Pearl of Wisdom:
“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.“
– John 12:24
Below is a condensed version of the final update on our One Dress United Kickstarter campaign, made November 30, 2016.
WHAT I HOPED WOULD HAPPEN when I first conceived of launching One Dress United on Kickstarter was a flood of orders to fund a large first production run of dresses. That didn’t happen. But what did happen was the formation of many new relationships I never, ever anticipated.
And from this vantage point I can see this is probably what I should have set out to build from the very beginning. It is relationships, not transactions, that will truly bring the vision of One Dress United to life.
I have been carrying this vision for so long completely on my own. And really, in my professional life as an independent creative director, I’ve been a bit of a lone ranger – calling my own shots, working away behind my computer on projects for companies large and small.
So as people, dozens of people, began coming alongside me in this effort of producing the dress, the live launch event and the Kickstarter campaign, I was surprised and encouraged. And I was relieved, because the further along this journey I progressed, the more I realized I could never bring this vision to life on my own.
If it took the lure of overnight Kickstarter success to push me outside my comfort zone to form these new relationships, then even falling short of my goal seems like such a good thing to me now.
And isn’t this how God likes to work? He used Abraham’s desire for an everlasting legacy to draw him to an unknown land. He used the disciple’s desire for the Messiah’s promised power to draw them to the cross. None of these followers knew what they were really getting into at the start. None had a full conception of the journey that lay ahead, or the unceasing blessing to come.
So, what I thought this journey might look like has been buried. Now I’m waiting to see what new life lays around the bend.
We are planning a collaboration with a sewing ministry in Jacmel in search of financial sustainability.
Over the course of several months we have worked remotely with the team of Haitian leaders in Jacmel to fine-tune quality of production for the Freedom Dress. We are now ready to travel there to help them get ready for small-scale production, so they can begin to employ the women they have trained in sewing.
Will you help us?
Click here to learn more and donate towards our vocational training trip to Haiti.
Click here to pre-order a Freedom Dress to fund the very first small run of dresses.