What is a quinceanera?
A quinceanera is a traditional birthday celebration for Latin American girls who are turning fifteen. It is a "rite of passage" and families often spend thousands of dollars on this momentous event for their daughters. Sadly, the teenage girls in the government orphanages miss the opportunity to celebrate their quinceaneras. In July, 2011, our team learned how this heartbreaking reality affected the teenage girls and committed to return the following year. We remembered these girls, honored our word and returned to host an unforgettable quinceanera for forty-three beautiful, young women. Click on "Lady X" to read how God spoke to our 2011 team and "Transforming Hearts - The Quinceanera" to read about the 2012 quinceanera.
The 2012 quinceanera...
What is Young Women of Vision?
YWOV is a volunteer ministry of World Vision that unites Christian mothers and high school age daughters who desire to grow in the knowledge, love and service of our Lord Jesus Christ. Transformed by this love, YWOV invest their time, talents and resources to serve impoverished women and children by being the hands and feet of Christ. Jenni Ramsey, the Missions Director of All Blessings Intl., had the opportunity to meet with YWOV in February, 2014, where she shared about the quinceanera hosted by her 2012 team. After learning that the government center had asked for another team to host a second quinceanera, YWOV was "all in!" The team is currently fundraising, meeting and preparing to serve together. Their goal is to bring one-hundred dresses, shoes and accessories to overwhelm and bless the precious girls who are currently living in government run centers.
Here are some of the members of the YWOV team...
Meet the Entire Team
YWOV will be serving alongside nine members of The Village Church of Irvine (Jenni Ramsey, David & Jessica Hughes, Stephanie & Stephen Keenan, Tanya & Rebekah Eason, Hannah Parkes & Jake Pam) and one member of Coast Hills Church, Aliso Viejo (Yvonne Khoury). This is our LARGEST TEAM EVER with thirty-two team members total (twenty-nine women and three men)! We will be serving from June 26-July 3 and are currently in need of the following items:
Formal dresses (all colors, knee-length or longer) - new or gently used
Costume jewelry - new or gently used
Hair pieces - new
Make up kits - new
Feminine hygiene products
Gifts for the orphanage (diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, etc.)
The cost for the quinceanera is $4,000. This amount is needed in addition to individual trip costs. If you would like to contribute towards this need, please send your tax-deductible gift to All Blessings Intl, 95 Spring Valley, Irvine, CA 92602. Please pray for our team as we fund raise, collect donations, prepare our hearts to serve and unite as a team. Pray for the young ladies that we will be serving. Pray that they will be overwhelmed by God's deep love for them as well as their immense value and worth as His daughters. Thank you for your support!!!