Thanks to generous donations, we were able help Polline get her sewing school of the ground in Uganda. These are photos she recently sent us.
We have received a request for supplies from the vocational sewing school where mom and I have taught in Haiti. The following is the list of needs. If you are interested in donating sewing items for the school, let us know. We will collect for the next few weeks and then ship some boxes off to Haiti.
- Seam Rippers
- Tracing Wheel
- Bias Tape
Deadline: November 1.
Bill, from Mission to Haiti, will be making a shipment very soon so we need to get donations to Haiti in early November. Anything we receive after November 1 will be held for the next shipment.
Thanks so much for your willingness to donate to this awesome school. Donations can be sent to Kim Harms, 804 Timberlane, Huxley, IA 50124 or Jan Nelson, 680 1st St. NE, Britt, IA 50423
We were able to send $1000 to Uganda thanks to generous donations for the new sewing school. They should be able to purchase 6 sewing machines with our gift! Thanks to all who donated. I will pass along updates as I receive them.
We recently received a construction update from the sewing school in Beudet, Haiti. The above photos show the work that’s been done with the money we sent last fall. They were able to complete the floor and start on the walls. They also were able to create a temporary tin roof, so they are no longer having school on the dirt ground under a tarp (see photo below.) It’s great to see the progress!
Contact us if you are interested in contributing to this building project.
Today my mom taught me how to make the projects that we will be working on with 30 Haitian students next month. Together we carefully worded step-by-step instructions and took photos of the steps. Now we’ll use an online translator to translate the English to Creole and then print copies so the students can follow along as we show them how to make a simple backpack and fabric storage container that hangs on a clothes hanger.
Mom is an ace at this. I am just hoping I don’t mess anything up.
At this point we don’t know the skill level of the students or how many sewing machines we’ll have available to use.
We do know that we will be dripping with sweat. After a never-ending Iowa winter, I will try very hard not to complain about the heat as I wring my skirt out. 🙂
- That we will be flexible and go with the flow.
- That the projects we have planned are appropriate for the students’ skill levels.
- That the devotions I write to share at the beginning of each class will draw the students’ hearts to Christ.
- That we can overcome the challenges of the language barrier.
- That they will have bottled Coca-Cola available for my enjoyment (Okay that’s a totally selfish one, but seriously, one of the things I love about Haiti is drinking Coke out of a glass bottle.)
…Sharon Sweers (ISU quilt) and Shelly Olsan (Ballard quilt)
Thank you to all who donated toward our trip and to all of you who are praying for us.
We will head to Haiti on July 21 and return on July 28.
Mom has started planning sewing classes. We’ll be making backpacks. But before we go she’s going to have to teach me how to make them (because I’m not fantastic at sewing 🙂 )
Corey and the boys will be fixing and remodeling a building on the Mission to Haiti campus that was damaged during the earthquake several years ago.
I’m excited that my boys have the opportunity to experience a world very different from their own and to serve Jesus in a tangible way working alongside their dad. #blessedmama
Mom shipped a box to Haiti last week.
- 5 Wedding Gowns
- 16 Bridesmaid Dresses
- 4 Flower Girl Dresses
- 1 Mother of the Bride Dress
Thanks for your donations!
The last time I went to Haiti was November 2015. It was a trip I took with my mom to teach sewing classes. Corey and I went together to Haiti two years prior.
During each of those trips I thought, “Someday, when they’re old enough, we need to bring our boys here.”
Then I got cancer and life as we knew it drastically changed. Everything was readjusted on the scale of importance. We focused on me, which was a necessary thing to do, but thoughts of a return trip to Haiti fell to the recesses of my mind.
Then last fall, I had the opportunity to ship some dresses to Haiti with a friend. After handing off a suitcase filled with dresses to Jessica, I didn’t give it much thought. Not until she texted me one day in December and said, “Kim, can I come over to your house and talk to you about my trip?”
So Jessica came and sat with Corey and me and showed us photos and cried as she told us stories and talked about how her teenage daughter’s eyes were opened in a new way to Jesus’ love for the world.
And that was it.
It was like God was nudging me, “Kim, it’s time.”
But that’s a big deal. Taking 4/5ths of our family to a foreign country for 8 days is not an inexpensive venture.
But Corey and I both know that we want our boys to see Jesus clearly. And we desire for them to serve Him. Of course they don’t have to leave American soil to do that, but I can’t think of a better opportunity to expand their worldview and their Godview than the place where my worldview and Godview were rocked.
So here we go…
We, along with my mom, plan to travel to Haiti this July. Though details aren’t set, Corey and the boys will likely do construction work while mom and I teach sewing classes at the vocational school we taught at in 2015.
The cost of this trip will be approximately $6500.
That looks like such a big number to me. But I was recently reminded that my God owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and when He leads us to something, He provides. Whether that’s from our bank account (everything we have is His anyway, right) or through the blessings of gifts from others.
My fantastic mother made the two quilts pictured and gave them to me to help defray the cost of our trip. If you feel led to donate any amount, your name will be put in a drawing for one of these quilts. Simply send a note with your donation letting me know which quilt you’d like a chance at receiving.
God is good. And I’m so thankful that He lovingly urges me on to do the things He wants me to do. And I’m beyond excited for the possibility of this experience with my mom and three of my four favorite men in the world.
Kim (and family)
Please don’t feel pressured to give, but if you do you, can write a check out to me and send it to 804 Timberlane, Huxley, IA 50124. Or you can donate through PayPal (make sure you specify friends and family, not goods and services) to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Don’t forget to mention which quilt you’d like your name in the drawing for.)
Mom and I plan to send a shipment of dresses to Haiti in 2 weeks. We are still taking donations. If you have any formal dresses, sundresses or wedding gowns you’d like to add to our box, let me know.
Donations can be shipped to Jan Nelson, 680 1st St. NE, Britt, IA 50124.
If you are local to Huxley, you can drop them off at my house – 804 Timberlane.