For 15 years I’ ve been thinking, “someday I want to go back to Haiti.” But someday can be a pretty elusive term, and I think maybe God got tired of waiting for my someday and thought “this girl is not gonna go unless she gets a personal invitation.”
So He sent me one.
Well, actually, Esther Guinta, who has been the liaison from Mission to Haiti since we started sending dresses in 2010 sent me one… In November she contacted me about a group of women from Ohio who were planning to spend a week in Haiti giving sewing classes to Haitian women. Did I have any interest in going along? My first thought was – “Oh my goodness! Of course.”
My second thought was “My mom would be a much better teacher.”
My third thought was “I don’t want to die in an ocean place crash, or worse survive an ocean plane crash and get eaten by shark…”
My fourth thought was “It’s never gonna happen unless Corey wants to go too.”
Corey and I started dating very shortly after my life-changing trip to Haiti in 1997, so he has always known that I wanted to go back. But he was not hot on the idea of sending me to a third-world country (or probably any foreign country for that matter) by myself. I get that. And I don’t mind having a husband who is a little protective of me 🙂 . But he said yes, and we bought plane tickets, so I guess that means it’s for real.
I get butterflies of excitement and nerves every time I think about going, but I am ready to see what God will do for us, with us and through us in this adventure. I don’t doubt that He will show up in a big way.
There are a lot of things I’m looking forward too, but one of them is the chance to take some dresses and shorts along and hopefully personally give them to some sweet little girls and boys. And I plan to take lots and lots of pictures so I can show you when I get back. Maybe I’ll get a photo of the girl who gets a dress you made…so start sewing!! I don’t know how many I’ll be able to take along, but I’ll shove as many in my luggage as I can fit.
Now to start scouring the internet for a good creole phrase book!
We’ve tentatively scheduled a day of sewing at my (Kim’s) house in Huxley on February 16 from 9 am – 2 pm.
Stay the whole time or just pop in for a bit. We’ll have coffee and treats and you don’t even have to know how to sew. There will be cutting, ironing and some elastic pulling to do.
Corey has streamlined the cutting process (see photo – no that’s not Corey 😉 ) with a cool cutting table, wooden patterns, rotary blades and clamps (leave it to the engineer), so we can cut dresses and shorts quickly.
We’d love to have you join us!!
On a side note, only one person has left a comment on my previous post, so those are pretty good odds for Cheryl to win the book giveaway :). If anyone else wants a chance at it, leave a comment. Otherwise, I’ll happily give the book to Cheryl.
Thank you for sewing pretty dresses for pretty girls.
Thank you for sewing cute shorts for rambunctious boys.
Thank you for paying to ship handsewn clothes from Huxley to Haiti.
Thank you for cleaning out your closets and donating your extra fabric.
Thank you for going to the fabric store and buying new fabric for us.
Thank you for the thread and the buttons and the elastic.
Thank you for cutting out dresses for others to sew.
Thank you for sewing on buttons.
Thank you for donating a sewing machine (Yes, for real, a wonderful woman donated a sewing machine last week.)
I discovered this cute children’s book a while back and have decided to give a copy away in appreciation of the many people who have helped us send 593 dresses and 141 pairs of shorts to Haiti (s0 far). The book is called Tap-Tap and was written by Karen Lynn Williams. The story is about a Haitian girl who gets to go to market with her mother and also gets her first ride in a Tap-Tap (kind of like a Haitian version of a taxi.)
Just leave a comment after this post, and I’ll put your name in the drawing. To make it fun, share your favorite Christmas gift this year. It can be one you received or one you gave away. The winner will be announce Friday, January 18.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap gernerously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace about to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.