Divine Hope

Posted on 12 March 2013

This post was written by our design & production coordinator in Haiti.  

 

Last week I spent some precious one-on-one time with Jasmine, one of our fabric cutters. We worked with our new pattern pieces that are made of polypropylene - and played with different ways to cut, trace, and place the fabric as I attempted to do my best at explaining how to use them through sign language.

I wasn't surprised when she caught right on, and ended up showing me the best way to do it. She is very creative -- and an amazing seamstress as well. 

As I sat and watched her I began to think about her name. 

 

Jasmine.

 

In Thailand, the flower symbolizes motherhood, and is considered to be a symbol of the selfless virtue of a mother who gives life to her children.

In Hindi jasmine represents divine hope.

The spiritual meaning for her name… a gift from God, ability, and grace.

 

 

I love names. 

And, I smile as I come to the realization that Jasmine is fully living into the meaning of the name that the Lord has given her in every way possible…

She is a mother to three beautiful children.

 

 

Garnody(11), Rose Mina (9), and Joanna (5)

 

A deaf mother raising hearing children. Ability.

 A single mother who can provide food, shelter, education, and loving affection daily. Selflessness.

In her community, she sews school uniforms for her neighbors, family, and friends using only a manual vintage singer sewing machine. Grace.

 

 

A friendship in Jasmine is life giving.

She reflects grace.

She shows ability.

She embodies selflessness.

 

And, OH, friends… yes! Jasmine is SUCH a gift from God!

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