2015 is barely underway yet it already seems to be flying fast. The kids are back to school, my husband back to work, and I am busily cutting denim and fabrics, making patterns, packing suitcases and readying for another adventure in Haiti. As I prepare to travel, I thought this would be a good time to list our prayer requests for 2015. The needs in Haiti are so great, therefore, we want to be very intentional in our actions to truly help the individuals with whom we work.
A quick recap of the progress in 2014:
The Denim Project up and running in Haiti employing three starfish women--January
501c3 federal non-profit status granted--September
Products sold to various boutiques in Haiti including Rosie's and The Apparent Project
Website up and running in the US
Each of the above steps could not have been accomplished without the help of so many volunteers:
People who donated fabric, denim and money
People who volunteered to cut denim/fabric and sewed for The Denim Project
People who traveled to Haiti and volunteered at the Denim House.
People who volunteer their time to serve on The Denim Project Board
People who pray for The Denim Project and our workers in Haiti
Thank you to each one who contributes in some way to the Denim Project.
"We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers..."
1 Thessalonians 1:2
With the above in mind, here is a list of requests for 2015:
1) Wisdom in deciding the best use of the resources given to The Denim Project: There are so many directions in which we can go and choosing the best course of action is not always easy or clear. We ask for prayer regarding the best use of donated items, financial resources, and time that we will use each one to the fullest.
2) Discernment in hiring 5 Starfish women to work for the Denim Project in 2015: At any given time, there are 25 women in the Starfish program at Tytoo Gardens looking for work with many, many more on a waiting list hoping to be given the opportunity to enter the Starfish Program. When there are so many needing work, we want to be diligent in hiring women who will work well with the others in the Denim Project (our quarters are small), work diligently, learn quickly, and arrive promptly each day for work. The need is so great we often want to hire everyone, but as that is not possible, we ask for guidance in choosing the women who will be the best fit for The Denim Project.
3) Patience and understanding in working with people in another culture: Often we can get caught up in the way things are done and in working in another culture and country things will not work the same for a variety of reasons. Keeping an attitude of patience is critical when trying to work out logistics, understand the differences in work ethic, and basic communication is vital in maintaining good relations with whom we are working.
4) Compassion with the women we work with and their individual situations: Working with people day in and day out is challenging under normal circumstances. Working with women in another culture and language, can be even more challenging. Maintaining an attitude of compassion helps us respond to difficult circumstances with love and grace and a desire to work through the situation...not simply quit. Compassion is needed.
5) Glory and Praise to God: Our desire at The Denim Project is to glorify God in all that we do meaning we want to give Him credit for the amazing things that are happening through The Denim Project. We believe that "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father..." James 1:17a.
We covet your prayers and look forward to sharing the answers to these requests as the 2015 progresses.