Category Archives: Days for Girls

Bright Spot – Days for Girls Trip

Paula Blessman is preparing for her next Days for Girls outreach in South Africa. Her team will be gone from 7/18 – 7/30. They are hoping to distribute kits to 2,000-2,500 girls/women. The kits have been completed, packed, and transported already. The combined Cedar Rapids and Gold Canyon AZ DfG teams have now completed over 10,200 DfG kits since 2014 thanks in large part to the wonderful volunteers each month at Cedar Hills.

We’ve been able to send these kits to South Africa, Zambia, Liberia, Mozambique, Haiti, Uganda, Congo, Kenya, and beyond. We also recently committed to provide 500 kits to be part of a DfG International 11,000- kit distribution in a refugee camp this

Days for Girls is “Turning Periods Into Pathways” — “When we mobilize girls and women, their communities and our world grow stronger. We are changing the status quo through quality menstrual care solutions, health education, and income-generating opportunities that give back days of opportunity and health.” Visit

Mission Team – 2018 Report

Our mission is to fulfill the Acts 1:8 calling that we will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on us so that we will be witnesses here and around the world! This verse gives us our purpose. Our strategy is to love Cedar Rapids and the world. We carry out our strategy by praying and asking God to grow a love for people in Cedar Rapids and around the world. We do this by inspiring awareness of God’s work locally and globally, sending people out in response to God’s call to reach out, and supporting missions here and around the world.

Because of your support in 2018, Katie Smith reached out to students at the University of Iowa and Linda DeBoer reached Chinese students studying in Michigan. We partnered with Matthew 25 to support refugee farmers and we repaired homes during Transform Week. We continued our partnership with Safe Families and started a partnership with Family Promise. We fed hundreds of men, women and children through the Open Hands Food Pantry. We reached around the globe into Niger (Jeremy and Susan Beabout), Papua New Guinea (Gary and Denise Abbas), The Czech Republic (Beth Larson), and Turkey (John and Becky Leverington).  We served women and girls in Africa through Days for Girls.

Your generous support made a difference here and around the world.

These are some of the ways we are the hands and feet of Jesus fulfilling the Great Commission of Matthew 28 to go and make disciples of all nations!

Pastor Kent & Missions Team


Global Girls Festival – Oct 11

Celebration, Fundraiser Supper, Kit-Making Workshop, Raffles & Prizes, and More!

Everyone is Welcome to International Day of the Girl Thursday, Oct. 11, 2-8 pm. Come & Go! Stop by anytime to show your support at Cedar Hills Community Church as we assemble over 500 Life-Changing Hygiene Kits.

At 6pm, Paula Blessman of the Cedar Hills chapter and Crystal Schwandt of the Mariod team will present photos of our local team’s direct impact in South Africa and Haiti. A tasty potato and taco bar available for freewill donation (recommended donation of $5/adult).

We’ll be connected and watching live internet feeds and video from our Days for Girls partners around the globe.

From Days for Girls International

Days for Girls International (DfGI) is preparing for a global celebration of girls and menstruation, coinciding with the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2018. Over the course of just 28 days, DfGI is set to reach 100,000 women and girls in 24 countries and 5 continents with menstrual health solutions.

At least 500 million women and girls around the world lack access to adequate resources for managing menstruation, often leaving them susceptible to forced school dropout rates, poverty, early childhood marriage, and sexual exploitation. This international celebration will work to bring the solutions needed to ensure the health, safety, and opportunity for all.

Days for Girls not only provides affordable, sustainable menstrual health solutions to women and girls worldwide, but also works to inspire communities to shatter the stigma and taboo surrounding menstruation, empowering women to pursue educational, economic and leadership opportunities.

We strive to contribute to the global solutions of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including those related to poverty, inequality, environmental degradation, health, and conservation. This global girls festival celebrates giving back more days to girls—more days to gain a better education and improved health while restoring hope and dignity.

The festival will commence on October 5th, culminating 28 days later, marking Days for Girls International’s 10th birthday on November 1st. Throughout the month of October, our global network of over 50,000 Days for Girls volunteers, 850 Chapters, Teams, and Clubs, and 97 Enterprises will work to make, assemble, and distribute sustainable reusable menstrual health kits, alongside the delivery of women’s health education in 18 nations.

DfGI will celebrate by sharing stories of the women and girls whose lives have been changed with access to menstrual care, DfGI leaders worldwide, and the partners who support their efforts.

Women’s Revival – Oct 4

Calling all ladies! The next meeting of Women’s Revival is Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 6-8pm.  At this gathering, the ladies will be doing a service project with Days For Girls, a mission that creates hygiene kits for girls in other countries who don’t have access to supplies for ‘those days’.  By creating the kits, the girls can continue to attend school verses missing school and eventually dropping out.

Bring a snack to share!  Invite your moms, aunts, friends and neighbors to come along.