Vocational Sewing School Construction Update

Pastor Cadet sent me the following photos of the sewing school construction process.

They’ve got a good start, but a long way to go to complete the structure.

He also sent this note along with the photos.

The students of the vocational program, the teachers and the management staff join our voices together to say thank you to all who have contributed for the construction of the sewing course building which will be used for the youth, the children and the ladies through Mission to Haiti.

The sewing  classes currently meet outside which will be challenging when the rainy season begins.

As I stated in my previous post, everyone who makes a donation from now through the month of May will have their name placed in a drawing for this ISU quilt.

Thanks again for your partnership with mom and me to help Pastor Cadet build a school!

Haitian Vocational School Building Update

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As you know, we have been offering support to a vocational school in Beudet, Haiti. The current facility was rough to begin with, but is now in even worse shape since the tarp roof took a hit from Hurricane Matthew.

Prior to Hurricane Matthew (thanks to all of you) we raised enough money to cover the cost of the original plans for an actual building to house the school. The cost of building the school according to the original plans was around $2000 USD. If I understand right, in those plans, the new building would have utilized the current concrete slab, and would have kind of been the “bare minimum” as far as a real building goes.

Post Hurricane Matthew, Pastor Cadet decided it would be wise to rethink those plans and instead construct a building that could withstand the storms that seem to be drawn to Haiti like a magnet.

His new plans call for concrete footings and better construction overall, so that the structure will be able to better withstand nature’s fury. He also decided to double the size of the building, adding some office space, a storage room, a reception area and two bathrooms.

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As you can guess, this increases the cost significantly. I believe it is a good move however. The building will not only be well-constructed, but will be able to be used for a variety of activities including Bible Studies, meetings and educational purposes.

Please consider donating yet again to help cover the cost of the construction. The total need to complete the new structure is $5400. As always, God knows what we need before we even ask, and just a few days ago we received a very generous donation in the mail, of which we will earmark a significant amount to the construction need.

The following are photos that Pastor Cadet has sent me of the construction supplies they have purchased and the work that is already underway.

As a reminder, donations to 500 Dresses are unfortunately not tax-deductible. Because the amount of money that passes through our hands each year is pretty small, we decided the effort of creating a government approved non-profit is not worth it at this time.

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A Message from Pastor Cadet

The following is a message I recently received from Pastor Cadet at the sewing school in Buedet, Haiti. He is very thankful for your contributions which will make it possible for construction to begin on their school building.

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This photo was taken prior to Hurricane Matthew. During the Hurricane the tarps were torn up pretty badly.

The family of Cadet and the students of the Vocational Program greet you all in Jesus name our savior. We are happy and we enjoy this time to thank you for all  you have done to find this money in order to start the construction building. We let you know that we make some changes in the construction plan to assure its safety because of the possibility to have hurricane and earthquake. So we decide to make a more strong foundation for the building. We already start to buy some building materials. At the end of the week we will start the building construction. I will keep  you informed of the progress of the work on the construction building.

Thank-you so much
Pastor Evans Cadet

You’ve Donated Enough to Build a School and to Help Hurricane Victims

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Hurricane Damage at the Sewing School

You guys are pretty amazing. 🙂

The response to our request for funds to help Pastor Cadet build a stable structure with real walls and a roof is a little overwhelming.

We now not only have enough funds to cover the construction needs, but we will also be able to send extra money to cover the cost of supplies that were ruined and lost to the Hurricane.

Here is part of an email I received from Pastor Cadet after the Hurricane.

One day after Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, there is a lot of material damages because it came with a lot of rain and wind. It causes more damages in the south of the country.

Thanks to God, the church ladies are doing well after the hurricane and all of the students of the sewing course are doing ok. The only thing is the wind has torn and threw away the tent of the sewing class.

In addition to the donations we will be sending to Pastor Cadet, days after the Hurricane we sent $700 to Mission to Haiti for beans and rice for Hurricane victims. Two of Mission to Haiti’s sponsor schools were in the path of the storm.

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Hurricane Matthew victims receiving food.

The Hurricane was awful and caused much damage and loss of life (especially on the southern side of Haiti), but below is an encouragement from Mission to Haiti’s facebook page that Jesus doesn’t stop working in the storms. And often it is when the storms hit that people are drawn to the Savior.

Pastor Brucely told us that the church was filled yesterday for service! People who are being helped through the relief effort came to the Ti Goave church, a number of them for the first time. The Lord is using this circumstance as an opportunity to draw people to church and to the message of the Gospel!

Anyone interested in donating specifically to a Hurricane help fund can go to missiontohaiti.org.

$1100 for the Sewing School in Haiti

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We have $1100 to send to Pastor Cadet for the construction of a building for his sewing school in Haiti 🙂

That means that he will be just $230 short of his anticipated need for the project. We plan to send our donation in two weeks, so if you have any interest in adding to that $1100 number before then, let us know. The donation will be sent through Mission to Haiti, and the funds will be dispersed to Pastor Cadet throughout the project.

Thanks so much to everyone who has donated toward this very worthwhile project!

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

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!