November 2019 Update!! Sewing Machine Purchase!!
(Slightly complicated post; clear evidence that God’s plan is better than mine! Hang in there as you read)
At our Silent Auction (May 2018) we had very generous donations towards the purchase of sewing machines in the DR. This small purchase can truly create an unending ripple of change and empowerment in the communities we serve. I am thrilled to report that a Sewing Machine is allowing 10 boys in a homeless shelter to attend school. Just imagine the future opportunities being opened up for these boys! Let me give you the back story about this process, which I couldn’t have predicted, and it was way beyond what I had in mind!
In 2008, Dan and I went to the Dominican Republic for our first mission trip. We were so blessed to meet John and Melissa Hanley, and their young daughter Kate, who were the on the ground missionaries for New Missions. They are a wonderful family, very dedicated servants and inspiring in their commitment to the people of the DR. They had a vision to open a children’s home, which God turned into reality for them. Their ministry has grown to serve homeless kids in a second location; this shelter is in the first town in Haiti once you cross the border from the DR. There is a marketplace on the border and boys as young as 11 come here to work, usually escaping abusive home situations. John and Melissa are able to provide employment for locals as they care for these young people. Their story is remarkable, please check out their website if you need some motivation! www.godleadsus.com
Next chapter: The house parent at the border location took a sewing course at a technical school when he started work at the shelter, showing great vision and initiative. Attending school in the DR and Haiti is impossible without a uniform, and a month ago John and Melissa shared that they were in need of a sewing machine. Sisters Village had money in that designated fund from our 2018 Silent Auction!! Jurgens, the house Dad, went to work quickly and made uniforms for 10 boys. Great picture here of 8 of those boys who started school in September! The potential for these young lives positively exploded from this series of events. The donors to the sewing machine fund received this information first, along with deep gratitude for trusting in Gods plan and provision for the donations. He knew those boys would be the recipients of that generosity….what a blessing!
Our 2020 team is deep in preparation and you can help us make a difference! We value your continued support in prayer, in sharing the story of Sisters Village and in donations of any amount. Stay tuned for more updates….Dios te bendiga! 💜💜💜
It’s been a very full 2 weeks since Sisters Village was truly “showered” with blessings…..so many new friends came out to support our Sisters in the Dominican Republic. We had a similar event in 2018, so our goals for this year set the bar higher….aiming for 35 participants to assemble 40 baby bundles (which not only bring joy, they also meet a tangible need for the new mothers we meet during our mission trips.)
Guess what????? We exceeded both of those goals….40 participants and 63 bundles made the 2019 Showers of Blessings a wonderful example of God’s abundance. Thanks so much to all who contributed in any way. Here are some pictures from our afternoon together. Deep gratitude for the hard work of our Board of Directors and volunteers; congratulations to Sandy Speer, Volunteer of the Year. Sandy designed our logo, sparked the creation of our no-sew baby blankets and has been a consistent encouraging presence since our founding.
Watch for a “Save the Date” for our mission team packing party and our supply wish list for the Feb 2020 trip. The team has begun conference/planning calls which will continue monthly. Most of all, your prayers are greatly appreciated. Know that all of you are in our prayers regularly. Dios te bendiga!
It is definitely summer here in Indiana and we are looking forward to our next service event. This year we are again collecting new baby items for our "shower" for the new Moms in the Dominican Republic. The date is July 28 at 2:30 at the Fishers library. Our goal for this year is 50 baby bundles which will be distributed by the mission team on our next trip. The picture above is from one of our Mom and Baby events in 2018. It is always a wonderful time of support, encouragement, and learning when we gather with our Sisters in Sosua.
Click the link below for details and to get registered! Dios te bendiga!
First Trip to the DR 2008
Barb Settles Huge - Founder and President
Dan Huge- Advisory Council Chair