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Sent to Sudan

Upon hearing about Duduza dolls, the ECW of St. Paul’s in Winston-Salem requested that the women of Holy Comforter in Burlington make such dolls for children in Sudan’s Renk Diocese, where mission and educational efforts of the Anglican Communion have been supported by Episcopal Church Women. These dolls were blessed by the Rev. David Hodges on May 31, Pentecost Sunday. After the church service, and during the annual St. Paul’s “birthday” party, the children of the parish - adults, too! - were encouraged to visit a display set-up by St. Paul’s education director and Kay Morgan, a parishioner who also happens to be Secretary of Missions for the Diocesan ECW. On the display tables were the dolls, pictures of ECW-sponsored missionaries (including one who until recently served in the Diocese of Renk), and a large map so the children could see how far the dolls would be traveling. Large hearts cut out of red paper were available for each child to decorate with stamps and stickers and sign their names. The hearts were packaged with the dolls and sent to the Rev. Dr. Jo Bailey Wells of Duke Divinity School. Jo travels regularly to Renk Theological College to teach Anglicanism to seminarians, and she happily agreed to distribute the dolls during her summer of 2009 trip to southern Sudan.

Meanwhile, some of the women at St. Paul’s have secured a pattern (see link to left) and are now making comfort dolls on their own.