Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Mother Letter Project

I'm so moved, I don't even know where to start.

I just discovered a beautiful tribute from husband to wife, a project that links mother to mother, with a goal that will connect communities separated by thousands of miles. It's called The Mother Letter Project.

It began when a husband, Seth, wanted to create a meaningful Christmas gift for his wife, Amber. He enlisted the help of Mama bloggers, asking them to write "Mother Letters" --letters filled with the stories, worries and wisdom of motherhood. He collected nearly 600 letters last Christmas, giving his wife what I imagine is one of the most thoughtful and loving gifts any husband has ever given.

The story is good enough to end it right here. Except it doesn't end here. The goal of Seth and Amber's meaningful Christmas gift-giving was to be able to donate the money they'd otherwise have spent on ill-fitting, buzzing, blinking, battery-operated stuff to a small village in Mozambique, Africa where Seth had travelled previously. Seth's trip to Lichinga, Mozambique had a profound effect on him and he made a commitment to help this village however he was able.

That's where the Mother Letter Project comes in. MLP is accepting submissions of "Mother Letters" until Mother's Day 2009. This "Mother's Day Edition" will be available for purchase, at a rate of ten cents per letter, with all proceeds benefiting Compassion International's malaria intervention initiative.

A gift from husband to wife blossomed into an intimate conversation between mothers. The flower that resulted is now spreading it seeds of hope and compassion across miles and oceans, transcending almost every conceivable divide.

I plan on taking part in this project, in this conversation, in this rescue mission. I hope you will, too.

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