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Orphan and Widow Care, FAQ’s for “Pad Parties” and ANOTHER must see gotcha day!

There are TWO videos posted in today’s post…so please go ahead and turn the volume off up top so you can enjoy!

FIRST–just in case you missed my post yesterday on Project 2, please check it out after you watch this…

Operation Silent Night – Wiphan Care Ministries from Wiphan Care Ministries on Vimeo.

NEXT UP…the MUCH anticipated FAQ to Project 1…(if there is something unanswered…please ask–we are here to support your ministry efforts and answer all the questions to make sure your project time is successful!)

FAQs for Project 1: “It’s a Girl Thing”
PLEASE NOTE–some things may have been tweaked per Sarah and I so please read carefully! Thank you to the AMAZING group of ladies involved!!! And if you live in the Atlanta area and you are interested in joining our pad party—please let me know! AND…thank you Sarah Titus for providing the wonderful answers for us!!!

1. We will provide a kit for each girl. What needs to go in each kit?

12 washable inserts + 6 holders + 2 panties + 1 drawstring bag

2. What kind of material should I use?‘Envelope’ or ‘holder’ – These can be made of many different fabrics: cotton, flannel, twill, etc although I would recommend staying away from stretchy knits and synthetics like polyester.

There are basically two options:

A. To make them with one waterproof layer of PUL (bottom layer) and make the top and two little ‘envelope’ ends out of a different fabric like a cotton print.


B. Without a waterproof layer – the holder/envelope would be made all out of the same fabric.

Both are completely acceptable!!! The only part of these that will be touching skin are the two little ends – the pad or ”insert’ is the more important layer as it is what will be touching skin and doing the absorbing.

Pad or ‘insert’ – These are best using a soft, thick, absorbent material like flannel. Do you have any flannel sheets lying around not being used?? Flannel shirts?? Anything like this will work great!!! You can make these three different ways:

A. By sandwiching a layer of cotton batting (not poly as it won’t absorb) between two layers of flannel and serging or zigzagging all four sides,


B, By cutting 4-6 layers of flannel and serging or zigzagging the edges,


C. By sandwiching a layer or two of terry cloth strips (old towels, etc) between flannel and serging edges (I would recommend using a serger for this option because terry can fray badly if just zigzagged with a regular sewing machine).

Drawstring bag – These can also be made of many different fabrics! I like the way a nice cotton print or a cotton/poly print turn out. Both are durable and easy to clean. You may want to use many different prints so the girls can tells theirs apart and they are unique. I have also made these with a print on one side and a contrasting solid on the other. (You would just have to sew the two fabrics together at the bottom instead of making the bag out of all one piece).

Drawstring for bag – Ribbon, nylon string, cording, etc I would NOT recommend using yarn or regular string, as these would wear out quicker and be a bit harder to use.

3. Waterproof layer? What is PUL???

Here is a great description of PUL fabric: This is great to use for the waterproof layer of fabric you can use for your holders/envelopes.

4. How will the holders stay on the panties? Do I have to use snaps?

Touch tape (Velcro) and snaps both seem to be performing well for fasteners.

5. How much fabric do I need for the envelopes/holders?

One yard of PUL will make about 30 ‘envelopes’ as long as you use a cotton or flannel for the top layer.

6. If I am going to hold a party, do we need someone to bring a serger?

Not necessarily, BUT if someone has one–absolutely bring it as a serger will make completing the edges super fast and much easier!

7. When are the deadlines for completing the project?

We have 2 seperate deadlines. We will send the first shipment over with travelers in late October–so our first deadline is October 1st. Our goal would be to have half of the pads in by this time. If you or your party can’t have them ready to October 1st–no worries. We will have more travelers going to Korah later in the year and the Wiphan trip will not go over until late December. Our second deadline is December 1st.

8. Where do I ship our kits once completed?

If you live on the east side of the U.S. you will ship to Andrea in Georgia. If you live on the west side you will ship to Sarah in Oregon. When you are ready to ship please email Sarah or Andrea to get the shipping details. We will send you a confirmation email to let you know we have received your package once it arrives.

9. Will we be able to find out the response of the girls and ladies who received them so we can share this with our party attendees?

Absolutely! We will do our best to have the delivers take pictures and return with stories from the girls and women. We hope this is something we can even replenish for them year after year as needed—and I know this will mean so much to them and enable many of them to be comfortable and stay in school.

