In 2008, a friend approached Diane Cornelius about donating wedding gowns to poverty-stricken areas of Haiti. A bridal store owner from Lexington, Kentucky, Cornelius was willing to help out, figuring such events would be big celebrations. When she traveled to Haiti herself, she discovered they were so much more.
As Cornelius met and spoke with brides, she came to understand that marriages in Haiti are not just cause for a party, but rather a gateway to a better life. Once married, women achieve greater recognition in the community, even in church circles.
So far, Cornelius has donated dresses to more than 100 brides. “To me, a wedding means joy, hope and a future,” she says.
A husband and a wife joined together in love can bring joy and hope to an entire community.
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3:14)
May our love be a reflection of Your great love, Lord.