Laughter and giggles exploded from the 40+DDD bench as the women were coached in how to shimmy and shake themselves into the cups. I'm not sure which was funnier for them - trying to get themselves into the unfamiliar contraptions or watching others try to accomplish the same ridiculous task.
At the height of the silliness, it wouldn't have been appropriate to snap any photos. However, I was able to get a few shots before and after to give you a glimpse of our evening.
We began our preparation by calculating the metric conversion and making a reference chart so the women could determine their corresponding standard sizes.
Then, we organized hundreds of bras along the church benches, first by band size and then by cup size.
We gave each recipient a number as they entered the church to help maintain order.
As we made our final preparations people began arriving. This was a true indication of their eager anticipation because the Peruvians aren't early for anything!!!
Katelyn and her friend Ebolin measured each woman's band size, consulted the chart and then wrote the corresponding number on her little slip of paper.
Then, Anna and I helped the women find ones that fit. This woman couldn't stop laughing. She has never worn a bra in her entire life and couldn't get over how amazing it felt to be so.... so....
...as she tried to find the words to describe how she felt, she just kept giggling.
Throughout the night, eruptions of cheer rang out over the music each time a "perfect fit" was discovered for someone with an uncommon shape.
Our friend Charo is the leader of the Catholic community here in San Hilarion. She spends a lot of her time speaking in front of the church. It really blessed her to find ones that are her size.
This last week, since our bra party, we have seen SO many women around town that have a totally different stride. They walk with their chins up, their shoulders back and big smiles upon their faces. I don't believe that their countenance is different solely because of their new attire. They have been given a new sense of dignity, thanks to the tremendous generosity of Team Carmody.
In Matthew 25: 35-40 Jesus says, "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me...Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me."