"This is HUGE! Many women end up in prostitution or trafficking in an attempt to support themselves and their children. Having this program will not only protect the women enrolled, but also the children. Most orphans in the area have living parents, but the parents are unable to support them. Unfortunately the orphanage in Mare Rouge was shut down for inhumane treatment and illegal uses of the children, leaving few options aside from the existing child slavery system.
With each woman empowered to support their children, less and less will end up in these situations, stopping this horrific cycle. The training and empowering program will truly have a flooring ripple effect." Erin Rain Leggett, Founder
Because the machines were in Colorado and the containers in Louisiana, we then had to figure out how to get them on the move quickly to make Johnny's shipping deadline.
I "just happen" to be from Colorado, so after quite a few prayers and a quick call to my dad, who lives one hour north of Erin, we began to see God move. A man from my dad's church offered to pay to ship the sewing machines to Covington if we could get them to his shop in northern Colorado. So, within days of sending out our SOS, dad was on his way to pick the machines up and deliver them to be packaged.
The couple who volunteered to cover the shipping costs "just happened" to connect with an interstate shipping company with room in the back of their truck for a load headed to Louisiana a few days later. The dispatcher for the company "just happened" to be a believer who was excited to have a hand in pulling this off and quoted a price on the shipping that was thousands of dollars less than sending it via typical shipping companies.
My dad retrieved the machines and dropped them off at a lumber yard where they would build a crate to ship them all together in one unit. The owner of the lumber yard also "just happened" to be a believer and donated the lumber and supplies, so the crate could be built for free.
Johnny "just happened" to receive the freight well in time to load them into the containers and the sewing machines were sent to Haiti "just" in time for Erin to arrive with her team to begin setting up the school, meeting the students, and finalizing the project.
When you serve a sovereign Lord, there are no limits to what can be accomplished through His mighty hand. While we are not yet shipping on our own and we do not yet have the boat to "go," we are so thankful that He allowed us to play a small role in getting these sewing machines to Haiti. He truly is an amazing networker and sovereign over all, even 4 little sewing machines that need to travel a few thousand miles.
Please remember Erin, her team, and their students in your prayers. May the hope of the Lord grow in that village.
Until there is no place left unreached, Team GSSM