come out to briefly greet us
Yes it’s awkward
because I have to go to the bathroom
Over to the side is a makeshift curtain
And I step inside and observe a hole on the ground
which I use
And soon I thank the family who has graciously offered a stranger into their house
But in the corner
over to the side
that looks like it belongs in a dumpster
but it is in a house
Is this filthy doll a little girl’s toy?
That image has stayed with me, humbling me many days
Years later, I sew and I pray sometimes
“God, use my simple sewing skills for others, keep me open to your ways.”
I wish I had been making Tess the Guinea Pig Girl dolls back then
because I would have given her one
or a dozen
I want the Guinea Pig Girl dolls to go places
Near and far
Regular places too
To be loved
Three of them go to Madagascar on Friday
Esther, Joy and Leah will meet the Mahafaly people
On Saturday, Tabitha, another Guinea Pig Girl doll, goes to Nepal with an anti human-trafficking advocate
Can you imagine?!
To bless a little girl or a hurting soul
In my own comfortable land or continents away
My sewing machine feels happy, just wish “we” would have started sooner.
“Heavenly Father, mightily use my human brothers and sisters in Christ. Protect and anoint every aspect of their journey. And for my fabric friends, Lord, whoever receives one of these little dolls, may she receive it with the love with which it was made and sense the everlasting love which only comes from you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
To order a Guinea Pig Girl doll, check out my website at oliveshootinstitute.com.