Graduation Gowns On Their Way to Haiti

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Mom shipped 27 graduation gowns to Haiti. That’s just 3 short of our goal, which is not bad at all! Thank you to everyone who donated. They will be used by the graduating class of the vocational sewing school where Mom and I taught when we were in Haiti last year.

Two people also donated a total of $37 dollars toward shipping having no idea how much that cost would be. The cost to ship the box was $36.12.  Just about perfect 🙂

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19

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Our Dresses Made it to India

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We received a message from the missionary who took some of our dresses to India. They made it and are ready to be distributed. Here’s the email we received.

The clothes have reached India. Thank you very much. They are lovely!

I am working on getting them to the orphanages. It may take us a month or two to have someone go there or have the field leader visit Delhi, where the clothes are right now.

Again, appreciate your heart and the hard work.

Thanks again to all of you who help make it possible to send dresses and supplies around the world!

Easy Short Sleeve Dress and T-shirt Dress Tutorials

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Adorable girls from an Indian orphanage wearing our dresses.

We would love to have some sleeved dresses (size 10 and up is best) for our inventory, and I found some simple tutorials to get you started if you are interested in serving 500 Dresses in this way.

All of the dresses that we ship to India must have sleeves, and we don’t often have a lot of notice before a shipment is to go out. We send our dresses to India via missionary luggage, so we don’t plan shipment dates. The more of you who donate sleeved dresses, the easier it will be for us to fill a suitcase when we are given an opportunity to ship to India.

Thanks for considering helping us out by trying out one of these dress styles!

Twirly Tshirt dress tutorial

Twirly T-Shirt Dress Tutorial (From craftycupboard.net)

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T-Shirt Dress Tutorial (from jackandkate.com)

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How to Make a T-shirt Dress (from thehappyhousewife.com)

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Short Sleeve Peasant Dress Tutorial (from sewlikemymom.com)

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Easy Shift Dress DIY Tutorial (from sewpetitegal.blogspot.com)

Dresses for India

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Pictured above are some of the cute dresses mom shipped to India this week. The dresses we send to India must have sleeves. It’s a cultural modesty issue.

We love it when we receive boxes of dresses to ship throughout the world, but we usually receive sleeveless dresses. If you are interested in helping us build up our inventory for the next time we have the opportunity to ship to India, we are especially in need of sleeved dresses size 10 and up.

I will post some simple dress style ideas soon to get you started. ( T-shirt dresses are perfect and easy to make.)

 

 

Donate Graduation Gowns

photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

We are in need of black or white graduation gowns.

The vocational school in Beudet, Haiti, where Mom and I taught last November, is in need of 30 black or white graduation gowns for their graduating class.

If you have a gown in a closet taking up space and you’d like to donate it, please let us know ASAP.  We greatly appreciate your support of this ministry!

My Breast Cancer Diagnosis

While recovering from surgery, I watch a whole season of Downton Abbey in one day :)

While recovering from surgery, I watched a whole season of Downton Abbey in one day 🙂

On January 20, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.   One month after my 40th birthday.

I was hoping to take a tropical vacation to celebrate my entrance into a new decade. Instead I took a trip to Iowa Methodist Hospital and had a bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.  Not really what I had in mind for this year.

I’ve been sporadically sharing updates about my months of cancer madness on my writing blog. Take a look at kimharms.net if you are interested in learning about the ups and downs of my year so far.

God is good. And he has shown himself to me in the sweetest ways over the past few months. I’d give up the cancer if I could, but I sure don’t want to give up the closeness I have had with my Savior.

My posts here will probably not be regular any time soon, but mom and I are still continuing our ministry. We want to keep serving and moving in whatever direction God leads us.  Here’s what we’ve got going on currently.

  • Mom is preparing for our second shipment to India.
  • We are still in need of large wedding gowns to ship to Haiti.  Size 12 and up. Please let us know if you have one you’d like to donate.
  • We are hoping to provide support to the sewing school in Buedet, Haiti where mom and I taught in November.  As we learn of needs at the school, we will pass them along to you.

A Thank You from Haiti

My posts here have been few and far between because I am dealing with some health issues (and will be for a while) so you’ll have to bear with me. But I wanted to post this thank you we received from Pastor Cadet after working with his students in Haiti.  It was a great week 🙂

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I let you know that the Staff
> Manager and the sewing course students in Beudet say
> thank-you to you for the week of training that they received
> and also the ladies for the cooking training. we enjoy
> this  time to thank and greet  our two trainers.
> the young students really appreciated their way of teaching.
> they are Mrs KIM and Mrs JAN NELSON. We think that this good
> training will help the young to find their bearings in their
> social and spiritual life.
>
>  We would like to have another kind of activity like this as
> soon as possible in 2016. May God bless you all !!

Donate Your Wedding Dress (Large Sizes Only)

IMG_5486Do you have a large wedding dress taking up space in your closet or know of someone who does?

We are in need of wedding dresses (size 12 and up)  to ship to Haiti. Though the Dorcas Ministry Shop has closed its doors, Madame Benison still rents out wedding gowns and sells formals gowns through a room on the Mission to Haiti campus.

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Mdm. Bennison

This endeavor supplies her with a regular income, and she provides an excellent service for brides in Port au Prince. During the one week my mom and I spent in Haiti, we saw her do fittings with 2 customers.

She currently has a large number of small dresses, but very few large sizes, so she has had to turn people away.

Donations can be sent us at 500 Dresses c/o Kim Harms, 314 Centennial Dr., Huxley, IA 50124

As always, thank you for your support of this ministry!

Thoughts On Child Sponsorship


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“Hello, how are you?”

When I had the opportunity to spend a little time with Lucson while in Haiti last month, he greeted me in English.

Pleasantly surprised, I asked him why he decided to learn English.

“So I can speak to you,” he said.

That was about the extent of his English (the rest of our conversation was held through a translator) but wow.

Just wow.

There I stood with my arms full of gifts I brought to give to this boy we sponsor through Mission to Haiti, and he, with nothing in his arms, gave me something much bigger than the soccer ball, the book, the clothes and the food I had for him.

He’s learning a new language so he can communicate with the American woman who has shown up on his island only twice in his 14 years.

That, my friends, is just a little bit humbling.

My hope for Lucson is that he will continue to improve his English, not simply so he can speak to me when I show up down there again in a few years, but so a world of opportunities will open up to him.

But infinitely more important than learning English, he is also learning about Jesus.

And I know that one day in Heaven, our native languages won’t matter. We’ll be able to hang out and speak whatever language it is that citizens of heaven speak, and the gifts we give to each other here on earth will pale in comparison to the gift of eternal life that we will enjoy together.

If you don’t already, I urge you to consider sponsoring a Haitian child. You can learn more about it at Mission to Haiti.