Monday, October 16, 2017


Rainy season is here again.
Our garden, as so many others, has been planted and is growing.
So thankful for our plot of ground to grow vegetables and fruit.

Took time to enjoy a 'Banana Split"!
Thankful for having time to relax and enjoy some special treat that reminds us of our home country.
 Turkey dinner with friends and 'strangers-that-became-frientds" on Thanksgiving.
(One turkey was brought from Canada! wow, it was sooo good!)
And as to be expected there was more than enough of everything,
and friends.
Well, okay, you really can't have too much of that!
So thankful for the time we spend with Canadian (and other) friends.

 We've been working on aprons.
They are doing great,
and excited about getting their sewing machines.
So thankful for the opportunity to do what we are doing here.
It is very enriching to be able to help others see their desires fulfilled.

Thank you Lord.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

Production Labels Cinnamon Model

Wish we did have Production Labels, but I guess that will come!
 Jeanne and Poroniya both have finished earning a machine each!
Interesting how they get it all on one moto.
Two more happy graduates that are going on with their new life with a sewing machine!

So happy we had these items in the house,
I came down with a cold in my head on the weekend.
 I used all of this package so hopefully neither one of us will 
need something like this before we can get more.
 Still have lots of this.
  I used all of this too.
This is more than half gone. 
Nice to have had these items, as I'm not so sure if all of them are available here.

Back to Production!
Four new grads have started in Production. 
They will be working hard to earn a machine.
So far it has taken each of the previous ones about 4 or 5 months of 
sewing items to pay off the total amount of a machine. 
Then we let them sew a few more items so that they have a bit of "spending" money,
to buy items like scissors, thread, pins, needles, measuring tape, etc. to
start they 'home business'.  And also to transport they new machines home.
After practicing on their brand new machines, 
(because two of them are grads from 2015, and two from 2016, 
meaning they haven't sewn anything since they graduated,
and we want to make sure that the machine is working properly,
we had to replace a part on one of the machines already,)
(China Cheap comes so quick to my lips - I need to stop it!)
they are learning to cut out their first item to sew in Production. 
We also had to test them on the fractions of an inch,
just to brush up on what they remembered or not.

One of the gals showed me how to get the 'dreaded' labels off
that come on the material.
You wet the fabric on the back side of the label and try not to get the label wet,
then peel off the label AND the sticky glue used to make it stick to the fabric.
I've tried ironing off the label and the label comes off but the sticky glue stays on the fabric.
So excited was I of this new knowledge, I had to share it with Theo our tailor,
who didn't know how it was done either.
You learn something new every day!

 So many labels!

 Made cinnamon buns Saturday morning!
And Peter made a cake for the Birthday girl!
Both very delicious.

 Yeah, I know that cake wasn't that tough that it took 3 to cut it, Mom and Dad just wanted to help!
 Playing 'Statue"
New dress and matching purse!
A model in the making!

Another week or so of activities done in our life here.
We know that we are trying our hardest to help those here.
It never seems enough though!
Each week, if not every day,
we have people coming to ask for money.
Young and old. 
Dry season is the hardest, until the crops start growing.
It gets tiring, but Peter reminds me we do that with our supporters.
Asking for money all the time. Sometimes, no, all the time,  I wish we had more,
because you do get the odd person who you know is sincere and needs it,
 and then you get the others that just come because you have white skin.
(White skin is a sign that you have money, and if you are fat, you have even more!)
Those ones irate me.
Yes, they all could use it.
They all may need it.
Just deciding who gets the 'extra' money you have at the end of the month,
is sometimes the hardest decision to make.
(Sometimes I want it, to take a break, and get away from it all!!!)

Lord, help me to be kind!
And give me wisdom.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

Crown Dress Mask Toques

Well, some more progress.

 AM class dresses,
both classes are doing very well, so much so that the teacher is giving 100%'s.
PM class dresses
Yeah I still do some sewing for myself .

Decided to use up the scrap yarn I have in the house.
Made some toy box items.
 Was thinking that I'd make some toques, scarves and headbands of various sizes and color.
And this is just an added misfit. sometimes you win, sometimes you lose!
we have three of these out of the four we picked up.
I'm thinking it's open box policy from now on!
(if you can't see - the label is only half there, across the top,
 and the metal label is missing below the reverse lever.)

In production, the backpacks are done and they are working on pencil cases
 for the next year of the child sponsorship program.
Then the two gals will be leaving to work out of their own homes.
We are hoping to have the next four machines put together
and start again with 4 more graduates in production.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Backpack Gowns

 Here is a few of the afternoon class students that have finished the ladies blouse!
 And here we have Yellow Bananas in the back part of the 
Ashes To Worship compound, ready to eat! 
They did reach them and eat them!
The landlord came the next day to get the whole bunch.
He had given them permission to eat the ones that were ripe.

Even if there are only two in production, 
they have finished making 10 grad gowns to add to the 20 we had, 
for the 30 possible students that will graduate the end of November, 
which is not too far off! 

Now they are in the middle of sewing backpacks 
for the sponsor children with Ashes To Worship. 
We are making them stronger than the ones we can buy in the stores here, 
which seem to fall apart before they even get used. 
They will be ready along with some pencil cases for 2018.
So far we have 33 children and their families that are benefiting from donations!

The rainy season is here.
We have planted our garden with a good variety of vegetables,
and with the fruit (passion fruit, bananas, and papaya) growing we are doing well.
We have yet to see fruit on the citrus trees, avocado, and mango.
They are not yet mature enough to produce fruit.

Our guard, Theogen, has gotten himself a pup.
He is keeping it at our place so we've got a dog in the yard once again!

We are thankful for the Lord blessing us with safety
and health to do the work here.
The rains bring a cooler weather and many around us are coughing
and we are very thankful to God for the health He has given us.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017