Last but not least–Don’t forget to prewash the fabric so it is ‘pre-shrunk’. We wouldn’t want to send over a bunch of pads and have them shrink out of shape on the first wash!!! Using creativity and deviating from the pattern, etc is totally okay – these are more general ideas and guidelines.

Thank you to the many women helping with this project!!! We are so excited to partner with so many of you to minister to the girls and ladies in this way. This project is not possible without YOU!!! Thank you!!!!!!!

Last but not least…we want to share another amazing GOTCHA DAY video of a little boy coming home that is really precious to our family. The Stavnes and our family hit the waitlist with AGCI around the same time–so we have followed one another’s journey. They were actually a couple of spots ahead of us—but we ended up getting a referral early SO we got to travel prior to them. We had OF COURSE dreamed of traveling together all along–but the way it worked out we would travel in June and they would follow in July. It was a HONOR to get to love on their son and meet him in June…to bring back pictures for them and to give them a report how beautiful and sweet he is!

I went to the orphanage almost every day I was there to check on him…oh–how dear this baby is to me…

One thing that makes me smile most about that picture is that Elijah is wearing the very bib that Isaac Temesgen was wearing when I met him. I wanted it SO bad…just to have…but I knew other babies really NEEDED these things so I didn’t take it home. (We did get the little onesie he was wearing though). It just makes me smile to think there is another little baby over there right now waiting on his/her mom and dad probably wearing it right now too…ahhh…the moment I first saw my baby’s face—and the famous “My First Valentine’s Day” bib…(hey–if any future traveling families with AGCI want to request this one for me…I’ll send you over with a box load of bibs to replace it!)Okay…enough sentimental talk…you MUST see their journey as it is DEAR to me!!!

Without further adeu…welcome home ELIJAH!!!

Our Journey to Elijah Mihretu – Ethiopia Adoption from Amy @ Filled With Praise on Vimeo.

Marcy - September 3, 2010 - 11:23 am

I was wondering what size panties should we purchase for the kist? I know some of them will be going to younger girls and some to women so I’m not sure what size to buy. Would it be ok to put more than 2 pair in each kit if we want to? Thanks!

Elle J - September 3, 2010 - 11:39 am

Andrea ~ you just make me smile all the time when I read your blog. Even when your blog is talking about feminine pads – you know how to bring love and tenderness into life. Love, love, love ya!!

Alison - September 3, 2010 - 2:35 pm

Oh, I never knew they were wearing the same bib while at HH! How precious! Maybe Caroline Faith will wear it one day too! 🙂 Mailing my check to Wiphan today!!

Amy @ Filled With Praise - September 3, 2010 - 3:05 pm

Thanks for sharing our video. I didn’t see anyone wearing the valentine bib when we were there, but it could have been in the wash. Hugs to you!

Lauren - September 4, 2010 - 10:33 pm

Andrea I don’t know how I’ve missed all this! I guess it’s because our August got crazy busy and then I got really really sick last week… BUT now that I have looked back and figured out the deal I am SO ON BOARD! My heart is just bursting to start making these! I am going to talk to a couple of ladies at church that I know are sewers too and see if they would be interested in coming to a party. I definitely want to host one! We’d be aiming for the Dec. 1 deadline and I would ship to you since we’re East Coasters. I can’t wait to share this very real need and pray that others would get on board to help!

I of course love Elijah’s video! 🙂 What if Tucker got to wear the V-Day bib? That would be the most amazing thing! If I have my head on straight when we go I will definitely take extra bibs to get you the Valentine’s one! 🙂

Deena - September 4, 2010 - 11:36 pm

What an awesome project! I would love to see if I can organize a group to make some pads in time for the December trip.

I had to leave you a comment about the bib…we just brought our daughter home from Ethiopia in July (in fact, I think we were in Ethiopia at the same time!) and I really wanted to bring home the funny little shoes {black patent leather with bows on them}that she was wearing in her referral picture. She had them on when we met her too…BUT, it just didn’t feel right to take them with us. It just felt strange..I thought that there were so many other little ones who needed the shoes…now I really wish I had them! They were so precious. Oh well. At least we have pictures to remember the special details…

Tiffany - September 4, 2010 - 11:45 pm

Just put the link on my FB…will try to spread the word.

Allison R - September 10, 2010 - 10:07 am

Does anyone have the pattern for this? I am very interested in helping with this. Please email me at marobinson2006(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you so much.