Say Yes to the Dress
Up-cycled wedding dresses do more than just impress
The wedding industry is estimated to be worth a whopping $300 billion and growing. The majority of Western girls now begin planning and preparing their wedding day at an early age, memorizing every mushy love story from Cinderella to Princess Bride, downloading bridal planner apps, and flipping through picture perfect photographs on Pinterest, ingraining the image of a white dress in their minds.
Unfortunately, this is not reality for many girls around the world. Their reality is oftentimes blood, sweat and tears…the necessity to marry for protection, provision and, sometimes, even love. A humble wedding is meagerly attainable and wedding dresses scarce.
The DR Congo is one such place where impoverished women do not have access to a beautiful gown on their special day. For women who have been victimized by rape or war, a beautiful white gown would serve as an incredible metaphor of the redeeming power of their newfound salvation in Jesus Christ!
And that is exactly what the Ladies Recycling Center—the work program of a Heaven’s Family partner in the DR Congo—is doing by renting gently cherished wedding gowns for needy brides-to-be. Proceeds fund their ministry for victimized women—whom they disciple and train to become self-sustaining women of God.
I am beyond thrilled to report that 7 women have already been blessed with beautiful gowns for their special day! A heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to the generous women who donated these cherished mementos. More than 100 abused women have already benefitted from this ministry!
If you have a beautiful gown that you’d like to see up-cycled to bless others, please consider donating to the Ladies Recycling Center. All styles, shapes and sizes are welcome, as I was told that “the challenge we face is that African ladies are not so thin—in the opposite of other parts of the world where ladies keep fit.”
Director, Refugee Ministry