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Make Dana’s United Nations Dream Come True

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Dear Friends,

When I was 19, I spent a semester abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico. One of my first and most powerful experiences was in a crowded downtown plaza.  A young girl of certain privilege and inexperience, I sat with my roommate eating popcorn when a little waif of a girl with dirt on her face appeared in front of me, squeezing through the sea of legs to reach her hand out to me, pointing to the popcorn. I tried to gulp down the giant lump in my throat as I held out the bag to her, and then nearly died of heartbreak when she reached in and took one little piece – just one piece! – and disappeared back into the crowd. I, of course, had meant for her to take the whole bag! In that moment, though I didn’t recognize it till much later, serving women and girls on the margins sort of grabbed hold of my heart, and it hasn’t let go.  At one point, I even dreamed of serving at the United Nations to promote the empowerment of women around the globe!

With great excitement, I can tell you that dream is finally coming true!  I have been invited by Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, to represent him at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. It is a huge honor and I am so humbled!  I am thrilled to participate in such an event, to help make decisions about how best to empower women and promote gender equality around the world. I believe the work of empowering women is of the utmost importance, that this is a fantastic opportunity for our church to lead the way in building God’s kingdom here on earth by working for the well-being of women and girls, and that this is work that I have been called to since a young age. 

To serve, I need to be in Manhattan at the United Nations for two weeks in March 2019 (3/8-3/22) and have been told to expect my expenses to total approximately $5,600, to include airfare, housing, meals and other program-related expenses.

Most importantly, I hope you’ll pray for me, for the other 9 delegates of the Episcopal Church, for the Presiding Bishop and his staff, and for the Commission on the Status of Women.  

Will you also help me make my service as a delegate possible?

Thank you for any size gift you might offer to help my dream come true and to make my service on the delegation possible.  I will be happy to report back to you after the event if you’d like to hear about the Commission’s work. I will keep you updated as I prepare for and then serve at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and I know you will join me there in spirit.

Yours in Christ,
Dana

Read a letter of support from the Episcopal Church here:
Episcopal Church Support Letter 

Read more about the Commission here:
UN Commission on the Status of Women  
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Friends, I'm just a week away from my trip to the U.N. and I am humbled by your support. Thank you so much! I am in the home stretch and just $250 short of my goal. Thank you for any amount you might contribute. I am tremendously grateful to you for helping me get to Manhattan for the 2 week trip to the UN. Being on Bishop Curry's delegation is an honor and I look forward to representing him, our parish, our diocese and our province. Can't wait to get back to you to tell you about all the amazing work they're doing on the Commission for the Status of Women. In the meantime, please pray for me! Thank you!
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If you’re interested in hearing more about my experience of the UNCSW and our delegation’s work, follow along as I post updates and prayers. Here’s the recent post entitled “30 Million Widows.” Thanks for reading! http://invisibleleftovers.com/2019/02/12/300-million-widows/

I’m just about a month out and $1,000 Short if the bare minimum I need to make this trip. Thanks for sharing with anyone you think might be interested, and for every penny you might offer. ♥️♥️♥️
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Friends,
To say I'm overwhelmed by your generosity is surely an understatement. To think that in just 1 week, you all have invested nearly $3,400 in this mission just astounds me. It's not common for me to be left speechless, but I really do feel dumbfounded at your generosity. When I started this journey, I was a little worried (OK maybe more than a little) that I wasn't going to make the goal of $5,600. Now, I can see the finish line and I am strongly reminded that God provides! He certainly has provided me with wonderful friends and brothers and sisters in Christ. I offer to him prayers of thanksgiving for each and every one of you. Thank you for your gifts.

For those who are interested, I'll be writing periodically to share the experience with you. Click here to read the first entry which describes the role of the Church at the UNCSW as I understand it: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KFjgKR1DgSF78faNq0RWwGvWIr1Ye8mNYnLl6QtiRJU/edit?usp=sharing

Thank you again for your support. It means more than you can possibly know!

Yours in Christ,
Dana
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A few captured moments in my journey and ministry over the years.
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